Yoga Teachers' Training
Yoga Vidya will not run a Yoga Teachers' Training in English in 2012.
We do hope to offer courses in the future. Please contact us if you are interested.
Yoga is a practical system for developing the entire personality, its benefits include good health, happiness, professional success, and peace of mind. Yoga Vidya teaches a holistic approach to classical Yoga. It is an integral approach that was developed by Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh - and carried to the West by Swami Vishnu-devananda.
Here at Haus Yoga Vidya, we present a synthesis of all the major techniques of yoga. Students find that continued practice enhances all aspects of life.
Teaching Yoga is a a fulfilling task that demands a dedicated personal practice as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the ancient teachings of Yoga. According to varying needs, we offer different types of education. You may pick the one most appropriate to your personal circumstances.
Four-week-long intensive yoga teachers’ training courses are held in English at the Yoga Vidya Centre in Bad Meinberg, northern Germany. In addition, there is a vast choice of four-week intensive courses in German, which are available in 2x2 and 4x1 week modules throughout the year.
A number of advanced teachers’ training courses give you the opportunity to further develop your knowledge of the various aspects of the science of Yoga. Our courses provide you with a thorough educational base for your personal practice as a teacher, as well as widely accepted certificates. If your aim is to develop your personality or experience Yoga at a deeper level, these courses are highly recommended.
Philosophy and Aim of Yoga
History of Yoga
Paths of Yoga: the Main Schools of Yoga
Masters of Yoga
2. Hatha Yoga - an overview
As a path to general good health and well-being
Therapy and healing
As a means of developing mental capacity
As physical approach to psychotherapy
As spiritual excercise
- Preparatory exercises
Sensitivity and physical awareness
Classical relaxation, Yoga-Nidra
Relaxation techniques for daily life
Autogene training according to Schulz
Progressive Muscle Relaxation according to Jacobson
Modern stress-research and stress-management
- Asanas (Yoga Postures)
Rishikesh sequence with its 12 basic postures
Asanas for relaxation
Yoga for the back and spine
Yoga in comparision to other forms of physical training
Yoga and sports training
Asanas and physiological research
Asanas for general fitness
Introduction to demanding sequences
Asanas for the flow of life-energy: prolonged performance of asanas, combined with chakra concentration, special breathing techniques, mantras, bandhas, mudras Asanas for personal growth and development
- Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
Breathing techniques for daily life
Easy pranayama for relaxation and recharging
Samanu: psychic cleansing
Advanced pranayama according to Hatha Yoga Pradipika
- Kriyas (Yoga Cleansing Excercises)
Shat kriyas (6 cleansers) according to the classical text "Hatha Yoga Pradipika": Tratak (eye cleansing), Neti (nasal cleansing), Kapalabhati (lung cleansing), Dhauti (throat and stomach cleansing), Nauli (small intestine cleansing), Basti (colon cleansing). Shank Prakshalama (total intestine cleansing)
- Physiology and Health
Understanding the physical body in relation to yoga excercises
Muscle and bone structure
Nervous sytem and Hormones
Physiological effects of Yoga
Physiology of movement
Sport medicine theory and research
What is health? Reasons for disease
Healthy, holistic living
Yogic remedies for the treatment of minor illnesses such as colds, hayfever, headache, allergies and constipation
Yoga as therapy: remaining healthy well into old age
Healing through mental training
Health and disease
The three Doshas
Correct living according to your body type
Natural nutrition; reasons for a vegetarian diet
The mental and energetic effects of food
Nutrition and advanced Hatha Yoga
Fasting. slimming and staying slim
Special nutrition and diets
3. Tantra and Kundalini Yoga: energy training
The astral body: Prana, Nadis, Chakras, Kundalini
Astral World, spirits and life after death. Help for the deceased.
Opening of chakras
Parapsychological phenomena: clairvoyance, channeling, mindreading, psychokinetics, extramental perception.
The Raising of Kundalini: methods, experiences, dangers and security measures
Techniques of Kundalini Yoga: Mantra, Laya, Yantra, Nada, Hatha Yoga.
White, red and black Tantra.
Sexuality and relationship.
4. Raja Yoga: mental training and meditation
The human psyche: subconsciousness, consciousness, super-consciousness. Thought-power and positive thinking Thoughts as creator of destiny Development of memory, willpower, concentration, creativity and intuition. Dealing with feelings and emotions. Contact the higher self: what is it I really want? Affirmation and visualisation. Charisma and personal charm. How to overcome negative habits. Yoga-Sutras by Patanjali. Levels of consciousness. Expanded consciousness. Raja Yoga and modern neuroscience. Indian and Western psychology in comparison.
Techniques of concentration
Awareness in daily life
Techniques of meditation: Mantra-Meditation, Tratak, Chakra-Meditation, Energy-Meditation,
Abstract Meditation, creative visualisation.
Levels of meditation.
Overcoming obstacles in meditation
Experiences with meditation
Meditation and scientific research
5. Karma Yoga: Yoga of Action
Karma, the law of cause and effect
Dharma: right conduct
Reincarnation: death, life after death,
Ethics in daily life.
Swadharma and Swarupa: the art of right decision
Detached service and spirituality
Living in harmony
How to deal with difficult persons
Rhetoric training. Communication training
Enhancing your relationships
Family and relationship
The ascetic way
Simple living - high thinking
Ecological consciousness and social engagement
6. Bhakti Yoga: the devotional approach
Feelings and emotions.
The miracle of Love
What is God?
Experiences of the Divine
Contact the Divine
God in your daily life. Prayer.
Rituals: Arati, Puja, Homa
Possibility of Mantra Initiation
Guru and disciple
Christian, Jewish and Islamic schools of mysticism
7. Jnana Yoga: Yoga of Knowledge
Introduction to the classical scriptures of Hinduism, Vedas, Smritis, Itihasas, Puranas
Important scriptures of the Yoga tradition: Upanishads, Brahma Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhakti Sutras
Physical, astral and causal bodies
Levels of spiritual growth (7 Bhumikas)
Cosmology and Creation. Time, space and causality
Vedanta: Philosophy of the Absolute. Who am I?
What is real? What is consciousness?
What is happiness?
Self as Existence, Knowledge and Bliss.
Modern Physics and Vedanta
8. Yoga teaching techniques
Basic principles of Yoga teaching
Personality and inner attitude of a Yoga Teacher
Rhetoric training, structure of a Yoga class.
Structure of courses and classes.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced courses, workshops.
Yoga for the back and spine.
Correction of posture through Yoga.
Yoga for pregnancy.
Yoga for children.
Yoga for senior citizens.
Benefits and restrictions of Yoga therapy.
Yoga-teaching as a profession and calling.
Yoga Vidya Teachers Association
Members of the Yoga Vidya Teachers Association are committed to the ideal of classical integral Yoga. In cooperation with Yoga Vidya, the Association offers teachers trainings and advanced courses, publishes Yoga literature, cooperates with other Yoga associations and supports its members in their work.
"Bund der Yoga Vidya Lehrer" is Europe´s leading institution in the education of Yoga Teachers. It offers an extensive range of continuing education, advanced training and courses in Yoga and related issues to teachers regardless of their various and varying traditions. Examples of this program include in-depth training courses in teaching Yoga to children, Yoga during pregnancy, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Psychotherapy, Relaxation Trainer, Breath Trainer, Meditation Course Leaders' training, Ayurvedic Consultant and many more. The wide range of courses is enabled by a close cooperation with the Yoga Vidya Association of Health Consultants, a member of the European Federation of Yoga Teachers´ Associations (EFYTA). Upon receiving your certificate you may become member.
Registered member of the International Umbrella Organisation „Yoga Alliance“
An opportunity to connect to your intuition, awaken your life energy, and enhance your personal aura. There will be lectures and workshops giving you the necessary theoretical skills to teach. You will also work in smaller groups to refine your practical skills. This course is also recommended for people who simply wish to experience Yoga at an in-depth level.
Intensive courses may be compared to the rapid methods of learning languages when living in a foreign country. During this intensive coures, you will be living and practicing Yoga 24-hours a day, for four weeks.
|6.00-08.30 a.m.||Morning Meditation, Chanting, Lecture. Early morning is a time of strong spiritual vibrations; this will aid your meditation to grow deep and intense.|
|8.45-11.00 a.m.||Asanas, Pranayama, Relaxation class|
|12 noon||Karma Yoga (selfless service), leisure time|
|2.00-3.45 p.m.||Lecture, Workshop|
|4.00-6.10 p.m.||Asanas, Pranayama, Relaxation, teaching skills in small groups of students|
|6.10 p.m.||Dinner, Leisure time|
|8.00-10.00 p.m.||Evening Meditation, Chanting, Lecture|
Exam There will be written and practical exams at the completion of Yoga Vidya Teachers’ Training Course.
Upon completion of course and exam you will be awarded a yoga teachers certificate by the Yoga Vidya Teachers Association. This certificate enjoys wide recognition.
There are two nutritious lacto-vegetarian meals every day (brunch at 11.00 a.m. and dinner at 6.10 p.m.). The meals are prepared with love and care; all ingredients are strictly organic. If you have special requests, please notify us at least one week in advance.
Fridays are reserved for your leisure, from 9.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.. There will be no classes. You may seize the time for walks, cycling tours, swimming, sauna, trips into the country and relaxation.
A basic knowledge of asanas and the philosophy of Yoga is required. You need not be an advanced student to attend the Yoga Vidya Teachers' Training Course. However, the Course is demanding and requires your discipline. Participation in all classes, lectures and seminars is mandatory. Meat, fish, eggs, tobacco, caffein and alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden during the course. Additionally, we recommend to read "The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga" by Swami Vishnu-Devananda before entering the course.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival time on the starting day is 1.00 p.m., your room will be ready from 3.00 p.m. onwards. There is a Yoga class at 4.15 p.m. and dinner at 5.30 p.m. The course will officially commence at 7.00 p.m. Departure time on the final day is 1.00 p.m. Due to the intensity of training it won´t be possible to arrive later or depart earlier, or to miss a day in between. There is a shuttle service from the train station in Horn-Bad Meinberg (if please notify us at least 3 days prior to arrival).
What you should bring
"The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga" by Swami Vishnu-Devananda, "Bhagavad Gita" with commentary by Swami Sivananda, towels, alarmclock, torch, notebook, bed linens (which may be rented for a fee of 5 €), yellow shirt, white Yoga trousers, comfortable indoor slippers plus personal items and toiletries. Optional: musical instruments for chanting and talent shows, all-weather clothing for country walks.
If you know German, kindly ask for our detailed German brochures for
- Teachers Training Introductory Courses,
- Advanced Teachers Training Courses,
- 4 weeks intensive Teachers Training Course.
A highly qualified advanced Training Course for new and deeper expert knowledge, widened competence and qualification, enrichment of your yoga classes and additional professional chances. An excellent chance for trained yoga teachers to specialize in the field of therapeutic yoga and deepen their teaching expert competence decisively.
A certified training course. Precondition: completed yoga teachers' training course BYV, BDY or Sivananda, others on request or at least 350 units and 20 self-led practical yoga classes of a started yoga teachers' training course. With this advanced training course you can extend your class programme by offering classes for people with special needs such as yoga for asthmatics, handicapped, people suffering from pain, heart diseases, allergies, arthritics, depression etc.; you can do counselling and create classes for particular patients or make use of your therapeutic knowledge for your own health and yoga practice. English with German translation. Intensive Yoga Therapy Training according to the system of the renowned sVYASA-Instituts in Karnataka/South India. The sVYASA is a famous, approved non-profit institution in the sense of a yoga university which for 25 years has been executing studies about yoga and yoga therapy using most modern equipment at the Prassanthi Kutiram Campus, Karnataka with connected hospital.
You will learn:
- the model of Panchakosa Tatwa (the five sheet existence of life) from Taitariya Upanishad as the basic concept of yoga therapy
- the application of Yoga Therapy as described in the „Yoga Vasishta“, another classical scripture of yoga
- techniques used in Yoga Therapy and Yogic Physio therapy, breathing movements, Asanas, Pranayamas, Shat kriyas, cyclic relaxation, Prana chanalizing technique, counselling, meditation etc. which works in 5 different Kosas.
- exercises and techniques of Yoga Therapy which can be used for any psychosomatic diseases and for common diseases like asthma and allergy, back pain, knee pain, head ache, arthritics, anxiety and depression etc.
- to teach the practices and do counselling useful for a particular patient after enough consultation with the patient. The patients can practise themselves for a certain period and once the diseases are controlled or cured they can practise normal yoga for a better life.
1st week: anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers, basics of yoga philosophy, Indian scriptures and philosophy systems, basics of teaching yoga to non yoga teachers
2nd and 3rd week: training in different practical teaching techniques applied for different problems and diseases, breathing movements, special techniques, asanas, pranayamas, kriyas = the yogic cleansing techniques, cyclic relaxation, PCT = Prana Chanalizing Technique (Pranalenkungstechniken), different meditation techniques and much more
4th week: you will be practising and teaching the learned methods, practise consultations, counselling, diagnosis, treatment in groups of two or more participants.
This training course concludes with a written exam, a final ceremony with banquet, ceremonial presentation of the certificates and spiritual blessing. On the condition that you will be successful with the examination and fulfil the conditions for taking part in this course you will obtain the certificate „Yoga Therapeut/in BYAT“ (Yoga Therapist BYAT) of the Professional Association of the Yoga and Ayurveda Therapists (BYAT). 400 units.
„The Yoga Teachers' Training Manual“, „The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga“ by Swami Vishnu Devananda „Anatomy of Hatha Yoga - A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners“ by H. David Coulter
Fee: Shared room 1.928 €, double room 2.320 €, single room 2.684 €, dormitory/tent 1.648 €.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival time on the starting day is 1.00 p.m., your room will be ready from 3.00 p.m. onwards.
Departure time on the final day is 1.00 p.m.. Due to the intensity of training it won´t be possible to arrive later or depart earlier, or to miss a day in between.
There is a fee shuttle service from the train station in Horn-Bad Meinberg (please notify us at least 3 days prior to arrival).
Haus Yoga Vidya Bad Meinberg
D-32805 Bad Meinberg, Germany
Tel. ++495234/ 87-0, Fax 87-1875
Swami Atma Swaruparamananda studied with Andre Van Lysebeth; he was initiated into kriya yoga by Swami Shankarananda Giri and Swami Hariharananda Giri, a direct disciple of Sri Yukteswar and Paramahamsa Yogananda.
The turning point of Swami Atma's spiritual life came in 1987 when he took the International Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course in Kerala, South India. It was here that he met his guru, Swami Vishnu-devanandaji, founder/director of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. The connection with the Master was at once intimate and remote, friendly and severe, cheerful, joyful, wisdom-filled, emotionless and yet very emotional.
As a volunteer staff member of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers Swami Atma studied with senior swamis and disciples of Swami Vishnu-devananda for over twelve years. He trained rigorously in Swami Sivananda's yoga of synthesis, with a marked emphasis on karma yoga.
Swami Atma directed the Chicago and Los Angeles branches, taught hatha yoga and Bhagavad Gita, led satsangs, and was involved in numerous teachers training courses in California, New York, Bahamas, Canada and India. In mid 2001 he founded the Advaita Yoga Ashrama (AYA) and is now based in Texas, teaching primarily in Austin and Houston.
Besides teaching yoga and vedanta in Texas, Swami Atma travels around the U.S. and the rest of the world to lead retreats and workshops. He is a popular and renowned Hatha Yoga Teacher of the Sivananda tradition.
Acharya Harilalji completed his Yoga Teachers' training course and Advanced Yoga Teachers' Training course at Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala, attaining the title Yoga-Acharya. Afterwards he lived and taught yoga in Sivananda Ashram both in Kerala and the Himalayas for 1 1/2 years. Furthermore he completed a seven months full-time diploma course/ practice in yoga therapy (Yoga Therapy Instructors Course) at Prasanthi kutir, Bangalore with 'A' grade. In his teaching he easily recognizes both weak and strong areas in his students physicality and accordingly
can suggest different asanas or variations depending on the individual. He is also the tutor in 'Nagelil' Ayurveda Medical College in Idukki district, Kerala and focusing on bringing the different aspects of yoga together in his teaching.
All prices include board and lodging, lacto-vegetarian meals, complete training, meditation, mantra chanting, Yoga classes.