Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga Teacher Training

August 15–25, 2019 and April 23–May 3, 2020
Taught by Swami Ramananada and Swami Divyananda

Raja Yoga is the classical foundation of Yoga, the branch that addresses emotions, intellect, and interpersonal relations. It is the basis of Yoga therapy and a key to finding inner freedom.

This training will give you a deep and broad understanding of the entire science of Yoga. Studying Raja Yoga with senior monks and teachers who received these teachings directly from Sri Swami Satchidananda can be a life-changing experience.

Yoga teachers will learn how to better integrate the teachings of Yoga into their Yoga classes, and teach Yoga in the context of its ultimate goal — a heart at peace and a life full of joy.

Why become certified in Raja Yoga?

Most of the 15 million Americans practicing Yoga are just exploring the tip of the iceberg – the Yoga postures comprise only one of the eight disciplines in the Yogic science. This training will be an exploration of the deeper dimensions of Yoga, based in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These amazing Sutras take us into the “operating system” of the human mind to both unveil its potentials and unlock its mysteries.

  • LEARN how the mind organizes input and selects responses
  • EXPERIMENT with techniques for mastering the out-of-control thoughts and emotions
  • BUILD your confidence to guide your friends and students
  • DEEPEN your experience of inner peace and happiness

You will explore the science of self-mastery and discover the modern applications of classical Ashtanga Yoga, the eight-limbed path from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. These practical tools for self-transformation lead you to higher consciousness.

The curriculum includes:

  • In-depth review of key Yoga Sutras
  • Instructions of how to incorporate those teachings into daily life
  • Coaching in public speaking; including preparation, structure, delivery, and adding color to your talks; also, using Yoga to lessen presentation anxiety
  • Training in answering questions, leading discussions, and developing group rapport
  • A syllabus for teaching a six-week Raja Yoga course

What can you do with it?
Yoga teachers will find your teaching and credentials strengthened and enhanced. You will:

  • Measure up to the current national and international standards for a fully trained Yoga teacher through the study and practice of Raja Yoga.
  • Have the qualifications to teach at regional and national conferences and in a wide range of spiritual and secular settings.
  • Have insights that can help in counseling your Hatha Yoga students, whose practice may open them to a deeper exploration of Yoga.
  • Understand the use of pranayama, meditation, and the mind‒body connection for therapeutic settings.

This training is open to:

  • Yoga teachers of all traditions with 200-hour certification and experience in meditation
  • Serious students of Yoga who have a dedicated commitment to their practice


  • Some general knowledge of the Yoga Sutras
  • Required advance reading and viewing of assigned videos

For Integral Yoga teachers, Raja Yoga is one of two options for required teacher trainings to take you to the Yoga Alliance 500-hour designation.

For all certified Yoga teachers, some hours of Yoga philosophy are required for all Yoga Alliance TTs. Because many schools are strong on Hatha and short on philosophy, Integral Yoga Raja Yoga instructors have been hired to teach philosophy in other schools’ 200- and 500-hour Teacher Trainings. Here is your chance to study with one of the most respected courses in yoga education.

$1275 ($1150 for IYINY Active Teachers)
$100 early bird discount if you register by July 15, 2019
$250 nonrefundable deposit required upon registration
A two-installment payment plan is available for a onetime $100 fee



PART ONE: August 15–25, 2019

August 15
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

August 16–25
weekdays 9:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
weekends 9:45 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

*August 20 and August 25 end early at 1:15 p.m.

PART TWO: April 23–May 3, 2020

April 23
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

April 24–May 3
weekdays 9:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
weekends 9:45 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

*April 28 and May 3 end early at 1:15 p.m.

Plus approximately three hours each week at home to view required videos online and to prepare qualifying presentations.

Yoga Alliance Hours

swami-ramananda_2Swami Ramananda served as the president of the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City for more than a decade and is a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition. He has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years. Through his affinity for and devoted study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Ramananda offers practical methods for integrating the teachings of Yoga into daily life and coping with stress, depression, and anger. He leads advanced-level Yoga teacher training programs in New York City and a variety of workshops in many locations around the country. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes Yoga teachers as professionals, and he is currently the president of the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute.

swami-divyananda_ogSwami Divyananda Ma took monastic vows in 1975 from our beloved Sri Swami Satchidananda.  Over the years she has served as the director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Coimbatore, India in addition to teaching internationally and leading the annual Sacred India Tours.  Now living as an itinerant monk, Swami Divyananda is constantly “on the road.”




Integral Yoga Institute offers 500 hours of training in two segments, 200 hours and 300 hours, permitting teachers who graduate to become either an RYT 200 or an RYT 500, depending on the level of training completed. Our 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program can be customized to fit your individual interests. You may select from our many graduate-level Yoga Teacher Training programs.

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With Swami Vidyananda

Open House

Join us for a free information session about the training, hosted by Swami Ramananda.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 • 6:00–7:00p.m.


Call 212-929-0585, ext. 16, or e-mail TeacherTraining@iyiny.org

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Deposit is nonrefundable. No refunds once the program begins.