The Sivananda Yoga teachers training
Yoga is a direct experience, and as such has to be taught. That is what is intended in the Yoga Sivananda teachers training course that will take place from August 15 to September 12. But why an intensive four-week course?
In order to spread the knowledge of the various forms of yoga, Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) founded in 1948, in his ashram (yoga and meditation Center), in Rishikesh, Himalayas, India, a teaching Institute called "Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy", Yoga and Vedanta forest Academy. But only after conducting an intense spiritual practice on the banks of the Ganges for several years after its initiation. Swami Vishnudevananda (1927-1993), one of his main disciples, also practised sadhana (spiritual practices) intensively for 10 years before coming to the West. He was one of the first and most prominent teachers of the Academy. Training course for teachers of Yoga Sivananda was founded based on the continuity of the education imparted in this Academy.
Swami Vishnudevananda has retained the traditional Indian system in the formation of the Gurukulain which the teacher and the student live together in the ashram. Through contact with the teacher, the pupil opens physically and mentally and acquires a great experience of yoga, which will later forward to others, in his capacity as Professor. In order to create favorable conditions, initial and advanced training is carried out exclusively through intensive courses in the ashrams.
Yoga, a direct experience
The Sivananda Vedanta international Yoga centers were the first to provide training courses for teachers of Yoga in the West.
Since 1969, these courses are performed all over the world. More than a thousand teachers have been already trained every year. Men and women from around the world participate in these courses offered, to facilitate the maximum understanding of the students, with simultaneous translation in all European languages, as well as Hebrew, Japanese, hindi and malayalam.
The atmosphere that these courses are developed is imbued with respect for the teaching of yoga and harmony between teacher and students. In the peace and serenity of the ashrams student opens to the practice of yoga.
It was in 1969 when Swami Vishnudevananda taught the first course of teachers of yoga in the West. This teacher training is based on the same spirit as the courses of the "Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy" in the Himalayas. During this formation of four weeks, the student receives an education that encompasses all aspects of the practice, theory and philosophy of yoga and direct experience of an opening of their awareness, physical, mental and spiritual. Contact an experienced teacher, he realizes the limits of his conscience. After the first experience can be the formation advanced teachers of Yoga, for another four weeks.
Swami Vishnudevananda said that the best teachers are the best students. To teach yoga and meditation, it is essential to be a regular in the spiritual practice (sadhana). You can not be taught without practicing, without experience deeply the techniques of yoga.
To carry out this training is not necessary to have the intention of exercising the profession of yoga teacher, but rather have a deep desire to soak up the peaceful and balanced energy of yoga.
This training is provided by "Yoga Acharyas" (yoga teacher), who were chosen and to continue the teachings of Swami Sivananda initiated Swami Vishnudevananda. In the course of La Casa Toya, Madrid, Zaragoza, of August 15 to September 11, 2013, the next taking place in our country, will be Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Atmaramananda, Gopala, Lakshmi and Vishnu. As well as you can give someone else an orange, spiritual power can be transmitted from one person to another. Within the framework of the courses are also organized conferences guests special, recognized for his contribution in the field of medicine involving Ayurvedic, philosophy, science and art. This year are the scientist Teofilo Calvo, the Vedic astrologer Stephen Quong and asanas advanced expert Prema.
A good way to engage in the practices of yoga is to participate in Yoga holiday programs. A different holiday in the spirit of yoga, ideal to develop positive thinking, radiant health and inner peace. The energising daily program is based on a balanced practice of different methods of yoga for a comprehensive development of body, mind and soul and is maintaining the coexistence with the teacher training course.
Yoga vacation experience is thus a good way to begin or deepen the practice of yoga, in a way that is less intense than that of the teacher training, but breathing the original spirit of the "Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy" in the Himalayas.
Ashrams and Centers International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta
The knowledge of yoga is transmitted through the close relationship that is set between teacher and student during the formation initial and later throughout life.
While it is true that the essence of the teaching of yoga is universal, the way that adopts this teaching varies according to the experience and personality of each teacher. As could not meet all the artists of a country in a professional Federation, it is also impossible to reduce the varied and ancient tradition of yoga and the profession of teacher of yoga "a catalogue of minimum requirements common to all formations".
The "centres international de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta" were founded in 1957 by Swami Vishnudevananda. They form an international organization comprising more than 30 centers and ashrams around the world. Swami Vishnudevananda was sent to the West to extend the teaching of yoga and Vedanta, which carried out tirelessly throughout his life. Swami Vishnudevananda was the first teacher who taught Yoga teachers training courses, not in order to train professionals of yoga but for facilitate the means of disciplining his life, sincere applicants thus becoming transmitters of peace. His disciples continue to spread their teachings around the world. Vedanta philosophy can be summed up in these words: "the names and forms are many, but the truth is one." Yoga techniques allow us to apply this philosophy in our everyday life.
Four classical routes in yoga
- Raja Yoga, the Yoga of the body and mind control
- Jnana Yoga, the Yoga of the intuitive knowledge of reality.
- Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion.
- Karma Yoga, the Yoga of selfless action.
In the centers and ashrams are taught all the tracks, with an emphasis on the Raja Yoga that emphasizes body control and their energies, called Hatha Yoga.
The five principles of Yoga
Swami Vishnudevananda has synthesized the science of yoga in five fundamental principles, which constitute the practical aspect of the four classical routes. According to Yoga, body is a vehicle that must be in good health, by means of simple exercises. As any vehicle, you should put it together regularly to keep it in good working condition. The five basic principles of Yoga meet this mission.
- Proper exercise (Asanas). Improve circulation and flexibility while maintaining healthy joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as the lubrication in a vehicle. They massage and invigorate internal organs. Finally, as the postures are practiced always accompanied by a deep breath, helps the development of mind control.
- Proper breathing (Pranayama). Put in contact to the body with its battery, the solar plexus, where its immense potential energy is stored. Stimulated by specific breathing techniques (Pranayama), this energy is released and regenerates the body and mind.
- Proper relaxation (Savasana). A good calm relaxation throughout the body, acting as a car fan. Relaxation is the natural means of recharging the body.
- Adequate food (vegetarian). Food is the fuel of our body. The yogic power is vegetarian, consists of pure, simple foods natural, easily digestible and assimilable.
- Positive thinking and meditation. The perspective of Yoga, body is a vehicle, the mind is the driver of that vehicle. A controlled and disciplined mind leads to a good destination. Positive thinking and meditation are the means for full control.
The next course and holiday hours
5.30 h awakening
6.00 h meditation, chants and Conference.
8.00 h Asanas and Pranayama
10.00 h breakfast
11.00 h Karma Yoga
12.00 h Bhagavad Guita or kind of Kirtan
14.00 h main Conference
16.00 h Asanas and Pranayama
18.00 h dinner
20.00 h meditation, chants, lecture or contemplative walk
22.00 h rest
* Schedules are subject to change
The course programmes are offered this year by Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Atmaramananda, Gopala, Lakshmi and Vishnu.
Guests for the course
- Science and consciousness: 17 and 18 August with Teofilo Calvo. Biochemist, researcher, therapist, founder and technical director of laboratories Taxon. As scientific director of the Association of medical biological Spanish collaborates with physicians and scientists on projects of promotion of biomedicine in Spain. Current research in the field of neuroscience through the study of the brain bioelectromagnetism and its application in the health sciences.
- Conferences and consultations of Vedic Astrology: from 20 to 24 August with Stephen Quong
- Advanced practice of asanas: from 31 August to 8 September with Prema
More information: Centre international de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta of Madrid. T 913615150. www.sivananda.org/madrid