21-Day Yoga Teacher Training Retreat

The most authentic and comprehensive yoga teacher training in North America.

Next Boone Campus Session

September 15–October 5

SCIENCE + LINEAGE + EXPERIENCE

Dive into authentic yoga with inspiring trainers in a serene mountain setting. Rooted in science, experience, and a lineage of yoga masters, SSYTT enables excellence in teaching through self–practice, service, and expansion of the true Self.

Is it for You?

There are numerous yoga teacher training programs out there. But this one is different. Why?
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Sri Sri School of Yoga

Develop your teaching to enable you to pursue further specialist training, run focused workshops and retreats, and cultivate your unique teaching voice.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The Sri Sri School of Yoga was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar—a global humanitarian and a thought leader in yoga and meditation. 

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Timeless Tradition

Because it is about providing a platform where aspiring students can access authentic yoga education in its purity.

With expert support at every step, you ​

  • Learn to lead group yoga classes with confidence, and effectively adapt them to different group and individual needs
  • Apply functional anatomy and physiology to your teaching practice (and your personal practice)
  • Delve into yoga philosophy through experiential and practical explorations
  • Discover the four paths of yoga
  • Develop your teaching to enable you to pursue further specialist training, run focused workshops and retreats, and cultivate your unique teaching voice
  • Become part of a global network of fellow graduates and find your community.
If you’re looking for a multidimensional yoga education that will enable excellence in teaching and an expansion of the Self—this course is for YOU.
Sri Sri School of Yoga Teacher Training

NEXT ON-CAMPUS SESSION

September 14–October 5 in Boone, North Carolina

What You'll Learn

Learn to teach yoga, but more than that, learn to teach with confidence and authenticity. Nestled in the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains, with the uplifting energy of the Art of Living Retreat Center to support you, the first steps on your yoga teaching journey will be remarkable.

The Yoga philosophy, scripture, ethics, and lifestyle sections include reviews of various yoga scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Yoga Sara Upanishads, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. You also learn how to incorporate authentic yogic philosophy into your daily life.

 

The Sri Sri Yoga Asanas section includes an acute understanding of the asanas, the proper methodology of practicing the asanas, and guidance on instruction. The emphasis is on observing and understanding the impact of each asana on the physical body, energy center, and mind.

Asana modifications to improve flexibility and muscle strength, and how to increase or decrease the asana intensity to cater to individual student needs will also be covered. In addition to learning ways to improve flexibility and strength, participants will also learn how to improve balance, symmetry, and alignment.

Students learn the scriptural secrets for the proper practice of asanas. Proper use of props to accommodate those with physical limitations is also covered.

The practice of asanas is enhanced with a proper understanding of functional human anatomy and physiology. This module covers the basics of skeletal, muscular, respiratory, nervous, and cardiovascular systems including functional anatomy, injury, and recovery. The subtle yogic body—including chakras, nadis, prana, granthi, and bandhas—is also covered.

The Group Practicum has the following elements: group asana practice, observation, transcriptions focused on practicing asanas, adjustments, sequencing, and yoga philosophy as it applies to life on and off the mat.

Participants experience hands-on practice in small groups to teach their students proper alignment, balance, and symmetry. Students also provide feedback to peers and hone their class presentation skills.

Students learn the Sanskrit names and meanings of asanas and Sanskrit slokas and meanings.  Participants are taught Sanskrit shlokas and sutra recitation, pronunciation, and meanings as they apply to yoga practice.

 

Learn the importance and methodology of proper breathing, and gain a full understanding of prana, nadis, chakras, classical pranayama, and how the proper flow of prana influences the body and mind.

Students are taught how to use this knowledge to improve physical and mental well-being. Pranayama teaching methodology is also covered.

Learn the basic principles of meditation and how to calm the mind. Through daily group classes, you receive an experiential understanding of the true goal of asana practice—to reach a state of effortless stillness in the body and silence in the mind.

Gain a basic understanding of Ayurveda and its application to daily life, including the dinacharya, body constitutions, diet for specific constitutions, and cleansing kriyas.

The discipline of yoga grounds you in the basic principles of becoming a good teacher: voice training, developing competence, confidence, and comfort in teaching yoga.

The training includes two sessions on navigating the yoga market space, with tips and resources to
market and set oneself up as a yoga instructor.

On-Campus/Residential Format

Our comprehensive training provides you with a deep, immersive, and experiential understanding of yoga and equips you with empowering teaching techniques.

Feel Supported Within Your New Community

When you complete this Sri Sri Yoga Teacher Training you will join a global network of fellow graduates. They will become your sangha; your community. And they will be there to support and inspire you in the the years to come.
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That Community has a History

The Sri Sri School of Yoga was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The school seeks to expand the world’s understanding of yoga through education and training that is steeped in the vedas – the original roots of yoga.

Respectful of its long lineage of masters, the school also aims to make yoga accessible and applicable for the modern day; promoting the notion that yoga is for all people, regardless of age, ability, culture or religion. Program graduates undergo a rigorous training and are equipped with a deep and personal understanding and experience of yoga. This allows them to bring the different dimensions of practice and philosophy to their own students. 

The simplicity of Sri Sri’s approach to yoga combines the fundamental principles of self practice (sadhana), service (seva) and expansion of the self (satsang). This empowers individuals to thrive, and encourages society to blossom in human values.

Past Participants Sharing Their Experiences

Teacher

Kamlesh Barwal

Kamlesh Barwal is an International Yoga Trainer with the Art of Living Foundation. She travels worldwide teaching people of all backgrounds, cultures, and religions how to effectively manage their minds and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity, and bring greater peace and joy into their lives through simple yet profound yoga techniques. …

FAQs

  • You are more than 18 years old.
  • You have a sincere interest in learning authentic yoga. You want to develop a comprehensive understanding of yoga that is multidimensional and includes asanas and much more.
  • You have a high school diploma or a higher degree.
  • You have a consistent practice of yoga asanas for at least six months.
  • You are free from substance use for at least six months before the training start date.

If you are looking for a comprehensive, and authentic yoga teacher training program that enables you to teach confidently upon graduating, the Sri Sri Yoga Teacher Training Program is for you.

Graduates upon successful completion of the TTP will receive a certificate designating 200H for Yoga Alliance and 280 actual hours of training from Sri Sri School of Yoga.

  • You are more than 18 years old.
  • You have a sincere interest in learning authentic yoga. You want to develop a comprehensive understanding of yoga that is multidimensional and includes asanas and much more.
  • You have a high school diploma or a higher degree.
  • You have a consistent practice of yoga asanas for at least six months.
  • You are free from substance use for at least six months before the training start date.

No, the SSSY TTP is open to anyone interested in getting an authentic, comprehensive yoga education.

Yes, please reach us at [email protected] for further information.

Existing 200RYT from other schools are eligible to enroll in the 12 day Bridge Program. After successfully completing the program participants will be able to teach the Sri Sri Yoga style of yoga.

NEXT ON-CAMPUS SESSION • BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA

Check-in is September 15, 4:00 pm ET
Checkout is October 5, 1:00 pm ET

Weekend of Creativity Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Walk our beautiful labyrinth or hike one of our scenic nature trails and reconnect with your inner self.
  • Express your creativity and have some fun playing with and shaping clay in your pottery class.

AFTERNOON

  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class or get clever on the canvas in a painting class.
  • Unwind with a relaxing spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Nourish your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Discover Ayurveda Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Savor a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.
  • Rest, replenish and rejuvenate with Abhyanga therapy—a detoxifying warm oil Ayurveda massage that incorporates warm, aromatic oils, rhythmically massaged into your body, cleansing, relaxing, and re-energizing the body and mind.

AFTERNOON

  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • Connect with nature while hiking or walking one of our many breathtaking mountain trails.
  • Return to the spa for a Basti session to rejuvenate your joints! Stiff joints are bathed in warm medicated oil and massaged to deepen the therapeutic effects that increase lubrication and promote smooth flexibility and mobility.

EVENING

  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or kitchen.
  • Refuel your body with a tasty and healthy dinner.

Rejuvenating Bliss Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
  • Sow a new level of calm and balance into your life with a Yoga or meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Cleanse your soul with a leisurely walk on one of our beautiful nature trails.

AFTERNOON

  • Nourish your body with a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory with a cooking, painting, or pottery* class (*additional cost).
  • Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal and let our professional therapists do all the work while you relax and rejuvenate.
  • Unwind in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of new and classic self-care and spiritual resources.
  • Grab a fresh, calming herbal tea and curl up with a good book in your cozy room.

Mother-Daughter Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Retreat into relaxation with a mother-daughter spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

AFTERNOON

  • Enjoy a decadent Mexican hot chocolate and reminisce in our cozy cafe.
  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Explore our captivating campus or head out on one of our guided mountain trail hikes.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.

EVENING

  • Feed your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Girlfriends Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING
  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit together with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Catch up over a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Connect with nature and reminisce while hiking one of our many mountain trails.
AFTERNOON
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • De-stress with a girlfriends spa treatment, like our relaxing signature massage, hydrating facial, or energizing Marma session, and let our therapists work their magic. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or Ayurveda food kitchen.
  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
EVENING
  • Plenty of time for bonding during a dinner.
  • Visit our shop and grab some souvenirs, rejuvenating herbal supplements, and restorative health products from Shankara’s all-natural beauty line.
  • Dance and sing at Kirtan.

Couples Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and reminisce on the moments that connected you.
  • Bring a new level of calm and balance to your relationship with a Yoga or Meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast together.
  • Walk or hike one of our beautiful nature trails and reconnect with each other, nature, and oneself.

AFTERNOON

  • Share a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory by taking a workshop or educational class, or create a new experience together with a pottery*, watercolor painting, or cooking class (*additional cost).
  • Reduce tension and stress with a couple’s or individual Ayurveda spa treatment. Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
  • Unwind in the steam room together.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of self-care and spiritual resources or spend time reading in the cafe.