Yoga is a practical, scientific system that brings about harmony in your inner world, from where it radiates into your interaction with others and your relationship with Nature.

Our Yoga Vana Teacher Training Course is an empowering learning journey in the Sivananda Yoga tradition for you to reconnect to your True Nature and, as a result, experience health and peace of mind, skillfulness in your personal interactions and a deepened awareness for your interconnection with the natural world. 

Based on your intensive self-practice, the Teacher Training supports you in sharing the yogic tools with others, from your own experience and in your own words, while standing on the shoulders of a thousand year old lineage of teachers.



Teaching Team

Our teaching team combines a wealth of experience in all aspects of the yoga system.

Mani Raman, lead teacher at Yoga Vana, has trained thousands of yoga teachers over the past 20 years in the Sivananda Yoga tradition.

In each Teacher Training Course, the core teaching team is supported by resource persons from all over India to give you a complete and in-depth learning experience - from classical yogic science and practice in all paths of yoga (bhakti, raja, karma, jnana) to contemporary neuro-scientific research on happiness, empathy and mindfulness.


Participants will be assessed throughout the course and need to pass a final written exam in order to receive the certificate which allows them to register with Yoga Alliance as an internationally recognised 200 Hours Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).


The purpose of this Teacher Training Course is to make you into a true leader, a leader of the human race. Unite people, do not divide them. Do not be a fanatic, do not be a preacher of Yoga. Be a practical expert through practice.
— Swami Vishnudevananda

Yoga Teacher Training SYLLABUS

In four weeks of residential training you will study & practice: 

Introduction to Yoga

  • Origin, History & Development of Yoga

  • Aim, Purpose & Common Misconceptions of Yoga

  • Teachings of the Vedas, Upanishads, Advaita Vedanta

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Ashtanga Yoga

Introduction to Hatha Yoga

  • Difference between Yoga and Physical Exercise

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra

  • Kundalini Yoga - Astral Body: chakras, nadis

  • Shat Kriya - Purification Exercises

  • Yogic Diet, Ethics & Lifestyle

Yoga and Physical & Mental Health

  • Major Systems of the Human Body & Their Functions

  • Asanas and Their Benefits

  • Limitations and Contra-Indications of Yoga Practice

  • Psychology & Stress Management

  • Yoga for All - Pregnancy, Childhood, Old Age

  • Yogic Principles for Healthy Living

Yogic Practices

  • Sun Salutations - Practice & Methodology

  • Yoga Asana - Practice & Methodology

  • Pranayama - Practice & Methodology

  • Advanced Practice: Asana & Pranayama

  • Meditation - Practice & Methodology

  • Kirtan & Mantra

  • Seva - Selfless Service

Communication & Teaching Skills

  • Deep Listening & Conscious Communication

  • Coaching Students: Motivation & Guidance

  • Setting up & Conducting Classes

  • Business Aspects & Ethics of Teaching Yoga

  • Teaching Practice - Giving & Receiving Feedback

  • Individual Consultations with Lead Teachers



This training is open to anyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge and practice of yoga - independent of age, gender, religious affiliation, nationality, physical ability and previous experience with yoga.

Four weeks of intensive practice in a peaceful, silent environment with high quality teachings have transformative effect on your life even if your primary purpose is not to teach yoga to others after completion of this course.

Investment & Yoga Scholarship

We strive to make our courses accessible to anyone with the sincere desire and dedication to study and practice Yoga and share it with others. Please refer to each event in the course calendar for more details.

If the course is out of your financial reach, you can apply for a Yoga scholarship here



Joanna Cohen   New York, USA  joannaglyncohen.com

Joanna Cohen

New York, USA



“In just a month learning from Mani he’s given me inspiration and guidance that will last my lifetime. He is one of the most influential people in my yoga journey.

Mani has the rare ability to break down age, culture, ability and seemingly any barrier between people. Naturally, he brings himself and students together to highlight how we are all similar as opposed to how we are different. His experience traveling the world allows Mani to beautifully bridge the eastern world and the western world. He connects deeply with his students regardless of their age or background.

Every time you speak with Mani he gives you his complete attention and all of his heart — it is an amazing experience to be his student. He invests his soul in his teaching and leadership. (…)

I will forever be a better student of life and teacher of yoga for knowing Mani. I’m so grateful to be able to call him my teacher!”

David Ramcharran   London, UK

David Ramcharran

London, UK


“Working with Mani twice a day for about 4 hours was amazing, he's a very experienced, thoughtful and skilled teacher. His many years of experience showed.

When you practice this intensively for so many hours a day it's not only challenging on the body but on the mind, too. Mani through his many years of experience helped us with this, talking us through, demonstrating and being with each of us in his own way on our yoga journey. 

I have been practising yoga for many years but I doubt that I would have got through that month (and my other friends) without Mani's expert skill, advice and coaching.

The technical skills and the life skills he taught us were invaluable. We were all in awe of Mani's own practice when he demonstrated, the many asanas that we had to learn then to teach each other are all thanks to him.

It was a very tough month mentally and physically made all the better by having Mani to skilfully guide us all through this step by step, day by day.

Thank you Mani for that magical life changing month.

Vidya Iyer   London, UK

Vidya Iyer

London, UK


"Mani Sir is an amazing teacher. I have come across very few teachers in my life who are able to give so selflessly and unselfishly. 

There is a vast difference between teaching and inspiring. Most teachers are able to teach but very few are able to inspire you. Mani Sir has the quality to inspire his students. His simplicity, humility, energy and vigour strike a chord with you instantly.

His sense of humour is amazing and has had our class in splits on many occasions. I can’t write enough about the positive experiences which I had during his classes, but will suffice to say that he left a very strong impression on me and I would find myself extremely privileged if I had the opportunity to learn under him again.

God bless him all success in his efforts to spread the message of yoga across the world."

Any questions?

We look forward to welcoming you at Yoga Vana soon!

We are a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance.