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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 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.
"I come every year as an escape from the commercialism and materialism that tends to run my life the rest of the year. The setting is beautiful, restful, peaceful, and supportive. Don't come if you require a MaiTai or Rum Punch, or ice for that matter... This is an Ashram. A place of physical and spiritual rejuvenation. A place to be in the presence of others who appreciate the tremendous opportunity to unplug from the outside world and look inward. I'm sure I lost many readers with "no MaiTai", so if you're still with me. There's no alcohol, no meat, two delicious vegan meals a day; and twice daily meditation, chanting, and yoga. There's a beautiful beach and several quiet spots tucked away for even more peace and quiet. It's pretty inexpensive, but not for everybody. I stay in a tent hut on a platform building and love every minute! Best vacation ever!"
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"When I first entered the ashram it was late night and I went there right after a big hurricane so it was quite.I started the first day with the Satsang,yoga ,brunch and a guided ashram tour.I had no clue about the lineage before the tour by Gili Raveh even though I have been to Sivanada in Toronto.The ashram tour was lovely.Our guide Gili took us and showed around the ashram and talked about how it evolved and what they do.It was beautiful to know how each temple evolved there and how ashram came there .Front desk and book store staff who are karma yogis were friendly and helpful too."
"Food was amazing and so fresh.Gigi puts her heart and soul into the food she makes.Everything was from scratch in that kitchen from entrees to breads and buns. Slowly the ashram grows into you and you will feel at home and once you live the ashram you will be already thinking when you can return back. First day first visit you feel at peace.Little bit like a stranger. Second day you will feel comfortable. Third day you will feel like you are just with your friends. Fourth day you will feel like everyone there is a family. You will do there once and you will make friends for life time. I stayed at the beach hut. Slept to the sound of waves."
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"I was blessed enough to find the Sivananda Ashram through a recommendation from one of the most inspirational friends I have. He told me about the beautiful center, the incredible people, the experience and variety of the lectures, traditional Satsongs, and traditional yoga classes. My time at the Ashram was one of the most memorable experiences. I would say that the Sivananda Ashram is one of the most spiritual places in the world. The Ashram is located steps away from the ocean and the warm water is transparent, calming, and beautiful. They have a funny saying that the Ashram always gives you what you need and I experienced first hand that this is true. The three months I spent there felt like a year. Time at the Ashram has a way of slowing down, and your senses are amplified as you learn what really matters in life. I learned more about myself, and my relationships with others than I could have ever imagined. The diversity of people, good vegetarian food, and amazing guest speakers transformed my worldview in a positive way. The Sivananda family will always have a place in my heart and I hope to return soon."
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"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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