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Online Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

This course is meant to help yoga students staying at distant places from Pune in other parts of India and globally. The live sessions will be led by Dr. Vikas Chothe and the certified international faculty from Swasti Yoga Center and will last three hours per day. Upon completion, you will receive a certification accredited by Swasti Yoga Center and one from Yoga Certification Board, Indian Government on passing Level 3 exam.

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Vikas & Dr Shwetambari
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  • 800-hour online yoga teacher training
  • 120 contact hours
  • 680 non-contact hours
  • 3 hours per session with a certified international faculty
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom, Google Duo, or Microsoft Teams
  • Online sessions’ time zone: Pune, India (India Standard Time, GMT+5:30)
  • Self-paced is possible upon discussion with the teacher
  • Reasonable price

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

48 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
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Pre-application requirements

This training is for advanced, candidates with Level 2/400 hours teacher training course completed. For admission in the course, it is suggested that the candidate should have passed the 12th standard/high secondary school certificate from a recognized board or equivalent.

However, Yoga Institutions can define their own eligibility. You will also need to install Zoom, Google Duo, or Microsoft Teams to participate in the live sessions. The job requires individuals to have good communication skills, time management skills, and the ability to understand the body language of the trainees.

The job requires individual to possess key qualities such as self-discipline, confidence, maturity, patience, compassion, active listening, time management, empathetic, language proficiency, engaging with students, dedication to teaching, ability to build caring relationships with students, friendliness, and approachability, Independent, credible, analytical skills, and more.


Upon completion, you will receive a certification accredited by Swasti Yoga Center and Yoga Certifcation Board (YCB) Government of India.

How the training works

There will be 120 contact hours and 680 non-contact hours. Self-paced is possible upon discussion with the teacher. You will receive 3 hours of the session once every week for a year.

Daily schedule (GMT+5:30)

The online session will be held every Saturday.

  • 11:00 - 13:00 Prayer, chanting, yoga theory
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga practical

Curriculum information


Unit 1: Foundation of yoga

  • 1.1 Etymology and Definitions of Yoga (Patanjala Yoga Sutra, Bhagwad Gita, Kathopanishad)
  • 1.2 Brief Introduction to origin, history, and development of Yoga (Pre- Vedic period to contemporary times)
  • 1.3 Yoga in Principle Upanishads
  • 1.4 Yoga tradition in Jainism: Syadvada (theory of seven-fold predictions); Concept of Kayotsarga / Preksha meditation)
  • 1.5 Yoga Tradition in Buddhism: Concept of Aryasatyas (four noble truths)
  • 1.6 Salient features and branches of Bharatiya Darshana (Astika and Nastika Darshana)
  • 1.7 General introduction to Shad Darshana with special emphasis on Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta Darshana
  • 1.8 Brief survey of Yoga in Modern and Contemporary Times (Shri Ramakrishna, Shri Aurobindo, Maharishi Raman, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Shivananda, Paramhansa Madhavadas ji, Yogacharya Shri T. Krishnamacharya)
  • 1.9 Guiding principles to be followed by the practioner
  • 1.10 Brief Introduction to Schools of Yoga; Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Raja, and Hatha
  • 1.11 Principles and Practices of Jnana Yoga
  • 1.12 Principles and Practices of Bhakti Yoga
  • 1.13 Principles and Practices of Karma Yoga
  • 1.14 Concept and Principles of Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama, Surya Namaskars and their significance in Yoga Sadhana
  • 1.15 Concept and Principles of Shatkarma: Meaning, Types, Principles and their significance in Yoga Sadhana
  • 1.16 Concept and Principles of Yogasana: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana
  • 1.17 Concept and Principles of Pranayama: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana
  • 1.18 Introduction to Bandha & Mudra and their health benefits
  • 1.19 Introduction to Yogic relaxation techniques with special reference to Yoga Nidra
  • 1.20 Introduction to Dhyana and its role in health and well being

Unit 2: Introduction to yoga texts

  • 2.1 Introduction to Prasthanatrayee, Purushartha Chatushtaya and goal of human life
  • 2.2 Yoga in Kathopanishad, Prashanopanishad, Taittiriyopnishad with special emphasis on Panchakosha Vivek and Ananda Mimamsa
  • 2.3 Concept of Sthitaprajna (stages and characteristics) in Bhagavad Gita
  • 2.4 Significance of Bhagavad Gita as a synthesis of Yoga
  • 2.5 Concept of healthy living in Bhagavad Gita (Ahara, Vihara, Achara, Vichara).
  • 2.6 Introduction and highlights of Yoga Vasishtha, Definitions of Yoga and their relevance in Yoga Vasishtha
  • 2.7 Study of Patanjal Yoga Sutra including selected sutras from following chapters (I- 1 to 12, II1 to 2, 46 to 55, III- 1 to 6)
  • 2.8 Concept of Chitta, Chitta Bhumi, Chitta Vritti, Chitta Vikshepa, Chittaprasadanam, Klesha and Vivek-Khyati and their relationship with wellness
  • 2.9 Concept of Ishwara and its relevance in Yogasadhana, qualities of Ishwara, Ishwarapranidhana
  • 2.10 Concept of Kriya Yoga of Patanjali and its importance for healthy living
  • 2.11 Bahiranga Yoga of Maharisi Patanjali (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara)
  • 2.12 Antaranga Yoga of Maharishi Patanjali (Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi)
  • 2.13 Concept of mental well-being according to Patanjala yoga
  • 2.14 Hatha Yoga: Its origin, history and development. Hatha yoga: its meaning, and definition, aim, objectives and misconception about Hatha yoga
  • 2.15 Sadhaka Tattva and Badhaka Tattva principles to be followed by Hatha yoga practitioner
  • 2.16 Concept of Matha, Mitahara, Pathya & Apthaya, Types of Aspirants
  • 2.17 Hatha Yoga practices according to different Hatha Yogic Texts (Hatha Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita and Hatharatnavali)
  • 2.18 Concept of Shwasa-Prashwasa, Vayu, Prana, Upa-Prana, Shat Chakra, and more
  • 2.19 Knowledge of Hatha yoga practices for wellness (Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra, Nadaanusandhana)
  • 2.20 Relevance and importance of Hatha yoga practices in health and wellbeing

Unit 3: Yoga and health

Introduction to Human Body - Anatomy and Physiology

  • 3.1 Introduction to human body
  • 3.2 Basic structure and functions of musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardio vascular system, nervous system, digestive system, and endocrine system
  • 3.3 Homeostasis: its mechanism to maintain internal environment of the body
  • 3.4 Introduction to sensory organs (Eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin)
  • 3.5 Impact of yogic practices on different systems of the human body: Benefits of Shatkarma, Yogasana, Pranayama and Bandha on respiratory, circulatory, musculoskeletal system

Introduction to psychology

  • 3.6 Introduction to psychology, concept of human psyche, stages of consciousness, cognitive process: Its meaning and nature
  • 3.7 Definition and nature of behavior, kinds of behavior motivation
  • 3.8 Emotions: definition, nature and physiological changes during emotion
  • 3.9 Mental Health: Yogic view of mental health and mental illness
  • 3.10 Role of yoga in mental health. Importance of psychosocial environment for health and wellness

Yoga for health and wellness

  • 3.11 Yogic concept of health, wellness and illness
  • 3.12 Importance of psycho-social environment for health and wellness
  • 3.13 Role of yoga in various dimensions (physical, mental, social and spiritual) of health
  • 3.14 Importance of following Dinacharya and Ritucharya for well being
  • 3.15 Role of Ahara, Nidra and Brahmacharya in wellness.

Yoga for disease prevention and health promotion

  • 3.16 Meaning and definition of health and disease, xoncept of Adhi and Vyadhi, yoga as a preventive health care - Heyam dukham anagatam
  • 3.17 Potential causes of ill - health: Tapatrayas and Kleshas, mental and emotional ill health: Anatrayas
  • 3.18 Shuddhi Prakriyas in yoga and their role in preventive and curative health
  • 3.19 Knowledge of Trigunas, Pancha-Kosha, Pancha-Prana and Shatkchakra and their role in health and disease
  • 3.20 Yogic concept of holistic health and its importance in the management of diseases

Unit 4: Applied yoga

Yoga and education

  • 4.1 Education: Its meaning, definition and goal, role, and importance of education in human excellence
  • 4.2 Yoga in education: Salient features of yoga education, factors of yoga education: Teacher, Student and teaching, Guru- Shishya- Parampara and its importance in yoga education
  • 4.3 Value Education: Its meaning and definition, types of values, value - oriented education in personality development
  • 4.4 Contribution of yoga towards development of values, spiritual growth
  • 4.5 Salient features of ideal yoga teacher, role of yoga teacher in value-oriented education, role of yoga in development of healthy society

Yoga for personality development

  • 4.6 Personality: Meaning and types of personality
  • 4.7 Determinants of personality with reference to psycho-social environment
  • 4.8 Knowledge of various facets and stages of development of personality
  • 4.9 Personality development; Role of spirituality and positive attitude in personality development
  • 4.10 Role of yogic practices (Asana, Pranayama, Shatkarma, Bandha, Mudra, and more) in the personality development

Yogic management of stress and its consequences

  • 4.11 Definition, nature and types of stress
  • 4.12 Symptoms and consequences of stress on human mind
  • 4.13 Yogic perspective of stress. Yogic principles for the management of stress and its consequences
  • 4.14 Concepts and techniques of Stress management in Ashtanga yoga of Patanjala Yogasutra and Bhagawad Gita
  • 4.15 Specific practices for stress management: Yogasana, Breath Awareness, Shavasana, Yoganidra, pranayama, and meditation

Yoga for prevention and management of lifestyle disorders

  • 4.16 Concept of yogic life style and its relevance
  • 4.17 General knowledge about life style related disorders: Acidity, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bronchial asthma, sinusitis, hypertension, neck pain, low backache, osteo-arthritis, and more
  • 4.18 Role of yoga in prevention and management of common disorder: Acidity, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bronchial asthma, sinusitis, hypertension, neck pain, low backache, osteo-arthritis
  • 4.19 Role of yoga in prevention and management of non-communicable disorders
  • 4.20 Yoga as an integral medication

Yoga practical

5.1 Prayer

  • Concept and recitation of Pranava
  • Concept and recitation of Hymns
  • Selected universal prayers, invocations, and Nishpatti Bhava

5.2 Yogic Shat Karma

  • Neti: Sutra Neti and Jala Neti
  • Dhauti: Vamana Dhauti (Kunjal)
  • Kapalbhati (Vatakrama)

5.3 Yogic Sukshma Vyayama and Sthula Vyayama Yogic Sukshma Vyayama (Microcirculation practices)

  • Neck movement - Griva Shakti Vikasaka (I,II,III,IV)
  • Shoulder movement - Bhuja Valli Shakti Vikasaka, Purna Bhuja Shakti Vikasaka
  • Trunk movement - Kati Shakti Vikasaka (I, II, III, IV, V )
  • Knee movement - Jangha Shakti Vikasaka (II-A&B ), Janu Shakti Vikasaka
  • Ankle movement - Pada-mula shakti Vikasaka - A&B, Gulpha-pada-pristha-pada-tala shakti Vikasaka

Yogic Sthula Vyayama (Macrocirculation practices)

  • Sarvanga Pushti
  • Hrid Gati (Engine run)

5.4 Yogic Surya Namaskara with Mantra

5.5 Yogasana

  • Tadasana, Hastottanasana, Vrikshasana
  • Ardha Chakrasana, Padahastasana
  • Trikonasana, Parshva Konasana, Katichakrasana
  • Dandasana, Bhadrasana, Padmasana, Vajarasana,
  • Yogamudrasana, Parvatasana
  • Mandukasana, Ushtrasana, Shashankasana, Utthana Mandukasana,
  • Paschimottanasana, Purvottanasana
  • Vakrasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Gomukhasana
  • Makarasana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Dhanurasana
  • Pavanamuktasana and its variations
  • Uttanapadasana, Ardha Halasana, Setubandhasana, Saral-matsyasana
  • Halasana, Chakrasana
  • Sirshasana
  • Shavasana

5.6 Preparatory breathing practices

  • Sectional breathing (Abdominal, thoracic, and clavicular breathing)
  • Yogic deep breathing
  • Anuloma Viloma/ Nadi Shodhana

5.7 Pranayama

  • Concept of Puraka, Rechaka, and Kumbhaka
  • Ujjayee Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)
  • Sheetali Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)
  • Sitkari Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)
  • Bhramari Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)

5.8 Concept and demonstration of Bandha and Mudra

a) Bandha

  • Jalandhara Bandha
  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Mula Bandha

b) Mudra

  • Yoga Mudra
  • Maha Mudra
  • Vipareetakarani Mudra

5.9 Practices leading to Dhyana Sadhana

  • Body awareness and Breath awareness
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Antanmauna
  • Recitation of Pranava and Sohama
  • Recitation of Hymns
  • Practice of Dhyana

5.10 Methods of teaching and evaluation

  • Teaching methods with special reference to yoga
  • Factors influencing yoga teaching
  • Need of teaching practice and its use in yogic practice
  • Teaching aids: Meaning and need, role of language, voice, fluency, clarity and body language in an ideal presentation
  • Methods of teaching yoga to an individual, small group, and large group
  • Use of audio-visual aids, ICT, multimedia, and online resources
  • Lecture cum demonstration in yoga: Its meaning, importance, and method of its presentation
  • Lesson plan: Its meaning and need
  • Preparation of lesson plan in yoga, preparation of lesson plan for an individual and for a group
  • Presentation of lessons in specific yogic practices: Kriya, asana, pranayama, and Dhyana
  • Assessment of a yoga class (detection and correction of mistakes)
  • Measurement, assessment, and evaluation: concepts, principles, and applications
  • Examination reforms and designing formative and summative evaluation
  • Program evaluation: Yoga class/workshops/ camps, yoga teaching, and yoga teacher
  • Assessment of yoga centers and institutes- criteria, processes, instruments, results


Vikas Chothe

Dr Shwetambari Chothe

Retreat location

This teacher training is held online. Swasti Yoga Center is located in Pune, India (GMT+5:30), and they will live-stream yoga classes via Zoom, Google Duo, or Microsoft Teams which you can participate from the comfort of your home.

What's included

  • 800-hours yoga teacher and evaluator (YT&E) course modules
  • 120 contact hours
  • 680 non-contact hours
  • Live sessions by a certified international faculty (3 hours per session)
  • First-hand experience of the yogic lifestyle
  • All syllabus mentioned

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Yoga props
  • Yoga Certification Board (Govt. of India) Yoga Exam fees

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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You can start the course as soon as you enroll. A self-paced program is available. Please send an inquiry to Swasti Yoga Center for more information. 

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