Impressions from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course in Rudraprayag, Himalayas
*Reduced triple room price of €2,300, applicable to nationals of the following countries who are residing in their home country: Eastern Europe, Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, South and Central America
All rates valid until 31 March 2018.
Registration is valid with a down payment of 30% of the full amount. The remaining unpaid balance is due no later than 6 weeks before the course begins.
Included are the examination fee, administrative costs, teaching, room and board, two sets of yoga clothing and a teacher's manual.
Not included are ground transportation to and from Delhi, tips, kriya kit, laundry service as well as any other additional service. Please book your own flight to Delhi.
It is recommended to purchase a travel cancellation insurance policy through your travel agency.
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 English with simultaneous translation into German, French, Italian and Spanish using a modern wireless translation system and headphones (available in the yoga boutique or bring your own). The course may additionally be translated into Russian, please enquire for details.
The rental fee for the translation system is €30 for the month.
Please note: These books are not included in the course fee. You cannot find these books locally in India. They can be purchased at the Sivananda Yoga Centres or via the online shop.
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 in 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:
Daily: 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:
Sit alone on the banks of the Ganga. Concentrate. Meditate. How she does instantaneously withdraw your mind from the physical world to the regions of immortality!
The course instructors are Yoga Acharyas (spiritual teachers) and senior teachers personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda.
Several other swamis, senior teachers and translators will be participating in the course.
Bhagavad Saptaha or the seven-day recitation of the Srimad Bhagavatam deepens the knowledge of the four classical yoga paths, whose wisdom is contained in this classical yoga scripture. This spiritual highlight is a special opportunity to experience first-hand the curriculum topics pertaining to the Bhakti Yoga cutlure of traditional India.
Accompanied by live music: harmonium, vocals, bamboo flute, shenai oboe and tabla.
This guest speaker programme presents the opportunity to improve your lifestyle according to the dietary and hygienic rules of Ayurveda. An Indian Ayurveda Vaidya (therapist) will explain the basic principles of Ayurveda in PowerPoint shows. A personal health consultation (at extra cost) is possible.
Classical Ayurveda oil massages deepen the effects of the yoga practice. Ladies have the option of individual treatment by a female Ayurveda therapist. An Ayurveda therapist for men is available on certain days of the week. You can book and pay for your treatment at the hotel reception desk.
Monal Resort is located 3 km from Rudraprayag, on 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of pristine land, surrounded on three sides by the lesser Himalayan Range. The resort has 53 rooms, each of which has its own private balcony, most of them with a view of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas.
Comfortable rooms (1–3 beds), private bathroom, electric or AC heater, water kettle, white linen bed sheets, quilt with quilt cover or two blankets, one pillow, bed cover.
Teas will be available on a self-service basis between the activities. Mineral water is available at extra cost.
Daily two lightly spiced Indian-style yogic vegetarian meals and one snack will be served buffet-style.
Meditations, lectures and some asana classes will be held on a spacious roof terrace (covered) overlooking the Alaknanda river. Four scenic open air asana platforms are also available.
Breathing the fresh Himalayan air is a boon for health throughout your stay. The old pilgrims' footpath to the high Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath passes right below Monal Resort. It leads to a large Ghat (bathing steps) by the Alaknanda River, ideal for pranayama and meditation, at just a few minutes walking distance. On the way you come by a small Siva Lingam Shrine where you can get blessings from a local pundit. The same footpath takes you through an impressive landscape of rocks and cacti, crossing the river over a small hanging bridge, to the Rudranath Temple (2 km distance) right above the river confluence. According to mythology it is here that Lord Rudra (Siva) taught music to the sage Narada. All worship in this temple is done by female priests.
There is a mobile phone contact for the hotel, which should only be used in case of emergency: +91 98 37 24 06 75
Mobile phone coverage for Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. Sim cards available at Delhi International Airport, requires copy of passport/visa and 1 photo.
Most foreign SIM cards do allow Internet roaming access.
Yoga accessories: yoga mats, meditation pillows, asana outfits, shawls for meditation, yoga books, mantra CDs, translation headphones and more.
Outside laundry service at extra charge; collection and return of laundry every evening.
Check in at 2:00 PM
Check out at 10:00 AM
Yoga mat, meditation pillow and shawl (also available at the Sivananda Boutique in Rudraprayag), sandals, sweat pants and sweat shirts, writing pad, torch, alarm clock, private toiletry items, soap, clothesline, money belt.
It is advisable to keep a copy of your visa, passport and plane ticket separately in your luggage.
Comfortable clothing adapted to the traditional lifestyle of India is required: No figure-hugging clothes, no halter tops, shorts or short skirts.
Please pack a scarf and cap, warm socks and sweaters. Also sunscreen and sun hat.
Please ask your pharmacy for a small kit of medicines appropriate for India. Please consult with your physician or tropical medical service about vaccinations.
Once a week is a lecture-free day. Possible excursions (extra cost):
38 km distance. The Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to Kartikeya – son of Siva. It can be reached by a 3 km trek from Kanak Chauri village, which is located on the Rudraprayag–Pokhri route. You can have magnificent views of the snow-clad Himalayan range from the Kartik Swami temple.
At a distance of 3 km from Rudraprayag and on the holy bank of the River Alaknanda is situated the Koteshwar Temple in a cave. There are many idols, which have been formed naturally. It is believed that before going to Kedarnath, Lord Siva meditated here. During the months of August and September, thousands of devotees come here to worship Lord Siva.
2 km distance. Right above the river confluence. According to mythology it is here that Lord Rudra (Siva) taught music to the sage Narada. All worship in this temple is done by female priests.
About 23 km from Rudraprayag, in the glorious valley of Mandakini, lies the popular town of Agastyamuni – a miniature paradise. Here, on the banks of the murmuring deep blue Mandakini sat the great sage Agastyamuni in deep meditation. The Agastya temple honours the great sage and is an ideal place to relax on the banks of the river.
3 km distance.
Rudraprayag is an ancient pilgrimage town (20,000 inhabitants) at the point of confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini, which are both tributaries to the River Ganges. Altitude of 890 m, 370 km away from Delhi. The area carries the spiritual thought currents of generations of spiritual seekers and pilgrims who walked and prayed in these pristine natural surroundings.
The Sivananda Yoga Centres suggest you travel from Delhi to Rudraprayag by Yogibus:
Chartered 27 seater AC coach
Suggested arrival time in Delhi, February 24 latest at 3:00 AM. A Yogibus escort will be available at the Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 arrivals area in front of the Costa Coffee as of 4:00 AM. The Yogibus departs at 5:00 AM.
If you are arriving before February 24 in Delhi, the meeting point is at 4:00 AM at the Hotel Shanti Palace (near the airport).
One-way charge: 6600 INR (or 95€), including breakfast in the bus and a full lunch stop half way. Mineral water is included on the AC coach.
The Yogibus will arrive in time for dinner at Monal Resorts Hotel in Rudraprayag.
Depending on your arrival time in New Delhi, it may be necessary to spend a night in a hotel. You can book a room by e-mail. See "Hotel accommodation on arrival in New Delhi" below.
The yogibus departs on March 25 at 6:00 AM from Monal Resorts Hotel in Rudraprayag, arrives at Delhi International Airport at approx. 10:00 PM.
Enrolment for Rudraprayag–Delhi will take place in Rudraprayag itself.
From Delhi to Haridvar, plus 5 hours' taxi drive.
From Delhi to Dehradun, plus 5 hours' taxi drive.
Depending on your arrival time in New Delhi, it may be necessary to spend a night in a hotel. You can book a room by e-mail.
When making your hotel reservations, please state clearly your name, type of room desired, arrival and departure days as well as airline arrival and departure times, and indicate whether you would like a shuttle transfer between the airport and the hotel.
In both hotels it is possible to share a room with another participant in order to save money.
A-67, Mahipalpur Extension-1
Near Indira Gandhi International Airport
New Delhi 110 037
Tel. +91 -11-45357300, 26781271-76
Hotline: +91 9810110607 / +91 9313325286
Participants qualify for a special rate, called a “corporate tariff for Sivananda Yoga Centres”. Please mention it when you make your reservation.
Single room: 3500 INR plus 9% tax per night
Double room: 4000 INR plus 9% tax per night
Costs for shuttle transfer from the International Airport:
Pick-up from airport: 750 INR plus tax
Drop-off at airport: 550 INR plus tax
Please make your reservations by e-mail: info(at)shantipalace.com
PLEASE NOTE: written confirmation from the hotel is absolutely necessary.
If needed you can call the hotel: Uma Shankar is in charge of reservations.
Payment is made directly at the hotel itself.
All prices guaranteed until 31 March 2018
A-53, Mahipalpur Extn. National Highway No-8
Near Indira Gandhi International Airport
New Delhi 110 037
Mobile: +91 9869465031
Board line: +91 22 6150 6363
The special price for our students is called "Special rate for the Sivananda Yoga Centres".
Single room: 3200 INR per night
Double room: 3800 INR per night
Extra bed: 700 INR per night
All prices include tax and breakfast.
Airport pick-up: 650 INR
Airport drop-off: 350 INR
All prices guaranteed until 31 March 2018
If you have any questions, please see the contact details below.
Participation in the Teachers’ Training Course requires constant adaptation to local customs, as well as inner openness and sincere acceptance of the instructions given by the teachers. After enrolling, please meet or telephone with Swami Vidyananda (see her contact details below). This is to gain a better understanding of the spiritual nature of the course and to answer any further questions you may have. This personal course introduction is essential for enrolment.
Cancellation before the start of the course: the following cancellation fees will apply:
Early departure from the yoga teachers training course in Rudraprayag:
In case of early departure from the course, the TTC course manual and TTC uniforms (2 trousers / 2 t-shirts) must be returned before leaving the teaching location.