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  • Advanced programmes for teachers, trainers, therapists and therapist trainers

    These are special and advanced programmes for teachers, trainers, therapists and therapist trainers designed to explore important concepts in yoga and yoga therapy. They offer in-depth knowledge and hands-on training in specific areas of study and practice of yoga and allied subjects.

    Developing a Personal Practice: The True Spirit and Experience of Yoga

    January 20th - 31st, 2020
    Monday - Friday
    ​Venue: YogaVahini Chennai​

    "It is only so far as the teacher progresses can we help our students..." - Sri TKV Desikachar

    As practitioners & teachers of yoga, do you sense a strong need
    - to deepen your understanding and experience of yoga?
    - to touch the subtle and more powerful inner locations that are more empowering and stabilising?
    - to help oneself and others to achieve their highest potential?

    Developing, sustaining and progressing with one's personal yoga practice and supporting this process for the evolution of a student are key elements of the Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga. Our teachers taught by example, through simple yet profound and a highly nuanced process that went beyond tools, techniques and methods. As students, we always came away from a class touched by the true spirit and experience of yoga.

    This 2-week intensive is an effort to create a learning space for exploring this subtle and fundamental spirit of yoga practice and teaching that is very unique and yet universally applicable. Learn to practice and teach asana, pranayama and meditative practices that focus on keeping the student and their needs as the heart of our work.

    Open to all sincere students of yoga.

    For details, and registration, click here, and submit our Contact Us form mentioning name of the course / your background in Yoga.

    In association with Yoga Therapy Australia:

    Subtle Breath, Subtle Mind  
    8th - 10th, November, 2019
    ​Weekend seminar in Byron Bay, Australia

    Charting a path to inner freedom - Yoga Sutras study, practice & reflection
    13th - 17th, November, 2019

    ​Venue: Northern Rivers Residential Retreat, NSW, Australia

    For details, and registration, visit 

    In association with Marieke's Art of Living:

    Yoga of relationships
    ​Retreat in Trentham, Australia
    19th - 22nd, November, 2019

    Weekend workshop
    30th, November - 1st, December, 2019

    ​Venue: Mornington Peninsula, Australia

    For details, and registration, visit

    Yoga Yagnyavalkya Samhita workshop with Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami

    Wednesday - Sunday, 8th - 12th January, 2020. 
    9 am - 1 pm.
    ​Venue: TBA

    योगयाज्ञवल्क्यYoga-Yājñavalkya is one of the important yoga texts Krsihnamacharya taught, the others being mainly yoga sutra and hatayoga pradipika. 

    Yoga-Yājñavalkya gives information of yoga not found in the other texts and hence this adds to the knowledge base of yogis. 

    It is more than 500 verses and is in the form of a dialogue between the sage and his spouse Gargi. 

    It is considered to be leading to Vedanta from classical yoga of Patanjali. Information about all the angas, then the important nadis, about Kundalini are all unique in this text. 

    The main vital points are all described succinctly. 

    Yogis who have studied the Pradipika and Sutras will find that this text gives considerable valid and unique practical details about yoga and will be complimentary to the other important yoga texts. 

    For details, and registration, click here, and submit our Contact Us form mentioning name of the course / your background in Yoga. 


    Advanced Teacher Training Certificate in Vinyasa Krama Yoga
    (100 hours) with Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami

    Wednesday, 5th February - Friday, 21st February, 2020 
    Monday - Saturday, 8 am - 4:30 pm.
    ​Venue: TBA

    What will you learn?

    a. Complete Vinyasa Krama - Asana and Vinyasas (60 hours)
    b. Pranayama, Mudras, Meditation & Yoga for the six internal koshas (20 hours)
    c. Yoga Sutra (20 hours)

    REFERENCE BOOK: Sri Ramaswami's The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga (Available in Amazon IN, COM, UK, CA stores)

    This course is open to yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners wishing to deepen their personal practice and understanding of yoga as a tool for personal mastery and expand their teaching repertoire in Asana, Pranayama and Yoga Sutra.

    For details, and registration, click here, and submit our Contact Us form mentioning name of the course / your background in Yoga.



    Upanishad Vidyas workshop with Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami

    Wednesday - Sunday, 2nd - 6th January, 2019. 
    9 am - 1 pm.
    ​Venue: YogaVahini Chennai​

    Sri Krishnamacharya taught several Yoga and Yoga related texts to his long standing students. He taught several Upanishads and Upanishad Vidyas. In this program, some important Upanishad Vidyas he taught would be included. Sad Vidya from Chandogya Upanishad, Pancha Kosa Vidya from Taittiriya Upanishad, Nachiketa Vidya from Katopanishad, Pranava Vidya of Mandukya Upanishad, Panchagni Vidya from Bruhadaranyaka Upanishad, and a few others will be taken up. Yoga Students who have studied the Sutras and also Samkhya, may find these Upanishad Vidyas enrich their understanding of the Vedic philosophies.

    For details, and registration, click here, and submit our Contact Us form mentioning name of the course / your background in Yoga. 

    Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers and Therapists (Part 1)

    ​Monday, 18 September - Saturday, 30 September, 2017​
    ​Venue: Maitreyi Vedic Village, Aaliyar, Tamilnadu ​

    Offered by YogaVahini and Yoga Therapy Australia. It is designed to enhance and complement your current Yogic knowledge, and to be immediately useful in your yoga practice and teaching. Participation in the program will ensure your ability to confidently incorporate Ayurvedic principles in your application of yoga.

    For details, and registration, click here.

    Foundations of Viniyoga Residential Training

    ​Friday, 27 October – Sunday, 5 November, 2017​
    ​Venue: New Govardhana Farm, Eungella, NSW, Australia.​

    Foundations of Viniyoga offered by Saraswathi Vasudevan draws together and reviews all the elemental aspects of yoga and asanas from a therapeutic perspective. It is a course suitable for all interested in the essence of yoga, and practising and teaching from a deeper level as well as personalising yoga according to individual needs.

    For details, and registration, click here

    Prana, Sound & Mind

    ​Hepburn Spring Residential Yoga Retreat
    Tuesday, 7 November - Friday, 10 November, 2017​
    ​Venue: Hepburn Springs, Victoria, Australia​

    Exploring and integrating the healing power of the breath, chanting and meditative practices in daily living. Drawing models and inspiration from the Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanisads, you will learn how to build simple yet powerful practices towards better health, deeper understanding and inner freedom.

    For details, and registration, click here