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Youth Yoga Teachers Training Course

For young adults ages 16 -21

July 3rd - 17th, 2015

The Youth Yoga Teachers Training Course (YYTTC) is geared towards young adults ages 16-21. In addition to becoming certified yoga instructors, registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hours level, you will learn about topics relevant to your stage of life.  Topics like, the universal laws and how they apply to you, goal setting, and decision making techniques based on yogic principles, life lessons that will help you understand the nature of the human condition, and how to manage stress and anxiety in your everyday life.

By the end of this 2 week intensive residential course you will be able to teach a class with confidence and be able to impart knowledge based on practical experience. Your knowledge will come not only from the time spent in study and communication with instructors but also from the awareness that is garnered and encouraged throughout this course by the simple act of mindfulness. Life is the greatest teacher if you can understand how to listen to its lessons that are being taught at every moment; this idea of moment to moment awareness will be taught and encouraged in the course and by the end of the course you should have a solid foundation on how to look within to find your answers.

This course can be repeated as many times as you wish for further enrichment and experience.

This course will be taught by Chitra Sukhu and Leela Mata both registered with yoga alliance at the E-RYT 500 Level.


  1. Yoga Lifestyle-for health & happiness.
  2. Raja Yoga- eight limbs of yoga
  3. Pranayama- understanding & awakening the life force
  4. Asana- theory & practice, two sessions daily
  5. Meditation- the science of stilling the mind
  6. Philosophy- Samkhya, Bhakti, Karma & Gyana
  7. Yoga Anatomy- structure & alignment for yoga
  8. Subtle Anatomy- uncovering the chakra system
  9. Chanting- mantra, kirtans & shlokas
  10. Ayurveda- understanding vata, pita & kapha
  11. Yogic Diet- principles of Sattva, Rajas & Tamas
  12. Universal Laws
  13. Life Lessons
  14. Yoga Secrets

Daily Schedule

6:30 am – Wake up

7:00 am – Meditation, Nada Yoga, Lecture

8:30 am – Asana, Pranayama

10:00 am – Brunch

11:00 am – Karma Yoga

12:00 pm– Personal Studies

2:00 pm – Lunch

2:30 pm – Lecture Series

4:00 pm – Yoga Theory and Practice

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:30 pm - Meditation, Nada Yoga, Lecture

10:00 pm - Bedtime

Residential Teachers Training held at:

Leela Mata Peaceful Valley Ashram – Yoga and Ayurveda

14749 Route 68 Sligo
Pennsylvania 16255 (near Clarion)

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Sarah Goone - 2012

My time during the YYTTC was a learning experience for myself as an individual, and for discovering myself as a teacher. Through lectures and discussions, I felt like I came closer and closer every day to grasping an understanding of yogic philosophy, and how beautifully it fits into my life. I still reflect on my time at the ashram frequently, and have found that since then I feel much more connected with myself and the world around me. It opened up a lot of doors for my thoughts, and a definite path to find inner peace. During our daily teaching sessions, I became more and more confident and gained a better understanding for exactly what and why we do what we do when practicing yoga. Overall, it was a really great experience, and I hope to visit the ashram again sometimes in the future, as well as continue my lifelong education as a yoga instructor and student. 

Patricia Ann Robinson - 2013

Being at the ashram has been such a wonderful experience. Away from the noise and busyness of my hometown, New York. I came to live and learn to become a yoga instructor at this verdant oasis. It’s a very peaceful, quiet place. The people there made it not some stifled, cloister-like institution but a warm, loving home and I’ve come to think of everyone as my family. In the space of just two weeks, I’ve learned so much about meditation, quieting my mind, the importance and satisfaction of selfless, devotional acts, and Sampoorna Yoga. But most importantly, I’ve learned so much about myself and on my way to learn so much more! Though I am quite sad to go and leave my new family, I want to go out into the world and use the tools I was taught under the tutelage of Leela Mata and Chitra Sukhu and even teach it to those around me and send them to the ashram where Chitra and “yoga Mama” will teach you what you need to know and more, Darshanie and Camini will give you a sweet smile, a great laugh and even greater food and our most loveable, almost centenarian Nani will tell you a story if you sit and listen. My life is all the richer for being at the Peaceful Valley Ashram.

Krystyanna Good’ Melson - 2013

Before even reaching the ashram it was just part of my future waiting to happen. My ego was all over the place wandering if the girls would like me, well now they are my big sisters, I noticed right away that we are all different and unique in our own way, yet we come together perfectly. Peaceful Valley Ashram gave me such a wide understanding on yoga and deep meditation, I can enjoy it for myself and my spiritual practice. They have given us girls a family and the knowledge that we are more to life than we know of at the moment. 

Brigitte Byrne- 2013

I came to the ashram to get a teaching certification and learn about the culture, but I’m leaving with so much more. I learned to be happy with myself in every aspect, made amazing and caring friends, and learned that vegetarian food could be delicious. My initial apprehension about the program quickly faded, and I learned that yoga is so much more than an exercise that would help to relieve my migraines. I am grateful for every exhausting and fulfilling day. Thank you for everything you taught me. Om Om Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.

Alexis Baranoff - 2013

My experience at the Peaceful Valley Ashram was amazing. I don’t want to leave. The energy and love that this place contains is so beautiful and warm. Leela Mata and Chitra are amazing souls that want to help students learn the way of Yoga. The positive vibrations the ashram sends radiates and their approach to Yoga is filled with love and happiness.