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Gentle Yoga Teacher Training

Friday, April 21, 2023 @ 4:00 PM Sunday, April 23, 2023 @ 4:00 PM PDT


This training is designed to help yoga teachers to instruct students needing modifications of the basic yoga postures—due to age, weight, illness, injury or limited flexibility. With poor lifestyle habits and chronic stress, many students come to yoga unable to safely practice the postures. In keeping with the principle of ahimsa (nonviolence), teachers will learn to teach these students how to modify the asanas so that they can benefit from a physical practice as they build strength and resilience,  and potentially work toward the full postures.

This course will:

  • help yoga teachers evaluate the limitations of their students and suggest appropriate modifications of the poses for them.
  • include routines for those who need to practice in a chair.
  • allow yoga teachers to experience the modifications themselves within the structure of a class, as well as in more detail in interactive workshops.
  • include discussions on the philosophy and psychology of teaching gentle yoga​. Review a checklist of considerations.

Handouts provided.

Prerequisite: 200-hour yoga teaching certificate

Receive a certificate acknowledging your 11 hours of training.

Daily Schedule

Friday 4/21          (Times listed in PST)
6:00–7:30pm Yoga Asana Class
7:30pm Vegetarian dinner
8:00–8:30pm Welcome and Orientation (Day guests can Zoom in for this)

Saturday 4/22
6:00–7:15am Satsang (meditation, chanting and a short talk)
8:00am Light breakfast
9:30–11:30am Gentle Asana Class
12:00pm Vegetarian lunch
12:30pm Karma Yoga
1:30–3:30pm Yoga philosophy for special needs
4:00–5:30pm Gentle Asana Class
6:00pm Vegetarian dinner

Sunday 4/23
6:00–7:15am Satsang
8:00am Light breakfast
9:30–11:30am Review of gentle postures
12:00pm Vegetarian lunch
12:30pm Karma Yoga
1:30–3:30pm Yoga philosophy, practical hints, Q&A
5:30–7:00pm Satsang and Soup (optional)


About the Instructor

Tara Durga Devi, a senior Sivananda Yoga instructor, has been teaching yoga and meditation for 50 years. She has supported many Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses. She was co-founder and owner of The Yoga Center, an affiliated Sivananda Yoga center in Stockton, CA for 25 years. Tara Durga Devi is a certified Yoga Therapist and is an early graduate of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC). She teaches Gentle Yoga with grace and humor.


Residential guests: Arrive Friday by 6:00pm. Depart Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm. You are welcome to stay for Sunday evening Satsang.

Day guests: Attend Friday night session via Zoom. Attend onsite: 9:30–5:30pm Saturday and 9:30–3:30pm Sunday.

Online guests: Same as Day Guests except you have a lunch break from 11:30–1:30pm each day.



Friday, April 21, 2023 @ (PDT) 4:00 PM PDT
Sunday, April 23, 2023 @ (PDT) 4:00 PM PDT
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3741 West 27th Street
Los Angeles, California 90018
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