500 Hours Teacher Training Course

Course Structure & General Overview of Syllabus


Imagine yourself after 8 weeks of immersion in an environment conducive to learning, wellness and personal transformation. Our courses have a strong foundation in traditional Yoga. Our school is a place of healing, knowledge, and community with an emphasis on philosophy, lifestyle, and science.



Our 500hr Yoga Teacher Training Course includes the 200hr foundational course in traditional Yoga, plus an additional month of advanced training for a total of 500 contact hours including self study, Ayurvedic principles, Yogic diet & detox, and an in depth immersion into the Yogic Lifestyle.

Read the 200hr Syllabus Here

Course Fees

$4490 Twin Accomodation

$5290 Private Accomodation

Upcoming Dates

Jan 25th – 19th March 2020

Category of Disciplines and Description:


1. Pure Ayurveda or the Science of Nature Cure


1.1. Principles and Fundamentals of Nature Cure.

  • Brief History and Background of Nature Cure;
  • Nature Cure vs. Modern Medicine;
  • The 10 basic principles of Nature Cure;
  • Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death;
  • Nutrition & Elimination Vs. Deficiency & Toxicity.


1.2. Health Management through Ayurveda.

  • The 3 Doshas & the understanding Body Types;
  • Nature of Body and Mind – Body and Eating Intelligence;
  • Body Weight, Digestion & Toxins;
  • Techniques to Balancing the System & Maintaining Homeostasis;
  • Use & Conservation of Energy.


1.3. Ayurvedic vegetarian cooking and recipes.

  • Nutrition & Balanced Diet;
  • Food preparation according to the seasons;
  • Food preparation according to the Doshas;
  • Use and importance of Spices & Herbs.

2. Yoga and Total Health


2.1. Living Towards Total Health in Today’s world

  • Understanding Total Health;
  • Components that make for Health;
  • Mental Health and Indulgence;
  • Spiritual Health.


2.2. The Panchakoshas & Health Management  (the 5 bodies)

  • The Gross & Subtle Bodies;
  • The Panchakoshas and  Stress Management.


2.3. The Gross Body & the Panchamahabhutas (the 5 great elements)

  • Supplying the 5 elements to the body;
  • Energy management;
  • Care of skin, hair, ear, nose, throat, mouth, stomach, anus and sexual organs.

3. Discipline & Personal Practices (Sadhana)


All the students engaged in advanced training are expected to maintain a personal and regular practice while staying in the ashram.


The Sadhana will include:

  • Meditation (Individual or in Group);
  • Physical Education – Asanas & Pranayamas (Individual or in Group);
  • Yogic Hygiene (Shatkarmas & Kriyas);
  • Other personal practices and observances will be followed according to the student’s need and under direct orientation of a Senior Teacher. This will include practice of mauna (silence), upwas (fasting) during specific timings or following a specific diet program if required.

4. Karma Yoga


All students will be assigned specific duties in the center for which they will be responsible to coordinate & execute, alone or along with other students and workers of the Center, under the Senior Teacher’s guidance. Karma Yoga is not only executing a specific work but it is mainly doing it with a particular attitude and state of mind. A positive attitude and sense of enjoyment is to accompany any physical action besides doing it with full attention and not having personal interests in the final result (selfless or altruistic work).

5. Advanced Studies on Traditional Texts & Selected Topics on Yoga


Personal guided studies will be conducted in form of workshops and assignments including attending lecture and doing research and paper/talk presentation on Traditional Texts or selected topics on Yoga and including:


  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali & Samkhya Karika;
  • Bhagavad Gita and the 4 Paths of Yoga;
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Shiva Samhita, etc;
  • Yoga & Mystics & Mysticism;
  • History & Background of Yoga;
  • History & Background of The Yoga Institute of Santacruz.

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