One-of-a-Kind Yoga Teacher Training

Location: 11 Bristol Avenue, Pawtucket, RI - 02861 

Day : Tuesday April 12  Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Yoga for Happiness Academy is pleased to offer a one-of-a-kind 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program starting January 22nd, 2016.


The refreshing fact is that the Time-Tested Yoga of Ancient India will be taught in its authentic, pristine and purest form.


The certification will be simply in 


"Time-Tested Yoga of Ancient India".


There will no other prefixes to the word "Yoga" most of which have only come up in the last 50 - 100 years. Most of these modern versions tend to differentiate themselves based on how they do the Yoga postures. Also, they cannot claim to have stood the test of time.



The Salient Features of this Unique Teacher Training Program are:

  •  It is offered in-person in 2 locations – Women’s Well, Portsmouth, RI, USA and Yoga for Happiness Academy, Pawtucket, RI, USA.


  •   It is also being offered online for those who can’t make it in person.


  •  It will be taught by Shanthi Yogini, a native of India. This is special because, India is the birthplace of Yoga.


  •  Without doing the entire Yoga teacher training, by attending just one weekend out of those open to public, current Yoga teachers will be eligible for 17 CE hours approved by Yoga Alliance.

    This means that through one such weekend training, a Yoga teacher can fulfill the 10 hours of CE contact hours required every 3 years. Plus it will cover 7 hours out of the remaining required 20 hours which need not be contact hours.


  •  Since the training is offered in 2 locations in-person, if you have to miss in one location, you can attend on different dates in the other location or watch the online version


  • The whole training can be completed in just 6 months with 9 weekends of training

Since this Yoga teacher training program is very unique, it is NOT FOR EVERYONE interested in Yoga or in a Yoga teacher certification. Please read and understand who this training is for, who this is NOT for, and the one-of-a-kind features of this training.


Who is this Yoga Teacher Training NOT for?
(This Isn’t Your Typical
"Yoga Teacher Training”)

  • It is NOT for those looking to teach Yoga poses ONLY

  • It is NOT for those who don’t want to understand Yoga as a way of life

  • It is NOT for those looking to teach Yoga poses as fitness routines

  • It is NOT for those who don’t want to associate Yoga with India

  • It is NOT for those who do not want to learn from a native of India


Who is this Yoga Teacher Training  for?

This Yoga teacher training is for:


  • Service-minded souls whose calling is to teach authentic Yoga and need a Yoga Teacher Certification

  • Yoga students eager to understand the wisdom of Yoga correctly 

  • Current Yoga teachers looking 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 a spiritual way of thinking, eating and living

  • Seekers of Indian wisdom searching for an authentic Indian to learn from

  • Kirtan Singers & Chanters who need to pronounce the sounds of Samskritam (Sanskrit) correctly

  • Spiritual teachers using a lot of Samskrit terms in their teaching

  • Sound healers who chant in Samskritam, as healing depends on producing the correct vibrations through correct pronunciation


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

  • 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-Aasana, as a branch of the tree of Yoga.  

  • Time-Tested Yoga

    Learn the time-tested Yoga of Ancient India rather than the modern versions of Yoga poses

  • Going Beyond

    Going beyond the minimum Yoga Alliance stipulation of 20 hours, to 50 hours of Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle

  • 25% Versus 10%

    Allocating 25% of Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle versus just the required 10%

  • Well Balanced

    Allocating in the techniques and training are: Yoga poses, breathing techniques, Indian dance, meditation and authentic chanting

  • Yogic Eating and Cooking

    20 hours of Yogic eating and cooking, that are rarely mentioned in typical training programs

  • Samskritam-Sanskrit

    Learn 12 hours of the Yogic language of Sanskrit (rightly called Samskritam) 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 through 5 hours of service to a non-profit

  • Authentic Yogic Chanting

    When you chant with correct Sanskrit pronunciation, it will sound Authentic and NOT like those who read Sanskrit words as though they are English words

  • Shanthi & Ancestors

    Learn from someone whose ancestors have ALL been teachers of Yoga

  • 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, the spiritual leader of the world and the birthplace of Yoga


World-Class Yogic, Saatvic, Vegan Meal Plan

No Yoga teacher training that we know of, offers hot home-made Yogic, Saatvic, Vegan meal as part of non-residential training program.


Even in residential Yoga teacher training programs, either Vegan meal that is not Saatvic may be offered or a partly Saatvic vegetarian meal with dairy may be offered. Only in a world-class training such as ours, can you hope to get the RARE combination of Yogic, Saatvic and Vegan meals and snacks.


We do this, because, WE REALLY CARE. We want you to have the authentic Yoga experience, which is not possible, if you are given the option to eat anything you want during the training.

Karma, Good Karma & Negative Karma

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 Sanskrit?


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 Sanskrit (Samskritam) chants 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 Sanskrit sounds is essential to teach devotional singing in Sanskrit, 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 Samskrit sounds 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 has happened to individuals who pronounce Mantras wrongly.

So the vicious circle of negative Karma can be stopped.


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