This intensive Hatha yoga program is devised by Swami Vishnudevananda based on his own Hatha yoga sadhana in the Himalayas. This course is based on individual self-practice divided into two or three sessions per day, the emphasis is on intense and prolonged pranayama. During this training, students will work towards eight hours of Hatha yoga per day which is balanced by the study of classical scriptures.
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During this training, you will be staying at Tapovan Kuti in Uttarkashi, India. The ashram is a branch of Chinmaya Mission founded by Sri Swami Chinmayanandaji. The accommodation for this training is on a private and shared room basis, the available options are the single room, double room, and dormitory that can accommodate up to 12 people.
The ashram also equipped with facilities such as laundry service and canteen (health hut). The charged and payment for the facilities are made in Indian rupees only. Moreover, the health hut also offers food and beverages such as fruits, juices, health drinks, as well as other natural food items such as honey, Kerala spices, and cow ghee. These offers are made available on demand, depending on the seasons and availability.
This course demands a high level of self-discipline and students are guided according to individual needs. Also, students are expected to remain within the ashram premises throughout the course with no free days, without access to telephone or email, and a strict sattvic diet (salt, spice, tea, and sugar-free). The highly controlled environment is vital for this type of practice.
Swami Vishnudevananda often said that six months of this intensive practice gave him the energy to carry out his mission of spreading the teachings of yoga in the west for next 40 years. Intensive Hatha yoga affords a unique opportunity to extend the limits of your capabilities, strengthen your stamina, and develop self-confidence with long-lasting effects.
This two-week course requires some preparation from the student. Students who are interested in this program are advised to be prepared by following a regular daily Hatha yoga practice and a sattvic lifestyle. Moreover, sound physical and mental health is also a pre-requisite.
In addition, students should plan latest to arrive on the arrival day and depart on the day of departure. However, it is recommended that participants spend at least a few days in the course location before the start of your course. To allow the body and mind to have a little time to rest, to re-energize, and be nourished by the ashram environment, so that participants can begin their study feeling relaxed and refreshed.
You will be awarded a certificate of training from Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham (SYVP) on successful completion of the course.
This intensive Hatha yoga courses are open only to Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC-1) graduates from Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham (SYVP) and ISYVC. Moreover, participants are required to send a copy of the diploma of yoga teacher training course certificate to Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham.
Participation in the entire daily schedule is mandatory, the course director may change the schedule according to the need of the students.
Swami Govindananda Saraswati
International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (Yoga)
A direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, Swami Govindananda started his ashram life in Sivananda Ashram Neyyar Dam, Kerala in 1987. Combined with his yoga teaching qualifications from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization, he has graduated in physics and a bachelors degree in education. He spent 23 years teaching yoga in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres throughout the world. He has empathetically engaged thousands of students teaching such subjects as Raja yoga, yoga asanas, Vedanta philosophy, Baghavad Gita, Sanskrit, Hatha yoga, and classic Hindu scriptures.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (Yoga)
After formal schooling, at a young age itself, Swami Nivedanananda joined the Sivagiri Sree Narayana Math, Varkala, Kerala and underwent traditional education on Sanskrit, Vedanta, yoga sutra, Gita, tantric poojas, and rituals for 7 years. He took formal training in yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in India undergoing the yoga teacher training course as well as the advanced yoga teacher training course. During his stay in Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar Dam, India, he taught many Hatha yoga classes and Veda chanting.
Robert Sankara Moses
A direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, Robert has 45 years experience as a teacher of yoga and Vedanta. He spent the next 22 years with Swami Vishnudevananda, studying and serving in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (ISYVC). He directed ISYVC centers and ashrams and taught yoga teacher training and advanced training courses worldwide, including at the ISYVC ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala (from 1982 to 1994). In the early 1990s, Swami Vishnudevananda appointed Robert as one of seven original members of the newly formed executive board of ISYVC.
This training program will be held in Uttarkashi, India. Uttarkashi is a holy town on the banks of the holy Ganges River deep in the Himalayas.
During this training program, you will be served with daily delicious lunch, dinner, plus almond milk in the morning. The menus are vegetarian, simple, nutritious, and good tasting. The food is based on the South Indian tradition, all meals are prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles. Moreover, tea time is available at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
To arrive at Uttarkashi, India, you can either travel from Dehradun, Rishikesh, or Haridwar which are situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. Dehradun is the closest city, you can arrive at Uttarkashi either by train or flight. Haridwar and Rishikesh are also major centers where you can arrive by train, bus, or taxi service. Transportation fees are not included in the training course, you may send an inquiry to Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham if you want to arrange your pick up.
All major Indian domestic carriers serve Dehradun Airport (DED), from New Delhi is 1-hour and from Kolkata is 45-minute. There are prepaid taxis available from Dehradun to Uttarkashi, the fare is approximately 2500 INR, with 6-hour drive on the winding road alongside the gorgeous Bhagirathi Ganga River.
To those who alight at New Delhi International Airport (DEL), you may travel to Haridwar or Dehradun either by flight or train, the traveling journey is about 6-hour. On another alternative, you can also arrange taxi service. From Haridwar or Dehradun, the best way arrive at Uttarkashi is to hire a taxi.
The closest railway stations are Haridwar and Dehradun, these stations are connected to all different parts of India. You can also take the air-conditioned Rajdhani or Jan Satabdi Express from Delhi, the traveling journey is about 5-hour. Moreover, there are prepaid taxis available to drive up to Uttarkashi as well. If you want to arrange for your pickup, you may send an inquiry to Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham. The approximate cost of sending a taxi from Uttarkashi is 2500 INR, the journey to arrive at Uttarkashi is 6-hour.
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