Yoga-Teacher Training that Makes you a Life-Teacher, and Not an Instructor

Finally, Learn the Yoga You are Meant to Practice and Teach,

Not What Everybody Else is Teaching in the Name of Yoga

The Ancient Science of Yoga in its Authentic, Pristine and Purest Form!

Are you happy with your Yoga practice or teaching?

Do you feel that your fundamentals are strong?

Or Do you feel that you can deepen your Yoga practice?

If you are a teacher, would you like to be of greater service to your students and be authentic to the science of Yoga?

Does this sound familiar?

You have been attending several Yoga classes, but don't feel confident to practice on your own?

You have always been doing Yoga-exercises, but felt that there is more to Yoga than what you have experienced and are ready to take it to the next level.

You have a desire to become a Yoga teacher, but don't find good training nearby, or there is scheduling conflict.

You want to become a Yoga teacher, but are confused about which style to choose.

If you are reading this, then there is something in you that is calling out for going beyond the Yoga you know.

Please accept our invitation to be part of the

"Liberate Yoga! Liberate You! Liberate the World!" movement.

By liberating and freeing Yoga that is currently imprisoned and  chained to mere fitness exercises, you liberate yourself, break free from all limitations and live to your highest potential. Then you become equipped to liberate others.

Is there a deeper way to learn Yoga than through this?

Make History! Leave a Legacy!

Be one of the first of the chosen 1000 people who will be trained in the next 5 years to become  authentic Yoga-teachers who are also life-teachers, NOT Yoga instructors.

Imagine each of you touching the lives of just 100 students in your class in a year. 1000 of you can touch and transform the lives of 100,000 students in a year.  

Can there be a greater service than this?

Join us. Let us do it together, teaching people how to LIVE through Yoga, NOT just DO Yoga...

 In this one-of-a-kind Yoga Teacher Training program, you not only learn to fill yourself with joy no matter what, by living a Yoga way of life, but also you receive training to help people build and grow their joy through the ancient science of Yoga.


This is a DIGITAL program combined with regular ONLINE training, and IN-PERSON training in a retreat setting at the end of the program. 

Our training module-1 will get delivered to you 1 week after you sign up. The pre-training module will get delivered to you in 3 days after signing up.


You learn the science of Yoga in its authentic, pristine and purest form. It is the Yoga-from-the-Source which is comprehensive based on lifestyle.


The topics on which typical Yoga Teacher Training Programs talk on a surface level,  are covered in great detail for application in REAL life, and to fully understand the science of Yoga and how it helps in promoting happiness in your students.


Even current Yoga teachers have lots to gain from this, since their earlier training would not have covered Yoga in its highest understanding and application.

Some of the Program highlights are:

  • Three Modes

     The Yoga-teacher training is offered using 3 modes: DIGITAL, ONLINE, and IN-PERSON (as a residential retreat in a place to be announced later). Thus you utilize 3 modes of learning for the best possible Yoga-teacher training.
  • Yoga-Master from India

    The Yoga-teacher training is being offered by Shanthi Yogini, born and raised in the Yogic culture of India. This is special because, it is rare to find Yoga-masters in USA, originally from India, the flourishing place of Yoga, who offer Yoga as a science on a full time basis. 
  • Module-Based

    The entire Yoga-teacher training is module-based. It is offered through several modules focused on all aspects of  Yoga so that you can guide others in living their highest and best life in freedom and Happiness. Module-1 forms the foundation for the entire training.
  • Time-Tested

    This is NOT branded “Yoga”. Most of the modern branded versions tend to differentiate themselves SOLELY based on how they have modified doing the Yoga-postures. Also, they cannot claim to have stood the test of time as they have only come up in the last 50 – 100 years. This is “Yoga from the Source” as given selflessly by enlightened Yoga-masters to humanity thousands of years back.
  • Slow and Relaxed

    Most of the training can be done in your own space at your own pace with no rush or hurry to finish within a certain time.

Who is this Yoga-Teacher Training NOT for?

(This Isn’t Your Typical "Yoga-Teacher Training ”. So it is NOT FOR EVERYONE interested in a certification.)

  • Only Yoga Poses

    It is NOT for those looking to learn and teach Yoga-poses ONLY. We learn Yoga-poses, but learn a whole lot more too.
  • Unscientific way of Teaching

    It is NOT for those who do not want to learn Yoga as a science of how to live 
  • Fitness Routines

    It is NOT for those looking to learn and teach Yoga-poses as fitness routines
  • Disassociation from India

    It is NOT for those who disassociate Yoga from India (There is NO way to understand Yoga way of life WITHOUT understanding Indian way of life). The only way you can disassociate is if you are teaching  fitness exercises in the name of Yoga.
  • Disassociation from an Indian

    It is NOT for those who do not want to learn from a native of India (Many people may find it comfortable only learning from someone of their kind, even if they are not raised in the Yoga way of life)
  • Yoga Alliance

    It is NOT for those who are looking to have a 200 or 300 hour Yoga-teacher certification approved by Yoga Alliance. (We do not approve of what Yoga Alliance is doing to the ancient science of Yoga and particularly to Yoga-teacher certification process)

I got SO much out of 2 days than I got out of my previous entire Yoga teacher training

Susan, Yoga Teacher Trainee, Rhode Island, USA

I learned why we hold the posture, something not taught in other classes

Deb, Yoga Student, Rhode Island, USA


Cindy Jessie Anderson

You presented yoga as something much more meaningful than an exercise class

Your energy seems to be calling me. I felt a caring and happiness from you as someone who wanted to share the gift of her culture, and help people reach a better self. Also I really liked that you presented yoga as something much more meaningful than an exercise class. I would say you reached me as... HI I REALLY LIKE PEOPLE AND I AM KIND

Cindy Jessie Anderson, Current Yoga Teacher Trainee

Who is this Yoga-Teacher Training  for?

This Yoga-Teacher Training is for:

  • Service-minded leaders who want to preserve  the science of Yoga in its authentic, pristine and pure form, and want to share it with the world

  • Yoga-students eager to understand the science of Yoga correctly and practice it for living in freedom and happiness

  • Current Yoga-teachers looking to practice and pass on authentic Yoga and thereby to minimize negative Karma in their teaching. (Please scroll down for detailed explanation) 

  • Holistic practitioners desiring to expand their wisdom and teaching

  • Evolving souls looking for thinking, eating and living on a higher plane of consciousness

  • Seekers of ancient wisdom looking for an authentic Indian from India to learn from

  • Service-minded leaders who want to be a catalyst for others to live in freedom and happiness through the ancient science of Yoga

  • Liberation-seekers who want to be part of the “Liberate Yoga! Liberate You!” movement, whereby they liberate Yoga from being chained to Yoga-poses, in turn liberate themselves of limitations, bondage and unhappiness and finally leave a legacy of pure Yoga for the future generations to practice through their teaching.


Unique Features of the Authentic Yoga-Teacher Training as compared to typical Yoga-Teacher Training Programs

  • You get a strong foundation of Yoga-basics to make you an authentic Yoga teacher versus a fitness instructor in the name of Yoga. 

  • You learn how to create a syllabus-based training for your students when you start teaching, versus the typical Yoga-teacher programs that teach you to create a sequence with some poses for each class where students are allowed to drop in whenever they want and just copy the instructor during the class.

  • You will learn to truly serve your students by making them independent and confident in their practice versus typical training programs that do not support independent practice of students lest they stop coming to Yoga studios and stop investing their money. 

  • You will learn very simple postures that you can teach tight-bodied, weak and sick people who otherwise may miss out on the benefits that the science of Yoga provides.  

  • You not only learn how to do physical postures in the training, but also learn to make lifestyle changes with regards to your habits, food and thinking pattern. The typical teacher training programs rarely mention about lifestyle changes, which is a prerequisite  for any Yoga-teacher. 

  • The assignments and homework are not just geared towards testing your skills in doing postures or in just your understanding of Yoga, but in how much you are able to implement your learning in your own personal life.

  • It is one of the few Yoga-teacher training programs in the country where Yoga is taught as a science and you become one of the blessed ones to preserve and pass on Yoga in its authentic, pristine and purest form to the future generation. 

  • The list can go on and on as to how different your training will be and how you will emerge as a more powerful teacher  compared to teachers from many other training programs. 


Teacher trainees chanting


One-of-a-Kind Features of the Yoga-Teacher Training Syllabus

  • Yoga as a lifestyle

    Learn Yoga as the science of how to live

  • Yoga as a Tree

    Learning Yoga as a tree with many branches


  • Yoga Pose as a Branch

    Learn Yoga pose, called Yoga-Aasanam, as ONLY a branch of the tree of Yoga.  

  • Time-Tested Yoga

    Learn the time-tested way of doing Yoga poses rather than the modern branded versions 

  • Going Beyond

    Study in detail Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle, going beyond the minimally taught or often allocated as self-study in other places 

  • Application to Life

    Every practice is studied with associated Yoga Philosophy and its practical application in life

  • Well Balanced

    Yoga-techniques of ancient values, Yoga-poses, Praanaayaama, mind mastery, meditation and authentic chanting are studied with equal importance

  • Yogic Eating and Cooking

    Yogic eating and cooking are scientifically analysed. These are rarely mentioned in typical training programs

  • Samskritam-Sanskrit

    Learn the importance of the Yogic language of Samskritam (original name for Sanskrit) from Shanthi for whom it is the home-language 

  • Streams of Yoga

    Learn ALL 4 major streams and other minor streams of Yoga, rather than just one stream

  • Karma Yoga

    Practical application of Karma-Yoga (Yoga-of-Action) through service to a children’s non-profit

  • Authentic Yogic Chanting

    When you chant with correct pronunciation, it will sound Authentic and NOT like those who read Sanskritam words as though they are English words. This minimizes negative Karma caused by unintended vibrations.

Uniqueness of Training with Shanthi

  • Shanthi & Ancestors

    Learn from someone whose ancestors have ALL been teachers of Yoga, living Yoga way of life

  • Shanthi & Yoga

    Learn from someone who is living and breathing Yoga and understands it like the palm of her hand

  • Shanthi & Plant-based eating

    Learn from someone whose ancestors have ALL followed plant-based eating

  • Shanthi & India

    Learn Yoga from a native of India, which is the spiritual leader of the world and the birthplace of Yoga. This enables you to have references for Yogic practices, from Indian life style which is Yogic lifestyle

  • Shanthi & Samskritam

    Learn from someone who has studied the Yogic language of Samskritam from a young age 

  • Shanthi & Yoga Texts

    Learn from someone who has studied the Yoga texts in its original language of samskritam, and NOT merely teaching through translations in English

  • Shanthi & East West connection

    Learn from someone who presents the Eastern wisdom and science suited to Western audience

  • Shanthi & Science

    Learn Yoga from someone who gives scientific reason for every concept in Yoga


Unique Method of Learning Yoga Postures

Starting position for Sitting Postures

  • Every Yoga pose is learned and practiced as an independent unit with a definite starting position and a definite ending position, the way it is meant to be. It is not done as a sequence or flow. This is the ONLY way to make it practical to benefit from any pose in even 1 or 2 minutes of free time.
  • Every pose is learned using the 8 Step Method for thorough understanding and correct teaching, as the goal is to make a student independent and confident for home-practice.
  •  The benefit of every pose is presented at physical, mental, intellectual, social and spiritual planes. This helps to practice a pose for a specific life situation.
  • Every posture is learned with an affirmation in order to get the best out of the posture.
  • Ultimately, every posture becomes a friend whom you understand thoroughly, and it will in turn come to your rescue when you find yourself in challenging situations in life.

What is Karma?

The word Karma is derived from the  root “Kr”, meaning ‘to do’ in the language of Samskritam (Sanskrit) . So, Karma simply means action.


In India, we talk of the Law of Karma meaning Law of Action.



What is Good Karma and Negative Karma?

Karma, in Indian philosophy, also indicates the total effect of a person’s actions, both mental and physical, on his or her existence.


 A person’s present state, including health, is determined by actions from previous existence, and the present actions determine one's destiny for future existence.


That is why we talk of Good Karma and Negative Karma.


So your health, wellness and happiness depends on your Karma done up until now. This does not mean that you are helpless about things done in the past.  Acquiring more Good Karma helps you to have mental strength and clarity to face events and situations in life.


All of the Yogic wisdom prepares you for more Good Karma in your life. Also, happiness level increases when you are able to care for something bigger and larger than yourself, and when you are sharing your compassion and altruism.


How does one accumulate Negative Karma with respect to Yoga & Veda?

Yoga and Veda have been in existence for thousands of years. This is time-tested wisdom. Some wise souls are working hard even in this modern materialistic world where no one cares about ancient wisdom, to ensure that they are preserved in their original form, without any modification. 


The goal of these evolved souls is to pass on the Vedic wisdom intact to the future generation. Then it is up to the younger generation to carry it forward and pass it on intact to their children and grandchildren.


While efforts are being made to maintain this tradition, any attempt to modify the original, knowingly or unknowingly, will result in negative Karma, because it results in corrupting the original. Now the corrupted system will end up getting passed on for generations to come. That is a BLUNDER, and WILL result in negative Karma.



Are good intentions in teaching Yoga and Mantra not sufficient in avoiding Negative Karma?

We have heard many chanters, Kirtan singers and Yoga teachers argue that they have good intentions, and therefore will not incur any negative Karma.


Good intentions alone are NOT sufficient in stopping the damage being done in passing on to others an incorrect system. Good intentions must be accompanied with honest efforts in learning things correctly.


A sharp knife in a child's hand with good intentions is NOT sufficient in preventing damage to the child and others.


If the intentions alone matter, one can sing and chant in English. Why resort to chants and songs in the unknown language of Samskritam?


If the intentions alone matter, one can teach any knowledge on self-development. Why teach Yoga of which there is no correct understanding?



How can one minimize this type of Negative Karma?

1. By ensuring that the Vedic wisdom is understood correctly by the Yoga teachers


2. By ensuring that chanters, Kirtan singers and sound healers understand clearly, the difference between ordinary chants in Samskritam (Sanskrit) and Vedic chants (those Mantras taken from Vedas)


This way, they can avoid the Vedic Mantras which are powerful and dangerous, and which if uttered without getting authorized to recite them correctly, will result in Negative Karma


3. Since pronunciation of Samskritam sounds is essential to teach devotional singing in Samskritam, or to teach REAL Yoga, any casual approach without dedicating time and energy to learn the sounds correctly WILL result in negative Karma.


The casual approach clearly shows a lack of respect and reverence to the science of Yoga, Veda and Mantra. It shows a lack of integrity because, teaching is preceding the learning. So anything taught will be inauthentic.


This in-authenticity does not stop with just the teacher, but gets passed on to the students who will later become teachers to pass on the inauthentic system they have learned. So it becomes a vicious circle of negative Karma.


How does Yoga for Happiness Academy help in minimizing this type of Negative Karma?

Yoga for happiness Academy works in minimizing this Negative Karma in 4 ways.


1. By doing workshops and Yoga teacher training in which Authentic Yoga is passed on to the trainees and Yoga teachers


2. By teaching sounds of Samskritam and pronunciation of commonly used terms in Samskritam (Sanskrit) while teaching Yoga or chanting  


 3. By explaining clearly the source of chants and Vedic Mantras and demonstrating how they are currently being preserved. 


4. By sharing case studies of what has happened to individuals who pronounce Mantras wrongly.

So the vicious circle of negative Karma can be stopped.


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