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500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training near Auroville in Southern India

Cross Bharathi Nagar, Vanur, 3rd, Auroville Main Road, Periya Mudaliyarchavadi, Kottakuppam, Auroville, Puducherry, 605104, India

India Yoga Teacher Training

Learn authentic yoga under the guidance of a Living Master. Become a Master Level teacher who is certified to teach 200-hour yoga teacher training, classes, workshops, and 100-hour yoga teacher training to your future clients.

Meet the instructors

Sri Swami & Camille
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily theory classes
  • Mantra, meditation, and yoga Nidra
  • Learn directly from Swami Vidyanand himself
  • 500-level Yoga Alliance International certificate
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Training manuals and books
  • 27 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

24 days with instruction
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  • Dining area
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Accommodation in shared and private rooms at our newly built school are surrounded by greenery and set in the tranquil atmosphere, looking into the sea in the distance from the rooftop. All rooms come with attached toilets and wonderful galleries facing the calm green surround the whole building on all levels.



Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance International. Registration with Yoga Alliance International provides a globally recognized credential.

This 500-level yoga teacher training is a four-week (28 days) intensive course. Available to 200-level yoga teachers or those with equivalent experience or training. In exceptional cases, confident individuals with certain skill sets may be eligible for this course without prior yoga or meditation training.

At the completion of this course, you will not only be well versed in yogic knowledge and wisdom, but also become a Master Level teacher who is certified to teach 200-level yoga teacher training, classes, workshops and 100-level yoga teacher training to your future clients.

Our course equips you with the knowledge, confidence, and inspiration you need to become an outstanding yoga teacher and a balanced serene individual who is ready to lead others in their yoga practice. This training will give you a fantastic set of tools to become an exceptional yoga teacher in leading others in their practice. Learn key practices from Hatha yoga, Prana yoga, Raja yoga, Mantra yoga, Bhakti yoga, Traditional yoga, and Kundalini yoga.

During this teacher training course, you will receive Master Level training and the following techniques are applied in order to accomplish personal transformation for yourself and your future students. You will be equipped with yoga teacher training knowledge and certification. This teacher training will help you take your knowledge and teachings to the next level with more tools, enabling you to confidently lead others to become teachers and leaders in the practice of yoga.

Transformational yoga gives you the tools you need in order to make a difference in your everyday life. It is a synthesis of key practices of Hatha yoga, Prana yoga, Raja yoga, Bhakti yoga, Traditional yoga, and Kundalini yoga.

In depth focus of asanas, the chakras, mantras, and breathing and meditation techniques gives you the knowledge you need to purify your body, stabilize your emotions, focus your mind, and increase your spiritual well-being. Swami Vidyanand founded SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga to share his teaching and learning.

This course qualifies you to train and conduct:

  • 100-level yoga teacher training
  • 200-level yoga teacher training
  • Retreats
  • Workshops
  • Classes


  • Become a certified yoga teacher
  • Gain a deep insight into various aspects of yoga
  • Master level study of theory and practice
  • Study the philosophy of yoga more deeply
  • Includes: Stay, teaching, certification, training manual, and delicious vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Cost: 2000 EUR
  • Month: All year round
  • Duration: 28 days (1st of every month)
  • Location: Kotakuppam, Near Auroville and Pondicherry in Southern India
  • Nearest airport: Chennai International Airport (MAA) (three-hour drive)

If you are already a 500-level yoga teacher with lots of experience, you can enroll for our Grand Master teacher training

Daily schedule

  • ​06:00 Yoga class
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Theory class
  • 13:00 Lunch and rest time
  • 16:00 Meditation or yoga Nidra plus Q&A session
  • 17:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 Free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Psychic meditation

Subject to last minute changes.

What will you learn

  • ​During the course, the following techniques are applied in order to accomplish personal transformation for yourself.


Asana training and practice is your opportunity to examine the asanas in depth, learn safe hands-on adjustments, modifications, and precise alignment. These asanas can be modified and are suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced and offer a holistic approach to health, while focusing on chakra activation, back strengthening, ab strengthening and a standing series. Two asana classes a day are taught; one for your personal practice and development and one teaching you how to teach others. You also have the opportunity to get supervised teaching practice. You will come away with a thorough knowledge of the asana sequences and the physical aspects of yoga, such as anatomy and physiology.


Discover the healing potential of your breath. Breathing techniques are an essential component of Hatha yoga. Benefits include improved concentration, more energy, deeper sleep, and reduced stress levels. Not only does it feed the brain, but revitalises the body, since breath is the bridge between the body and the mind.


The science of vibration will be explored during the teacher training. Mantra chanting generates vibrations which are fundamental tools for altering the psyche, and producing a tranquil and balanced mind. In yogic practices, the growth of our awareness progresses with the help of these vibrations. By cleansing our minds with mantras, decision making becomes clearer, observation power is awakened; purification leads to improved concentration and a calm focused mind. Mantras will be translated and clearly explained.


Meditation, yoga Nidra, and other relaxation techniques are included in the Transformational yoga teacher training course in order to give us an experience of our pure natures, in which our egos dissolve and we find inner silence. We will introduce Raja yoga meditation, as well as silent walking meditation amongst others.

Course syllabus​

  • Diet and lifestyle for yoga teachers
  • Yoga Nidra for specific aims
  • Yogic energy awakening science (kriyas)
  • Introduction to the bandhas
  • The endocrine system
  • Kundalini yoga
  • Tantra yoga
  • Transformational yoga for children, young people, office workers, and the elderly
  • Transformational yoga for illness
  • Asana modifications
  • Study of theory and practical techniques of Transformational yoga
  • Introduction to Hatha yoga, Prana yoga, Raja yoga, Bhakti yoga, Tantra yoga, and Kundalini yoga
  • Introduction to Transformational yoga
  • Introduction to para and apara dimensions of consciousness
  • Introduction of the seven chakras and their relation with the four bodies
  • Prana body and energy flow and functions of the five pranas
  • Impurities, effects, and purification techniques for the four bodies
  • Awakening of the spiritual body
  • Energy mechanics of Transformational yoga
  • Difference of Transformational yoga from other types of yoga
  • Introduction to meditation
  • Practice of Transformational yoga
  • Basic Transformational yoga sequence
  • Technique of Transformational yoga
  • Invocation of Divine Mother Light through mantras
  • Five prana techniques (apana, samana, maha, udana, and vyana)
  • Joint cleaning
  • Yogic energy awakening science (kriyas)
  • Introduction to pranayama (kapalabhati, brahmari, and nadi shodhana)
  • Yoga asanas (practice of four Transformational yoga asana sets)
  • Mantra sounds for chakra relaxation, purification, and activation
  • Element mantra for the chakras
  • Introduction to meditation methods
  • Observation and awareness techniques
  • Introduction to yoga Nidra
  • Awakening of the spiritual body
  • Energy mechanics of Transformational yoga
  • Difference of Transformational yoga from other types of yoga
  • Different meditation methods


Sri Swami Vidyanand

Camille Gicquell

Retreat location

Pondicherry, a hidden gem of south east India and a former French colony on the Sea of Bengal, retains all of its charm and gentility of colonial times. Visit the birthplace of yoga and you’ll understand why its traditions have endured for millennia and they continue to have relevance and value in the modern world.

This meditation teacher training course will take place at our headquarter in Kottakuppam, near Auroville and Pondicherry, in Tamil Nadu, southern India, a perfect location in close proximity to both the Matrimandir and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which The Mother had once called a veritable laboratory to work out the future society.

While it is inspired by and based on the Teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, Meditation Alliance International is an independent organization based in this region, and is not a part of the Auroville Foundation or Sri Aurobindo Ashram.


Simple, wholesome, mild, and delicious home cooked vegetarian Indian food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore Auroville
  • Explore the grounds
  • See the stunning views
  • Shop local (exquisite products for unbelievable prices)
  • Swim in Auroville Beach
  • Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry
  • Visit the Matrimandir

What's included

  • 500-hour Yoga Alliance International certificate
  • Accommodation in shared room
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Required books and teaching manuals
  • Training handbook

What's not included

  • Additional cost
  • Airfare
  • Airport pick-up (available at extra cost)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Chennai International Airport (MAA). Our School is three-hours' drive from Chennai. Airport transfers available, but not included. Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request (for an additional fee).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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