Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course
4 August – 2 September 2018
The goal of this training programme is to train qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline and share the yoga experience with others.
This course is suited to all yoga practitioners who seek a transformative experience in beautiful surroundings.
Possibility of translation into Portuguese. Please contact us for details.
Rates include tuition, accommodation and meals.
4 August – 2 September 2018
|Shared room (3-4 beds with shared bath):||€2,986|
|Double with shared bath:||€2,986|
|Double with private bath:||€3,276|
|Single with private bath:||€3,711|
Prices valid until 31 December 2018.
- Reserve a place with a downpayment of €400 (in cash, credit card or by money transfer)
Account holder: ASOCIACIÓN CENTRO DE YOGA SIVANANDA VEDANTA
Account number: IBAN: ES29 0182 4028 7102 0855 4011
- Remaining balance (in cash or by money transfer) to the same account indicated above.
The balance is due no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course.
Includes: examination fees, administrative costs, teaching, two uniforms for yoga practice, and the yoga teacher’s manual.
Does not include: travel expenses, cost of excursions, private consultations, kriya material, laundry service, or any other additional service.
The room category must be agreed with the Sivananda Yoga Center in Madrid, telephone +34 91 361 51 50
Please do not book your trip or make any payments until we have confirmed your participation in the course through a conversation or personal interview with the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madrid.
Certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organisation (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled “Yoga Siromani”.
The International Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Courses consist of three levels:
Teachers’ Training Course (TTC): 401 units of 45 min or 301 units of 60 min
Advanced Teachers’ Training Course (ATTC): 437 units of 45 min or 328 units of 60 min
Sadhana Intensive: 173 units of 45 min or 130 units of 60 min
The Yoga Alliance recognises the TTC for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards and the TTC plus ATTC for the 500 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
The course will be taught in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English using a modern wireless translation system and headphones (available in the yoga boutique or bring your own).
The course may additionally be translated into Portuguese, please enquire for details.
- The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press
- Bhagavad Gita with a commentary by Swami Sivananda, the Divine Life Trust Society
- Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion by the Sivananda Yoga Centres (Dorling Kindersley)
Please note: These books are not included in the course fee. They can be purchased at the Sivananda Yoga Centres or via the online shop.
Further recommended reading for at-home study:
- Sivananda Beginner’s Guide to Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gaia Books
- Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
Also available at the Sivananda Yoga Centres or via the online shop.
|5:30 am||Wake up|
|6:00 am||Meditation, mantra chanting and lecture|
|8:00 am||Asanas and Pranayama|
|11:00 am||Karma Yoga (helping out with chores)|
|12:00 pm||Bhagavad Gita or Kirtan|
|2:00 pm||Main lecture on philosophy or anatomy|
|4:00 pm||Asanas and Pranayama|
|8:00 pm||Meditation, mantra chanting and lecture|
|10:00 pm||Lights out|
The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the four traditional yoga paths:
- Proper exercise (Asanas)
- Proper breathing (Pranayama)
- Proper relaxation (Savasana)
- Proper diet (vegetarian)
- Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)
Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture-free.
Asanas (yoga postures)
The daily in-depth practice with individual corrections comprises:
- Sun salutation
- 12 basic yoga postures
- 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
- Postural alignment
- Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
- Release of blocked energy
- Training sessions for all age groups
Benefits of asanas:
- Control emotions
- Improve power of concentration
- Rid the body of excess fat
- Enhance physical fitness
- Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
- Stimulate circulation
- 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
Yoga anatomy and physiology
- Introduction to the major body systems
- The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system
- 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
- 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)
- Ethical and moral principles
- Body – prana (life energy) – mind
- From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation
- Ashtanga – the 8 steps of yoga
- Antahkarana – functions of the mind
- Concentration and meditation
- The Absolute and how it manifests itself in nature
- Macrocosmos & microcosmos
- The 7 Chakras
- The awakening of cosmic energy
- Kirtan: chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras
- Indian gods and their cosmic meaning
- Arati and Pujas (traditional Indian rituals)
- The law of cause and effect
- Samsara – the wheel of birth and death
- Karma Yoga – selfless service: one hour daily in the ashram community
- 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
- Study of both the text and the commentary of this classical yoga scripture
50 years of experience and more than 43,000 graduates
- Four-week theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga composed of 401 training units of 45 minutes’ duration.
- Certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organisation (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled “Yoga Siromani” and recognised by Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
- This course was established in 1969 by Swami Vishnudevananda as the first yoga teachers’ training course taught to Western students and now has over 43,000 graduates.
- A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required – a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential. Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve their own personal practice.
Several other swamis, senior teachers and translators will be participating in the course.
Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya, is a senior student of Swami Vishnudevananda and has taught at workshops and Yoga Teachers’ Training Courses around the world for many years. He is a dynamic, precise and knowledgeable instructor.
Swami Dayananda is the director of the Sivananda Center in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and teaches the Sivananda Teachers' Training Courses in South America and Spain. She is a steady practitioner of Hatha Yoga and a student of yoga anatomy. She has the ability to clearly convey the knowledge of Yoga and Vedanta.
Chandra is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. He has taught at the Sivananda Yoga Centres and international courses in Argentina, Brazil and Spain with dedication for more than 40 years.
Gopala is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and teaches anatomy and meditation in the yoga teachers' training courses.
Swami Santoshananda has received training in the Sivananda Yoga Centres of Europe and is currently director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madrid. With a great inclination towards devotional music, she teaches the practice and philosophy of mantra chanting.
Lakshmi is the coordinator of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madrid. She is a student of Sanskrit and especially the traditional yoga scripture Bhagavad Gita. She has taught at the Sivananda Teachers' Training Course in Spain for many years.
With international guest speakers
Practical Inspiration from the Yoga Tradition
23–27 August 2018
With Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya
Senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, he has taught Yoga Teachers' Training Courses around the world for over 30 years.
Introduction to Ayurveda
27–30 August 2018
With Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni, Ayurveda Acharyas
Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni have spent the last 20 years teaching Ayurveda around the world. They use their profound expertise to give practical advice on how to prevent disease and develop radiant health. Opportunity for a private consultation (extra cost).
11 August 2018
With Carlos Guerra
On the bansuri, the traditional Indian bamboo flute. He spent many years of musical training in India. Carlos Guerra will be accompanied by his wife Tokuko Nakamura on the tampura (string drone instrument).
Indian Temple Ceremonies
14–16 August 2018
With a traditional South Indian priest
The colours, sounds, aromas and gestures of the traditional temple ceremonies (Pujas) help clear the mental atmosphere and create a strong meditative vibration.
17–19 August 2018
With Prema Arenas Bonansea
Originally from Argentina, Prema is an inspiring yoga practitioner and teacher in Taiwan. She also modeled for the Sivananda book Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion.
The Brain of the Yogi
Dates to be announced
Two practical lectures with Gopala, direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. He teaches anatomy and meditation in the Teachers' Training Courses. How the practice of meditation and the awareness in asanas and pranayama modify the brain.
Rural hotel lacasatoya
The rural hotel lacasatoya, located on the outskirts of Aluenda, features cozy rooms and free WIFI in all areas. Its organic restaurant serves nutritious vegetarian meals buffet-style. Enjoy the refreshing salt water swimming pool purified with ultraviolet light treatment, and an adjoining area for sunbathing with spectacular views of the mountains. The hotel has several landscaped areas with natural grasses and fruit trees that create a refreshing atmosphere on summer evenings.
The 180 m2 Jupiter room is an ideal place for the practice of yoga and meditation. It has air conditioning and a wooden floor.
The hotel has three other rooms of different sizes and similar characteristics, as well as outdoor spaces for the group teaching practice.
At 900 meters above sea level, nestled in the Sierra de Vícor, is the small town of Aluenda (Zaragoza), providing an ideal environment for the practice of yoga and meditation. It has two sources of natural spring water coming directly from the mountains. An old church surrounded by stone and adobe houses, pines, oaks, cherry trees and almond trees, create a landscape reminiscent of an era long gone. An opportunity to discover the charm of authentic traditional Spain.
What to bring
- Yoga mat, meditation cushion, blanket (our boutique will be open every day for the purchase of books, yoga clothes, mats, cushions and other items)
- Loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, pen and paper, flashlight, shoes and comfortable walking shoes
- Toiletries, towel and swimwear, material for kriyas
- Headphones for the translation
Landline and mobile phones
There is coverage for mobile phones and WIFI service in all facilities.
Yoga accessories: yoga mats, meditation cushions, asana clothes, meditation shawls, yoga books, mantras CDs, headphones for translation, and more.
There is an outside laundry service at additional cost. There are also facilities for hand washing and clotheslines.
Check in / check out
Arrival at 2 pm on August 4.
Departure at 10 am on September 2.
The Stone Monastery
Once a week is a lecture-free day. Possible excursions (at extra cost):
The environs of Calatayud currently boast seven spas known for their healing properties. The closest is that of Paracuellos de Jiloca, just 10 minutes from lacasatoya. Its sulphurous waters are ideal for the treatment of skin and respiratory system ailments. Another beautiful place is Termas Pallares, a thermal lake having a fixed temperature all year round.
The Stone Monastery (40 km)
Located in a leafy natural park, and built at the transition from the Romanesque to the Cistercian Gothic, the monastery invites you to discover its passageways, chapels, and a magnificent cloister. The environment is pure in nature, with spectacular waterfalls in a dreamlike setting.
Calatayud (16 km)
City of great monumental wealth from the 11th century. Especially noteworthy are its synagogue in the Jewish quarter and its Mudéjar-style architecture which was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986.
Zaragoza (70 km)
This multicultural city is characterized by its impressive 17th-century Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, an important place of Marian pilgrimage. Other places of interest are the Roman walls and examples of Mudéjar architecture such as the Aljafería Palace.
How to get here
Easy access from Madrid and Barcelona
With very easy access from Madrid and from Barcelona:
Many airlines as well as low-cost carriers fly to Madrid and Barcelona.
By car: from Madrid take the A-2 motorway until exit 244; from Zaragoza take exit 252. Lacasatoya has a large parking area for cars.
By bus: take the ALSA line to Calatayud https://www.alsa.es/
From Madrid: 250 km; from Zaragoza: 65 km.
From Calatayud to Aluenda (14 km):
Local shuttle: Automóviles Zaragoza or taxi service (976 881 428) (approx. €20).
By train: Take the RENFE (AVE, ALTARIA) to Calatayud. The AVE train takes about 90 minutes from Madrid. http://www.renfe.com/