Yoga Teacher Training Course 2013

A one month intensive yoga teacher training course with Dr. Kumar in Hyderabad, South India.

“Yoga means getting on well with everything in life: getting on well with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the environment we live in, the people we live with and the work we do.”

Dates: 25th January to 25th February

Duration: The course involves 10 hours practice and theory per day. 5 hours will be taught directly by Kumar  ( approximately 2.5. morning and 2.5 evening) and the remaining hours will be taught by external faculty.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be available at the centre where the course is taking place and is paid for separately. However  staying on site is optional and you are welcome to find your own accommodation if you prefer. As the centre is located within the city of Hyderabad there will be plenty of other options ranging from simple hostels to five star hotels.

Eligibility: RYT 200 qualification or equivalent yoga/ meditation experience. Anyone who has attended one of Dr. Kumar’s 10 or 15 day meditation and yoga retreats is also eligible.

Course Fee: 850 pounds (to be paid in full before the start of the course.) covers 31 days of teaching.

Certification: RYT 500. Traditional Yoga is a Yoga Alliance E-RYS School and Dr. ALV Kumar is an E-RYT 500 instructor

Please note: Dr. Kumar and the faculty reserve the right to award the certificate based on the eligibility of the student at the end of the course. The student’s level of attendance and maintenance of the code of discipline will be considered before certification.  In order to receive a certificate 95% attendance is required. If non-attendance is due to illness, or unavoidable circumstances certification would be at Kumar’s discretion.

Course Objectives:

  • To restore an understanding of the progressive relationship of the different limbs of yoga for the purification of the body and mind.
  • To gain a broad knowledge of the diverse systems that comprise and inform the yoga tradition.
  • To understand the principles that underlie the correct sequencing of asanas in order to implement this in the designing of yoga classes.
  • To introduce important kriya, pranayama, mudra and bandana techniques not commonly practiced in the West.
  • To give an overview of alternative health therapies and dietary treatments, including ayurveda, so that yoga teachers are better equipped to guide their students towards good health.
  • To learn therapeutic yoga techniques that can be used to treat others, particularly kayachikitsa and kayasamvadhana.
  • To understand the function and purpose of different types of meditation, from subjective through to objective techniques, in order to make informed choices for ones own practice or when teaching meditation.
  • To explore through both theory and practice raja yoga as taught by Patanajali.
  • To progress on the path of yoga


Daily schedule:

  • 6 am start Dr. Kumar morning session
  • 8.30 am breakfast.
  • 10 am -1pm ( with 20 min break) external faculty class
  • 1pm-3pm lunch and rest.
  • -5.30 ( with 20 min break) external faculty class
  • 5.45- 8.15: Dr. Kumar evening session
  • 8.15pm finish.


Course Contents;

The course  will include both theory and practice and equal importance will be given to yoga of the body and yoga of the mind.

The course is designed on the basis that participants will already have reached a basic level of proficiency in asanas. The course explores the methodology and principles that underpin correct asana practice, particularly sequencing. About 100 asanas will be practiced from beginner level to advanced level.

The morning sessions will focus mainly on asana, pranayama, mudra and  bandhana practice. Dr. Kumar will demonstrate the importance of correct sequencing using the system of vargas and the energy flow principle based on the five elements. Evening sessions may include angabandanas, angachalanas and cyclic breathing. Theory will be covered in both morning and evening sessions, this will vary throughout the course.

The external yoga aspect of the course is based on the ancient texts such as Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, Hatha Ratnavali, Siva Samhitha, Gheranda Samhitha, Kurnataka Yoga and Kapala Kurnataka Yoga and informed by Kumar’s experience of studying in 37 yoga schools throughout India.

The internal yoga aspect of the course is based on the teachings of Buddha, Patanjali, and Shankaracharya. Kumar will also refer to the Yoga Vasishta Saara and Bhagavadgita, the Brahmasutras and the Vedas.

The course includes a four day intensive residential meditation course in addition to regular meditation practice.

Specialised training will be offered in Kaya chikitsa and kaya samvadhana therapeutic yoga and massage (Bio Neuron Feedback Mechanism).


Sessions will include:

External Yoga

  • The definition of Yoga
  • Shat Kriyas ( Six cleansing techniques)
  • Suryanamaskaras from various traditions and related mantras
  • Asanas, the importance of correct sequencing using the system of vargas and the energy flow principle based on the five elements.
  • Angabandanas and angachalanas
  • Asanas as treatment for disease ( disease index from Hatha Ratnavali)
  • Mudra and Bandhana
  • Pranayamas, including lesser known and advanced techniques, both aerobic and anaerobic respiratory techniques.
  • Cyclic Breathing Technique
  • Visualization Techniques and Kundalini
  • Chakra balancing
  • In depth analysis of each chakra
  • The system of nadis
  • The hatha yoga lineage, historical and contemporary systems of yoga.
  • Introduction to Laya Yoga, Swara Yoga, Japa Yoga, Ajapa Yoga, Nada Yoga

Internal Yoga

  • The Tantra system including mantra yoga, the relationship of mantras to different parts of the body.
  • An overview of meditation practices, their context and purpose.
  • The necessity of meditation
  • Conditioning and deconditioning.
  • Techniques, tools, advantages, experiences and obstacles
  • Subjective meditation and Objective meditation techniques
  • Different Streams of Yoga – Bhakti, Karma, Jnana and Raja Yoga
  • Pathanjali Yoga Sutras, in depth analysis
  • The 7 stages of purification as given by Patanjali
  • The law of dependent origination as given by Buddha
  • Antakaranas: the 5 aspects of Mind
  • Buddha’s Ashtanga Magga and Patanajali’s Asthanga Yoga
  • The works of Sankarcharya, focusing on Viveka Chudamani
  • Yoga Vasishta Saara and Bhagavadgita (Chapters on Atma Samyama Yoga and Ksjetra Kshetragna Vibhaga Yoga)
  • An intensive four day residential meditation course.


Diet, Nutrition & Healing

  • Diet and nutrition including PH balancing and glycemic index
  • Healthy and unhealthy food combinations
  • Alternative dietary therapies for common problems including thyroidism, obesity, arthritis, blood pressure and hypertension diabetes.
  • Yoga Kayachikitsa
  • Yoga Kayasamvadhana


External faculty classes include:

  •  Corrections and adjustments class taught by an experienced Iyengar teacher.
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Acupressure and Sujok
  • Ayurveda
  • Vedic Astrology
  • Introduction to the six schools of Indian philosophy


Please note:

  • This is an overview of the course but the specific timings and course contents may vary to some extent.
  • Course participants will sign an agreement before the course agreeing to the stated rules and conditions.
  • While we will do our utmost to make your stay comfortable, Traditional Yoga does not take responsibility for your health and safety outside of teaching hours. 
  • The course will be intensive.
  • It usually gets quite warm towards the end of February so bring cool light clothes for the day as well as some warmer clothes for the early mornings and evenings which can be chilly earlier in the month. Please be  aware that it is appropriate to dress modestly, i.e. covering shoulders and legs when traveling around the city. 
  • If you have any special dietary requirements please discuss this with us before the course so that we can advise you.

To register your interest for this course or to book a place please contact us

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