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Course content and syllabus

Our Transformational Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTC) take place in special retreat settings and are suitable for those wishing to become teachers, existing teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) or simply for your own self transformation and purification. Find your creative expression of yoga using traditional systems for modern life.

What we cover

History and Philosophy

  • The Yoga Sutras, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • The main systems of yoga: Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Mantra, Yantra, Laya and Kundalini, Tantric, Hatha, Raja, Prana
  • The Synthesis of yoga
  • The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Transformational Yoga Theory

  • Introduction to Transformational Yoga
  • Apara and para dimensions of consciousness
  • The seven chakras – muladhara, swadisthana, manipura, anahata, vishuddhi, ajna, sahasrara
  • The four bodies or koshas – physical, emotional, mental, psychic
  • The relationship of the chakras and the bodies
  • Energy flow and the functions of the five pranas – apana, samana, maha, udyana, vyana
  • Impurities, effects and purification techniques for the chakras and bodies
  • Awakening of the spiritual body
  • Energy mechanics of Transformational Yoga
  • Difference between Transformational Yoga and other types of yoga
  • Introduction to meditation

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Physical body systems – respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, musculoskeletal, endocrine
  • Kundalini, nadis and the nervous system
  • Endocrine system and the chakras
  • Health benefits, contraindications and therapeutic use
  • Exploration, alignment, modification and individual expression
  • Ayurveda, body types, diet and lifestyle

Teaching Methodology

  • Principles of demonstration and observation
  • Assisting, modifications, adjusting, guiding
  • Finding your own teaching style
  • Ethical guidelines for yoga teachers
  • Student teaching and observing
  • Lesson planning
  • Classroom safety

Practice of Transformational Yoga

  • Basic Transformational Yoga sequence
  • Surya Namaskar and Chandra Namaskar (Sun and Moon Salutations)
  • 4 Transformational Yoga asana sets – chakra activation, stomach, back and standing
  • Joint warming and cleaning practices
  • Observation and awareness techniques

  • Transformational Yoga breathing practices: Kapalabhati (cleansing breath), Nadi Shodana (alternate nostril breathing), Bhramari (humming bee breath)
  • Other useful pranayama practices: Ujjayi (victorious breath), Shitali and Sitkari (cooling breath)
  • Importance of healthy breathing
  • Conscious breathing techniques
  • Bandhas (locks): Moola (root), Uddiyana (abdominal), Jalandhara (throat), Maha (great)


  • Invocation Mantra
  • Seed sounds for the chakras: relaxation, purification, activation
  • Mantras for the 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air, space
  • Setting intention


  • Meditation methods and techniques
  • Observation and awareness techniques
  • Yoga Nidra relaxation techniques
  • Yogic energy awakening science (Kriyas)
  • Dynamic meditation techniques: OSHO, walking, dance, etc
  • TIME five body meditation technique

500 Level TTC with Swami Vidyanand

  • Deeper studies of Transformational Yoga
  • The endocrine system of glands
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Tantra Yoga
  • Kriyas
  • Bandhas, Granthis and Mudras
  • Mantras
  • Transformational Yoga for children, young people, the elderly and office workers
  • Transformational Yoga for specific illness
  • TIME – Transformational Integral Meditation Education

Also included in your course

  • Yoga Alliance International certification
  • Transformational Yoga training manual
  • Accommodation in shared room
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • One-to-one guidance with your lead tutor
  • Transport by car to and from nearest airport (India)
  • Ashram and temple meditations (India)

Suggested reading before the course

  • PublicationsYoga Anatomy – Leslie Kaminoff
  • Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System – Anodea Judith, Ph.D.
  • Eastern Body Western Mind – Anodea Judith, Ph.D.
  • Bringing Yoga to Life – Donna Farhi
  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika – Swami Swatmarama
  • Yoga Nidra – Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Meditation: The First and Last Freedom – Osho
  • The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
  • Freedom from the Known – J Krishnamurti
  • Kindle Life – Swami Chinmayananda

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