ABHYASA : Onsite Intensive in North America


Teacher Training Certification

Structured residential program – 100 Hours

60 Practical (asana, pranayama, chanting), 16 teaching methods, 4 seva, 20 self-practice.

2018 Abhyaasa Dates

Binghamton, NY
June 3 – 15 (course starts June 3
rd at 7:30 am; ends June 15 after commemorative dinner)

Registration Deadline April 25, 2018

More information on lodging and meals will be provided upon request.
Students are free to arrange their own lodging and meals after registration.

Emerald Isle, NC

December 2-14 (course starts December 2nd at 7:30am and ends December 14 afternoon)

Registration deadline: October 1, 2018

Limited lodging available. Rooms will be provided on first come first serve basis.

Tuition $1000
Lodging and meals: $1200

For lodging & meals Contact Smitha: [email protected]

Students are free to arrange their own lodging and meals after registration.

The course duration is thirteen (13) days, excluding the day of arrival and departure; and is offered two times per year. The course will conclude with certification ceremony. The onsite practical course must be completed within two years after signing up for the “online” course. 


Prospective students must be registered in the “online portion of Kaivalyadhama Teachers Training offered through Kaivalyadhama Lonavala. Command of English language, personal practice and some knowledge of Asana. Verification of good physical health.

I attended The abhyasa practice held in Binghamton NY, and was very impressed by the quality of the program. The teachers are very knowledgeable and have a wealth of information.   I have learned so much from this program. Dr Vartika Dubey did a great job of providing us with so much information- in just 2 weeks! It was truly an amazing experience, and I would highly recommend the abhyasa to everyone. Even if you have previous experience with a different style of yoga, the yoga abhyasa from Kevalyadham with its scientific approach will truly provide you deep insight into your yoga practice, and will also give you the confidence to practice yoga not only for your own self practice, but also to teach yoga to the community. Many thanks to both wonderful teachers Carol Potts and Vartika Dubey for providing such an incredible program.
Tasneem Sihorwala

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE: The purpose of this course is to educate and evaluate teachers and students enrolled in the online training course, whether you are pursuing a career in teaching Yoga, or seeking a tool for personal growth.  The training follows the Kaivalyadhama Tradition of validating Yoga, through scientific research and traditional Yogic texts.

NATURE OF THE COURSE: The course is intensive in nature and completed onsite.  It is available to men and women of all races, religions and nationalities.  Interactive learning via group discussions and question/answer sessions will be held daily.  The subject, Applied Teaching Methods, requires students to prepare lesson plans and teach practice classes.  Seva hours, selfless service, will be earned by volunteering onsite.

Learn with an optimal “6 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio” in the quiet and beautiful yoga studio.

Tuition fee and the location are applicable for the current year only. Please confirm location by contacting the site manager before signing up for the online course. 

Minimum registration of *5 students is required to run the course. *Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the teachers.

The Teachers will travel to other locations to offer Abhyasa course if there is a willing host and enough interest. Please contact one of the teachers to learn more about offering course in your area.

For more information about the course:
Contact: Vartika Dubey – [email protected]

Carol Potts – [email protected]

Sample Schedule in the beginning of the course

7:30 – 9:30am – Morning practice class
9:30 – 10am – Light breakfast
10 – 11:30 am – Teaching methods
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Chanting PYS
12pm – 3pm – Lunch & Free time
3pm-4:30pm – Afternoon Practice
4:30 – 5pm – Tea break-seva
5pm- 6 pm – Discussion

Sample Schedule when student starts preparing to teach

7:00 – 9:00 am – Morning practice class
9:00 – 9:30 am – Light breakfast
9:30 am – 12 pm – Anatomy of yoga poses
12 pm – 1 pm – Lunch and free time
1 pm – 2 pm – Lesson plan
2 pm – 3 pm – Paired teaching
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Anatomy of yoga poses
6:30 pm – 7 pm – Self practice



Vartika Dubey Yoga philosophy & Teaching methods

Vartika Dubey is daughter of the Pranayama and Yoga Master, Sh. Om Prakash Tiwari and student of Swami Digamberji. Dr. Vartika Dubey was born into a lineage of Yoga masters. She has been teaching Yoga for 25 + years. Well versed in the scientific foundation of Yoga she lectures and gives workshops through out the country. She has also trained yoga teachers in Kaivalyadhama style of Yoga. The style has a strong foundation based on Science and Tradition. Vartika, waited for a long 10 years to get approval from her father, OP Tiwari to teach Pranayama .She considers this to be her priceless achievement.

Mercy Stewart Asana practice & Teaching methods

Mercedes Stewart, CY.ED, CYAI has been a student of Shri O.P. Tiwari and his daughter Vartika since 1996. She received her training and certification from Kaivalyadhama in 2001. She has taught traditional yoga in a therapeutic style to include pranayama and meditation techniques, history, and philosophy for nearly 15 years.

Carol Potts Anatomy of Asana

Carol received her certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, upon completion of a 200 hour (one month intensive) vinyasa style teacher training in January of 2008. Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher In 2012 Carol completed the requirements for the 200 hour teacher training in traditional  Ashtanga Hatha Yoga, per Patanjali, “Kaivalyadham style”, Lonavala, India.  She studied for her teaching certification with master yoga teacher Vartika Dubey PhD, Endicott, NY. Carol has been a practicing Therapeutic Massage Therapist for 13 years.


(Please confirm the onsite course location before signing up)

FEES AND REGISTRATION: Tuition for the onsite Abhyasa – 1000 dollars, payable by cash or check.

For more information and to register, contact Vartika Dubey 607.624.6587 [email protected]