Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (ATTC)
Designed for certified Sivananda yoga teachers this powerful and transformative four-week course takes you to a more profound level of spiritual knowledge. It provides an ideal training for expanding and deepening your own spiritual practice and advancing on the spiritual path. If you are an active teacher, it is a natural step to take to broaden your teaching practice. Through intensive yoga practice and the study of raja yoga and vedanta you experience a heightened sense of well-being and confidence. Individual guidance and yogic self-discipline are important aspects of the Course.
The immersion in sadhana and yogic studies with others of like-mind removes doubts and inspiration is strengthened, personal practice is established on a firmer and broader base and teaching skills improve. The Course is one of the most comprehensive, complete and authentic Yoga Teacher Training programs available today.
The discipline helps reset daily habits that do not serve the yogic lifestyle and reconnecting to the pure lineage of our gurus fills you with renewed inspiration. The Ashram, set in the splendour of the natural beauty of the Laurentians mountains, is a place of love where you feel safe to challenge yourself and explore your limits with the support of knowledgeable teachers and staff. On graduation you will receive Yoga Acharya, or Master of Yoga, certification.
The Course meets the requirements for the Yoga Alliance RYT-300 certification.
August 6 to Sept 3rd 2023
Single: CAD 4250
Single (shared bathroom): CAD 4000
Double: CAD 3900
Dorm: CAD 3650
Tent: CAD 3200
Four weeks of intense practice and study for graduates who have successfully completed the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC). Graduates of the yoga teacher training course receive internationally recognized certification. The Advanced Teacher Training Course fulfills the requirements for the Yoga Alliance RYT-300 certification.
Built on the foundation of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course, the Advanced Teacher Training Course offers inspiration and guidance to students interested in deepening their own personal practice as well as giving advanced techniques to those who want to teach at a higher level. The concentrated Yoga discipline and the intense study of Vedanta philosophy are designed to take the student to a higher level of practice.
- The twelve basic postures in depth
- Practice of classical advanced variations
- Precise corrections
- Deeper understanding of Hatha Yoga
- Extended practice of anuloma viloma
- Advanced pranayamas
- Proper use of the bandhas
- The philosophical schools of India
- Analogies of the supreme reality
- Study of Vedantic meditation techniques
- Explanation of Vedantic mantras
- In-depth study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
- The mind, its mystery and control
- Detailed study of the eight steps of Raja Yoga
- The nine types of bhakti
- The five attitudes of devotion
- Learning the Sanskrit alphabet
- Correct pronunciation and spelling of the mantras and hymns
Anatomy and Physiology
- Study of the nervous system, brain, endocrine glands and how they relate to the practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation
Kirtan (mantra chanting)
- Positive effects on the emotions
- Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
- Learning of classical Sanskrit songs
- Subtle aspects of the vegetarian diet
- Proper nutrition according to the three dosha theory of Ayurveda
(meditation, chanting, lecture)
|08:00 am||Asana Class|
|09:00 am||Anatomy and physiology class|
|11:00 am||Karma Yoga|
|12:00 pm||Raja Yoga or Sanskrit class|
|02:00 pm||Main lecture on Vedanta|
|04:00 pm||Advanced asana class|
(meditation, chanting, lecture)
|10:00 pm||Lights Out|
- Meditation and Mantras, by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
- The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press
What to bring?
- TTC manual and teacher’s uniforms
- Yoga mat, cushion, blanket (you’ll find a large selection of yoga accessories in the yoga boutique on site)
- Comfortable as well as warm clothing
- Notebook, flashlight
- Sandals or slippers for indoors, walking shoes
- Towel, toiletries, Neti pot
Arrival and departure
- For all courses, trainings, and certifications: Please plan to arrive the day before the course begins and depart the day after it ends.
- Yoga Vacation Programs: Attendance of all or part of the program is accepted. You may choose your dates or arrival and departure.
- Room check-in time: 3 pm
- Room check-out time: 11 am
- After you arrive, feel free to join the yoga class at 4 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Families with children 12 and under MUST contact us directly to book their stay.
The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity.
To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.
Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and nudity are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to yoga practice. Participants who do not comply with the Ashram rules may be dismissed from the course. Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater to personal dietary preferences beyond the yogic lacto-vegetarian meals.
Check-in/Check-out: Check-in time is after 3:00 pm. Checkout time is before 11:00 am. Check-in/out at reception in the Main Lodge. When checking out please clean your room of litter as best as possible then bring your used bed sheets and towel to reception and retrieve a clean set.
Conservation and recycling: Please conserve water while bathing and washing. Report any leaking taps and toilets to reception. Save electricity by turning off lights and electrical items when not in use. Be aware of how much paper products you use. Used batteries can be left at reception. Kindly use the recycling bins found in the common areas. Any used items of clothing can be donated at reception.
Remember: “Every action matters” when consciously living in yoga.
Dress code: Please cover shoulders, upper arms, midriff and legs at all times, including during asana classes and especially temple visits.
Fire hazards: Please do not burn candles, incense, mosquito coils, etc. in your room, dormitory or tent.
Food: We serve a vegetarian, nourishing and balanced diet with proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and plenty of local vegetables. Snacks are available at our Health Hut during high season. We do not serve meat, fish, eggs, garlic or onions. Alcohol, tobacco and drugs are prohibited.
Hygiene: Please leave the premises, rooms and bathrooms cleaner than when you arrived. For hygiene reasons, please leave your Ashram pillows, blankets and sheets in your room.
Karma Yoga: The Ashram is run by volunteer staff members. Selfless service (karma yoga or seva) is an essential part of the Ashram experience. Maintaining a positive spiritual atmosphere requires participation from all the guests and staff. In addition to staff duties, we ask all students to contribute one hour each day to help upkeep the Ashram. A small task can make a big difference. Kindly meet the karma yoga coordinator at reception at 10:45 am, after morning meal, to arrange your assignment.
Laundry: Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the ground level of the Registrations building and can be used during daytime hours. Quarters and dollar coins are required ($1.50). The wash cycle lasts about 30 minutes, and the dry cycle, 60 minutes.
Lights out: Kindly respect the silent time after evening satsang on your way to your room. Please turn off all lights and observe silence by 10:30 pm to ensure everyone gets adequate rest.
Massages: We offer a variety of massages yearround (Deep Tissue, Swedish and Thai). Appointments for these services can be made at reception. Ayurveda consultations with our doctor, treatments and massages are available at the Ayurveda Clinic during high season.
Personal Belongings: A safety deposit facility is available for your valuables and cell phone. Ask reception. The Ashram cannot accept responsibility for anyone’s personal belongings. Consider labelling your yoga mat, bags, shoes and other items left in common areas.
Phone calls: Payphones can be found on the north entrance of the Registrations building and downstairs in the Lodge. Phone cards are available in the Boutique.
Cell phones: To ensure a full Ashram experience, we ask that all cell phones are set to silent mode or are turned off. Making or receiving phone calls or text messages can distract a yogi and their friends from their yoga practice. The Boutique has alarm clocks, but you can also let the Ashram bell guide you through the day.
Photography: To ensure people’s privacy during their stay, photography or video recording is not permitted during satsang, pujas, or asana classes. See the Ashram Director if you have any questions.
Punctuality: For everyone’s benefit, kindly arrive to classes, events and satsangs on time or even a little early so you can settle. Leaving your room at the 10-minute bell will help you arrive on time. Punctuality promotes peace for all participants.
Note: The doors are locked at the start of the meditation sessions and opened once chanting begins.
Mail: You can leave any outgoing mail at reception. If you are expecting any mail, check with reception.
Relationships: Kindly restrain expressions of affection in public, such as kissing and hugging.
Women’s and men’s dorms: Kindly respect the gender privacy of these dorms. Couples are advised to observe celibacy as part of the spiritual discipline.
Sauna and swimming pool: A wood-fired dry sauna is available yearround. An outdoor pool is open during the summer when the lifeguard is on duty. Kindly wear discrete swimming clothes in the sauna and pool. Bring an extra towel to sit on.
Shoes: Please remove your shoes and place them on the shoe racks when entering any of the buildings.
Schedule: It is expected that all students attend all satsangs, lectures and asana classes. To help upkeep the Ashram, we ask that all students contribute one hour of karma yoga each day.
Silence: To maintain the tranquil setting of an Ashram, we aim to observe silence before the morning and evening satsangs and especially at mealtimes. Maintaining silence conserves energy and promotes a peaceful environment. To maintain the energy received during evening satsang, try to observe silence for the remainder of the night.
Spiritual respect: Kindly maintain a respectful attitude when near an altar, satsang hall or temple. When sitting, sit cross-legged or in a chair. Kindly refrain from pointing your feet towards any altar, deities or teachers during satsang and lectures. Kindly do your best to remain in the satsang hall for the entire satsang.
Staff: Staff members are willing and able to answer any of your questions. Feel free to go to them with your questions. They will most often be wearing yellow and white.
Suggestions, comments and special requests: If you have any suggestions, comments or special requests, feel free to write them down with your name and drop them into the suggestions box at reception. Feel free to mention any immediate concern to a staff member.
Temples: The many Ashram temples, large and small, are available for visiting and silent meditation during your free time. You are welcome to visit the Krishna Temple, the Master’s Statues near the dorms and the Sivananda Temple on the pond for silent contemplation or meditation. At the top of the hill is the Subramanya-Ayyappa and Mariamman Temple, and inside these temples are more temples. Kindly enter the temple of your choice in silence. Visit each temple with grace and awareness. You are welcome to prostrate in front of each murti, then sit to feel the resonance of the temple. There are donation boxes inside the Subramanya-Ayyappa and Krishna temples. Feel free to donate to help the maintenance of these temples. Kindly leave food and drink outside of any temple area.
Water: The tap water is city water. We also offer pure artesian well water for drinking. Bring your own water bottles and fill them at the pump located in the middle of the Ashram, near the first step of the Peace Trail. To prevent any spreading of bacteria, please keep your bottle away from the tap or hose when filling in order to avoid contact. If drinking from a hose please keep mouth away from the end of the hose.
Physical harassment: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres of Canada disapprove of and condemn any form of harassment directed at guests, staff or visitors. Specifically, no harassment, proposals or innuendos with a sexual connotation will be tolerated during any program or activity organized by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres of Canada. Guests participating in such programs are accordingly made aware of this policy and invited to apply it in their personal behavior whilst on our premises. Any guest who thinks she or he may be the victim of unsolicited advances or any other form of sexual harassment is asked to notify a Swami or the Director immediately in order for corrective action to be undertaken without delay. Complaints made to a Swami or Director will be treated confidentially, and the alleged violator or any third party will not be advised of the complainant’s identity without the latter’s consent.
All registrations for a TTC are done online. Students are requested to fill in the online registration form and make their payment at the same time. The Yoga Camp will then send you more logistical information.
For more information, please contact us at:
[email protected] or 819-322-3226
If you wish to cancel your registration before the start of the course, the original payment will be refunded less:
- $150 CAD (more than 3 months from course start date)
- $200 CAD (less than 3 months from course start date)
- If you contact us before the course begins in order to transfer to another teacher training course, a $300 CAD administration fee will be charged. Some restrictions may apply, and this change can only be done once.
Once the course starts:
- If you do not show up and do not contact us, no refund will be issued.
- If you decide to leave during the first three days of the course, we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of $450 CAD.
- No refunds will be issued after the 3rd day of the course.