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Yoga Teachers Training Course 2015

Taught by Swami Sitaramanda, Swami Pranavananda, Ananta Chaitanya, Padma , Ganga, Machiko
Saturday, February 28–Saturday, March 28, 2015

“Vietnam is a beautiful and heartfelt country
in which to practice yoga and peace.”
—Swami Sitaramananda

Why immersion course for 4 weeks?

The benefits of Sivananda yoga are fully experienced through immersion in the yogic lifestyle and a combination of repeated, guided group practice and inspirational theoretical lessons. This is offered in a positive and uplifting environment. The many benefits that students report are greater self-awareness, a sense of connection, a newfound sense of self–discipline, enhanced self–esteem, improved power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility.


Yoga Asanas
• Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body
• Proper postural alignment and deep relaxation
• The basic practices: kapalabhati, anuloma viloma
• The six classical exercises for purifying the body

Hatha Yoga Theory
• The astral body, nadis and chakras

How to Teach
• Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
• How to teach beginners and intermediate students
• How to adapt teaching to special groups

Anatomy and Physiology
• The effects of yoga practices on major body systems
Yoga Philosophy and Psychology
• The four paths of yoga: karma, bhakti, raja and jnana
• Psychology of the spiritual aspirant
• The law of karma

Yogic Diet and Nutrition
• Physical, ethical & spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
• Twelve-step guideline to meditation
• Mantras, mantra initiation (if requested)
Kirtan (chanting classical Sanskrit chants)
• Positive effects of chanting on emotions
• Correct pronunciation and mental attitude

Bhagavad Gita
• Study and commentary of the classical scripture


Upon successful completion, students receive a
certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga
Vedanta Centers, and are entitled Yoga Siromani
(teacher of yoga). This training is registered by
and fulfills the requirements of the Yoga Alliance
200-hour certification.

Teachers and Translation

The course will be offered in English with senior Sivananda teachers. It will be translated simultaneously into Vietnamese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian.


  - Participation in all classes and punctuality are mandatory.
  - Wearing of uniforms is expected for all satsangs and lectures.
  - The basic guidelines are: No drugs, alcohol, smoking, non-vegetarian food items, nudity and promiscuity, weapons, loud music, backbiting and profanity.
  - You need to have health insurance or sign a medical health release.

Daily Schedule

5:30 a.m. Wake-up Bell
6:00 a.m. Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture)
8:00 a.m. Asana & Pranayama Class
10:00 a.m. Vegetarian Brunch
11:00 a.m. Karma Yoga (helping in the ashram)
12:00 p.m. Chanting or Bhagavad Gita Class
2:00 p.m. Main Lecture
4:00 p.m. Asana & Pranayama (teaching techniques)
6:00 p.m. Vegetarian Dinner
8:00 p.m. Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture)
This schedule is followed 6 days of the week, with one day off for resting, studying, etc.

What to Bring

  - Two sets of uniforms are provided, but you will need to bring modest, comfortable clothes for asana practice plus casual clothes.
  - Be prepared for hot weather and possible rain. We recommend that you bring a waterproof jacket, t-shirts, warm pants, socks, nightclothes, shoes for nature walks and a pair of slip-on shoes.
  - For those in dormitories, sheets and pillows are provided.
  - Bring your own yoga mat, meditation cushion, meditation shawls, blankets, toiletries, books, notebooks, pens, flashlights, alarm clocks, postage stamps, water bottles, snacks and everages will be available in the boutique.


It is preferable that you change money at the airport and bring enough for your purchases in the boutique, transportation fees for weekend outings, field trips and extras like massage, etc.


Known as the City of "eternal spring," Dalat is a very popular destination for its cool and stable weather, which hovers between a pleasant 15°C (average daily minimum) to 24°C (average daily maximum) and attractive landscape of colonial villas, gardens, lakes and rolling hills. Located around 1,400 meters above the sea level, it is indeed an ideal place for Yoga retreat, summer escape and on-top-of-the-list rest and relaxation site in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.  Dalat market has always been a must-see site for visitors with its locally-made specialties such as artichoke tea, candied fruits, coffee and the finest cool climate vegetables and flowers in Vietnam.

Dalat Edensee
Address - Tuyen Lam Lake - Zone VII.2, Dalat - Lam Dong - Vietnam.
Website - http://www.dalatedensee.com/ Phone number - T: +84 63 383 1515

Dalat Edensee Profile and Directions

Arrival and Departure

Arrival February 28, 2015 (If arriving on Feb. 27 then 1 extra night payment will apply)
Departure March 28, 2015 after 6pm (or on Mar. 29 before 12noon - no extra payment)

To ease the registration process, students should make their payments in full before arriving at the ashram and fill out the necessary paperwork beforehand.


For International Students, the cost of the one month TTC certificate program, including all classes, instruction, course manual and meals, is as follows:

Deluxe 3 people........................$2750 USD
Deluxe Double...........................$3100 USD
Deluxe Single.............................$4300 USD
Dorm 3 people............................$2400 USD
Dorm 2 people............................$2800 USD
Dorm Single...............................$3100 USD

Please see detailed description of room options.

For Vietnamese Students, please direct all registration and enquiries for special discount for Vietnamese Nationals to email huanluyenyogattc@gmail.com


There are massage treatments available, sauna (dry and steam), laundry ($1 per day for 1 set of TTC clothing only), internet service, postal service, medical service, transportation from airport, transportation for field trips and cultural events.


Though a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful, beginners are welcome. The course is intense and demands discipline. You must be sincere in your desire to learn and follow the rules. Please note that in keeping with the ancient Yoga tradition, spiritual practices such as meditation, mantra chanting, ceremonies, selfless service and study of philosophy constitute a large part of this program. Please do not attend this course if you just want to practice postures, breathing and relaxation.
To preserve the spiritual atmosphere of the ashram, no meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, tobacco or narcotics are allowed. Participation in all classes and punctuality are mandatory.


Swami Sitaramanda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of US West Coast centers and Ashram.  She is also the acharya of Sivananda mission in Asia, specially in Vietnam, where she hailed from. She met with Swami Vishnudevananda in Val Morin, Yoga Camp in 1981 and has served in the HQ ashram in Canada for 6 years before Swamiji sent her to many different centers and ashrams notably San Francisco center in 1989 and from 1995 as full time director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA.
Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international Teachers Training courses in California, Vietnam, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau Bahamas.
She is the author of " Positive Thinking Manual" , a compiler of "Essentials Yoga Practice and Philosophy" translated in chinese, japanese and vietnamese and "Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words" . She is responsible of the translation in Vietnamese of the "Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga" of Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website of "yogafarm.org"

Swami Pranavananda

Swami Pranavananda, hails from the USA, and has been a Yoga and Meditation teacher for 16 years in the US, and is the main Hatha Yoga teacher at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in California. He was the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA for a few years. He is teacher of anatomy in the Yoga Teacher's Training Courses.

Ananta Chaitanya

Ananta Chaitanya took TTC in 2009 and has stayed on as Staff ever since under the direction of Swami Sitarmananda.  He has spent time at the Yoga Farm, Los Angles Center and San Francisco Center.  He has been teaching in Vietnam as well since 2012.  He teaches hatha yoga and especialy enjoys cooking and gardening.


Padma has been a yoga practitioner since 2006, and took the Sivananda Yoga teacher’s training course in South India in 2008. After graduation, she taught yoga at Women Cultural House at HCM city in Viet Nam. She has opened a Sivananda Yoga studio above her home and has taught many students daily since then. She will be the Vietnamese consultant for the course.


Ganga My Hoang graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course 2009 and Advanced yoga teacher training course 2010 in Yoga Farm, Grass Valley USA. She is also a graduate of the "Yoga as Medicine", "Yoga Psychology", and "Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness" course. After a few months service at the Sivananda Yoga centers in San Francisco and Grass Valley she returned to Vietnam and assumes responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Ho chi minh City.


Machiko, is a Japanese Sivananda Yoga teacher residing in Tokyo, Japan. She has been the Japanese translator and assistant during TTC in Vietnam in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She has been teacher/staff at the Yoga Farm, the yoga center in New York and the Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas