Professional Trainings, Certifications & CEUs

We are a leading destination for people seeking professional skills and training and offer a variety of Healing Arts trainings and courses with CEUs. The Yoga Retreat offers a unique learning experience for participants, combining instruction with an immersion into the daily practice of a yogic lifestyle. Individuals attending courses at the ashram are given the opportunity to apply the material gained from coursework through the support of the ashram environment.

Professional Trainings

Professional Training
January 16 — 21, 2024
Nora Benian (Sundari)

This certified training for yoga teachers and health-care practitioners gives you the skills to integrate therapeutic yoga and healing modalities into your practice.

Professional Training
January 27 — February 1, 2024
Nora Benian (Sundari)

Restorative yoga is a regenerative healing tool you can integrate into yoga classes, healing treatments, or use in restorative-specific classes.

Professional Training
February 25 — March 1, 2024
Sukha Wong

Gain a strong foundation in the key elements of Thai Yoga Massage and learn how to perform a full 90-minute customized session.

Professional Training
March 3 — 8, 2024
Sukha Wong

Thai Yoga Massage Level 2 expands upon the techniques learned in Level 1 and covers how to perform an expanded 2 1/2 hour customized session.

Professional Training
April 10 — 14, 2024
Chitra Sukhu

Learn the fundamentals of Yoga Nidra and how to share this healing, powerful practice with others.

Professional Training
April 25 — May 4, 2024
Mary Ann Johnson (Isvari) and Denise Chapman (Vidya)

Learn and experience the deeply regenerative and healing techniques of Ayurveda body treatments, also known as “Bliss Therapy.”

Professional Training
May 2 — 6, 2024
Krishna Chaitanya

In this course, you will learn how to make yoga accessible to seniors, persons with disabilities or limited mobility.

Professional Training
May 5 — 6, 2024
Mary Ann Johnson (Isvari) and Denise Chapman (Vidya)

Hone in on your Ayurvedic Body Treatment skills and return home ready to expand your practice.

Professional Training
May 28 — 31, 2024
Dr. John Douillard

Learn the ancient art of Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis.

Professional Training
June 7 — 10, 2024
Antonio Sausys

Learn more about the nature of grief and healthy approaches to healing.


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Yoga Alliance Accreditation

The Yoga Alliance registers yoga teachers who meet minimum U.S. teaching standards established by the organization’s founding members. The Alliance also provides support and recognition to registered yoga teachers while honoring the diversity of all yoga practices and upholding the integrity of yoga. Additionally, The Yoga Alliance registers yoga schools whose teacher training programs address those standards, ensuring graduates are well-qualified to teach the practicing public. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is a Yoga Alliance registered school.

Graduates of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat’s Yoga Teacher Training Course can register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200 hour level, RYT200.

Graduates of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course can register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 500 hour level, RYT500.

Visit Yoga Alliance for more information and to download an application form. Contact our reception office at [email protected] to receive a letter to support any application you make to the Yoga Alliance.

Continuing Education Units for Registered Yoga Teachers

Some certification courses offered by the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat fulfill the Yoga Alliance requirements for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and may be used by Registered Yoga Teachers as credit towards RYT500 accreditation. All hours are contact hours. Certificate of attendance is provided to participants. Visit Yoga Alliance for more information about CEUs.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered for some of our programs through the presenters. Please see the program descriptions online for more information. Additional fees may apply. Requests may be sent to [email protected]

Graduate Degree Program

The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is affiliated with the The Open International University via the International Institute for Integral Human Sciences in Montreal, Canada. By graduating from the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course or any other certification course at the Yoga Retreat, you can earn credits towards Bachelor (B.T.C) and Master (M.T.C) degrees in Therapeutic Counseling, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Therapeutic Counseling.

For further information please contact:

International Institute of Integral Human Sciences
1974 de Maisonneuve West
Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1K5, Canada

Tel: (514) 937-8359
Fax: (514) 937-5380
Email: [email protected]


College Credit Study Abroad Program

Florida International University’s (FIU) renowned Religious Studies Department is partnering with Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas to offer an innovative Study Abroad program from April 30 – May 7, 2017. Students enroll in either an undergraduate or graduate course for college credit at FIU instructed by Religious Studies faculty member Dr. Andrea Mantell Seidel.

Through a concentrated study of yoga asanas (postures), meditation techniques, pranayama (breath control), guest lectures, and philosophical and religious scriptures and dialogue, students will engage in both the theory and practical applications of yoga and related spiritual disciplines within the concentrated environment of a traditional yoga ashram. The 7-day study abroad component includes lectures by world renowned speakers from a variety of traditions, daily Yoga classes, a morning and evening satsang (meditation, chanting, and lecture), delicious vegetarian meals, and some recreational time for swimming and meditative beach walks. The pre- and post-departure curriculum includes seminars, daily journaling, reading assignments, take-home essay exams, and term papers for graduate students.

Students outside of South Florida may register for one of the classes below as an out-of-state, transient student and participate in the pre- and post-departure seminars via internet. For further information about enrollment for in-state or out-of-state students, contact FIU’s Office of Study Abroad below.

2017 dates

Arrival: April 30 2017
Departure: May 7, 2017

Course Offerings
  • REL 3020 Meditation, and Spiritual Development
  • REL 5937 Special Topics: Yoga and Spiritual Development Abroad, Bahamas
Address Student Inquiries to:

FIU Office of Study Abroad
Ariana Arguello: phone: (305) 348-1913; email: [email protected]
Faculty: Dr. Andrea Mantell Seidel, Dept. of Religious Studies, [email protected]


FIU Faculty

Andrea Mantell Seidel is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Professor of Dance, founding director of the Intercultural Dance and Music Institute and former Senior Director of Academic Programs in the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) at Florida International University (FIU). Additionally, she serves as trustee of pioneer modern dance choreographer Eleanor King’s choreographic legacy and as artistic director of the critically acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble. Her forthcoming book on the Art and Soul of Isadora in the 21st Century will be published by McFarland Press in 2014. Dr. Seidel has lectured, presented papers and workshops, and performed at prestigious national and international conferences, festivals, universities and other institutions throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Russia, Europe, and Asia, including the Internationales Tanzfestival in Germany; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington; Hong Kong International Conference and Festival; NYC Lincoln Center Festival Out-of-Doors; and the International Goethe Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, among numerous other venues. She holds a doctorate in dance from New York University and at FIU teaches courses in Native American Religion, Yoga and the Art of Meditation, and Sacred Dance/Sacred Ritual, among other topics.

Dr. Seidel is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar award, the Visionary Award from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and of over 70 national, state, and local grants. Dr. Seidel describes herself as an artist/scholar whose primary career focus has involved a process of listening to the wisdom of the body, informed by scholarly investigation into the intersections between movement and spirituality from a global perspective. She is a certified yoga teacher with strong roots in the Sivananda tradition, having studied for 24 years with Dr. Shyam Kashap, ayurvedic physician and former manager of the Divine Life Society in Rishekesh, India, as well as with Swami’s Vishnudevananda, Chidananda, and Venkatesananda in the l970’s. See http://spiritdanceart.org


FIU Student Testimonials

Words cannot explain how much I’ve learned in a week. I’ve gotten so much out of such little time. My greatest take away has to be acceptance and love. Acceptance and appreciation of different cultures, beliefs, people, and myself. I didn’t think that I would be able to be so honest with my peers and professor about my personal beliefs, and get the same honesty back, with no judgment, and everyone having something so different to share. I’m so grateful for this gift and an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.
—Jen Fullman, Student, DePaul Department of Psychology

I haven’t quite reached self-realization yet, but there was definitely a spiritual awakening ~ and it didn’t come from a sacred text or drinking any kool aid. It doesn’t matter which “spiritual container” you use, or even if you don’t believe in a divine power, there is something for everyone at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. You cannot be surrounded by that much beauty and good intention without feeling something! Add some required reading, papers and journaling for academics and to lay the foundation, and there is opportunity for real learning and personal growth. I’ve been going to school a long, long time and I’ve never found anything like this in a classroom.
—Marcia Leonard, MA Student, Recreational Therapy, FIU; MS, Logistics (USAF Institute of Technology); BS, Accounting & Bus Mgmt (University of Chas, SC)

The Study Abroad Program to the Bahamas Sivananda Ashram was an incredible trip. I learned from Dr. Seidel, my peers, the guests, the speakers (which might have been my favorite part of my days), the instructors that run the ashram, and even from myself. Your mind doesn’t really have much time to just sit back and relax; it definitely made me appreciate the art of meditating a whole lot more, among so many other things. The best part is that all this new knowledge and wisdom you get back with is so much more useful than anything you could learn in a college classroom. They’re things that can be used on a daily basis, now and in the future. Everything I learned stuck with me. You get back home with a completely new way of looking at the life you’ve been living.
—Maria Rivas, Psychology Major, FIU

I am so grateful to have taken up the opportunity to do this Study Abroad program in the Bahamas. It was by far, the greatest experience of my life. It is incredible how one week in the Sivananda Ashram gave me so much clarity and peace as a person, a student, and a spiritual seeker. The people I met and the students I bonded with during my stay I will cherish for the rest of my life. Not only did I enjoy the beach and free time, but I was even more excited to attend the lectures, workshops, yoga sessions and dinner! There was such profound wisdom in the messages the lecturers and karma yogis gave to me. I definitely left my heart in the Bahamas, as well as all my worries and burdens. As a college student and future graduate here at FIU, my outlook on life and career goals has completely transformed.
—Anthony Paz, Religious Studies Major, FIU

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