Brahmananda Ashram 200 Hour Teacher Training

San Francisco, CA, United States

Oct 14, 2016 - Mar 12, 2017
Group size: 1 - 20
Brahmananda Ashram 200 Hour Teacher Training
San Francisco, CA, United States

Oct 14, 2016 - Mar 12, 2017
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

Our Yoga Alliance-certified 200 hour yoga teacher training will be held over the course of six months on weekday evenings and weekends. It will begin 10/14/16 and end 3/12/17. An open house for students interested in the training will be held on 10/4/16 at the Brahmananda Ashram (2872 Folsom Street in San Francisco) at 5pm.

This training embraces all the 8 limbs of yoga, as described by The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is a comprehensive & holistic studies program that can be a life guide for the Self: both evolutionary (temporal) as well as non-temporal (Atman). Over the course of the training, you will immerse yourself in the practices of Asana (Hatha & Vinyasa yoga), Pranayama (breathwork), meditation, and a yoga lifestyle. You will be immersed in healthy, conscious eating (vegetarian), thinking, and living. You will learn the art of happy and harmonious living by evolving and awakening the ground of your true self (I-Am). Our program is based on the spiritual teachings of Sri Brahamananda Sarsavati – founder and Guru of YSSF. Visit for more information.

Tuition Plan:

-Early Bird Rate: Pay in full by 10/4/16 – $2500

-Pay in full after 10/4/16 – $3000

-Payment plans and residence in the ashram are available options and can be arranged by contacting

Training Dates:

10/14-10/16, 2016

11/4 – 11/6


1/13-1/15, 2017



Training Hours: 

Fridays 6-9pm

Saturdays 8am–8pm

Sundays 8am-6pm

Sample Schedule (Weekends):

8:00 – 8:30 am — Agni Hotra, Vedic Fire Ceremony, Meditation

9:00 – 10:00 am — Breaktast

9:00 – 10:00 am — Nada Yoga, Guruji’s booklet on the Yoga of Sound

10:15 – 11:30 am — Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama

12:00 – 1:00 pm — Lunch

1:00 – 3:30 pm — Free Time

3:3o – 6:00 pm — Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Pratyahara

6:00 – 7:30 pm — Dinner

7:30 pm — Agni Hotra, Vedic Fire Ceremony, Meditation

8:00 pm — Devi Community Kirtan (Optional) or 8:15 pm – Restorative Class (Optional)

What’s included

Curriculum highlights include:

-Self-inquiry and self-analysis

-Hatha yoga

-Art of teaching

-Art of alignment and touch

-Yoga anatomy

-Energetic anatomy

-Yoga Sutras & wisdom




-Vedic fire



Not included

Residency (full room and board) is optional

Before You Go

About the Brahmananda Ashram:

The Yoga Society of San Francisco, incorporated in 1972 by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, operates its Ashram in a beautiful yellow Victorian in the sunny Mission District. The facility incorporates single, double, and dormitory-style room options for residents and a full kitchen were nutritious Ayurvedic meals are prepared by the community. It is also home to several meditation spaces, a large, mirrored yoga studio, a fire temple, large rooftop deck, and backyard garden.

About your teachers:

Mahendra Briksha, Lead Yoga Teacher

Mahendra Briksha was born in a small village of Himalaya. He is a yogi, a certified rebirthing breathwork practitioner, Integral coach, and raw vegan chef. Mahendra Briksha combines Hindu Yogic practices, Buddhist wisdom, and Integral Insights in his teaching. He is a longtime Vipassana meditation practitioner. In his Journey with the breath, Briksha draws from a variety of yogic breathing modalities, including Holotropic Breathwork, Clarity Breathwork, and Anapanasati. Briksha shares his knowledge and experience to help people awaken their body, breath, and mind and learn to live a peaceful life in the midst of busy world. He is a graduate of the yoga teacher-training program at the Vivekananda Yoga Research Center, Bangalore, and holds certificates in integral yoga from California Institute of Integral studies, and yoga therapy from Purusha Yoga. Briksha lives and offers programs at the Yoga Society of San Francisco (

Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza, Lead Yoga Teacher

Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza has dedicated her life to understanding and knowing the nature of life and existence. She began practicing and teaching Yoga in 1997 and in 2001, she stepped onto Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York and found what she had been looking for in Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Ramamurti S. Mishra (Guruji), the Founder and Guru of Ananda Ashram’s, teachings. Since then, Guruji’s emphasis on pulsation, vibration, nature, meditation, Sanskrit, the Music of Silence and the true Nature of I-AM has inspired Sumukhi’s life and teaching in every way. She fills her yoga classes with creativity, joy, laughter, music, science, meditation, and intention. Sumukhi has completed multiple teacher trainings and is certified in several Hatha Yoga techniques: Ashtanga (Power Yoga), Anusara, and Therapeutics. She created and co-leads a highly respected Yoga Teacher Training program in Austin, Texas – Yoga Illumined (now also a Yoga Studio) – with Zoe Mantarakis – which immerses students in a life-long practice of Yoga and provides them with the tools to teach others. Sumukhi has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Edward’s University.

Brandon Bui, Yoga Teacher

Brandon Bui found yoga through meditation, pranayama, and mantra as a means to free his mind. Shortly after he discovered the asana after stepping into a Power Vinyasa class at Yoga to the People and realized the incredible potency of the practice to liberate and heal the body. Here he completed a teacher training and apprenticeship and continues to teach open level classes weekly in SF and downtown Berkeley ranging from 20-120 students. Brandon came to the Yoga Society of San Francisco to develop his understanding of classical yoga, philosophy, and Sanskrit so he may inspire others to seek truth through the integral teachings of our Guru – Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. As a resident teacher and member of the Hatha yoga committee – Brandon enjoys guiding Vedic fire meditations, drumming in kirtan, and questioning the universe and our existence in satsang. Outside of Yoga to the People and Yoga Society of San Francisco he teaches for Moksha Life Center and San Francisco State University for students and faculty.

Marcelo Carvalho, Yoga Teacher

Marcelo Carvalho began teaching yoga in 2001. His yoga classes include asana (poses), pratyahara (internalizing the focus of the mind and the senses), and pranayama (expansion of primordial energy – prana). He emphasizes meditation, yoga psychology, and Self-knowledge as principle tools for personal transformation and healing. Marcelo studies Sanskrit with Dr. Ram Karan Sharma and the Yoga Society Sanskrit faculty. An active member of the Yoga Society of San Francisco, Marcelo has been on the board of directors since 2000, and is elected Board member for the term 2012-2014. Although he did not meet Shri Brahmananda during his lifetime, he has embraced him as his Guru.

Ram Karan Sharma, Sanskrit Teacher

Professor Ram Karan Sharma is an eminent scholar and educator, Sanskrit poet, translator, editor, author of a number of books, and long-time President of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies (IASS). With his background of traditional Vedic education combined with modern university training, he taught as Professor of Sanskrit, Linguistics and Philosophy in India and the U.S., and was Vice Chancellor of two prominent Sanskrit Universities in India. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the President’s Award (India). Professor Sharma’s interest is in the unifying aspects of Sanskrit and other classical traditions of the world. He is based in Delhi.

Kiranavali Devi, Sanskrit Teacher

Kiranavali Devi began studying yoga in 1969. In 1972 she met her guru Sri Brahmananda Saraswati and began studying Sanskrit with him. She taught Hatha yoga and meditation in New York, Florida, and the West Indies before moving to the Brahmananda Ashram in 1977. In 1993 she began teaching Sanskrit. She holds a BA from New College in San Francisco, a JD from the University of San Francisco Law School, and today she continues her Sanskrit studies with Professor Ram Karan Sharma.

Available options

Surcharge for enrollment subsequent to 10/4/16

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