Designed for certified yoga teachers, the Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (ATTC) is a four-week immersion into advanced yogic practices. When you graduate, you will receive Yoga Acharya, or Master of Yoga, certification.
1. You’ve been teaching and would love to advance your skills.
2. You haven’t been teaching and could use a jumpstart.
3. You want another opportunity to dive deep into yoga practice and wisdom.
4. You know in your heart it’s the next right step on your spiritual path.
5. You could use a month of sadhana in a beautiful beachfront setting.
|November – May
|Tent Hut Single
|November – May
|November – May
|Tent Hut Double (private)
|November – May
A $300 deposit is required when you register in order to guarantee your place. The balance is due at least 14 days before your arrival. We will send you an email reminder a week before we process the balance.
For other housing options (at standard rates) and for any other questions
Please plan to arrive at least the day before the ATTC start day and depart the day after the ATTC end date.. The cost for the ATTC includes these two nights. Please see the Getting Here for detailed information on traveling to the Yoga Retreat.
When possible, it is recommended that you spend a few days in the Yoga Vacation Program before the start of the ATTC and/or when you graduate, to assimilate what you’ve learned. Many graduates stay on for a month or more in the Karma Yoga Residential Study Program, which is highly recommended as a way to fully immerse in ashram life and practice teaching yoga to others.
Certain physical conditions might limit your ability or prevent you from taking the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course. Please contact us prior to registering if you are pregnant, suffering from recent head, neck, or back injury, are taking medication prescribed by a psychiatrist, or have any other condition that might limit your ability to practice yoga postures or otherwise participate in an intensive training.
Since its inception under Swami Vishudevananda, participants in the ATTC wear white pants and a yellow top. This uniform not only creates a unity among all the trainees and ease (not having to decide what to wear), it holds meaning: the yellow represents the seeking of true knowledge and the white represents purification of the self.
We are proud of our ATTC trainees and your presence at the ashram makes a visual statement to all guests about your commitment to yoga and yoga studies.
Upon arrival, you will receive two pairs of white yoga pants and two yellow t-shirts to wear throughout the training. You are expected to wear the ATTC uniform at all times (including at satsangs), with the following exceptions:
Your arrival pack will include a list of optional recommended books; these will be available on-site at the boutique.
Notebook and pens
Wrist-watch with second hand (for teaching); not a smart phone
Meditation cushion (optional)
Meditation shawl (for satsangs)
Toiletries, including soap
Travel mug or tumbler
Dry snack foods (nuts, energy bars)
Snorkeling equipment (optional)
For tent space only: bring your own tent, bedding, and towels.
Please note that there are laundry facilities onsite. Tokens for the washer and dryer, as well as laundry soap, are available for purchase at the Boutique (Reception during the summer).
From our graduates:
The ATTC is a solid program. The Sivananda ashram has an abundance of top teachers, an incredibly array of programming, and a beautiful and pure lineage.
In addition to the course material which provided an expanded awareness for meditation, every satsang enhanced the learning with presentations from renowned scientists, musicians, and healers alike. I am forever grateful to Swami Sivananda and Swami Visnudevananda for sharing the path and creating the opportunity. I am closer to Peace, closer to Self and burning with desire to share.
It was challenging. The discipline was good to help reset daily habits that do not serve me. All my teachers were inspiring and full of love.
By far the most comprehensive, complete, and authentic Yoga Teacher Training program I have ever seen. The full immersion in yogic lifestyle was very rewarding!
ATTC was an amazing experience! Great group, great teachers, great time! The location is beautiful! This place is where I go when I need peace, silence, and yoga. Highly recommended.
The dedication of all of the teachers to maintaining a consistent message reflecting Swami Sivananda’s teachings is very inspiring. The retreat is a place of love where you feel safe to challenge yourself and explore your limits with the support of knowledgeable, caring people.
—Rukmini (Pat Russell)
A truly transformational experience both spiritually and mentally. I was overwhelmed by the ashram experience in the beginning, however, I have grown to love the community, the spirit, the energy, and the people.
The teachers and my classmates are amazing, knowledgable, friendly, and open-hearted. It was pleasant just to be in their company.
The Sanskrit & Vedanta classes were inspirational, as were Iswara’s asana classes — a real blessing. Thank you!
Hatha Yoga: find new angles to your practice with advanced variations and prolonged holding of the asanas (postures); learn to better manage your energy flow with advanced pranayama (breathing), mudras (energy seals) and bandhas (energy locks).
Jnana Yoga (the Yoga of Wisdom): expand your knowledge and get inspired to take your Self study (Swadhyaya) to the next level with the study of Vedanta philosophy including study of Jnana Yoga theory and Vedantic meditation techniques.
Sanskrit: learn the Sanskrit alphabet and correct pronunciation and spelling of mantras and hymns.
Raja Yoga: dive deeper into your mind through an in-depth study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Bhakti Yoga: open your heart to true love through studies of the nine modes of Bhakti and the five attitudes of devotion (Bhavas).
Karma Yoga: explore Karma Yoga as an inner attitude of selfless service.
At the end of each ATTC, students take an exam. Upon successful completion of the course students receive the Certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, entitled Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga).
This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements for the Yoga Alliance 500-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
4:30 am: Wake up
5:00 am: Pranayama
6:00 am: Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture)
8:00 am: Asana Practice
9:00 am: Anatomy & Physiology
10:00 am: Brunch
11:00 am: Karma Yoga
12:00 pm: Study of Raja Yoga or Sanskrit
2:00 pm: Main Lecture on Vedanta
4:00 pm: Asanas & Pranayama
6:00 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture)
10:00 pm: Lights Out
Students enjoy special programs, festivals, concerts and symposiums that are offered during evening satsangs (for a list of programs see our Calendar of Events.
There is one weekly day off. During the day off students are only required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their Karma Yoga. During their free time, students are welcome to enjoy the services of the Well-Being Center or the daily workshops offered at the ashram; students can also explore the ashram’s vicinity or take the time to rest on the beach or in the garden.
* Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the program may occur from time to time.
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