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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.


    Samkhya Karika workshop with Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami

    Wednesday - Sunday, 3rd - 7th January, 2018.
    9 am - 1 pm.
    ​Venue: YogaVahini Chennai​


    Samkhya is one of the six systems of orthodox Vedic philosophies. It is one of the three nivrittie sastras, or philosophies of liberation—liberation from the repeated cycles of birth. The other two philosophies are Yoga and Vedanta. Smkhya Karika, written by Iswarakrishna, is considered the most authentic text on this subject. It is considered to be the theoretical basis for Yoga darsana, and hence, many yogis, including Sri T Krishnamacharya, would urge study of this text in addition to Patanjali's Yoga. It consists of 72 slokas, or verses, and is considered one of the great Sanskrit works. The author, some consider to be the avatara of the great Sanskrit poet and philosopher Kalidasa. All the slokas will be gone through verse by verse in this program.

    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, 14th February - Friday, 2nd March, 2018
    8 am - 4:30 pm.
    ​Venue: Bharata Kalanjali, Adyar, Chennai​


    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.

    Sangama 2018: Subtle Breath, Subtle Mind

    Wednesday, 23 May - Friday, 1 June, 2018
    ​Yoga Mindfulness Retreat at Ritambhara Ashram, Kothagiri.​


    After a hiatus of 3 years, Sangama, YogaVahini's special Immersive retreat is back, this time at Ritambhara Ashram, a quiet yoga and meditation centre in the Nilagiri hills. A perfect landscape for exploring the inner territories of the mind through breathing, movement, chanting, mindfulness and meditative practices that can show us the one way to true happiness and sustained peace. Open to yoga practitioners, teachers & therapists seeking to strengthen one's inner conviction on the path of yoga so that we may live our true purpose. More information soon.

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

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

    4th - 15th December, 2018.
    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.

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    PAST WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

    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