Yoga-for-Happiness Teacher Training Program

Yoga for Happiness Academy is pleased to offer a one-of-a-kind authentic Yoga Training or Yoga Teacher Training program starting August 7th, 2016 in person. The ONLINE program will start in September.


The science of Yoga will be taught in its authentic, pristine and purest form.


The topics on which typical Yoga Teacher Training Programs will talk on a surface level, will be covered in great detail for application in REAL life, and to fully understand the science of Yoga.

Even current Yoga teachers have lots to gain from this.


It is module-based. So you can attend specific individual modules for improving your health & life, or attend the whole training for Conscious & Empowered Leadership.


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



Some of the highlights of this unique Yoga Training & Teacher Training Program are:

  •  It is offered BOTH in-person (in Yoga for Happiness Academy, Pawtucket, RI, USA) and ONLINE.


  • Training will be offered by Shanthi Yogini, born and raised in the Yogic culture of India. This is special because, it is rarely to find Yoga masters in USA, who offer Yoga training on a full time basis originating from India, the birthplace of Yoga.


  • The entire Yoga training, is offered through several modules focused on all aspects of a conscious & empowered living, and conscious & empowered leadership

  • The whole training can be completed in just 10 weeks in person 

Since this Authentic Yoga training & 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 Training & Teacher Training NOT for?
(This Isn’t Your Typical
"Yoga Class
 / Teacher Training”)

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

  • It is NOT for those who don’t want to learn Yoga as a science of how to live

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

  • It is NOT for those who disassociate Yoga from India (There is NO way to understand Yogic wisdom WITHOUT understanding Indian wisdom)

  • It is NOT for those who do not want to learn from a native of India (Many people may find comfortable only learning from someone of their kind)


Who is this Yoga Training & Teacher Training  for?

This Yoga Training & Teacher Training is for:


  • Service-minded souls whose want to preserve  the science of Yoga in its authentic and pure form and want to share it with the world

  • Yoga students eager to understand the science of Yoga correctly and practice it in their life for a conscious and empowered living

  • 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

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

Unique Features of the Authentic Yoga Training as compared to typical Yoga classes

  • It is a mind-body training

  • It is a syllabus-based training, where the lesson progresses in every session of a module, though each module can be learned separately

  • It is a training that covers Yoga poses,  meditation, breathing techniques to control the vital life force, deep relaxation, life style, and other aspects of the ancient science of Yoga with equal importance to ALL

  • It is a training that gives step by step guidance to simple practices that will enhance your physical, energetic, mental, intellectual, social and spiritual experience

  • It is a training that has a definite start and end date, with NO drop-ins allowed in-between a specific module. This is VERY different from typical Yoga classes where anyone can drop into ANY class and no learning happens beyond copying the instructor

  • It is a training wherein you will learn practices with benefits, contraindications & application in daily life

  • It is a training wherein you will have opportunity to ask questions for deeper understanding and clarity

  • It is a training at the end of which, you will have confidence to practice on your own, knowing that you are doing correctly. This is because of the unique 8 step method of learning every practice

  • It is a training where you are encouraged to scientifically experiment and observe your body and mind, and share your results with the group 

What will you gain at the end of Authentic Yoga Training?

  • Experience of improved health, physical fitness, more energy, lower stress, increased courage, clarity in thinking, better focus, etc.

  • Confidence for an independent home practice

  • Practices that can be done in 1 or 2 minutes in a day and still get positive effect from it. This is a novel and new concept that no one else talks about. This will REVOLUTIONIZE your practice of Yoga

  • Strategies on how to integrate Yoga in daily life in an easy way. This is yet another NOVEL concept since Yoga practice is usually limited to a certain time of the day either at home or in a class

  • Techniques and secrets that you will not learn anywhere else even if you go for months or years together

  • A complete understanding of the fundamentals of Yoga. Students of typical Yoga classes rarely have this

  • Shortening of the learning curve, because everything is thoroughly and scientifically explained as to why you are asked to do something in a certain way

  • Experience of more peace, success and happiness in life


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

    Going beyond the minimally taught or often allocated as self-study, to studying in detail Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle

  • Application to Life

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

  • Well Balanced

    Yoga techniques of Yoga poses, Praanaayaama, Indian dance, 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 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 service to a non-profit

  • Authentic Yogic Chanting

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

Uniqueness of doing Yoga Training & Yoga Teacher 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

  • 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 makes it practical to apply a practice in even 1 or 2 minutes of free time


  • Every pose is learned using the 8 Step Method for thorough understanding


  • 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


World-Class Yogic, Saatvic, Vegan Meal Plan

No Yoga training or 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 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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