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Number of training units

The Advanced Teachers’ Training Course is composed of 437 training units (TU) of 45 minutes’ duration:

137 TU   Asanas, Pranayama, Kriyas
  23 TU   Anatomy and physiology
  26 TU   Karma Yoga
  88 TU   Meditation and Kirtan
  19 TU   Raja Yoga Sutras
  97 TU   Philosophy
  28 TU   Coursework
    3 TU   Individual talks
  16 TU   Sanskrit

The course concludes with a written and, where necessary, an oral examination. Work is graded using a points system.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive an internationally recognised certificate of completion from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

About the certificate

The certificate for all Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Courses worldwide is issued by the headquarters of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organisation in Val Morin, Canada.

The number of training units listed above is valid for all Advanced Sivananda Teachers' Training Courses around the world.

The text of the certificate is as follows:


Serve Love Medtitate Realize
Unity in Diversity
True World Order





8th Ave, Val Morin, Quebec J0T 2R0, Canada

Founder: Swami Vishnudevananda

Whereas by the Grace of God, the title

Y O G A  A C H A R Y A

M a s t e r  o f  Y o g a ,  M. Y.

has been awarded to [Name]

as the result of the steadfast pursuit of YOGIC TECHNIQUES.

May the recipient continue to be worthy of this title through the continued
growth and development of spiritual practices.

Issued at [Place]

on [Date]

[Signature]                                               [Signature]

Member,                                                    Member,

Executive Board                                        Executive Board


For official purposes we recommend printing out this Web page and presenting it together with the original diploma. An individual confirmation of the number of training units is not available.

Advanced yoga teachers' training course