Yoga Teacher Training

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016

We are proud to claim fourteen years of bringing authentic yoga, ancient wisdom and modern research. As a volunteer-managed global community, we work to foster a better understanding of yoga’s benefits, therapeutic applications, life transforming effects and wisdom traditions.  

YIC 2016 Inauguration Report

Yoga Teacher Training 2016

Around 70 people including Yoga Teacher Training students of 2016, Yoga Teachers who completed their training from 2014 and 2015 batches, Children and parents of Yoga Bharati classes attended Yoga Teacher Training inauguration program on Sunday March 13th at BayVP temple Milpitas. The chief guests were Swami Tattwamayananada of Vedanta Society SF, Dr. Prasad Kaipa, the CEO advisor and coach, and Yogashree N.V.Raghuram, the spiritual founder and chairman of Yoga Bharati.

The program started with a peace chant and was followed by a beautiful yoga formation for a music in Raag Kedar. This was followed by Gita chanting of 16th chapter by the Bhagavad Gita class students — both adults and children. 

Yoga Teacher Training 2016 Yoga dance

After children's program, Anil Surpur, the president of Yoga Bharati gave a welcome speech followed by a wonderful panel discussion conducted by Ashwini Surpur, the Executive Director of Yoga Bharati where the three luminaries were given questions on various aspects of yoga and spirituality as applicable to health, world peace and to the economy and sustenance of the material world. The panelists gave a sumptuous food for thought for all the new and graduate yogis in the audience.

The panel discussion was followed by Certificate award ceremony conducted by Savitha.Nanjangud, the Director of Yoga Education. The graduate students of Yoga Therapy Training and Yoga Teacher Training received the certificates and blessings from the three chief guests.

Madhavi Jain, the Joint Director of Yoga Teacher Training gave vote of thanks. Youth Yoga teacher Sushant.Thyagarajan was the MC of the program.

Thanks to many volunteers who helped in the event.  

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Bio of the Chief Guests:

Diaz members - Anil Surpur, Swami Tattwamayananda, Raghuramji,  and Dr. Prasad Kaipa, 

Diaz members - Anil Surpur, Swami Tattwamayananda, Raghuramji,  and Dr. Prasad Kaipa, 

Swami Tattwamayananda, currently the Minister- in -charge of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, will be conducting the lecture series.  He served in various centres of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher, and teacher of Sanskrit, Advaitic texts such as Sri Shankaracharya's commentaries on the Prasthanatraya  and Indian philosophy. Before coming to the United States in January, 2012 he was teaching Sanskrit, Vedantic scriptures and Indian philosophy at the Training centre in Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata, India. The Swami has received traditional education in Sanskrit and Vedantic scriptures and is frequently invited for lectures on Yoga, Vedanta, and traditional Hindu scriptures.

Yogashree N.V.Raghuram is the Chairman and Spiritual Founder of Yoga Bharati and Professor of yoga philosophy in Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA), Bangalore India. Sri N.V Raghuram is trained under some of the most renowned exponents of yoga such as Prof Satyanarayana Sastry and has been practicing yoga since early childhood. He is instrumental in introducing yoga therapy in a neurological clinic in Germany and starting yoga therapy in hospitals in Italy, Turkey, and China. He has traveled to several countries in Asia, Europe and America, giving discourses and stress reduction programs based on yoga. 

Dr. Prasad Kaipa has been an advisor and coach focusing on innovation and leadership since 1990 for about 120 C-level executives in Global Fortune 500 companies. Prasad coaches them to channel their creativity to come up with innovative decisions, products, and services. He assists clients in becoming effective in managing people as well as oneself (personal mastery) in exploring innovative, and strategic decisions. He has deep exposure to Hindu spiritual literature like Vedas, Upanishads and brings this rich eastern value into the business world. Dr. Kaipa conducts Practical Vedanta sessions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Yoga Teacher Training 2014 at CSE - Conclusion

Yoga Teacher Training at CSE by Yoga Bharati


We are proud to announce that 14 people completed Yoga Teacher Training at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, a group with the lineage of Paramahamsa Yogananada. 

Savitha.Nanjangud, Anil Surpur and Ashwini Surpur of Yoga Bharati were the primary teachers. Savita.Joshi and Shailesh Basani were the guest yoga teachers and Priyanka Patil was the anatomy guest lecturer and Vedika's Aparna Lewis were the guest lecturer for Ayurveda.  Rev. O'Brien teaches the theory classes and Rev. Sundari Jensen would be conducting Ethics through yama/niyama.

It was a fantastic learning experience for all and a lot of bonding with CSE group and staff. Please visit their Sunday services -

YIC 2013 Concluding Program

YIC 2013 Concludes – addressed by Dr. B. M. Hegde

June 30, 2013

The 2013 batch of Yoga Instruction Certification (YIC) course conducted by Yoga Bharati concluded on Sunday, June 30th. The closing ceremonies were presided over by eminent scientist, Dr.B.M Hegde.

Dr. Hegde is an accomplished medical scientist, author, academician and also a great yogi honored with a Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards. In his deeply thought provoking talk, Dr Hegde touched upon a number of subjects related to yoga, human body and the science of healing.

The ceremony was well attended by the faculty, students and their families. Several students and faculty shared their experiences about their 3 month long journey immersing into the various aspects of the ancient science of yoga.

Yoga Teacher Training 2013

Yoga Instructor Certification course is conducted in the bay area by Yoga Bharati every year. Several eminent faculties, some visiting from India, guide the students about topics related to yoga as part of the course.

In year 2013 the course was held from April 6th to June 30th. It was attended by 30 students, 8 of them were youth between the ages of 13 and 20.

Yoga Therapy Course Inauguration

Diploma in Yoga Therapy Inauguration
by Guruji, Dr. H.R.Nagendra, Vice Chancellor, SVYASA University, Bangalore
Yoga Bharati Press Release Sep 01, 2010

[Diploma_2010_Inauguration] The evening of September 01, 2010 saw the gathering of very enthusiastic Yoga Bharati instructors from various batches. The goal of the evening was the Diploma Program inauguration and an alumnus meet.

It got off to a great start with Guruji sharing his experience of how he was able to overcome a situation where he had a slip disc. He went on to explain how when stuck in Canada, he was completely paralyzed by a slip disc. With excruciating pain, Guruji began applying all the techniques of Pranayama and relaxation to the area of injury down to the tissue level. After a rigorous practice of about 10 hours, he was able to completely sit up and walk around.

He quoted the above example as he explained how each of the teachers should utilize and experiment with the techniques themselves and how powerful these could be in really addressing the root of the common ailments we see in our everyday lives.

This was followed by an extended period of Q&A session, where each of the participants shared their own experiences, clarified their areas of confusion and sought advice on various problems faced by them both through personal practice and in a class setting.

Guruji also took the time to highlight the Diploma/Certification Program on Yoga Wellness. He congratulated all those that had made the decision to avail the benefits of the wonderful program. The highlights of the program were the flexibility and how each of the students could pace their learning to suit their individual life styles without compromising on the quality and their passion to achieve the knowledge they seek in the area. The course ensures that various modules are completed in time by conducting exams at various points along the way. This also helps the student to keep pace without losing sight of the end goal.

Various other subtle points of the course were patiently explained by both Guruji and Ashwini Surpur, who is heading the Therapy program of Yoga Bharati. The fact that the course was based on a credit system was very well received by the participating students and also students considering taking it.

The Diploma program was also formally inaugurated by the lighting of the lamp and MOU signing by Guruji Dr.H.R.Nagendra, the Vice Chancellor of SVYASA, Bengaluru and the President of Yoga Bharati Anil Surpur.

Ashwini Surpur, Director of Yoga Therapy Education announced another upcoming event – Intensive three days Yoga Workshop with Dr. Nagarathna beginning September 17th to 19th. This, she said will also be the beginning of the Diploma course. It was wonderful to know that people are encouraged to join just the workshop without registering for the entire course (Pre-requisite is YICC). 

As the evening drew to a close, it was very clear that the participants were very excited about the new Program being launched! Everyone felt that there was now an opportunity and an avenue for them to pursue their own Sadhana along with enhancing their knowledge on yoga and its applications.