Teacher Training 1

This course focuses on the skills necessary to instruct basic Satyananda Yoga techniques.

It builds on the knowledge gained from Yogic Studies 1 and 2, and as such applicants will be expected to show how they have integrated the theoretical and practical teachings from these courses into their daily life.

The emphasis will be placed on teaching skills and personal development through peer orientated interactions.

Components of the course include:

  • Basic teaching principles
  • Practicalities of teaching PMA1, 2 and 3
  • Pranayama to beginners/first year student level
  • Yoga Nidra to beginners/first year student level
  • Basic administration skills
  • Yogic Lifestyle
  • Karma Yoga
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Class Planning

The completion of the course will establish a firm foundation of how to teach basic techniques to friends and family and the local community.

Course structure

Teacher Training 1 (TT1) begins with a fourteen day residential program, followed by one further seven day residential session. Between these two intensive residential components, students are required to commit to a regular home practice, to submit a written project and participate fully in the on-line element of the course.





Experienced Satyananda Yoga teachers will conduct, monitor and assess the course.

Pre entry requirements

  • Completion of Yogic Studies 1 and 2 in any Satyananda Yoga Academy.
    However if you have only completed Yogic Studies 1 and have at least 3 to 4 years experience of continuous practice then your application will be considered.
    If you feel you meet this criteria please submit an application.
    In all situations, references will be required to attest to your suitability to undertake teacher training.
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Ability to meet the time commitments required
    Those with extensive family (especially small children) and work commitments and/or yoga centres may find it challenging to manage the demanding work load of this course and to commit to further training modules. Students will be expected not to undertake other significant courses during this year.
  • English language competence
    As all lectures, practical classes, home assignments, written and practical assessments will be conducted in English medium, English competency is essential. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of a proficient level of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as agreed with SYAE.
  • Computer skills
    Proficiency in computer skills is essential for TT1. It is expected that participants have a home computer with appropriate internet access.

The venue

The course will be conducted in a simple, yogic style retreat centre set in a quiet and natural environment in Lozen, foothills of the mountains just twenty minutes from Sofia airport.

Accommodation will be shared (two or three people to a comfortable room with en suite bathrooms). Diet will be vegetarian. Limited email facilities are available.


Students will be expected to maintain yogic discipline during the residential stays. Drugs or alcohol will not be permitted.

Set texts

  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Prana, Pranayama by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
  • Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Course certification

  1. Students are required to attend all the residential course components, submit all assignments and participate fully in the on-line element of the course.
  2. Students are required to show an ability to deliver a basic Satyananda Yoga class.
  3. Certificates will only be awarded to students successfully completing all aspects of the course.

Course fee:


This includes all practical and theoretical tuition, marking, assessments, printed handouts, accommodation and catering.

 How to apply

Details will be posted as and when they are available.

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