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Arrival: Saturday, October 11
Departure: Sunday, November 9, 2014

Accommodation options for the 29 night stay, per person:
Tent - $2400
Dorm (4 person) - $2960
Cabin (2 person) - $3125
Cabin (1 person) - $3675
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $3125
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $4080

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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.


Swami Sitaramananda is the Main philosophy teacher and spiritual acharya for the TTC.



Every course begins with an inaugeration ceremony to set the energy for the course.



Students receive the 3 powders for opening to higher knowledge.



Swami Pranavananda teaching aniloma viloma the alternate nostril pranayama breathing.



Students practice yoga asanas in the Main Yoga Hall which is a new building built 5 years ago.



The Sivananda Yoga farm Teacher training course does yoga class on the outdoor yoga platform during the sunny days.



One of the advanced variatioins, "side crow" is demonstrate in front of the TTC students.



Students enjoy the outdoor classes in the fresh air.



TTC Students during lecture class.



TTC students on graduation day happy to receive their certificates.



Vegetarian meals are served twice a day at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.



The Yoga farm is in the Sierra foothills.

Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC)

Saturday, October 11—Sunday, November 9, 2014
Swami Sitaramananda • Swami Pranavananda • Swami Omkarananda • Swami Dharmananda •


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 32,000 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 and 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 and 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


 Arrival and Departure

The course will begin in the Afternoon of Saturday, October 11 with registration at 11:00 am. Please plan to arrive by Friday, October 10.  The Graduation Ceremony will be in the evening on Sat., Nov. 8.   You can plan departure the following day, Nov. 9th by 12pm.


The Sivananda TTC has been a wonderful experience – I learned a lot about yoga and particularly appreciate the holistic approach to living well and finding inner peace. The teachings of the Guru’s are inspiring and profound. The support system provided by the wonderful staff members and teachers created a very conducive and encouraging environment for such an intense program. It has been a great please taking this program in the beautiful ashram. I look forward to spreading the experience of peace and joy as handed down by the Guru’s teachings.
Vivian Lee, Singapore, May 2013

This was a truly life altering experience. This ashram is a magical place. I can’t believe how much I have learned and grown in the past month. TTC is amazing!
Kimara Himchak, Lumberton, NJ, May 2013

Somehow this month of TTC has felt like 3 days and 3 years at the same time. I’ve learned so much about Yoga and myself but more importantly I’ve learned that I know nothing at all. This has been an invaluable experience thanks to all the hard working staff and fellow Yogi’s. I’m so excited to practice and teach what I’ve learned here, continuing my growth and spiritual journey.
Mallory Olney, Tahoe City, CA, May 2013

I would highly recommend Sivananda Ashram to anyone – in fact, I’m already sending friends and family here. It is such an amazing place with fantastic, helpful, encouraging staff that enables you to grow both mentally and spiritually oh and there’s amazing yoga to boot! The ashram would be in my top ten places to travel and stay and I have travelled all around the world yet finally found peace and happiness here.
Marie Moreland, Dublin, Ireland, May 2013

This experience has changed my life. Being here at the ashram was like a little taste of heaven. The staff is wonderful, the food fantastic and the ashram is so serene and peaceful. Words cannot express my gratitude and the joy this experience has brought me.
Jessica Crain, Georgetown, CA, May 2013

Before I came to TTC I had a vague idea of the spiritual goal of life and my idea about how to attain this goal was completely wrong.  I got lost in the details of daily mundane life goals and thought that happiness would come eventually and I progressed with their achievement. I have never had such clarity about my life’s purpose and thanks to the teachings that I received I leave with not only a lot of powerful tools to help me along the way but also a warning of all the obstacles that I will face along the way and how to address them! This course is truly inspired by great wisdom gained by personal spiritual experience. My outlook on life has changed completely and I can’t wait to establish a practice that will allow me to be a shining example of selfless service.
Rosa Michaelis, Herdecke, Germany, May 2013

The Sivananda teacher training course is truly a transformative experience. It is an immersion in the traditions of an ancient lineage of yogic wisdom. If you are only looking to earn a certificate to teach asana classes you will get a lot more than you expect. If you have a longing for the truth and would like to further the path to peace; this is it.
William Kingori, Chico, CA, May 2013


Taught by

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 OmkaranandaAbout Swami Omkarananda
Swami Omkarananda is a radiant Yogini renunciate who has more than 20 years of experience in Yoga and meditation. She is the current director of the Sivananda Los Angeles Yoga Center and was assistant director at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for many years. She had a medical background in England and hails from Australia originally. She earned her Certificate in Permaculture Design and Advanced Permaculture from Mid West Permaculture and is now passionate about bringing Yoga and the Environment together at this exciting time of Transition. Her practical lectures are about Yoga philosophy, Vedanta and how to deal with emotions and mind in times of transition.

Swami DharmanandaAbout Swami Dharmananda
Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is assistant director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. Swami Dharmananda is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.