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Arrival: Sunday, December 1
Departure: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Accommodation options for the 28 night stay, per person:
Double - $3,000 USD
Single Room - $3,750 USD

Dates given are when you should plan to arrive and leave and may not be actual dates of instruction. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.


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Swami Sitaramananda, direct disciple of Swami Vishnu will be teaching this TTC in Taiwan along with Swami Pranavananda and Swami Narayananda.



New TTC student receiving the TTC Manual during the Inaugeration ceremony.



TTC student receives the 3 powders as part of the initiation ceremony.



Sadasiva (Jesse Chen) receives his TTC Certificate from Swami Sita at the Yoga farm in California.


Swami Sitaramananda has been practicing yoga for more then 30 years.  She is well known for her philosophy lectures.



Pranayama is practiced 30 minutes during every Sivananda yoga class.


Prema demonstrates cobra posture.


Yoga Asana and pranayama class is practiced twice a day 8am and 4pm. 



Prema demonstrates yoga posture side bend. 


Crescent moon posture at the Meteor Garden, the location of TTC in Taiwan 2013



Atma Jyoti, Sivananda yoga teacher in Taiwan wearing the TTC uniform.



Omkari and Lakshmiare also have completed the Sivananda yoga TTC.


Relaxing at table in Meteor Garden.



Small pond at Meteor garden retreat.



This main hall will be used for yoga classes.



Students room at Meteor Garden.



Meteor garden retreat outdoor dining.



Meteor garden retreat balcony.

Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC) in Taiwan

Sunday, December 1—Sunday, December 29, 2013
Swami Sitaramananda • Swami Pranavananda • Swami Narayanananda • Mahadevi (Nicola Skop) • Ananta Chaitanya • Deviyani • Prema (Karina Arenas Bonansea) •

Teacher's Training Course in Taiwan

In collaboration with Republic of China Yoga Association (CYA), the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (SYVC), founder Swami Vishnudevananda, offers for the first time a one-month classical Yoga Teachers Training course in Taiwan December 1 - 29, 2013!  Experience the full one-month intensive training of body-mind-spirit and at the same time enjoy this beautiful location in Taiwan.  Swami Vishnudevananda has visited Taiwan many times in the 80's and was instrumental to bring yoga and the teachings of Master Swami Sivananda Maharaj of Rishikesh, Himalayas to Taiwan.  Swami Vishnu'ji  founded the international SYVC and taught the Synthesis of Yoga with the scientific approach of the West combined with the depth of eastern yogic philosophy in a unique way. Swami Vishnu's practical spirit and modern methods are being transmitted in its integrity by his senior disciple, Swami Sitaramananda. Swami Sitaramananda is the director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California and has taught many TTCs around the world.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the history of Sivananda Yoga in Taiwan.


This 4 week course, which offers a profound personal experience, will allow you to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others. The spiritual essence of yoga is learned through a combination of repeated practice and inspirational lessons. Among the many benefits that students report are greater spiritual awareness, a sense of connection with the divine, a new-found sense of self-discipline, enhanced self-esteem, improved power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility.

A teaching certificate from the International SYVC is awarded upon successful completion of this immersion course. The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SYVC) has trained over 24,000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy/physiology, Bhagavad Gita, mantra and kriyas. Please inquire for a brochure and application form.

Daily Schedule

5:30 am                 Wake Up
6:00 - 7:30 am      Satsang: meditation, chanting, lecture
8:00 - 10:00 am    Yoga Asana and Pranayama Class
10:00 - 10:45 am   Vegetarian Brunch
10:45 - 11:45 am   Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
12:00 - 1:00 pm     Kirtan or Bhagavad Gita Class
2:00 - 4:00 pm       Main Philosphy Lecture
4:00 - 6:00 pm       How to Teach Yoga Class
6:00 - 6:45 pm       Vegetarian Dinner
6:45 - 7:45 pm       Free time for Homework completion
8:00 - 9:45 pm       Satsang: meditation, chanting, lecture

1 day a week will be free, but satsang still must be attended. 


Upon successful completion of the course, students receive the Certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, entitled Yoga Siromani. This training is registered by and fulfils the requirements for the 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.

Hatha Yoga

  - Hatha Yoga Theory, The Astral Body
  - The nadis (energy channels) and
    chakras (energy centers).
  - Yoga Asanas, The Sun Salutation and
     the 12 basic yoga postures.
  - Advanced Variations
  - Effects of asanas on the physical and
     astral body
  - Proper posture alignment
  - Deep relaxation, Release of blocked
  - Pranayama Kapalabhati, Anuloma
     Viloma (alternate nostril breath)
    Advanced pranayama exercises, Kriyas

  - Meditation, Twelve Guidelines for Meditation
  - Benefits of Meditation
  - Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
  - Yoga Philosophy and Psychology
  - Techniques of meditation 
  - Mechanics of the mind
  - Positive thinking techniques
  - Obstacles to meditation. 
  - The Five Points of Yoga according to Swami Vishnu-

Yoga Philosophy
  - Psychology of the Spiritual Aspirant
  - Law of karma, Vedanta philosophy
  - 4 classical Yoga paths : Karma Yoga,
     Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga
  - 8 limbs of Yoga and Jnana Yoga (vedanta
     philosophy and
     techniques of self enquiry) . 
  - Teaching the sun salutation and the 12
     basic postures
  - The Basic Class
  - Teaching beginners and intermediate
  - Adapt teaching to special groups

Anatomy and Physiology
  - The effects of hatha yoga on major body systems
  - Yogic Diet and Nutrition
  - Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism

Bhagavad Gita Study
  - commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the most read classical scripture. It gives universal teachings on how to do your duty and conduct yourself in the battlefield of life.

 - Positive emotional effects of
 - Correct pronunciation and mental
 - Mantra and sound healing
 - Practice of opening of the heart to
    the divine


English and Chinese


Meteor Garden Retreat is located in the eastern suburb of Taichung City in central Taiwan. At five hundred meters above sea level, it is surrounded  by natural beauty: Nestled between Taiwan's famous Snow Mountain Range to the east and Huoyan Mountain to the North, gazing far to the west it beholds Taiwan's western seacoast.  Meteor Garden Retreat is also a dedicated organic fruit farm with fruit trees leisurely spreading out it's property. In the Spring it's covered in cherry blossoms; In the summer butterflies flies flutter among jack fruit and persimmons while fire flies glitter in the evenings. The fragrance of Osamanthus blooms permeates in autumn and in the winter, it's orange grove will bear fruit for harvest.


Meteor Garden
No. 8, Shuyuan Road Pingding Lane,
Fenyuan District, Taichung City,  Taiwan 42078


There will be 2 vegetarian meals served a day.  One will be the brunch served at 10:00 am.  The second is dinner, served at 6:00 pm.  The main ingrediants in a complete vegetarian meal include rice, vegetables, protein (tofu, beans, tempeh, etc...), soup, salad.


Driving: 2 hour drive from Taipei and about 1.5 hour drive from the International airport.   
Train: 1.5 hours from Taipei then a 20 minute taxi ride


Taichung City in December: 24C (75F) average high - 14C (57F) average low. Generally much milder and much dryer than Taipei.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival, Registration and orientation  on December 1st
Graduation on December 29th from 3 - 6pm
Graduation dinner: 6:00 pm.

Earliest departure can be scheduled for 8:00pm on Dec. 29
No extra charge if Departure on Dec. 30 


Cost of the one month TTC certificate program, includes all classes, instruction, course manual, meals, and the use of Meteor Garden facilities:

2 person Room - $3000 USD
Single Room - $3750 USD

There is an additional 3% surcharge for payment by credit card or PayPal.

Swami SitaramanandaAbout Swami Sitaramananda
Swami Sitaramananda is a Yoga, Meditation, and Vedanta teacher for more than 30 years. She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 17 years. She also teaches at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Asia, as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, including her birth country, Vietnam. She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda. She was nominated by her teacher as Goraknath acharya (spiritual teacher, one of the holders of the lineage) in 1989. Her lectures are based on the four classical paths of yoga as well as the 5 points of Health.

Swami PranavanandaAbout Swami Pranavananda
Swami Pranavananda took the vow of Sannyas in 1995. He is a gifted teacher who is the main hatha yoga teacher at the ashram and teaches the Anatomy and Physiology section of our Teachers Training Course. He co-directed the San Francisco Center for five years. A talented musician, he enjoys leading kirtan and bhajan chanting sessions during satsang.

Swami NarayananandaAbout Swami Narayanananda
Swami Narayanananda, who hails from England, is a Yoga and Meditation teacher for 10 years in the US where he served at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in California, the New York Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, and the Sivananda Ashram in Woodbourne, Catskills, NY. He is presently the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Chicago.  

Mahadevi (Nicola Skop)About Mahadevi (Nicola Skop)
Mahadevi (Nicola Skop) hails from Germany. She is a long-time Sivananda Yoga teacher with 10 years of experience teaching in USA, India, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and Germany. She had her training in Grass Valley, CA and has been traveling with Swami Sitaramananda as her assistant for many years. She has been the director of the Yoga Shala, a yoga center dedicated to teaching the Sivananda tradition in Hanover, Germany, for many years. She is graduated as Yoga teacher from the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC) at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, Advanced TTC from Sivananda Ashram in South India and "Sadhana Intensive Course" from Chateau du Yoga Sivananda at Orleans, France. Mahadevi is a very dedicated and genuine practitioner of the tradition and a well-liked asana teacher.  

Ananta ChaitanyaAbout Ananta Chaitanya
Ananta Chaitanya graduated TTC in 2009 and has remained Staff since then. He served in Los Angles Yoga Center in 2010 and in San Francisco Yoga Center in 2011. In 2012 and 2013 he traveled to Vietnam as Swami Sitaramananda's personal assistant helping teach the Hath Yoga classes for the TTC. Ananta ch. also assists Durga Leela in teaching the 12 days Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Certification course integrating ayurvedic principles onto the yoga mat. Ananta ch. has called the Yoga Farm in Grass valley his home now for the past 4 years. He loves living in a community close to the land and has helped assisting the Permaculture Design course and overseeing the blossoming vegetable garden.  

DeviyaniAbout Deviyani
Deviyani (Christine Ortalitz) is a Yoga teacher at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA, USA with a background in counselling and social work . She has been trained in techniques that help those with injuries or body limitations to be able to practice yoga asana through the use of props and modifications. She has completed training in chair yoga, as well as yoga psychology.  

Prema (Karina Arenas Bonansea)About Prema (Karina Arenas Bonansea)
Prema was born in Argentina, South America. For the last seven years has been living in Taiwan. She is a long-time Sivananda Yoga teacher with more than 10 years experience teaching to thousands of students in Spain, France, England, Austria, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Peru, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and Canada. She completed the Sivananda Teachers Training Course in Reith, Tyrol, Austria and the Advanced Teachers Training Course in Vrindavan, India. She has been practicing yoga for more than 14 years. Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharyas and direct disciples of Swami Vishnu Devananda have been her main teachers. In 2003-2004 she was staff at the Sivananda Ashram in Orleans, France and at the Center in Madrid, Spain. She regularly teaches at Teacher Trainings and Advanced Teacher Trainings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Europe and India. She models for several Sivananda publications including the international book “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion”.