30 Days 500-hour Meditation Teacher Training in India

  • Tenderness Guest House, Kuilappalayam, Auroville, Villupuram, Tamil Nadu 605101, India


India Meditation and Yoga Teacher Training

  • 26 days with instruction
  • This intermediate 500-hour Meditation Teacher training is a one month intensive course. While the course focuses on meditation, students will gain in depth yoga training as well to prepare the body, energy, and mind for true meditation. Available to those who have already completed 200-hour or equivalent yoga or Meditation Teacher Training or relevant yoga experience or practice. At the completion of this course, you will not only be well versed in yogic knowledge and wisdom, but also certified to offer 200-hour yoga teacher training to your future clients.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily theory classes
    • Training manuals and books
    • Manta meditation and yoga Nidra classes
    • 500-hour Meditation Alliance International certificate
    • 500-hour Yoga Alliance International certificate
    • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
    • 29 nights accommodation

    Skill level

    • Advanced


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Hindi, English
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    You will be staying in a simple, basic, and clean accommodation nestled in the forest of Auroville. Private and shared room accommodation options are available for this training. The rooms have a shared bathroom and a common kitchen. Free Wi-Fi is also available.

    During this teacher training course, the following techniques are applied in order to accomplish personal transformation for yourself and your future students. You will be equipped with both yoga and Meditation Teacher Training knowledge and certification. This teacher training will help you take your knowledge and teachings to the next level with more tools.

    TIME meditation

    TIME meditation is Transformational Integral Meditation Education. It combines body meditation, prana meditation, mind meditation, psychic meditation, and more to transform oneself and connect one with the higher self of para nature, under the guidance and blessings of the divine, leading to a permanent shift in consciousness that is moving and transcending continuously towards the larger truths of life.

    It creates harmony, peace, and manifests positively, not only activating one’s own inner guidance but helping and supporting the endeavor to evolve constantly towards a positive manifestation of higher forces in practical living.


    Meditation, yoga Nidra, and other relaxation techniques are included in the Meditation Teacher Training course in order to give you an experience of your pure nature, in which your ego dissolves and you'll find inner silence. You will be introduced to dynamic Osho meditations, Raja, Zen, and Karma yoga meditation, as well as silent walking meditation. In addition to this, you will learn a variety of tools to help unlock your inner wisdom and access your true potential.


    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 awareness progresses with the help of these vibrations. By cleansing the mind with mantras, decision making becomes clearer and observation power is awakened.

    Purification leads to improved concentration and a calm focused mind. Mantras will be translated and clearly explained.


    Asana training and practice is your opportunity to examine the asanas in depth and 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, it also revitalizes the body since breath is the bridge between the body and the mind.

    Course syllabus

    • The five koshas - layers of human existence
    • Practical understanding of chakras, Kundalini, and their relation to meditation
    • The mind and meditation
    • Aspects of the mind
    • The four types of mind
    • TIME mediation
    • Philosophy and understanding meditation
    • Inner wisdom - how to access and activate your own inner guidance
    • The five elements and their relationship with the chakras
    • Different meditation methods - physical meditation, prana meditation, mind meditation, and psychic meditation
    • Yoga Nidra for specific aims
    • Energy mechanics of transformational yoga
    • Difference of transformational yoga from other types of yoga
    • Diet and lifestyle for meditation and yoga teachers
    • Yogic energy awakening science (kriyas) and introduction to the bandhas
    • Kundalini yoga
    • Tantra yoga
    • Meditation and yoga for children, young people, office workers, and the elderly
    • Meditation transformational yoga for illness
    • Effective communication

    Course coverage

    • Basic transformational yoga sequence
    • Difference of transformational yoga from other types of yoga
    • Different types of meditation - theory and practice
    • Element mantra for the chakras
    • Energy mechanics of TIME meditation
    • Five prana techniques (apana, samana, maha, udana, and vyana)
    • Impurities, effects, and purification techniques for the four bodies
    • Introduction of the seven chakras and their relation with the four bodies
    • Introduction to Hatha yoga, Prana yoga, Raja yoga, Bhakti yoga, Tantra yoga, and Kundalini yoga
    • Introduction to meditation
    • Introduction to meditation methods
    • Introduction to para and apara dimensions of consciousness
    • Introduction to pranayama (kapalabhati, brahmari, and nadi shodhana)
    • Introduction to transformational yoga
    • Introduction to yoga Nidra
    • Invocation of divine mother light through mantras
    • Joint cleaning
    • Mantra sounds for chakra relaxation, purification, and activation
    • Observation and awareness techniques
    • Practice of transformational yoga
    • Prana body and energy flow and functions of the five pranas
    • Study of theory and practical techniques of meditation and Raja yoga
    • Study of theory and practical techniques of TIME meditation
    • Study of theory and practical techniques of transformational yoga
    • Technique of transformational yoga
    • Yoga asanas (practice of four transformational yoga asana sets)
    • Yogic energy awakening science (kriyas)

    Daily schedule

    • 06:00 Yoga class
    • 08:00 Breakfast
    • 10:00 Theory class
    • 13:00 Lunch and rest time
    • 16:00 Meditation, yoga Nidra, and Q&A
    • 17:00 Yoga class
    • 19:30 Dinner

    Upon completion of our course, you will receive 500-hour Yoga Alliance International certificate that qualifies you to teach confidently anywhere in the world. For deepening your personal practice and understanding, 100-hour courses are also an option. If you have already completed any certified 200-hour yoga teacher training course, then you may continue your training and expand your knowledge by joining this yoga teacher training.

    • Swami Vidyanand

      Swami Vidyanand is a renowned yoga master and the founder of Transformational yoga, an innovative yogic system that synthesizes techniques of Hatha, white, Tantra, Raja, mantra, Ashtanga, and Kundalini yoga to bring about rapid transformation. His signature system is inspired by the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and was developed when he taught yoga for more than a decade at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi branch.

    • Camille Gicquel

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)

      Camille is a Yoga Alliance International certified yoga teacher for 500-hour level and a master in Transformational yoga and meditation. She studied under the guidance of Swami Vidyanand in New Delhi and Auroville. She is in charge of SriMa School Auroville branch.

    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 millennium and they continue to have relevance and value in the modern world.

    This yoga teacher training course will take place at Tenderness Guesthouse in Auroville near Pondicherry, 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.

    • Swimming
    • Balcony
    • Beach nearby
    • Cafe nearby
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Kitchen
    • Restaurant nearby
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Local market

    You will be served with delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. There are plenty of lovely cafes, restaurants, and raw food places available nearby as well.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements 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)
    • Explore the grounds
    • See the stunning views
    • Swim in Auroville Beach
    • Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry
    • Visit the Matrimandir
    • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
    • 29 nights accommodation
    • 500-hour Meditation Alliance International certificate
    • 500-hour Yoga Alliance International certificate
    • Training manuals and books
    • Yoga and meditation training
    • Additional tour cost
    • Airfare
    • Airport pick-up

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flights to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request for an additional fee.

    • 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.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

    • Review by Troy from Australia

      "The yoga course was a great experience and I am very happy to have been in Auroville. I now have many tools and a great understanding of how to really practice transformational yoga. It's is a full program of how to integrate many types of yoga into the one practice. My time there has changed me and I now feel very excited about how my life will unfold. Thanks so much Swami G and Camille and all the students who are now teachers."

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    • Review by Emily Gilchrist

      "I am thrilled to been a part of the course and I feel I have gained a much deeper insight into the understanding of our entire based on all four bodies.The mantras and the pranayama have helped release deep blockages and have been very cleansing and purifying.I look forward to experiences of my future practice and sharing this system with others "

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    • Review by Camille Gicquel from Nantes France

      "Once lost and unable to find a purpose to my own existence, I now feel so clear and confident. Transformational Yoga and the teachings of Swami Vidyanand truly opened my horizon to a level I would never have expected. I am grateful to the Divine who made my path cross Swamiji's, he is such a knowledgeable, wise and truthful being, sharing his life experience of Yoga with such simplicity and Love. Whether you want to become a "better version of yourself", more serene and confident and/or a great knowledgeable teacher and make a living out of yoga, SRIMA, through Transformational Yoga, gives you the opportunity to realize yourself as YOUR TRUE SELF and that makes all the difference with any experience of Yoga I have had in the past!"

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    • Review by Thomas Rogg from Germany

      "The lessons were good, clear, structured and easy to understand. It was a good mixture of practical and theoretical wisdom."

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    • Review by Rita Mundkur from India

      "I felt positive towards everything around me and a lot of hope to live and be happy."

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    • Review by Tyler Ali from USA

      "Through Mothers grace and blessings Swami Vidyanand's Transformational Yoga technique has taken my once intoxicated and destructive self and put me in touch with peace, bliss, harmony etc, this is the first i had felt with this beautiful system it has introduced a new divine feeling to follow in my life, a very happy adventure. Thank you Swami ji!"

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    • Review by Shashank Dutt Sharma from India

      "Srima Yoga, has enriched my life beyond imagination. I used to be filled with anxiety and get irritated easily. That has changed and its a new ME who handles life with calmness and serenity, of course it has done wonders for me physically. But, its the overall impact on my life that has come about thanks to Srima Yoga that needs to be felt and is beyond description."

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