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The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers are happy to spread the mission of Sivananda yoga to mainland China. Sivananda yoga has been creating beautiful environments with an oasis of peace in a chaotic world where people from all walks of life can come together to practice yoga, meditation, and get in touch with their true, divine self.
This 4 week course, which offers a profound personal experience, will allow you to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others. The spiritual essence of yoga is learned through a combination of repeated practice and inspirational lessons. Among the many benefits that students report are greater spiritual awareness, a sense of connection with the divine, a new-found sense of self-discipline, enhanced self-esteem, improved power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility.
A teaching certificate from the ISYVC is awarded upon successful completion of this immersion course. The ISYVC has trained over 35,000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy/physiology, Bhagavad Gita, mantra and kriyas.
Upon successful completion of the course, students receive the Certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC), entitled Yoga Siromani. This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements for the 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
Hatha yoga theory, the astral body
The nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy centers)
Yoga asanas, the sun salutation and the 12 basic yoga postures.
Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body
Proper posture alignment
Deep relaxation, release of blocked energy
Pranayama kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breath)
Advanced pranayama exercises, kriyas
Meditation, 12 guidelines for meditation
Benefits of meditation
Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
Yoga philosophy and psychology
Techniques of meditation
Mechanics of the mind
Positive thinking techniques
Obstacles to meditation.
The Five Points of Yoga according to Swami Vishnu-devananda
Psychology of the spiritual aspirant
Law of karma, Vedanta philosophy
4 classical yoga paths: Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga
8 limbs of yoga and Jnana yoga (Vedanta philosophy and techniques of self-enquiry).
Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
The basic class
Teaching beginners and intermediate students
Adapt teaching to special groups
Anatomy and physiology
The effects of Hatha yoga on major body systems
Yogic diet and nutrition
Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
Bhagavad Gita Study
Commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the most read classical scripture. It gives universal teachings on how to do your duty and conduct yourself in the battlefield of life.
Positive emotional effects of chanting
Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
Mantra and sound healing
Practice of opening of the heart to the divine
The course is taught by Swami Sitaramananda, a Vietnamese-born swami of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, who has been teaching yoga and meditation for more than 30 years. She will be assisted by Swami Pranavananda, Ananta Chaitanya, and Ganga. Sundari and Sivani will translate the course into Chinese.
Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of US West Coast centers and ashram. She is also the acharya of Sivananda mission in Asia, especially in Vietnam, where she hailed from. She met with Swami Vishnudevananda in Val Morin, Yoga Camp in 1981 and has served in the HQ ashram in Canada for 6 years before Swamiji sent her to many different centers and ashrams notably San Francisco center in 1989 and from 1995 as full time director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA. Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international teachers training courses in California, Vietnam, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau Bahamas.
Swami Pranavananda, hails from the USA, and has been a yoga and meditation teacher for 16 years in the US, and is the main Hatha yoga teacher at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in California. He was the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA for a few years. He is teacher of anatomy in the yoga teacher training courses.
Ananta Chaitanya took the TTC in 2009 and has stayed on as staff ever since under the direction of Swami Sitarmananda. He has spent time at the Yoga Farm, Los Angles Center and San Francisco Center. He has been teaching in Vietnam as well since 2012. He teaches Hatha yoga and especially enjoys cooking and gardening.
Sundari (FeiFei) took the TTC in Vietnam in 2010. She has been coming back to serve as a Karma yogi ever since. She has been translating the Hatha yoga into Chinese for the last 3 years.
Sivani started her yoga journey in 2011 in Europe and took her Sivananda yoga teachers training course in France and her 500-hour training early 2014 in India. She is a competent translator between Chinese and English.
The course will be held at the Qian Yuan Taoist-Buddhist Temple, an exceptional location near the city of Chengdu, China. The temple traces its history to 1940 years ago. It is famed in China for its secluded yet accessible location, and for the exceptional quality of its air, which is full of health and energy bringing negative ions. The quiet, seclusion and excellent air quality make this the perfect location for Yoga practice. Situated on the mountainside at an altitude of 5,500 ft., the accommodation is newly built to a high standard geared to international visitors. The views from the mountain are spectacular. The temple complex is surrounded by bamboo forest and many ancient trees, along with natural springs, waterfalls and limestone caves with many ancient sculptures and statues. The closest town, Huashuiwan, is famed for its hot springs.
To preserve the spiritual atmosphere of the ashram, no meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, tobacco or narcotics are allowed.
The nearest airport is the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. It is easiest to take a taxi from airport to get to the temple. The ride is about 1 hour 45 minutes and the taxi fee is around 32 USD. It is also possible to arrange carpool. Please Sivananda Yoga Asia in advance.
From Qingchengshan Station, you can take a taxi or take Bus line 102 to get to temple. The nearest coach bus station is the Dujiangyan Bus Sation, where you can also take Bus line 102.
"Probably the best thing to do when looking to get away from the everyday life; you get the whole package, plenty of good vegetarian cuisine, tea, and a boutique to get snacks and helpful stuff; the grounds are large and beautiful, awesome halls for yoga, lectures and other activities; really quiet area in the middle of the jungle about one hour from Trivandrum; there's plenty of transportation; near the ashram you have natural parks, such as the elephant park about 20 minutes, the lake which is right across or the dam about 20-minute walk, very peaceful. The residences are extensive for every budget; very nice and helpful staff who work as volunteers or karma yogis, including the teachers who are all certified in yoga teaching; a "yoga vacation" is highly recommended, not only you get a good amount of time to learn and practice yoga (for every age!) but you meet lots of interesting people from all around the world and all over India. I am definitely going back even though it's in the other side of the globe for me; it is a life changing experience that i recommend to all my friends."
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"In 1989 the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Chennai was started as a part of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (ISYVC), a non-profit organization. Swami Vishnu-devananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of yoga into five basic principles that could easily be incorporated into ones daily lifestyle to provide the foundation for healthy living. The teachings at the Centre are based around these 'Five Points of Yoga."
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