200-Hour Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course

About us

Why take the TTC with us in the Bahamas?

Live and study in a traditional yoga ashram for a month —

    Deepen your spiritual connection to yoga and open to profound inner transformation

    Immerse in a yogic lifestyle that promotes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and well-being

    Interact with knowledgable senior ashram staff and others committed to the yogic path

    Experience a lineage of peace and healing, passed down by true masters

Experience the healing powers and beauty of the ocean —

    Enjoy the expansive views, blue waters, soothing sounds, and sea air of our beachfront setting

    Participate in weekly sunrise satsang walks on the beach

Be part of a vibrant international yoga community —

    Meet people from all over the world who come here to study and practice yoga

    Connect with a lineage that has a worldwide network of teachers, centers, and ashrams

Participate in a rich tapestry of morning and evening satsang programs —

    Expand your horizons; in addition to the training content, you will be exposed to an array of leading thinkers, performers, and spiritual teachers

    Take a look at the program calendar to see what’s happening during the dates of your training (many of the Yoga Vacation Program presenters lead satsangs while they are here).

Graduates of the yoga teacher training course receive internationally recognized certification. The TTC is certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

Graduates are highly encouraged to continue their yoga studies in the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course. Those taking the TTC in December or March can take the two trainings back-to-back, receiving a 10% discount on the total tuition for both and qualifying for 500-hour registration with Yoga Alliance.

There are no pre-requisites for this training; yoga is for everyone.


All the trainings are taught in English with simultaneous translation into Hebrew, Spanish, French, and German available. Simultaneous translation is provided free of charge. There is a $100 deposit for the equipment that is refunded when it is returned in good condition at the end of the training. You must let us know at least 1 month in advance if you want translation.

Curriculum Overview

Through the monthlong Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course, you will:

    Learn how to teach a 2-hour Sivananda Yoga class while gaining versatile teaching skills, including working with beginners as well as with intermediate and advanced students

    Explore different techniques for teaching unique populations, such as children, the elderly, and pregnant women

    Find greater flexibility and comfort in your personal practice of asanas (postures)

    Discover how to energize the body and calm the mind through the practice of pranayama (breathing)

    Maintain physical and mental purity through the practice of kriyas (cleansing)

    Learn about yogic diet and nutrition

    Study human anatomy and physiology

    Learn meditation techniques and theory and the practice of mantra repetition

    Practice selfless service

    Study the timeless teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and other ancient yogic texts, as well as yoga philosophy and yoga psychology

Daily Schedule

6:00 – 7:45 am

Morning Satsang (meditation, chanting, and lecture; or silent walk)

8:00 – 10:00 am

Asana and Pranayama Class

10:00 am


10:45 – 11:45 am

Karma Yoga (serving the ashram)

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Bhagavad Gita/Chanting Class

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Break (or Karma Yoga)

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Main Lecture (yoga philosophy and psychology or anatomy and physiology)

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Asana and Pranayama (teaching methods)

6:00 pm


7:00 – 8:00 pm

Free Time (or Karma Yoga)

8:00 – 10:00 pm

Evening Satsang (meditation, chanting, and lecture, concert, or special event)

Note: Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the program may occur from time to time.


During satsang, we come together as a community for meditation, chanting, daily prayers, and spiritual learning. At the Yoga Retreat, morning satsangs feature senior ashram staff and spiritual leaders as well as visiting teachers and guides from Sivananda ashrams and centers worldwide. In the evening, students enjoy a diversity of special programs, festivals, concerts, and symposia with distinguished guest presenters offered each night. Find out what’s happening when you plan to take the TTC: Program Calendar.

Rest/Study Days

Students have one day off a week. During the day off, students are still required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their Karma Yoga. The rest of the day, they have time for study and are welcome to enjoy the services of the Well Being Center or the daily Yoga Vacation workshops offered at the ashram; students can also explore the area around the asharm, take the time to rest on the beach or in the gardens.

The TTC was intentionally designed with a rigorous schedule in order to transform students into authentic yogis, knowledgable teachers, and leaders for peace in the world.

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200-Hour Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course

at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

  • Nov 4, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017 (28 days)


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