The Deepam Retreat – 48 days and 500 hrs Gyan Yoga TTC

Intensive Yoga Teacher Training India

  •  47 days with instruction

You will be guided to explore the spiritual side of Surya yoga and how it affects both students and teachers and transform their lives, which not only heals the body from diseases, but also helps you receive wellness, happiness, and well-being, by creating a completely new condition and consciousness in life. This is your chance to practice complete liberation from the bad tendencies of the mind which create disease, pain, and distress.


  • Daily Surya and Nidra yoga practice
  • Dakshinamurty temple special sessions
  • Daily yogic meditation and relaxation practices
  • Yoga therapy and Adviata philosophy discussions
  • Daily sacred walks to the sacred Arunachala Hill
  • Sri Joydip Ashram certification
  • 3 daily meals and herbal teas
  • 47 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 16.


  • Nidra/Astanga/Gyana


  • Instruction language: English
  •  Spoken languages: English

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA) or Bengaluru International Airport (BLR). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus from Chennai International Airport (MAA) or from Chennai rail station.


During the course, you will be accommodated in a single room. You may opt for a room with air conditioning or without one.


This is an advanced course that will really sharpen your mind for a more detailed knowledge of yoga. Upon completion, you will be able to receive a certificate issued by Sri Joydip Ashram.

This 500-hour yoga teacher training will take you to the deeper essence of Gyana yoga and its connection with liberation from Cita Vriitis, which one may have attained in this lifetime, and also the Citta Vrittis which he may have attained in other lifetime, as Maharishi Patanjali puts the definition of yoga as Cittavritta Nirodha.

The retreat will include daily Surya yoga sessions, pilgrimages to the holy sites of Tiruvanamalai, along with sacred walks around the sacred Arunachala Hill to explain the deeper significance of the temples and how architecture helps people to gain higher yogic and spiritual experience.

The training will also includes session on yoga philosophy and discussions on kaivalya pada of the yoga sutras. A special session will be conducted on Dakshinamurty temple where the science of Surya yoga was revealed to Sri Joydip in Tiruvannamalai.

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:00 Daily Surya yoga
  • 06:00 Advaita satsang
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Session on yoga therapy
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Nidra yoga sessions and yogic relaxation
  • 15:00 Herbal tea
  • 15:30 Sacred walks around Arunachala with evening satsang
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Rest time

Please note that the schedule above is subject to change.

Sacred Walks of Arunachala

The Sacred Walk of Arunachala, a 14-kilometer walk, has multiple benefits, both spiritually and materially, and is popular, across the world, as one most sacred forms of Yoga, known as Girivalam Yoga and comes under Gyan Yoga Tradition of India. You will stop and rest multiple times and take adequate rest and food, and also do Gyan Satsang.

Gyan Yoga TTC uses authentic and traditional yoga process which is based on GYT (Gyan Yoga Tradition of Arunachala) and whose textual reference and citation can be found on the Wikipedia entry of Arunachala including Girivalam yoga.

The Gyan Yoga training course is based on tradition of Gyan Yoga which leads one to self inquiry, and which further leads one to liberation, from bad tendencies of mind. In order to take a ride to the highest strung of the yoga, which is Gyan Yoga, which is one of the most scared traditions of Yoga, a fit body is required and thus, during the mornings, you will be practicing asanas, in Surya Yoga, which will help you feel fit and prepared for this course.

The asana practices and yoga therapy, within the schedule, should not be conceived as the kind of asana and therapy practices you are used to finding in an modern hatha yoga course. The practices are specific to a traditional Gyan Yoga course, where asana and therapy are meant to keep a fit body, and not completely devoted to asana and therapy. Once your teachers will find that your body is fit enough and that it can move into the higher levels of Arunachala Gyan Yoga lineage, and energy of that level can be transmitted, they will shift the sessions towards Gyan Yoga discourses on major vedantic and yoga text, such as Yoga Sutras, Yoga Vasistha, Yoga of Bhagvad Gita, which will take your development from the physical level to the psychological level and open you towards something higher.

Preparatory programs

Jnana (wisdom or knowledge) yoga requires great strength of will and intellect, and thus it is considered the most difficult of the four main paths of Yoga, which are hatha, karma, bhakti and Jyana.

In view of the above, once you book the course with Sri Joydip Ashram, the team offers you a preparatory program, with the aim of making the whole process less difficult and more enjoyable for you. However, you should be aware that the effects of the Jnana yoga, where the mind is used to inquire into its own nature and to transcend the mind’s identification with its thoughts and ego, are quite phenomenal and permanent, as it transforms the life and liberates one from bad tendencies of life.

Experience visualization

Sri Joydip visualizes to give an experience of Traditional Gyan yoga which is a traditional form of yoga and existing in India in between one of the spiritual festivals with the most attendance in the world where ten lakhs people come in one day.

This is niether a leisure nor a luxury retreat, and here people will practice intense Gyan yoga and Girivalam yoga, and also work hard and do tapas (intense sadhana) but will get immense spiritual and material benefits and also enhance their yoga career as participants.

Sri Joydip’s devotion for yoga

  • 2003 – 2009 as a Part-time Yoga Teacher and Yoga Student in Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research

Sri Joydip has been teaching yoga for the last 14 years and been practicing Yoga for the last 30 years. Sri Joydip started teaching Yoga in 2003, as a part- time teacher, sharing his own practices to a group of people. In 2007, he did a professional course in ‘Psycology of Yoga’, from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research, Pondicherry, in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, based on ‘Synthesis of Yoga’. The course emphasized on the psychological aspect of Yoga. Earlier, he also did a training on Reiki first and second degrees, from Reiki Kendra, where he learned about the subtle aspects of healing and therapy. In 2009, he had a deep spiritual experience in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, followed by meeting his Guru Arunachala Shiva/ Guru Dakshinamurty in Tiruvannamalai.

  • 2010 – 2016 as a Yoga Teacher, Writer and Filmmaker on subjects related to Yoga, in Sri Joydip Ashram

In 2010, he restarted teaching yoga, more regularly on banner of Sri Joydip Ashram, mostly taking reference of Bhagvad Gita’s yoga and its application in Management and Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. He wrote three books on it, and visited across India, giving lectures until 2011.

In 2012, he went into a deeper search and sadhana on Yoga, for one year. That year, in the meditation with Sri Dakshinamurty (who is known as Adi yogi – the first yogi), in a temple in Tiruvannmalai, a system of Yoga is revealed to him, respectively how one is able to connect with the energy of ‘inner sun’, via a group of mantras, pranayamas, Surya Kriya and Asanas. Surya yoga, along with Surya Kriya and Surya Dhyana, formed a part of a system of Yoga, which is referred to as “Wellness Yoga” and which helps on mindfulness and building awareness that could heal disease, create a sense of wellbeing and make people happy.

He started teaching Surya Yoga from 2012 onwards, and he initiated many students across the world, on this system of yoga, both online and offline.

From 2013 onwards, he started regularly publishing articles on Yoga, in Speaking Tree, and many other Yoga journals, across the world, which includes The Complete Herbal Guide Magazine, Cure Joy, Zenward and BookYogaRetreats blogs.

In 2013, he also joined the ‘Yoga Teachers Training Workshop’ with Ramkrishna Mission Vivekandanda University, as a Yoga Filmmaker, in Assam and created two films – ‘Yoga as Medicine’ and ‘Yoga as Human Wellness’ – on the application of Yoga on Medicine and on Human Wellness. ‘Yoga as Medicine’ was highly praised and selected for screening in Kolkata International Film Festival 2013.

In 2014 and 2015, he was the secretary of the Organising Committee of World Yoga Festival 2014 in Burdwan, and World Yoga Festival 2015 in Tiruvannmalai, which is jointly organised by Sri Joydip Ashram and Eastern India Yoga and Spiritual Organisation Association, where many different yoga schools participated and exchanged their thoughts and views on Yoga.

In 2015, he did two online courses for two International Universities, in Australia (Monash University) and Russia (University of Aberdeen) on Mindfulness, Peak Performance, Food and Nutrition, as well as on Wellbeing. These courses allowed him to connect his knowledge on Yoga with mindfulness, Nutrition, Food habits and create programs like Wellness Program, Workplace Wellness Program, which currently help many students live well, become happy and have a general sense of wellbeing.

For the last 14 years, he has been teaching yoga, with the aim of sharing some of the divine gifts he has received, for using Yoga for health and wellbeing, and transforming human beings into Divine Beings.

He loves writing about Yoga and he has almost 6 Paperback/E-books on Yoga, numerous articles on blogs and also many videos, revealing different aspects of Yoga.

Yoga and Spirituality Related Books

  • Wisdom Stimulus – Application of Bhagvad Gita in Management [2011], Lulu Publishers
  • Living the Truth [2013], Lulu Publishers
  • Beyond Religion [2013], Lulu Publishers
  • Arunchala Shiva – The Ultimate Sadhana [2014], Lulu Publishers
  • Living Well [2016], Lulu Publishers

Yoga and Spirituality Articles Publication

  • 1. The Great Synthesis- A Journey from Ancient to Modern Education , Philosophies, Teaching style and practice [2010] – Management Teachers Consortium Journal.
  • 2. Understanding Sri Aurobindo’s Psycology of Yoga in light of Mandukya Upanishad (2008) – Submitted as a research paper in Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research.
  • 3. Medieval and Early Modern Puranic and Religious biographies of Tiruvannamalai – based on the Puranic Text of Arunachala Mahatmaya a important portion of Skanda Purana.
  • 4. Yoga Sutras for Yoga Lifestyle [2014] Unpublished.
  • 5. Yoga for Conflict Resolution – Zen Ward Magazine [2015]
  • 6. Essence of Yoga – Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 7. Living Well – Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 8. How to naturally lose Weight – Speaking Tree Blog [2015]
  • 9. Living in the moment – Workplace Wellness – Speaking Tree Blog [2016]
  • 10. Top 10 reasons for learning Surya Yoga – The Complete Herebal Guide Magazine [ 2017]
  • 10.Gyana Yoga: The Secret to Health, Wellness & Happiness – BYR Blog [2017]

Yoga Films

  • Yoga as Medicine – 2013 – Sri Joydip Ashram, in collaboration with Swami Vivekandananda Value Education forum, supported by Ramkrishna Misison Vivekananda University.
  • Yoga for Wellness – 2013 – Unreleased.
  • Essence of Yoga – 2015
  • Yoga and Mindfulness a series based on Patanjali Yoga Sutras – [2017]

Spiritual and other Education Related Degrees

  • Online Course on Mindfullness and Peak Performance – Monash University [2015]
  • Online Course on Food and Nutrition – University of Aberdeen [2015]
  • Creative Writing, British Council [2015]
  • Psycology of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research [2007-2008]
  • Reiki I and II, Reiki Centre Kolkata [2003]
  • Young Professional Program, Indian Institute of Management [2003]
  • Professional Network Computing, National Institute of Information Technology [1998]

Included Excursion

A Dakshinamurty temple visit and sacred walks around Arunachala are included in the retreat price.

  • Sri Joydip

    Sri Joydip is an international yoga teacher who taught yoga in international bodies like US Consulate, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, and corporate bodies like Birla and Eta Maelco. He gains his education in yoga and psychology from Sri Aurobindo Centre for advanced research, creative writing from British Council, management from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata and Reiki healing from Reiki Kendra, Mindfulness, and peak performance from Monash University. He has 30 years experience of yoga practice and 14 years experience of yoga teaching.


This yoga teacher training will be held in the Indian town of Tiruvannmalai, a place which is considered one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for receiving the ancient knowledge of Advaita Gyana. Tiruvannamalai is three to four hour drive from Chennai or Bangalore and well connected place.

During the teacher training program, you will be served south Indian vegetarian dish (thali) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with tea breaks in between.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)

(If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

 Things to do ( Optional)

Throughout your stay, you may explore the area where you are staying and try local dishes.

What’s included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 47 nights accommodation
  • Course tuition
  • Daily herbal tea
  • Daily Nidra yoga session
  • Daily sacred walks to Arunachala
  • Daily Surya yoga practice
  • Daily yogic relaxation and meditation
  • Kaivalya pada discussion of the Yoga Sutras
  • Pilgrimages to local holy sites
  • Special Dakshinamurthy Temple session
  • Yoga therapy and philosophy discussions
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Pick up and drop off service
  • Special tours
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 70% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.