San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute


San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute
(415) 821-1117


  • Swami Divyananda Ma
    Swami Divyananda Ma
    E-RYT 500

    Swami Divyananda Ma, E-RYT 500, has had a wealth of experience teaching Integral Yoga around the world since 1973. She has taught at corporations, universities, the Commonwealth Cancer Center, and for the Dr. Dean Ornish Reversing Heart Disease programs. She has also served as one of Integral Yoga’s Basic Hatha teacher trainers.

    Swami Divyananda Ma took monastic vows in 1975 from the great saint and yogi, Sri Swami Satchidananda. Over the years she has served as the director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and as Ashram Manager at Yogaville. She also served for ten years as the director of the Integral Yoga Institute in Coimbatore, India; this immersion into the South Indian culture has given depth to her understanding and practice of Yoga.

    Now an itinerant monk, Swami Divyananda is constantly “on the road.” She leads the annual Sacred India Tours to sacred sites in India in addition to international Yoga retreats and trainings.

  • Swami Ramananda
    Swami Ramananda
    E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

    Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition who has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential.

    He leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced level Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the US, Europe, and South America. Ramananda trains Yoga teachers to bring Yoga into corporate, hospital, and medical settings and has taught mind/body wellness programs in many locations. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes Yoga teachers as professionals. His warmth, wisdom, and sense of humor have endeared him to many.

  • Swami Vidyananda
    Swami Vidyananda
    E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

    Swami Vidyananda began practicing Yoga in 1969 and has been teaching Integral Yoga® and training Yoga teachers since 1973. She became a swami (monastic) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga and meditation teachers throughout the US and Canada, as well as Australia, Europe, and India.

    She presently lives at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA, where she teaches all branches of Integral Yoga, including Hatha, Raja, and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and yogic lifestyle. She continues to travel widely, training Yoga teachers and offering workshops on meditation, stress management, Yoga and the emotions, and mid-life meaning.

    Before becoming a Yoga teacher, Vidyananda worked as a broadcast news producer and reporter. Since 1983, she has produced and edited dozens of Yoga videos and audio recordings for Integral Yoga including the best-selling Yoga with a Master with Swami Satchidananda. Vidyananda herself is featured in audios and videos, including Yoga for Stress Management, Hatha Yoga for the Emotions, and Deep Relaxation and Guided Imagery for Healing.

    Over the years, Vidyananda has taught Yoga for many different populations, from college students to corporate managers, and children with Down syndrome. She has taught Yoga in therapeutic programs such as the Smith Center Cancer Retreats and Yoga for persons with eating disorders. She co-developed the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training. She trained as a hospital chaplain and is a certified Yoga Therapist. Vidyananda founded the Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA), and currently serves as chairperson for the Integral Yoga Teacher’s Council.

    Swami Vidyananda served as director of the Montreal Integral Yoga Institute. For many years she traveled with Sri Swami Satchidananda, serving as his French translator. She taught and translated at the European Yoga Union Conference in Zinal, Switzerland, for ten years.

    Vidyananda’s wisdom and heartfelt enthusiasm have made her one of Integral Yoga’s most widely traveled teachers. She has a practical approach to Yoga and spirituality, making it real for everyday life.


Jun 28 2021 - Nov 10 2021


All Day





Raja Yoga Teacher Training – Online

*Application required
Dates & Times (Pacific Time) :
Part I – June 28 – August 4
Part II – October 4 – November 10 Monday, Wednesday 4:30 pm – 7 pm Saturday 8 am -12:00 pm, 1:30 – 3:30 pm Sunday 9:30 am -12:30 pm
Tuition: $1750.00 Standard $1600.00 Early bird (expires May 28) Active IYI SF Teachers $1350
Yoga Alliance Hours: 165
For practicing Yogis, Yoga teachers, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Therapists in training, and health professionals. Enhance your Yoga teaching, therapeutic and personal practice with Raja Yoga – Online.
Raja Yoga is a guidebook to happiness, peace of mind and self-transformation. Raja Yoga is the foundation of all branches of Yoga, and brings Yoga into every aspect of your life. It is also the basis for understanding therapeutic applications of Yoga: how Yoga heals and enlightens. Raja Yoga provides a practical approach to health and balance in all aspects of life: physical, mental, social and spiritual. It proposes a pathway to relieve suffering, which is the goal of all the great wisdom traditions, and the practical goal of Yoga teaching and therapy. Raja Yoga Teacher Training – Online provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in these profound teachings and learn how to skillfully share them with others.
The curriculum

An in-depth exploration of the Yoga Sutras Interactive discussion of how to incorporate the teachings into daily life Exploration of Raja Yoga for therapeutic application Opportunities to deepen your Hatha Yoga, pranayama and meditation practice Guidance for teaching Raja Yoga workshops and a six-week Raja Yoga course Coaching in public speaking; including preparation, delivery, and using Yoga to lessen presentation anxiety Training in answering questions and leading discussions Prerequisites Regular meditation practice for at least six months. The best preparation is the completion of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification that includes an introductory Raja Yoga course. Technological Requirements Regular access to the Internet is necessary to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet, and have an active e-mail account for delivery of course materials and a strong internet connection. Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 165 total hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
  • Integral Yoga 300-hour: Approximately 165 hours towards RYT 500 designation
  • Yoga Therapy: This is one of the required modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist

We give out partial scholarships for this training whenever possible. We accept applications up to one month prior to the start of the training. BIPOC are encouraged to apply. For information on financial aid and payment plans, please contact us [email protected].