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Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC)

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A four week intensive residential course, surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, covering all aspects of Yoga. With Senior Teachers of the International Sivananda Yoga Centres.

Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools


“Yoga is a system of integral education, not only of the mind, but also of the inner spirit.” – Swami Sivananda

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Comments from graduates on this course:

« A life changing month. We were given a gift, a gift of knowledge, a gift to share. A gift that shines bright in to all areas of our own lives & into the lives of others. The shinning light of yoga .»

Krishnapriya - graduate TTC Govinda Valley 2013


« Wow, this was intense, yes!  And I am leaving a brighter, more balanced person for it.  What a lot we packed in; from contemplating consciousness to attempting advanced asanas. We were expertly guided, taught and energised by our ever-giving Swami's.  Words could not summise the intense gratitude I have for our Teachers, new Spiritual Friends and our hosts, Govinda Valley.  I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in a comprehensive and clear TTC.  You can trust that whatever you need in your life at this time, the lessons will come.  Namaste. »

Bhavani -graduate TTC Govinda Valley 2013



About the Course:


Yoga Masters


Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963) Swami Sivananda
(1887 – 1963)

The spiritual strength behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and regarded as a modern-day saint. Swami Sivananda's teachings are a synthesis of all paths of yoga.
Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963) Swami Vishnudevananda
(1927 – 1993)

Disciple of Swami Sivananda, founder of
the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, world authority on hatha and raja yoga, and author of the classic
"The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga".


The Course Instructors:

The course is taught by Yoga Acharyas (spiritual teachers) personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda as well as other experienced Swamis and yoga teachers. They regularly participate in special further training in India to deepen their Yoga knowledge and practice.


Tuition Fee:

Shared Room: 3.725AUD / Tent space: 2.900 AUD


The Venue: Govinda Valley

Situated one hour south of Sydney in the luscious bush land of Otford, Govinda Valley is surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and is a short drive from several sparkling beaches.

Bushwalking is abundant and nearby local businesses also provide such recreational options as horse-riding, hang-gliding, paint-ball and a tennis court. Invitingly illuminated, endowed with the purity of pristine forest air, the spacious halls are perfect for absorption in yoga and meditation.

Govinda Valley - Australia

Accomodation is in shared rooms (4beds per room) with communal bathrooms. You can also bring your own tent. The spacious dining hall provides an enlivening meal-time environment. Partake with relish within or enjoy relaxing balcony dining in the soothing forest breeze.


The International Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course

The Gurukula System of EducationSwami Sivananda sent Swami Vishnudevananda to the West in 1957 to spread the teachings of Yoga. Swami Vishnudevananda was the first yoga master to develop a training programme for yoga teachers in the West. In 1969, he taught the first Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) in Canada. Since then, over 25,000 certified yoga teachers have completed the Teachers’ Training Course, with another 1,000 graduates each year.

The goal of this training programme is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others. Swami Sivananda founded an institute of education within his ashram in Rishikesh, India, named the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy. Swami Vishnudevananda was one of the principal professors of the academy and as an extension of this educational programme, the Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course was developed. The course is designed to be intensive, immersing the students in a balanced programme of yogic theory and practice for all-round physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development.

The Gurukula System of Education
The course is based on India’s traditional Gurukula teaching system, where by direct contact with the teachers, the student’s day-to-day life during the course is transformed into an integrated learning experience. Yoga teachers are not just trained in the asanas. While asanas are an integral part of classical Hatha Yoga, it is the combination of the asanas with ethical values, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation that enables a comprehensive experience of Hatha Yoga. Swami Vishnudevananda’s visionary approach to yoga and yoga training has equipped thousands of students with the necessary discipline and yogic skills to enrich their own lives and to help spread these teachings to others.


Yoga Teacher Training Graduates

Upon successful completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course, the yoga teachers receive a yoga certificate confirming that they have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to teach asanas, pranayama and relaxation to beginners and intermediate yoga students.


The Sivananda Yoga approach

Yoga teachers are not just trained in the asanas. While asanas are an integral part of classical Hatha Yoga, it is the combination of the asanas with ethical values, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation that enables a comprehensive experience of Hatha Yoga.

The Sivananda approach to training yoga teachers believes that students should understand and experience the four main systems of yoga: Besides the focus on Hatha Yoga, the Sivananda yoga teacher training programme introduces students to the theory and practice of Raja Yoga (control over the mind), Karma Yoga (selfless activity), Jnana Yoga (yoga philosophy) and Bhakti Yoga (transformation of emotions into devotion).



The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional yoga paths:

1. Proper exercise (Asanas)
2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
3. Proper relaxation (Savasan)
4. Proper diet (Vegetarian)
5. Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

Two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.


The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:
• Sun salutation and the12 basic yoga postures
• 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
• Postural alignment
• Deep relaxation with auto suggestion
• Release of blocked energy
• Training sessions for all age groups

Benefits of asanas:

• Control emotions and improve power of concentration
• Rid the body of excess fat and enhance physical fitness
• Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism,
  stomach complaints
• Stimulate circulation and stabilise thyroid functions
• Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age


• Expands capacity of the lungs
• Relaxes the nervous system
• Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
• Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
• Awakens the inner spiritual energy
• Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
• Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
• Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis)
• The 8 main pranayamas: Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Plavini,
  Moorcha, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari


• Tratak, Neti, Kapalabhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti: six classical purification
  exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, oesophagus and stomach,
  abdominal organs and large intestine. Explanation and demonstration
  of the exercises and their effects. Individual instruction


Anatomy and Physiology

• Introduction to the major body systems.
  The effects of asanas and pranayama on the cardio - vascular, respiratory,
  digestive, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems


Teaching Practice

• How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners
  and intermediate students
• Detailed correction workshops
• In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other
  under the guidance of an experienced instructor


Yoga Nutrition

• Vegetarianism – for ethical, spiritual and health reasons
• How diet affects the mind
• Proper balance of the main nutrients
• Ayurvedic principles of nutrition
• Healing effects of fasting


• Physical and mental meditation
• 12-step daily practice
• Effects of and experiences in meditation
• Mantras – spiritual energy in sound
• Mantra initiation (if desired)

Hatha Yoga

• Ethical and moral principles
• Body – prana (life energy) – mind
• From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation

Raja Yoga

• Ashtanga – the 8 steps of yoga
• Antahkarana – functions of the mind
• Concentration and meditation

Kundalini Yoga

• The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
• Macrocosmos and microcosmos
• The 7 Chakras
• The awakening of cosmic energy

Bhakti Yoga

• Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
• Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
• Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals)

Karma Yoga

• The law of cause and effect
• Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
• Karma Yoga – selfless service:
  one hour daily in the ashram community

Jnana Yoga

• Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
• The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
• Space, time, causation
• The 3 bodies
• The 3 levels of the mind
• Conquest of death


Bhagavad Gita

• Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture

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Special guests and cultural programmes:

Guest speakers and artists from around the world enrich the Teachers’ Training Course experience. Lectures on medicine, diet, physics, psychology, religion, etc. reveal fascinating connections to yoga.

Daily Schedule

Wake up
Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk
Asanas and Pranayama
Karma yoga
  12 noon
Bhagavad Gita or chanting class
Main lecture
Asanas and Pranayama
Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture
Lights out
Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the programme may occur from time to time. One day a week is given for personal activities and study. On this day students are required to attend morning and evening satsangs as well as to complete their Karma Yoga.

Admission Requirements

The intensity of the training programme requires a high degree of discipline and an open mind to new teachings and experiences. Prior experience in the practice of yoga and meditation is recommended and a sincere desire for knowledge and commitment to personal growth is needed. It is suggested that before enrolling for the course, you familiarize yourself with our teachings by attending classes and courses at a Sivananda Ashram or Centre.


Yoga of Synthesis

The course is based on the yoga of synthesis as taught by Swami Sivananda. This includes the practice of Hindu devotional rituals which are also part of the daily programme.


Ashram Rules

Attendance at all programmes is mandatory. In order to maintain the proper atmosphere, no meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, eggs, drugs and revealing clothing are allowed. Their use may lead to dismissal from the course.



Nutritious and delicious vegetarian food will be served twice daily. Please note that the meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We cannot cater to special dietetic needs during the course.



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vegetarian food



To secure your place a deposit of 500 AUD is required. The balance is due four weeks before the beginning of the course. Please see application form for refund policy. Payments can be done through PayPal, Visa/Mastercard or bank transfer, payment details will be upon confirmation of your application.


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Arrival: 1. course day
between 3 and 6 pm
last course day
around 10 am


What to Bring

Comfortable clothes, sleeping bag or duvet with duvet cover, comfortable shoes/ sandals/ walking shoes, towels and toiletries, yoga mat, meditation shawl, cushion to sit on.
Study Material: The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda, Yoga-Your Home Practice Companion, The Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Swami Sivananda and the Kriya kit. These are available at our Centres or order from our online shop.



Govinda Valley - Australia

How to get there

By car or train (about one hour from Sydney). Otford train station is
just 5 minutes walking distance from the course location.
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Address of the retreat location:

Govinda Valley, 51 Lady Carrington Rd, Otford, NSW, 2508
Tel: +61 2 4294 1765 · Fax: +61 2 4294 1763 · Mob: +61 415031433

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