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.
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).
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
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.
“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!”
“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.
"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."