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Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course

Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland

6 September – 5 October 2014

Preview: 5 September – 4 October 2015

Dates include arrival and departure days

International guest speakers
Taught in English, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian

  • Four-week theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga composed of 401 training units of 45 minutes’ duration
  • International certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled "Yoga Siromani" and recognised by Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards
  • This course was established in 1969 by Swami Vishnudevananda as the first yoga teachers’ training course taught to Western students and now has over 34,000 graduates.
  • A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required – a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential. Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve their own personal practice.

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Asanas, Pranayama, Yoga Nutrition, Kriyas, Meditation, Mantras, Vedanta Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, The Four Yoga Paths, Anatomy and Physiology
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Daily schedule

Daily: two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the ashram community. Students are given one lecture-free day a week. Attendance of the entire TTC daily schedule is mandatory.
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Tuition fees

The course fees are:

  • For residents of Western countries (regardless of their nationality): 2105€ shared (2–4 people), 3385€ single room
  • For Eastern European nationals residing in an Eastern European country*: 1255€ shared (2–4 people), 2100€ single room

Prices valid until 31 August 2014

Included are the examination fee, administrative costs, teaching, room and board, two sets of yoga clothing and a teacher's manual.

Not included are transportation to and from Ustka and the kriya kit.

*Eastern European countries: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
Further Eastern countries are also included in this price range (e.g. Israel, Turkey).
Nationals of the above-mentioned countries living in Western Europe, USA, Canada or Australia – please contact the Sivananda Yoga Centre Berlin individually.


To apply for the teachers' training course in Ustka, please choose one of the methods below:

  2. Download application form (PDF) >> Download the form, fill it out by hand and then either scan and send it to polandregistration(at)sivananda.net or send it by post or fax.
    Only applications in PDF format will be accepted. Applications in image (e.g. JPEG) format will not be accepted.
    Please return your application form to:
    Sivananda Yoga Zentrum Berlin
    Schmiljanstr. 24
    12161 Berlin

The registration is valid with a down-payment of 300 €. The balance is due four weeks before the beginning of the course.

Please transfer the course fees to the following account:

Account holder: Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
Name of bank: Deutsche Bank Berlin
Address of bank: Rheinstrasse 45, 12161 Berlin
IBAN: DE 97 1007 0024 0830 0204 00

For refund policy, please see the application form.

Course languages

The course will be taught in English with simultaneous translation into Polish, Lithuanian and Russian using a modern wireless translation system and headphones (available in the yoga boutique or bring your own).

What to bring

Yoga mat, meditation cushion, toiletries, blanket, towels, paper and pen, torch (flashlight), warm and comfortable clothing, slippers and comfortable shoes for walking. Please note that the kriya material is not included in the course fee. You can bring your own or buy it during the course. 

At the initiation ceremony you will be given the Sivananda Manual for Yoga Teachers, two pairs of yoga pants and two t-shirts.

Course Books

  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press
  • Bhagavad Gita with a commentary by Swami Sivananda, the Divine Life Trust Society
  • Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion by the Sivananda Yoga Centre (Dorling Kindersley)

Please note: These books are not included in the course fee. They can be purchased in the yoga boutique in Ustka, at the Sivananda Yoga Centres or via the online shop.

Further recommended reading for at-home study

  • Sivananda Beginner's Guide to Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gaia Books
  • Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley
  • Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers

Also available at the Sivananda Yoga Centres or via the online shop.


The course will take place at the Centre for Education and Vacation “Lesnik”. It is located in the village of Orzechowo Morskie, 5 km east of Ustka and 115 km west of Gdansk on the beautiful dune coastline of the Baltic Sea. It comprises a very beautiful forest bordering the sea (150 metres from the beach). It is an oasis of peace and an ideal place for meditation.


Swami Bhagavatananda is co-director of the Ashram de Yoga Sivananda in Orleans, France. She is an experienced and knowledgeable teacher with a natural attention to details.



Swami Gokulananda is the director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Berlin and is an inspiring and experienced teacher.



Ishwara Chaitanya is director of Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madrid and a natural and dynamic teacher.



Special programmes

Guest of honour: Sri Venugopal Goswami

11–15 September: Divine Life: Direct and Simple

with Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, Vrindavan, North India
Yogic wisdom accompanied by live music – sublime Ragas and dynamic rhythms.
Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya, is a spiritual teacher carrying on a more than 500-year-old family tradition and spent many years studying under the world-famous Indian vocalist Pandit Jasraj. Accompaniment: tabla, harmonium, and bamboo flute.

South Indian Temple Meditations

18–23 September: South Indian Temple Meditations
Pujas and Yantras with a priest from Kerala, South India. A yantra is a geometric meditative image that symbolises the divine. Pure colors made of natural powders represent the subtle energies of the five elements which, during the puja, are transmitted to all participants.

Angela Hope-Murray

26–29 September: Ayurveda in Daily Life: Introduction and Basic Principles with Angela Hope-Murray

Angela Hope-Murray, D.O., is a practitioner of complementary medicine and dedicated proponent of the Ayurvedic tradition. She has trained extensively with Dr Vasant Lad and has been a close colleague of Dr Robert Svoboda.

Rajyashree Ramesh

2 – 4 October: Indian dance with Rajyashree Ramesh
Rajyashree Ramesh is a master of the classical South Indian temple dance, Bharata Natyam. Lecture, workshop and performance.



Further Training Weekend for International Sivananda Yoga Teachers

Teaching Yoga – The Next Step

12–14 September 2014 in Ustka, Poland

Open for graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course

Deepen your vision, expand your knowledge, fine-tune your skills

With Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Bhagavatananda, Swami Gokulananda and Ishwara Chaitanya

Friday, 12 September
16.00 h Asana class
18.00 h Dinner
20.00 h Evening Satsang: Divine Life: “Direct and Simple” with Sri Venugopal Goswami and Accompaniment: Tabla, harmonium and bamboo flute

Saturday, 13 September
6.00 h Satsang: New Inspiration for your meditation practice
8.00 h Asana class: Hip openers and lotus variations
10.00 h Breakfast
11.00 h Karma Yoga
12.00 h Lecture: Psychology of the yoga student
14.30 h Get together and individual questions with Swamis
16.00 h Correction workshop: Teaching and correcting Surya Namaskar
18.00 h Dinner
20.00 h Evening Satsang: Divine Life: “Direct and Simple” with Sri Venugopal Goswami and Accompaniment: Tabla, harmonium and bamboo flute

Sunday, 14 September
6.00 h Satsang: Anatomy of Hatha Yoga
8.00 h Asana class: Variations of Headstand, Scorpion, Handstand and Shoulderstand
10.00 h Breakfast
11.00 h Karma Yoga
12.00 h Lecture: How Yoga can help the world
14.00 h Correction workshop: Teaching and correcting inverted poses
Price for the weekend including room and board: 50 EUR (199 PLN)

Helpful reminders

Attendance at all programmes is mandatory. In order to maintain the proper atmosphere, no meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, eggs, drugs or revealing clothing is allowed. Not abiding by these rules may lead to dismissal from the course. The meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We cannot cater to special dietary needs during the course. The teachings of the course are based on the gurukula system, the classical way of transmitting spiritual knowledge in the yoga tradition. It is based on a relationship of trust and mutual respect between student and teacher, and aims at the complete development of the former: physically, mentally and spiritually. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our teachings by attending classes and satsangs (group meditation) at one of the Sivananda Centres.

How to get to Ustka

By plane

Direct flights to Gdansk airport from Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, London. From there, take Yogi Bus to Orzechowo Morskie (about 115 km).

By car

From Warsaw, take the A7 to Gdansk. From Gdansk take the A211 in the direction of Slupsk and then take the 210 to Ustka. Then travel east 7 km to Orzechowo Morskie.

Yogi Bus

The Yogi Bus will run on Saturday, 6 September, leaving from the Gdansk Airport at 5pm. Enquire at the at the Sivananda Yoga Zentrum Berlin for details and registration: Tel. +49 (0)30 85 99 97 98, e-mail: polandregistration(at)sivananda.net


Centre for Education and Vacation LESNIK
Forest Inspectorate
Orzechowo Morskie
76-270 Ustka

Tel. and Fax +48 59-81-44-635

Cancellation terms

  1. Cancellation before the start of the course: A credit note will be issued for the course payments received. A 50 € administration fee will be deducted.
  2. In case of early departure: A credit note for the full amount of the course will be issued minus the days present in the course and minus a 50 € administration fee.
    The TTC course manual and TTC uniform (2 trousers / 2 t-shirts) must be returned upon leaving the teaching location. Only then will the credit note be authorized.
  3. The credit note will only be issued four weeks after the course completion date and will not be issued at the course location.
  4. Credit notes are non-transferable and can only be used by the individual whose name appears on the credit note. Credit notes are valid for two years and can be used in any Sivananda Yoga Centre or Ashram in Europe, except Italy. Please note: Credit notes cannot be applied to boutique purchases or Ayurveda massages. In Reith (Austria), the credit note cannot be applied to room and board fees.


Sivananda Yoga Zentrum Berlin
Schmiljanstr. 24
12161 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0)30 85 99 97 98
Fax +49 (0)30 85 99 97 97
E-mail: polandregistration(at)sivananda.net

The five points of Yoga

Swami Vishnudevananda synthesised the classical teachings of yoga into five simple points:

1. Proper exercise (Asanas)

2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)

3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)

4. Proper diet (vegetarian)

5. Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

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Hotel Lesnik, Ustka, Poland
Beautiful Baltic Sea coast
Beautiful Baltic Sea coast
Yoga teacher training students
Yoga teacher training students
Students practising how to teach headstand
Students practising how to teach headstand

Gathering for the lecture

Asana class in the main yoga hall

Class outdoors
Triangle variation
Triangle variation
Leisure time on the beach
Leisure time on the beach

Silent walk
Baltic Sea dunes
Baltic Sea dunes
Meditation on the beach
Meditation on the beach

Cooking workshop

Sunset over the Baltic Sea

Main lecture hall

Asana class outdoors

Karma yogis (volunteer helpers)

Asana correction

Teaching practice
TTC graduates photo
TTC graduates photo

Yoga vacation in Ustka

Yoga vacation programme in Ustka, Poland

8 September to 3 October 2014

Yoga vacation is possible any time between these dates.

1 day: 50 €
1 week: 300 €
Includes accommodation, 2 vegetarian meals, yoga programme

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