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Satyananda Yoga Integration Integration Course
May 2014 - June 2015

A Course for Yoga Teachers to obtain a Satyananda Yoga Teacher Qualification

Prospectus for Students
  • Course directors: Swami Pragyamurti Saraswati and Swami Vedantananda Saraswati.
  • If you wish to discuss any aspects of the Course before finalising your application please contact Swami Vedantananda, by telephone 00351 964 047 369, by email or writing to:
    Poio do Acor,
    Altura das Corchas,
    CCI 969, Monchique 8550-207,
    Algarve, Portugal
"If you dedicate yourself completely to the task of teaching yoga, it will be easy to express the positive side of your personality. Remember, that every effort you make to teach yoga will become immortal".

Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati

About Satyananda Yoga

  • Satyananda Yoga is based on traditional wisdom and teachings that are fine-tuned and re-evaluated by a Master, Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his successor Swami Niranjanananda, to serve present needs. It is alive.
  • It provides tools for individuals to enhance their skills for living, and to be responsible contributors to the development of human society.
  • It offers a holistic approach which provides ways for individuals to integrate all aspects of their being - spiritual, mental, emotional and physical ("head, heart and hand").
  • It awakens creative potential and encourages self-exploration.

About the Satyananda Yoga Integration Course

  • The Course will develop a deep understanding of the essence of the teachings of Satyananda Yoga as taught and practised in India combined with Western methods, needs and philosophy.
  • The yogic practices, methods and teachings will be based mainly on those developed and taught at The Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, India, and which are already taught world-wide.
  • The Course is specifically designed for existing yoga teachers, who have made a deep connection with the teachings of Satyananda Yoga and wish this to reflect in their teaching of yoga.

The aims of the Course

To enable participants to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become effective teachers of Satyananda Yoga, and to provide a basis for the continued study of the philosophy, principles and practice of yoga.

To provide comprehensive training in all aspects of the teaching of Satyananda Yoga, so that participants of the course will provide a professional and responsible service to their students.

Course Literature

  • The following Bihar School of Yoga Publications:
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha
  • Meditations from the Tantra
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Yogic Management of Common Diseases
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Four Chapters on Freedom
  • Prana Pranayama
  • Kundalini Tantra
  • Yoga Darshan
  • Dharana Darshan
  • NB Where some of the course literature is not available the Course director will transmit the information by the best means at their disposal.


The nearest Tube station for the London Centre is Clapham South. Overground train station Clapham Junction.
There is parking at the Centre. If you are travelling form afar it will be possible to arrive at the Centre on Friday night, after 7.00pm, unless you are planning to attend Swami Pragyamurtri's afternoon yoga class from 1.30 - 3.00pm.
For the Portugal retreats a taxi will be arranged for the group From FARO airport to the venue.

Closing date for application:

Please complete the attached application form and send to address below, before the end of November 2013

For final qualification:

  • the teacher must satisfy the assessor that s/he can deliver competently two classes:
  • A full class in asana, pranayama and Yoga Nidra (minimum of 1.5 hours duration)
  • A meditation class, teaching one of the following techniques: Antar Mouna, Ajapa Japa, Tratak, Chidakasha Dharana, Kaya Sthairyam (minimum 30 minutes duration)


Upon successful completion of the course participants will be awarded a Certificate of Yoga Teaching by Satyananda Yoga UK.

As a qualified Satyananda Yoga Teacher the graduate will be required to attend an at least one IST event per year

Details of course:

The overall length of the course will be 13 months. This incorporates a minimum of 275 hours of input/class contact time (excluding therefore time spent on homework, assignments, prescribed daily practice, attendance at classes as a student – all of which are regarded as essential components of the course, but in addition to the hours specified here). Similarly, the practices of karma yoga, mouna, yogic diet, fasting etc. are widely regarded as an integral part of the training, but are not allocated tutorial hours per se.

The Course comprises:

2 x 2 week residential programmes which will be held in Portugal .
6 residential weekends which will be held at Satyananda Yoga Centre, London. Timings for the weekends are 9.00 am on Saturday, finishing on Sunday 4.00pm.

Dates of the Course:

  • Weekend 1: May 17th - 18th 2014
  • 1st Retreat: July 5th - 19th
  • Weekend 2: September 13th - 14th
  • Weekend 3: November 1st - 2nd
  • Weekend 4: January 10th - 11th 2015
  • Weekend 5: March 7th - 8th
  • Weekend 6: April 25th - 26th
  • 2nd Retreat: June 6th - 20th

Cost of the Course

The two x two week retreats will cost £500.00 each (excluding flights). The six weekends £165.00 per weekend.

Final Class Assessment £90.00 plus travel expenses of the Assessor

A non returnable deposit of £1000.00 will be paid on acceptance onto the course.

Course to be delivered by: Swami Vedantananda Saraswati

The outcomes of the Course

By the end of this course, all students will:
Have expanded and developed their own practice of Satyananda Yoga so that they are fully competent and experienced in all techniques which they will be required to impart to others.

Have furthered their studies in the philosophical bases of yoga and their application to everyday, contemporary life.

Understand the main principles underlying the teaching of adults and have demonstrated the ability to apply these in the yoga class situation.

Applicants to the course will normally expected to have:

Been consistently practising yoga for at least six years (in the last eight years) preferably in the Satyananda style, and to be currently undertaking own daily sadhana

Been teaching yoga for at least 2 years

Experience of the main practices of yoga as taught in the Satyananda Yoga tradition. It must be emphasised that this course is designed to train the participants to teach yoga, and therefore pre-supposes that participants are familiar with the practices before starting the course.

Have a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology

All teachers - in training will, in addition to attending all the training sessions, be required to:

Continue daily practice throughout the course, as indicated by and in consultation with the Course Director, in order that the teacher in training gains first hand experience of the practices that s/he will be required to teach. 45 minutes to one hour per day throughout the course

Complete theoretical study assignments on the course literature. 5 - 7 hours study per month

Attend, as a student, regular classes with a recognised and experienced teacher of Swami Satyananda's methods, wherever geographically possible.
Conduct their own regular weekly yoga class(es) during the course.

Complete a suitable project during the course, the subject matter to be decided in consultation with the Course Director.

Obtain a First Aid Certificate or ensure your current certificate is up to date before the end of the course.

Assessment of Students:

Students need to be assessed on their practical and theoretical knowledge of yoga and on their ability to teach the subject as follows: Practical ability will be assessed by a continuous process throughout the course focusing mainly on the individual's ability to practise accurately within his/her personal capacity.

Theoretical knowledge will be assessed by various methods including:-

  • i) written assignments throughout the course
  • ii) presentation of the student's project at the end of the course
  • iii) viva and /or written examination at the end of the course
Teaching ability will be assessed variously, but the main criterion throughout will be the individual's ability to enable his or her students to practise various yoga techniques in a personally satisfying way, with full awareness of their own needs and limitations.

Assessment will be made as follows:

  • i) By course tutors, over the duration of the course.
  • ii) By Course Director(s), or a qualified and experienced Satyananda Yoga Teachers nominated by the Course Director, observing the teacher as s/he delivers a regular class of asana, pranayama and Yoga Nidra.
Please send attached APPLICATION FORM to:
Swami Vedantanada
Poio do Acor, Altura das Corchas,
CCI 969, Monchique 8550-207,
Algarve, Portugal

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