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Yoga teacher training courses in the Himalayas

International Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC)

In Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India

19 October – 17 November 2019
22 February – 22 March 2020
or
21 October – 19 November 2020

 

The course is taught in English, with simultaneous translation into French, German, Spanish, Italian.

 

Online application

Tuition fee

2019 rates
Triple Room* €2,560
Double Room €3,190
Single Room €3,990

*Reduced triple room price of €2,360, 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 December 2019.

Yoga class with a view of the Ganges and the Himalayas

Learn to teach asanas ...

... and give support.

Pranayama for physical and mental strength.

Learn the background of yoga anatomy.

Reflect on the wisdom of yoga.

Develop self-confidence.

Enjoy delicious yogic meals.

Meet people from all over the world.

Visit unforgettable temples ...

... and holy sites.

Feel the Ganges.

Experience the nature ...

... and the animals of the Himalayas.


Impressions from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course in Rudraprayag, Himalayas

There are also Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training courses in Austria, England, France, Spain, Italy and Poland. Interested?

Course description

  • This course was established in 1969 by Swami Vishnudevananda as the first yoga teachers’ training course in the West and now has over 46,000 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. It is recognised by the Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards
  • The course is a unique opportunity to develop both a solid foundation in classical yoga and balanced teaching methods in asanas and pranayama. This integral course enables physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth.
  • 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.
  • You are guided by experienced and committed teachers and staff members who live yoga and meditation every day.
  • The comprehensive curriculum covers both theory and practice. Spiritual practices from the Indian temple tradition are part of the course.
  • A vegetarian diet and the daily yoga and meditation practice in the impressive natural beauty of India support inner growth. Once a week there is a lecture-free day; participation in the morning and evening meditation is nevertheless mandatory on this day.

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!

Swami Sivananda

Course instructors

The course instructors are Yoga Acharyas, personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda.

 

 

Special programmes

Bhagavata Saptaha – A Seven-Day Journey to the Meaning of Life

Bhagavatacharya Sri Venugopal Goswami, Vrindavan, North India

A seven-day recitation of the Srimad Bhagavatam to deepen 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 course curriculum topics pertaining to the traditional Bhakti Yoga culture of India.

Accompanied by live music: harmonium, vocals, bamboo flute, shenai oboe and tabla.

A Healthy Diet according to Ayurveda

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.

Ayurveda massages

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.

Venue

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.

Drinking water and teas

Teas will be available on a self-service basis between the activities. Mineral water is available at extra cost.

Meals and snacks

Daily two lightly spiced Indian-style yogic vegetarian meals and one snack will be served buffet-style.

Teaching locations

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.

Outdoors

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, ending at 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.

Telephone and mobile phone

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.

Boutique

Yoga accessories: yoga mats, meditation pillows, asana outfits, shawls for meditation, yoga books, mantra CDs, translation headphones and more.

Laundry service

Outside laundry service at extra charge; collection and return of laundry every evening.

Check in/Check out

Check in at 2:00 PM

Check out at 10:00 AM

Visit: www.monalresorts.com

Excursions

Once a week is a lecture-free day. Possible excursions (extra cost):

Kartik Swami

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.

Koteshwar 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.

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.

Agastyamuni

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.

Rudraprayag town

3 km distance.

Kartik Swami

Koteshwar Temple

Rudranath Temple

Rudraprayag

 

Day excursion to Kartik Swami.

Travel information

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.

Monal Resorts
Main Badrinath Road,
246 475 Rudraprayag
Uttarakhand
India
Mobile telephone for emergencies only: +91 98 37 24 06 75

www.monalresorts.com

Yogibus

The Sivananda Yoga Centres suggest you travel from Delhi to Rudraprayag by Yogibus:

Chartered 27 seater AC coach

Suggested arrival time in Delhi, October 19 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 October 19 in Delhi, the meeting point is at 4:00 AM at the Hotel Shanti Palace (near the airport).

One-way charge: 7600 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.

Enrolment form for Delhi – Rudraprayag (October 2019) (PDF) >>

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.

Return journey:

The yogibus departs on November 17 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.

By train 

From Delhi to Haridvar, plus 5 hours' taxi drive.

By air

From Delhi to Dehradun, plus 5 hours' taxi drive.

Enrolment

If you have any questions, please see the contact details below.