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 as a spiritual path if they choose. This course is NOT intended to train participants for a careers as fitness yoga instructors, or to be spiritual leaders or "gurus", 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. 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 safe and meaningful 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, Structures of Power & 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.
  • Teaching internship at Svasti Yoga
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. Email Laurie to discuss interest and availability
  2. Pay deposit (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:$1800
Deposit: $300
Tuition $1800 

Required books: 
Vedantic Meditation by David Frawley
The Science of Yoga by William Broad
Yoga Nidra by Richard Miller
Yoga & Ayurveda by David Frawley
How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, & Breath by Dennis Chernin
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). Also, after many petitions requesting the YA improve their teacher standards and code of conduct in order to address multiple issues with power, appropriation, and sexual misconduct in  the yoga community, the Alliance finally announced plans to address the issues. Time will tell, if the organization can transform into a worthwhile professional resource for yoga teachers in the United States, we will reassess our position on the Yoga Alliance.