Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about your courses?
  • Satyananda Yoga takes a classical, therapeutic approach, truly suitable for people of ALL ages and abilities.
  • We explore much more than asana (postures) -  breathing practices (pranayama), progressive meditation techniques and more are developed to promote wellbeing on all levels.
  • You learn how to adapt yoga for different health conditions, fitness levels and settings (like corporate yoga).
  • All of our certification courses include student teaching and one-on-one mentoring with a senior instructor - even if you live at a distance.
  • They change your life. 
What courses do you offer? 
Yogic Studies 1 and 2 take you systematically through yogic theory and practices over several months of home study. That way, in Teacher Training 1 and 2  you can start teaching immediately and focus on developing the skills you need for the business aspect of yoga. Our shorter courses offer a more in-depth study and practice of key techniques, such as Satyananda Yoga Nidra, to refine your skills. Workshops and retreats allow you to focus on other topics and on refreshing and recreating yourself through yoga.
Why are your courses longer than other places?
Our courses are specifically designed for serious students who want true, university-level depth of exploration. Residential immersions minimize travel requirements for distance students and develop a real sense of community with like-minded people. Home Study periods allow you to embody - not just learn - your practices. You receive unparalleled mentoring and support so you can practice and teach from experience rather than memorization. 
What if I don't want to teach yoga?
Yogic Studies 1 and 2 focus on the philosophy and practices of yoga, with the intention of developing a personal practice or sadhana. Our shorter courses in Satyananda Yoga Nidra and Pranayama & Meditation can be taken without the teaching component and we have other workshops and retreats that focus on practice and learning.
What do you offer teachers certified elsewhere?
Our shorter teacher trainings, including Satyananda Yoga Nidra (Level 1, Level 2) and Pranayama & Meditation , are ideal for teachers desiring to bring new techniques to their students.  Our Yogic Studies and T eacher Training programs are comprehensive courses into the multidimensional aspects of yoga and offer teachers of all styles an opportunity to deepen their knowledge, taking their personal practice and teaching to the next level.  All of these courses, plus our workshops and retreats, may be applied to Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements.
Are any of my teacher trainings from other yoga schools transferrable?
Your previous training may allow you to be exempt from some of our courses. You can find out by asking for “Recognition of Prior Learning” or RPL  Information Pack through the Contact Form on our website.  There will be a fee for reviewing your submitted application.
Are you registered with Yoga Alliance? How do I become a certified Satyananda Yoga instructor?
Completion of Yogic Studies 1 and Teacher Training 1 allows you to apply for the 200-hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) designation and Accreditation as a Satyananda Yoga Level 1 Teacher.  Completion of the above plus Yogic Studies 2 and Teacher Training 2 allows you to apply for the 500-hr Yoga Alliance RYT designation and Accreditation as a Satyananda Yoga Level 2 Teacher.
Do you offer online training courses?
Most of our training courses have a residential component. The Satyananda Yoga Nidra and Pranayama & Meditation courses can be done via webinar for those who are not pursuing the teacher certification portion. The Home Study Period following each residential or webinar training is completed with faculty support through our online platform. YANA will soon be offering more  “Digital Resources” to support your personal practice and study.
I've learned how to teach asana. Do you offer pranayama and meditation training?
Yes. In our Pranayama & Meditation and Satyananda Yoga Nidra  courses, you can develop a personal practice and learn to teach these techniques to a variety of students. Relevant research, safety issues, benefits, and contraindications are included.
What kinds of accommodations are available during residential trainings?
We have a residential facility that offers city ashram-style living. Please go to Kurukshetra for more information. Our facility is also available should you wish to organize a personal retreat when programs are not in session.
Do you offer continuing education programs?
All of our courses meet continuing education requirements for Yoga Alliance. We are happy to provide relevant information for students seeking continuing education units through other professional organizations.
How much do your trainings cost? Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
Course tuitions are listed in the Student Handbook & Application documents located on the Yogic Studies , Teacher Training , Satyananda Yoga Nidra , and Pranayama & Meditation webpages under “Training”.
We do not offer direct financial aid; however, you may apply for credit through PayPal (0% interest if paid-in-full within six months). Students enrolling in Teacher Training 1 and 2 may apply for the Carol Ann Hensley Scholarship .