The Advanced Teachers Training Course (ATTC) is a four-week course designed for graduates of the Sivananda Teachers Training Course (TTC). The course builds on the foundation of TTC allowing students to deepen their spiritual knowledge with intense daily practice of asanas, pranayama and bandhas.
Students study Sanskrit, the Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Vedanta philosophy and anatomy and physiology. The ATTC is a natural step for TTC graduates who would like to expand and deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga.
The ATTC is an intensive and transformative experience. It is taught by senior disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda.
Advanced Teachers Training Course (ATTC) is open only to Sivananda TTC graduates. A copy of your TTC certificate should be included with the application form.
An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is titled 'Yoga Acharya'.
The course is officially recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada for the 500 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
- 04:30 hrs Wake up
- 04:45 hrs Kriyas
- 05:00 hrs Advanced pranayama class
- 06:00 hrs Satsang
- 07:30 hrs Tea time
- 08:00 hrs Anatomy and physiology class
- 09:00 hrs Asana class
- 10:00 hrs Brunch
- 11:00 hrs Karma yoga
- 12:00 hrs Sanskrit class/Raja yoga sutras
- 13:30 hrs Tea time
- 14:00 hrs Main lecture
- 16:00 hrs Advanced asana class
- 18:00 hrs Dinner
- 20:00 hrs Satsang
- 22:00 hrs Lights out
Participation in the entire daily schedule is mandatory.
Students are given one day off per week, usually Friday but this may change according to the course programme.
Definition of Terms
Satsang: Satsang consists of silent meditation, chanting and a talk or reading on the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta. It will help you develop a strong and steady meditation practice.
Karma yoga: Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service which helps guests to feel part of the ashram. You are expected to do up to one hour of selfless service per day within the ashram.
Asana Class: Thorough practice of the twelve basic postures.
- Advanced variations.
- Deepening your understanding of Hatha Yoga.
- Detailed corrections.
- Practice of advanced pranayama.
- How to use the bandhas (locks).
- Extended practice of anuloma viloma.
Vedanta: The philosophy of the Vedas.
Raja Yoga: Study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In depth study of the eight steps of Raja Yoga.
Bhakti Yoga: The nine modes of Bhakti Yoga. The five devotional attitudes.
Sanskrit: Sanskrit alphabet.
Anatomy and Physiology: Study of cells, nervous and endocrine systems.
Meditation: Guideline to meditation. Benefits of meditation. The use of mantras and mantra initiation.
Brunch/Dinner: Simple Indian style vegetarian meals.
- Sivananda Yoga Training Manual - by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.
- The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga - by Swami Vishnudevananda
- Meditation and Mantras - by Swami Vishnudevananda
- Sivananda Chant Book (by ISYVC)
These texts are not included in the course donation.
The texts are usually available in the ashram boutique or can be purchased from any of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (ISYVC) order from the catalogue of the London Centre.
An ATTC manual is supplied as part of the course donation.
How to Register
For application forms and details on registration see How to Register.
Course Dates and Donations
For a list of upcoming course dates and donations click here.
The spoken and teaching language of the ATTC course is English. French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Persian and local languages Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam course translation may be available at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam depending on demand. Please enquire about the availability of translators before registration if you do not have a good command of both written and spoken English.
Accommodation is simple, mainly dormitory space.
A small number of shared twin rooms with private bathroom are available. We cannot guarantee twin room bookings. Those requiring twin rooms should book early. Couples are not allowed to share rooms during the course.
Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.
Tent space is available. Please bring your own tent. Bathroom facilities are with cold water only.
Single accommodation is not available at any of the ashrams.
Two sheets, a pillow, pillowcases and mosquito net are provided.
See How to Register for instructions on applying and paying for courses and programmes.
Dates and donations are subject to change without notice. For all programmes, guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules. Kindly refer to the Ashram rules and guidelines for more information. The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashrams rules and teachings.
If you cancel your registration before the stat of the course we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of US $150.
For a no show, no refund will be issued.
Once the course starts, if you decide to leave within 5 days, we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of US $450. After 5 days no refunds will be issued.
Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials and uniforms.
What to bring
Remember to take your TTC uniforms and a copy of your TTC diploma. Students are expected to wear their uniforms during Satsang and lecture times.
Uniforms are not provided for the course but are usually available for purchase at the ashram boutique.
Comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat or pad, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels and a torch.
These items can usually be purchased in the Ashram Boutique.
Foreign Nationals are required to bring their original passport with a valid visa for India. The correct visa for a yoga course is generally considered to be the student visa. If one plans to spend several weeks or months in India before or after the course doing other activities, the relevant High Commission or Embassy of India should be consulted regarding an appropriate visa.
Further Sivananda Courses
- Sadhana Intensive
- Fasting & Detoxification