Traditional Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training

Traditional Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training - This course helps participants to deepen their understanding of authentic traditional yoga & prepares them to teach yoga and meditation in a spiritual setting if they choose. This course is NOT intended to train participants for a careers as fitness yoga instructors, rather it offers a foundation in the ancient Tantric and Vedantic spiritual roots of yoga as a means to self-realization and union.  This .course is based on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita & The Hatha Yoga Pradapika.

This nonresidential course study group generally meets twice a month early on Saturday mornings. Technical classes, lectures, and karma yoga (service), plus a self study & personal sadhana (spiritual practice) are included. Upon completion of written and oral examinations students will be awarded a certificate enabling them to teach traditional spiritual yoga & meditation as taught by this center. 

This course will cover: 
  • History of Yoga, Tantra & Vedic Philosophy
  • Introduction to the main sacred texts of yoga (Sutras, Gita & Hatha Yoga Pradapika)
  • Yogic diet & lifestyle plus intro to Ayurveda 
  • Sun Salutation sequences with Sanskrit mantra
  • Eight limbs of Raja yoga
  • Sequencing a practice
  • Asana (postures)   
  • Pranayama (breathing exercises) 
  • Mantra & Kirtan (chants)
  • Basic Sanskrit  
  • Yoga Nidra & other mediation techniques 
  • Basic physical & subtle body anatomy
  • Yoga ethics - Yama & Niyama 
  • Contraindications & avoiding injury 
  • Teaching Yoga & Social Justice- Exploring the importance of teaching authentic yoga with integrity & respect for it's cultural heritage. Creating and maintaining a safe & inclusive environment for spiritual development & self realization for ALL students regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, body type, or socioeconomic status.
Eligible applicants should be sincere, no prior study of yoga is required, but applicants must demonstrate a commitment to establishing a natural (yogic) lifestyle & preserving the integrity of the yogic tradition.

How to Enroll: 
  1. Fill out our online application
  2. Pay application fee (will be credited toward tuition upon acceptance)
  3. We will contact you to schedule your interview
  4. After acceptance confirm your seat by choosing your tuition plan agreement & making your first payment
Course fees:
Application fee: $54
Tuition $1500 

Required books: 
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga & Ayurveda by David Frawley
Meditations from the Tantras by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
YOGA the Path to Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar

As a part of the greater spiritual tradition of Yoga, & in solidarity with our affiliate Ashram in India, Savsti Yoga chooses not to register with the Yoga Alliance (read more about why here) but graduates from this program will be eligible to register with the alliance, if they choose.

Want to train in INDIA instead?? Visit our affiliated center in Nasik, India, Yoga Vidya Gurukul.