Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Anatomy of Yoga - Immersion

Course Date & Donations

Course location is Amboli, Maharashtra, India. Please find the details of location here

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The daily course donation includes two sets of uniforms, course manuals, main text books, food & accommodation from the last arrival date to the first departure date, tuition as per the daily schedule shown below and the use of ashram facilities.


This course is open to graduates of any Yoga Teachers Training Course. - 200 hours from any yoga school.

Course Details

This 2 week long course - Anatomy of Yoga Immersion ­ is designed for all yoga enthusiasts. This course allowes the students to deepen their spiritual knowledge with intense daily practice of asanas, pranayama, and bandhas.
This course emphasizes the in-depth study of anatomy as understood both by modern discoveries and ancient Yogic traditions, with insights into how the wisdom of Yoga intuited some of the cutting edge science of today. Study of this deep-rooted connection of anatomy with the Yogic practices of Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, and Kriya allows yoga teachers to deepen their Hatha Yoga Sadhana (spiritual practice). The approach to teaching in this intensive program is personal, focusing on the individual student.


Anatomy of Yoga :Gain a deeper understanding of how the human body grows, adapts, survives and thrives. Discover how Yoga, long ago, thoroughly intuited the dynamic state of equilibrium called homeostasis and its role in the optimal functioning of the human being. Yoga evolved subtle techniques still used today to enhance our health and happiness.
Often in modern yoga practice the emphasis is on the muscular-skeletal system. However, yoga practice was originally much more focused on the nervous and respiratory systems. The yogis developed methods using breath to balance and fine tune the body’s responses to stressors leading to increased well-being and stronger resistance to, as well as quicker recovery from, disease. The various asanas mainly enabled and enhanced breath control. Balancing the right and left hemispheres of the brain was of paramount importance. We will investigate these systems of the body, as well as the endocrine and immune systems and learn how yogic principles work as verified by modern science.
We will learn about Heart Rate Variability, how it is an accurate and easy way to measure the health of the autonomic nervous system and how pranayama and bandhas tone the vagus nerve which in turn leads to a stronger and healthier organism.
We will delve deeper into the locomotor systems with an understanding of how connective tissue develops, how it can be maintained via yoga asanas and the importance of keeping it fluid throughout one’s life. The in-depth study of the Anatomy of Yoga will be via extensive practical classes and analytical study using projected clear 3D illustrations of the human body, allowing us an inner view from any angle. Seen in this way, many complex functions become easily understood.

Satsang: Satsang consists of silent meditation, chanting and a talk and arati ceremony. It will help you develop a strong and steady meditation practice.

Yoga and Vedanta Philosophy : Study of these philosophical points of view brings clarity to one’s purpose in life.
Yoga Asanas: Progress in your yoga asana practice (advanced variations and prolonged holding of the postures), increase your concentration

Pranayama: One hour of practice each morning including advanced pranayama and bandhas.

Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga: Inner attitudes of selfless service; the nine modes of Bhakti as a means for transforming emotions into love and devotion.

Daily Schedule

04:00 am
Wake up
04:30 am
Advanced Pranayama class
06:00 am
Satsang - Meditation, chanting and Arati
07:30 am
Tea Time
08:00 am
Advanced Asana and Pranayama class – for personal development
10:00 am
10:30 am
Seva time – selfless service
11:30 am
Yoga & Vedanta Phylosphy - Lectures
01:00 pm
Tea Time
01:30 pm
Lecture / workshops on Anatomy of Yoga
03:30 pm
Hatha Yoga Practice & Anatomy - workshops
05:30 pm
07:30 pm
Satsang - Meditation, chanting and Arati
09:30 pm
Lights out

• Attendance at all activities is mandatory.
• Changes in the program may occur from time to time
• There is one day off in a week. Students are required to attend morning and evening satsangs, to attend the morning hathayoga class and to complete their Seva duties. The rest of the day is free for their introspection, personal study and activities.


The Complete Illustrated Book of Yog - Swami Vishnudevananda
Hatha Yoga Pradeepika. - Swatmarama
One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life. - Eddie Stern
Devi Mahatmyam

Assessment and Certification

The students are continuously assessed throughout the course at all levels. There will be a written exam at the end of the course to evaluate the understanding of the philosophy of Yoga and skills of the students. Participants should pass all different aspects of the course to be eligible for the course diploma.

Assessment is based on:
1. Regular attendance of all classes
2. Attitude and behaviour inside and outside of the ashram while attending the course
3. Performance and attitude in the practical asana, pranayama, bandhas and kriya classes
4. Hatha yoga teaching skills
5. Written daily summary of the main philosophy classes and hatha yoga theory classes
6. Written examination of 3.30 hrs on the theories of Yoga and Vedanta philosophy.

Upon successful completion of the course students receive the Certificate of the Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham.


The main teacher of the course will be Sri Robert Moses and Meenakshi Moses. They will teach the Anatomy and Hatha Yoga Classes. The other teachers will be Swami Govindananda ( teaching the yoga & Vedanta Philosophy classes ), Narayana Rishidev ( doing all the rituals like poojas and homas ) and Yogacharya Sudarsan. There will be also many other teachers to assist especially during the Hatha Yoga classes.

How to register

Please fill in all the required information in the application form by online itself, then submit the completed application form.
A copy of the diploma of YTTC level -1 (200 hrs) should be sent with the application form.

Fill in the Course Application Form - Click here

Once the filled up application form is received and accepted the applicants will be informed by email, of how to proceed further in the registration process.
To finish the formality of registration:
Indian nationals : Need to send a non-refundable deposit donation of Rs 5000
Non-Indian or non-resident Indian nationals : Need to send a non-refundable deposit donation of USD 300.

Please Note:

The balance of the course donation should be remitted at the latest by one month before the starting date of the course.

Course donations are non-refundable, however any unused amount may be transferred, minus an administration fee of US$300, to another course within one year of the original course starting date. Alternatively, a credit note may be issued minus the administration fee. Credit notes are valid for one year from date of issue and can be used for any other courses/ programs or for anybody recommended by the depositor and also for boutique items or any other supplementary services.

General Information

Please read course details as well as the course location information carefully before making a decision to register.
Total number of participants for any course is around 50.
Admission to any course is on first come first serve basis.
All the courses are taught in English, there is currently no translation facility available into any other language.
Students should plan latest to arrive on the arrival day and depart on the day of departure.
It is recommended that Participants spend at least a few days in the course location before the start of your course. This allows the body and mind to have a little time to rest, re-energise and be nourished by the ashram environment. Participants can then begin their study feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Participants may also wish to stay for some days after the end of the course to allow the learning from the study to integrate more fully into their consciousness within the supportive environment of the ashram.
If one decides to arrive early and also to stay longer, please register for the course program for those additional days. The guest need to pay the daily donations for the extra days.

To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules. Kindly refer to the Ashram rules and guidelines for more information.
The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashram rules and teachings.

Students are also welcome to contact the ashram directly if they would like to stay on in the ashram after the course participating in the volunteer staff program. The volunteer staff program is an excellent way to deepen one’s experience and understanding of yoga teaching.

Email if you need further information.