Online Yoga Teacher's Training Course

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Ancient yogic texts taught by Indian teachers.

– Classical education in a blended course format


Along with asanas and kriyas, an aspiring yoga teacher must know and teach the philosophy.

The core principles and metaphysical foundations of Yoga are as important as the actual techniques or practice. If knowledge is lacking, then the practice can go wrong or become a mechanical routine.

This foundation teacher’s training course provides an intimate experience online, with over 60 hours of in-depth video lectures and guidance from the teachers over email.

There are five core yoga ebooks to study. Together they amount to more than 100 hours of study and immersion. Its a self-paced course, allowing the student upto one year to assimilate the deeper relevance of their practice.

The postural practice, for final certification,  is covered in 2 weeks intensive at KaivalyaDhama, India.


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    • Streaming video lectures for your computer.
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    • Transcripts of the lectures.
    • Classic Yoga Ebooks to read.
    • Online notes and assignments.
Yoga teacher training and certification
I’m excited to learn yoga from the source with the revered scientific yoga institutes of India.
Though living in Asia, information about yoga out there is usually westernized interpretations and sometimes mixed with other eastern philosophies. So this course guides me to yoga’s unique heritage,like discovery of treasure trove, all gems shines in the darkness, lighting up and paving way for me to a more comprehensive and bigger picture of yoga.

Hong Kong

The Online Yoga Teacher Training course is a unique course that combines the knowledge of the ancient yoga texts with a solid research on the scientific, philosophical and anatomical aspects of yoga. The lectures are well structured and we can engage in discussions via email with the lecturers to clarify any aspect in further detail. I stumbled upon this course when reading The Science of Yoga by William Broad which had reference to its founder Swami Kuvalayananda. Vidyasagar


If you need to dig deeper or if you aspire to greater heights…….this is a great opportunity on the path of Yoga.
Very well organised and structured course, easy to get help from the master teachers.
And the free lectures of Swami Nityamuktananda on the five greats elements are a bonus to all of us.
Don´t miss it! Maria

Simrishamn, Sweden

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How it works

(Please read through before joining the course)

What am I going to learn online?
The course is self-paced – meaning you can start anytime.
You will get the invaluable knowledge from ancient sanskrit texts on Yoga – explained and delivered by Indian teachers in english, in a modern format.

This foundation teacher’s training course consists of :

96 topics covering Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga, Yogic anatomy and physiology, Yogic psychology and application, Teaching methodology.
32 hours of audio/video lectures with transcriptions. 4 hours of bonus lectures.
Collection of 4 classic e-books by Swami Kuvalayananda, covering asanas, pranayama, yogic therapy and a complete Yoga dictionary.
Assignments – 60 hours.

The postural practice, for final certification, is covered in 2 weeks intensive at KaivalyaDhama, India.

What do I need to learn Yoga Philosophy in a TTC?
Why do I need to study Yoga Philosophy in a teacher training course?
Or I am only interested in learning the physical part, so how will it benefit my teaching career?
These are some of the queries that we get before students apply for our online teacher training course.
KaivalyaDham will try to explain as to why your teacher training course will be incomplete if we exclude studying yoga philosophy.

Here are some of the reasons as to why one must study Yoga Philosophy while participating in teacher training course:
– Yoga Philosophy means ‘Darshan Shastra’ that is ‘ability to see the things directly’.
 All the scriptures or books written on yoga philosophy are the devices or techniques to take you in the present moment and be the master of your mind.
It acts like a GPS which shows you a direction towards your inner being. The one who gets curious about “Who am I, where is the self, what is my relationship with the whole cosmos”? All these questions can be resolved by understanding the Yoga Philosophy. It really gives us a way to grow deep not only in our practice but also as human beings and thereby, broadening our understanding of essence of Yoga. It is not the amount of action but the depth of experience that makes a life rich and fulfilling.

– Yogic philosophy is regarded as the root of Yoga.
If you have to measure the strength of a tree, then you must check the depth of its roots and not its height. Hence, trees with deep roots are not uprooted easily by a storm or even say a tornado. This is the universal law of nature and the same applies to yoga also. So, if the base or the root i.e. philosophy of yoga is clear and deep in the mind of a teacher, they can lead their classes and guide their students confidently.

– Yoga Philosophy is a tool to subside the mental activity in order to reach the ultimate source of a life.
Asana practice, on the other hand, is the physical practice which demands the steadiness and comfort of a body. Hence, both subjects must be in a perfect combination in order to reap the desired benefits. The great sage Patanjali describes Yoga as “Yogah chitta vritti Nirodhah” which means “Yoga is a process of cessation of the fluctuation of a chattering mind.”

– Yoga philosophy answers the question: Are we on the right path of life? It helps to examine how we live our lives or are we on the right path and hence, helps us rectify our errors in case of any diversions from the path. Yogic philosophies are just like Maps that guides both the teachers and the practitioners as to whether they are moving on the right path during their yoga practice.

– Philosophy and the physical Practice can be regarded as two sides of a single coin that do very well to supplement and support each other.
The physical Practice and Philosophy can be assumed as two wheels attached to a single Chariot to complete the journey of YOGA.
Hence, there should be proper collaboration and synchronization amongst the wheels. By only focusing on asanas, yoga will become just another form of exercise.
However, by reading only philosophy, one would miss the physical benefits of asana practice.
Thus, it becomes absolutely necessary to offer a right mix of both the physical practice and philosophy to guide the students properly.
And, to have a successful yoga teaching career, a deep knowledge and understanding of both the subjects cannot be ignored.

The saying that YOGA is 99% practice and 1% theory which is undoubtedly true, but it is not only about the physical practice but about the theory mentioned in the Patanjali yoga sutras which need to be practiced moment to moment( mental practices) in order to reach at the ultimate goal of yoga.
With 200 hours teacher training programs, it is sometimes impossible to explain the subject as vast as the ocean in 20-30 hours of theory class. The online course allows you to listen to the lectures repeatedly and re-learn continuously so the student can take it as a lifelong study and implement this understanding and knowledge in their daily lives.
What do I learn in the 2 week practical intensives in India?
Below are the Asanas, Mudras, Kriyas that you will learn/practice during the practical intensive period.
Your full certification will be given during this period.

Ardhahalasana (one leg/ both leg)
Uttana padasana
Pawana muktasana (ardha /purn )
Naukasana (supine/prone )
Ardha salabhasna
Yoga mudra
Akarna dhanurasana
Chakrasana (lateral)

Meditative poses
Ardha padmasana

Other practices
Simha asana
Brahma Mudra
Uddiyana Bandha

Anuloma Viloma

Jala Neti
Rubber Neti
Vamana Dhauti

Mantra recitation
Pranava japa
Swasti mantra
Om stavan

What are the advantages of doing this blended course?
Advantages of our teacher training and certification course :

1. Time saver – 15 days in India instead of a month or 6 weeks.
2. Cost saver
3. Deeper study – full focus on the subject in the privacy of your own home and in your own time.
4. Internationally recognized certificate.
5. Authentic – designed by the oldest Yoga Institute in the world.

What is the eligibility criteria of this course?

You need to have completed your school and you need a good grasp of english.

Additionally, you should not have any major health problems.

So, what is the total cost of the course?

The online theory part is US $350 or INR 24000 for Indians.

Details of costs for the practicals in KaivalyaDham, Lonavala, India :

Tuition Fees – INR 25000
Along with Certification but without room charges and meals.

Room charges ( In campus) :

Single standard Room with common bath
Rs. 16,000 for 2 weeks (meals included)

Single Standard Room with attached bath
Rs. 23,200 for 2 weeks (meals included)

Single Executive Room (Non-AC)
Rs. 25,600 for 2 weeks (meals included)

Single Executive Room (AC)
Rs. 27,800 + Tax – Rs. 2088 for 2 weeks (meals included)

Single Deluxe Room (Non-AC)
Rs. 38,800 + Tax – Rs. 3143 for 2 weeks (meals included)

Single Deluxe Room (AC)
Rs. 43,200 + Tax – Rs. 3,670 for 2 weeks (meals included)


What Yoga Teacher Certification do I get?

Our certificate is valid Internationally.

It is issued by the INDIAN YOGA ASSOCIATION.

Kaivalyadhama is a  founder member institute of the Indian Yoga Association and accredited for the courses.

Indian Yoga Association is committed to promotion and advancement of Yoga and its applications around the world and industry-cum-self-regulatory body to facilitate activities of member institutions.

Yoga Certification is of two kinds :

Yoga Instructor’s Certification – 200 hours minimum.
Yoga Teacher’s Certification – 500 hours minimum.

Our blended course gives you a Yoga Instructor’s Certificate, covering the requisite 200 hours.

Yes, you can start your practice with this yoga certificate, although we recommended a few months apprenticeship and hands-on experience with an experienced yoga teacher, after the certification.


Who teaches this course?
Our teachers have been teaching Yoga as a subject to the thousands of students who have passed out of the Yoga College at KaivalyaDhama, India.

The teachers in the online course are :

Dr. Ganesh Rao (Lecturer – Patanjali Yoga Sutras)

Dr. Ganesh Rao has conducted more than 13500 sessions of Yoga till date, covering both the theory and practice of all aspects of Yoga catering towards health and healing. Dr. Rao is a Guide for Ph.D. students in Philosophy and Yoga of Mumbai University and K.K. Sanskrit University, Nagpur.

Dr. G. S. Sahay (Lecturer, Gold Medalist – Sanskrit)

Prof. Sahay has around 34 years of Teaching experience to the post graduate students at G.S. college of Yoga and cultural synthesis Lonavla , and taught Indian philosophy, Patanjali Yoga sutras, and Traditional Yogic texts .He has also delivered lectures in different re-orientation programs organized for the teachers from the schools of Maharashtra and Central Govt. He has conducted various yoga camps and workshops on yoga in India as well as visited Seoul South Korea to conduct yoga courses.

Dr. Sharad Bhalekar (Ayurvedic Physician, Lecturer)

Dr. Bhalekar is one of the most popular teachers at KaivalyaDhama. He frequently travels to Singapore and other south-east asian countries to teach.

R. S. Bhogal (Lecturer – Psychology, Author)

Prof. R. S. Bhogal is a post graduate in psychology. Also, he is qualified in the NET exam (Organizational Psychology) with 17 years of research experience and twenty years of teaching experience. He was also Managing Editor and Associate Editor of Yoga Mimamsa for 17 years.

Lee Majewski (Holistic Yoga Practitioner, Kundalini / Hatha Yoga Certified)

Lee has been in charge of the teaching methods at KaivalyaDhama. She also runs the cancer rejuvenation and chronic cure programs at Lonavala and around the world.


Vartika Dubey is the daughter of Shri O P Tiwari and disciple of Swami Digambarji. She has been trained in pranayama by her father and has had the blessing of her guru and father both to teach Pranayama. She directs the New York chapter of KaivalyaDhama and has been teaching for many decades.

Hiroshi Aikata is an ex-student of KaivalyaDhama, who graduated in 1991. Currently Professor of Philosophy in Thailand. Excellent communicator and has a thorough knowledge of Indian yogic texts and yogic concepts, having practiced and studied them for many years. Hiroshi guides the japanese students.

What is the format of the course?
The course is multimedia. There are 32 hours of video lectures, but the same is also given in streaming audio, so you can access easily from portable devices like phones, tablets etc.
Audio lectures do not consume much bandwidth.

Besides this, the transcripts of all lectures are given along with a google translation function – so if your native language is not English, then this makes it easier for you to study.

There are ebooks to study and some text material.
There are assignments that you have to complete and submit before you attend the practicals..

It gives you an enormous amount of information in various formats.

Are the 2 week intensives only in India?
Currently the 2 week intensives are held every alternate month in India at KaivalyaDhama .

It is also held in USA – pls see this link – Intensives in USA

After completing the online theory part, you can enrol for the intensives in India or the United States.

Who is the USA co-ordinator for the practical intensives?
Dr. Vartika Dubey – USA, New York

(Contact – +1 607.624.6587)

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.

Mercedes Stewart – USA, North Carolina (Kaivalyadhama Mentor)

(Contact – 910.382.6096.)

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 more than 15 years.
Her website : www.mercysgarden.com

What is the minimum study time for the online course?
Look, there are about 36 hours of audio/video lectures and some sections are in text. But just listening to the lectures is not enough for your learning.
We recommend taking your own notes and completing the assignments.
This will take minimum 120 to 150 hours of your time.
So if you devote 2 hours a day, everyday,  for 3 months then you should be able to complete it.
However, if you want to do it thoroughly, then we recommend listening to the lectures, reading the transcripts, reading the e-books, doing the assignments . This might take upto 6 months if done slowly but with dedication.
What is the maximum permissible time-gap between the online theory and the practicals ?
You have upto 3 years from the time of enrolment in the Online Theory Course to complete your practical intensives.
Is there a guide or someone to answer my questions while doing the course?
Once you enrol in the course, you will see a link ‘Ask a question’.
Your questions will be answered by Dr. Vartika Dubey, who has more than 35 years of immersion in the philosophy and practice of yoga.
What are the dates for the practicals in India?

The dates for practical intensives in 2019 as follows:

September – 1st to 15th, 2019
(Check-in: 1st September, between 1 to 4 pm, Indian time
Check-out: 15th September, 10 am, Indian time)
November – 3rd to 17th, 2019 – FULL UP
Dates for 2020
12th – 26th January
(Check-in: 12th January, between 1 to 4 pm, Indian time
Check-out: 26th January, 10 am, Indian time)
15th – 29th March
(Check-in: 15th March, between 1 to 4 pm, Indian time
Check-out: 29th March, 10 am, Indian time)
7th – 21st June
(Check-in: 7th June, between 1 to 4 pm, Indian time
Check-out: 21st June, 10 am, Indian time)
6th – 20th September
(Check-in: 6th September, between 1 to 4 pm, Indian time
Check-out: 20th January, 10 am, Indian time)
What is the daily schedule during the practicals?


Schedule for Online Intensive Course

06:30am – 07:00am :- Mantra Japa (Chanting)
07:00am – 07:20am :- Shuddhi Kriya (Cleansing Process)
07:20am – 08:30am :- Yog-Abhyas (Practical Session)
08:30am – 09:00am :- Breakfast
10:00am – 11:30am :- Lecture & Discussion
12:00noon – 01:00pm :- Lunch
01:30pm – 02:30pm :- Library
02:30pm – 03:00pm :- Herbal tea & Snacks
03:00pm – 04:00pm :- On-site Project
04:00pm – 06:00pm :- Yog-Abhyas (Practical Session)
06:00pm – 07:00pm :- Swadhyaya
07:00pm – 08:00pm :- Dinner
08:15pm – 09:00pm :- Self-Contemplation at Manana

MUST READ - before attending practicals

Check-in and check-out: Please follow the check-in and check-out dates and timings as given above – “What are the dates for the practicals in India?

The classes will start from the next day after checking in and end on the penultimate day. The first and the last days are for check-in / out procedures and orientation.

Things to carry: Among the bare essentials, please carry your own bath towel. It is not provided in the rooms. Yoga mats are provided, but you may bring your own if you wish to.

Theory Assignments: Please complete your theory assignments and submit over email before joining the practicals. This is mandatory as per rules.

Clothing: Clothing that is comfortable, light and less revealing is recommended.

Arriving from airport: The nearest international airport is Mumbai – about 2.5 hours drive from Lonavala. The other airport is Pune (domestic only), about 1.5 hours drive. If you want taxi from Mumbai or Pune airports, please contact the person below one week before your departure:

Mr. Satinder Pal Singh Kuku
Email – kkuku28@hotmail.com
Contact no: +91 9370779000


I still have some questions. Who do I contact?
Please use the form at the bottom ( scroll down)
Why study in KaivalyaDhama?

Kdham courses are recognised by all the major councils of yoga, since its one of the oldest Yoga institutes in the world.
Our affiliation is with THE INDIAN YOGA ASSOCIATION.

Being recognised and aided by the Government of India, student visa is issued in the name of Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute.

Kaivalyadhama faculty have experience of more than three decades.

The institute’s perspective in imparting Yoga education is completely scientific and secular.

Kaivalyadhama college has placements in Indian spas such as Taj, Hilton, Mahendra, Oberoi and others. At international level our teachers are employed in across globe.

Councils established by Government of India such as Ministry of health and family welfare, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department if Science and Technology all recognise the institute .

PDF e-Books ( Reading Material ) in the course :

Yoga Kosa – The yoga dictionary
Asana – by Swami Kuvalayananda
Pranayama – by Swami Kuvalayananda
Yoga Therapy – by Swami Kuvalayananda
Scientific Survey of Yoga Postures – Swami Kuvalayananda

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KaivalyaDham – Facts

  • Kaivalyadham, founded in 1924, follows an ancient and pure tradition of Yoga, prescribed by the traditional texts written thousands of years ago.
  • Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex, recently showcased Yoga Mimamsa, the first scientific journal for investigation into Yoga. Yoga Mimamsa was started in 1924.
  • Kaivalyadham introduces over 6000 people every year to the science of healing through Yoga.Ex-Kaivalyadham students teach Yoga in more than 20 countries around the world.
  • Mahatma Gandhi, J R D Tata and Shrimati Indira Gandhi and many others learnt Yoga from the founder of Kaivalyadhama, Swami Kuvalayananda.

Online Yoga Teacher's Training Course

100 hours Online Study. 100 hours Practice in India. Authentic texts taught by the best Indian teachers.