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In this four-week intensive residential course, youll get theoretical and practical training in all aspects of yoga composed of 401 training units of 45 minutes' duration. This course was established in 1969 by Swami Vishnudevananda as the first yoga teachers' training course taught to Western students and now has over 32,000 graduates. A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required to attend this course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential.
Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asanas and improve their own personal practice. International certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled "Yoga Siromani" and recognized by Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.
Situated in a quiet residential area in Putney in South West London, the Sivananda Yoga Centre with its beautiful peace garden and spacious halls provides an ideal setting for relaxation and Yoga practice. Teaching groups are kept small and the main emphasis is put on individual guidance and detailed instructions. Within short walking distance the gardens of Bishops park and the riverside trails along the River Thames offer a variety of scenic nature walks while Central London with all its famous sights can be reached by tube in just 30 minutes.
This room sleeps 4 8 persons. If you opt to stay in this room throughout your retreat, you will get a chance to share a room with fellow participants, get to know each other better and share knowledge as well. Beds might be bunk beds.
This room sleeps 2 persons. It is suitable for you who will be coming with your friend or partner. If you dont mind sharing a room with another training participant which can be a good chance to share knowledge with each other, this room is also a perfect option for you. Beds might be bunk beds.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre is located in southwest London, an area bordering the south bank of the River Thames. The Centre is an oasis of peace and calm. The teaching spaces are quiet with large skylights bringing in an abundance of natural light. The Sivananda Peace Garden has created a real getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The course is based on Indias traditional Gurukula teaching system, where by direct contact with the teachers, the students day-to-day life during the course is transformed into an integrated learning experience.
Yoga teachers are not just trained in the asanas. While asanas are an integral part of classical Hatha Yoga, it is the combination of the asanas with ethical values, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation that enables a comprehensive experience of Hatha Yoga.
The Sivananda approach to training yoga teachers believes that students should understand and experience the four main systems of yoga: Besides the focus on Hatha Yoga, the Sivananda yoga teacher training program introduces students to the theory and practice of Raja Yoga (control over the mind), Karma Yoga (selfless activity), Jnana Yoga (yoga philosophy) and Bhakti Yoga (transformation of emotions into devotion).
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Upon successful completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course, the yoga teacher receives a yoga certificate confirming that they have sufficient knowledge and practical experience to teach Hatha Yoga (asanas, pranayama and relaxation) to beginners and intermediate yoga students.
In addition to the four-week basic training course, Swami Vishnudevananda developed the Advanced Teachers' Training Course (also 4 weeks) and an advanced practice course (Sadhana Intensive, 2 weeks). Weekend and week-long further training program for yoga teachers are also available. The further training program and the Advanced Teachers' Training Course are useful for acquiring further yoga teacher certification.
Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the program may occur from time to time. One day a week is given for personal activities and study. On this day students are required to attend morning and evening satsangs as well as to complete their Karma Yoga.
From the Lower Richmond Road turn left into Bemish Road then turn left into Felsham Road.
Please do not leave the Ashram between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 a.m. without the permission of the principal of the course. Karma Yoga, selfless service, is part of the course. We kindly ask each participant to join in Karma Yoga for about one hour daily. Please respect silence in the ashram after 10.15 p.m.
The intensity of the training program requires a high degree of discipline and commitment but mastery of yoga practices is not necessary. Yoga is about inner growth. Prior practice of asanas and meditation is preferable. The course is based on the yoga of synthesis as taught by Swami Sivananda. This includes the practice of Hindu devotional rituals which are also part of the daily program.
Attendance at all classes, lectures, morning and evening meditation sessions is mandatory. If a class or meditation cannot be attended, a written explanation has to be given to the principal of the course. Frequent absence may lead to expulsion from the course. The credit note will only be issued two to four weeks after the course completion date and will not be issued at the course location.
No mobile phones allowed in yoga classes, Satsangs or lectures.
Please do not use any electrical devices in your room.
Appropriate modest clothing is required. Please adapt your dress to the Ashram atmosphere. Please wear loose clothing with covered shoulders and legs. No tops, no shorts, no short skirts.
Attendance at all programs is mandatory.
In order to maintain the spiritual atmosphere, no meat, fish, eggs, coffee or black tea are allowed. No smoking, alcohol, or drugs. Their use may lead to dismissal from the course.
An ashram is not a club or vacation resort. Your conduct, private or public, should enhance the spiritual atmosphere of the ashram. Do not waste your prana (vital energy) in fruitless activities.
The atmosphere should be kept especially pure in these localities. At least hands, feet and face must be clean. No unnecessary talk. These locations are for meditation and prayers.
Music is not allowed in the ashram.
In order to avoid fire hazards, incense and candles are only allowed in the temple and meditation hall.
If you have any medical problem, please let us know when you enroll for the course. It is strongly advised that all participants have a clean bill of health with no previous known medical conditions which might jeopardize his or her full participation in the course. All participants are required to see after his or her own health during the course, including any required medication, doctors visits, hospital stays, etc. The organizers of the course can in no way provide medical assistance at any time during the course.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres suggest that you refrain from any type of sexually oriented behavior.
Please do not take photographs using flash. Any publication of pictures which were taken at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres or during activities of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres requires previous written authorization of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre as well as written authorization of individuals shown on the picture(s). Audio and video recording of the activities of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres are not permitted.
Credit notes are non-transferable and can only be used by the individual whose name appears on the credit note. Credit notes are valid for two years and can be used in any Sivananda Yoga Centre or Ashram in Europe, except Italy.
Credit notes cannot be applied to boutique purchases. In Reith (Austria) and in Poland, the credit note cannot be applied to room and board fees; it can be applied to tuition fees only.
For more information ask your questions directly to Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre London who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.
The course is taught by Yoga Acharyas (spiritual teachers) personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda, as well as other experienced Swamis and yoga teachers. They regularly participate in special further training in India to deepen their Yoga knowledge and practice. There will be also some international guest speakers. Guest speakers and artists from around the world enrich the Teachers Training Course experience. Lectures on medicine, Ayurveda, diet, physics, psychology, religion, etc. reveal fascinating connections to yoga.
Nutritious and delicious vegetarian food will be served twice daily. Please note that the meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre London cannot cater to special dietetic needs during the course.
"If you really know something about yoga and want to do really good yoga this is place you need to try! Experienced teachers and professional staff!"
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"I would highly recommend because this is an ashram and so is not just a yoga exercise class. Yoga is taken seriously and you can learn among other things how to meditate. They also keep the cost of classes reasonable which tells me they have a genuine interest in the beliefs that they teach."
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"Very friendly staff - one feels very relaxed and welcomed at the center. They do not try to sell service but are more focused on imparting info and awareness of the concept of yoga. Open house (which is free) provides very good opportunity for a newbie to get an introduction to the science and practice of yoga. I learned a lot about yoga and mediation in those 4 hours. The schedule of drop-in classes is also very conveniently placed throughout the week - easy to workout a schedule even during weekdays. The center also conducts yoga vacations usually held at scenic places in UK and globally. I really like this unique concept of being on a vacation and at the same time detoxing your body."
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"The best yoga centre in London! You can`t imagine how good and polite is the staff, just go there and look with your eyes!"
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"I love the friendly atmosphere that comes with this yoga place. I just feel relaxed there perhaps due to the music that plays. Ive never missed a class which is unlikely for me, but this yoga studio is so appealing that I just want to go there again and again."
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