The question is good. Why do u want to become a yoga teacher? And where are you going to learn to become a yoga teacher?
So the ideal is you want to become a yoga teacher for yourself, to improve yourself, to elevate yourself, to learn the techniques how can you become strong, and healthy, and positive and knowing yourself more and more.
Yoga Teaches Union
The second point is how you’re going to serve others? Because we can never exist without others. So we elevate ourselves and we need to elevate other people, our friends, our families, the world, society. So that’s why you want to become a yoga teacher.
Sivananda Yoga Lineage
Now, where you want to learn to become a yoga teacher? You need to learn to become a yoga teacher where they know what is yoga. Yoga is universal. Yoga is science of self-realization.
So you need to learn from people that know what means self-realization, what is union of body-mind-spirit, what is in a nutshell who we are, and how we can find true happiness and true health.
So that’s why you try to find a yoga teacher training course that is from a long tradition, a classical tradition with teachers that know what they’re talking about.
The Founder’s Vision
The Sivananda yoga system was founded in 1969 by Swami Visnudevananda, after he has a vision how to help to bring the world to peace by training people individually to find peace and also to find health.
Now, there is 45 thousand yoga teacher trainedin this system and people come out of this course feel much better about themselves, and knowing better what to do to help the world.
So you’ll learn difference things cause program’s very intense but the idea is you’ll become healthier, you’ll become happier, you’ll become more clear, more knowledgeable at the end of the 4-weeks course.
What You Will Learn
You’ll learn philosophy and yoga asanas. You’ll learn scripture and the teacher will talk a lot about yoga psychology how to become more positive and what is the science of self-development, that is yoga how to lead a yoga lifestyle.
You’ll learn how to be healthy, a little bit about Ayurveda, you’ll learn a little bit about anatomy physiology, you’ll learn a lot of kirtan, you’ll chant kirtan so you’ll be happy, you’ll have a nice community,
Usually international community so people often are in different steps of life and you can meet them and see yourself in their eyes, and see yourself in the eyes of the teacher. So you’ll have a different vision of yourself, and you’ll become completely re-charge.
So that’s how you wanted to take the yoga TTC and the classical traditional yoga school that there’s a lot of experience. It’s not just learning asanas, it’s not just learning exercise, it’s not just learning physical health but learning about mental health, spiritual health, a holistic approach to life, holistic approach to Yoga.
So that’s why you want to become a Yoga teacher so that you can improve yourself, you can improve your health, your happiness, but also you can serve this world that is very stressed out and very confuse and unhappy and Yoga is a solution of humanity nowadays.
This is why Sivananda Yoga TTC is so popular, because it is serious and demands from us commitment. Sivananda Yoga TTC is a month-long practice of holistic Yoga Life experiencing Yoga as Body-Mind-Spirit Union. Only then does true transformation and Self growth have a chance to appear.
Q: Why is the immersion course four weeks long?
A: If we are learning Yoga techniques alongside our life like a weekend course for example, we will always pick and choose what we are going to learn and will not be able to experience the wholesomeness of Yoga Life where one element of life influences the other; for example, if we are positive and emotionally felt supported by the group, the spiritual community (sangha), we will feel more confirmed in our spiritual and lifestyle choices which will lead to Health and Peace.
Q: Why the mixing of people from different countries, age groups and levels of fitness together in the same training group?
A: Students are not only being exposed to diverse cultures, diverse levels of physical fitness but also to diverse personalities and religions, and diverse levels of mental and spiritual fitness. This is the way to find Unity in Diversity, to find the commonness among differences: increase tolerance, love of humanity as a whole and avoid sectarianism and partisan spirit.
Respecting our differences, we learn to adapt, adjust, accommodate, and thus can not be confirmed in our false beliefs and self images, rather reaching out to our core Self that is the Truth in all. This is the essence of the teachings of all religions.
Q: Why get up at 5:30am ?
A: Because it is the best time for meditation at sunrise. It represents the rise of Light, of Knowledge and the Awakening from darkness. It forces us out of tamas, depression, and turns our life around, holding life at the right end of it and not being victim to circumstances. Early morning meditation before starting the day is a foot in the right direction for a Healthy Lifestyle. 30 days of this regime will equip you with this new habit which has the capacity to turn your life around.
Q: Why this rigorous daily schedule?
A: Yoga is Life and Life is Yoga. Master Sivananda taught the Synthesis of Yoga, combining the different classical Yoga methods for a Balance Life and Peace of Mind.
The schedule is busy, but busy with good and positive things such as meditation, Yoga asana classes, pranayama , relaxation techniques, teaching instructions, vegetarian meals, scriptural study (Bhagavad Gita), and Yoga Philosophy (Vedanta).
We get to experience all day long new thoughts and get out of our habitual thoughts. This is helping us to create self discipline and balance our energies and forces us to live in the solid present, instead of wallowing in the past or projecting upon the future.
The NOW can be attained by a concentrated state of mind.
We get to experience all day long new thoughts and get out of our habitual thoughts.
The traditional system of transmission of knowledge Gurukula
Vedanta philosophy is the basis of this classical teaching. It is the philosophy of oneness in consciousness. A Guru is not a person. It is your own deeper consciousness mirrored. The eternal knowledge is passed on through a lineage.
In this way, we remain in awareness. There is no better way to keep being aware and keep being strong than to keep connection with Consciousness itself, reflected outside us and seen as the Gurus but felt within. Through the connection with Consciousness, consciousness will be awakened and thus the transmission of knowledge. Being a Yoga teacher is not being a preacher or a technician, but existing as a total Being sharing joy and Love with others.
Holistic Approach to Yoga
The Yoga Teacher Training Courses serves as a first step on your path to healing yourself and others. After completing this training you are eligible to register for the 800-hour Yoga Health Educator Training which is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This training allows you to apply yoga into the mainstream healthcare system and counsel people on how to integrated yoga lifestyle practices into their daily life.
It is not a business venture and all teachers are fervent selfless practitioners, following themselves the discipline, a rare thing indeed in the world of today. We invite you to share in this venture for Peace. The Yoga therapy here is not just physical therapy but the collective Yoga Therapy for a Healthy Mind, a Healthy World and Healthy Environment in a Healthy Spirit.
“The only way to change society is like changing a cotton cloth to a silk one — by changing each thread one by one.” – Swami Vishnudevananda
Unity in Diversity
In 1968, while meditating in the temple at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island, Swami Vishnudevananda had a vision that was to have a profound effect on the life of thousands. He saw people rushing to tear down the walls and borders that exist between nations, in a bid to escape a wall of fire and destruction.
This unsettling experience became the catalyst for his founding of the True World Order (T.W.O.) which aimed to promote a deeper unity and understanding between peoples of the world. The T.W.O. envisions a world where the ideas of patriotism, nationalism and separation would be replaced by a new era of Unity in Diversity.
He said that although there are and always will be different languages, cultures, faiths and social orders, these will only add to the beauty of the world once we accept and understand them properly, instead of creating bigotry, intolerance, misunderstanding and war.
Swami Vishnudevananda developed the Teacher Training Course in order to train future world leaders and responsible citizens of the world in Yogic disciplines. In this way he hoped to achieve the aims of the T.W.O.
He asked the question: “What type of leaders should lead us in the future?”
“Leaders who have disciplined themselves and have control over their minds and emotions through the development of spiritual and psychic senses instead of ordinary intellect to see and solve problems. This is achieved by the yogic method of physical and mental exercises and meditation combined with other modern techniques which will hasten mental and spiritual development. Without these it is very difficult to control one’s emotions and become selfless in thought and action. If even a glimpse of peace and happiness, which true yogis enjoy, can be brought to leaders, their attitudes and sense of values in leadership will be improved.”
The Gurukula System of Education
The Teachers’ Training Course is modeled on the traditional Indian system of education, ‘Gurukula’, in which the students live harmoniously together in a spiritual community under the guidance of their teachers. With this unique approach, it is not just an academic teaching of techniques – the teachings are transmitted and practiced in daily life.
The Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course
Swami Sivananda founded an institute of education within his ashram in Rishikesh, India, named the Vedanta Forest Academy. Swami Vishnudevananda was one of the principal professors of the academy and as an extension of this educational program, the Sivananda Teacher’s Training Course was developed.
The course is based on the training that Swami Vishnudevananda himself received under his Master, Swami Sivananda, over a period of 10 years, the essence of the training being condensed into a four week period. The course is designed to be intensive, immersing the students in a balanced program of yogic theory and practice for all-round physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development. Since the first course in 1969, over 45,000 graduates have received the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training certification.
Teachers are practitioners not preachers
Swami Vishnudevananda’s visionary approach to the dissemination of yoga and yoga training has equipped thousands of aspirants with the necessary discipline and yogic skills to enrich their own lives and to help spread these teachings to others. Swami Vishnudevananda said that yoga teachers should also be yogic practitioners – “teachers and not just preachers”.
With this positive attitude, each of us can help to carry on Swamiji’s legacy to create a new True World Order where each individual becomes a messenger of peace and a potential future world leader!
The course is now taught by senior discples of Swami Vishnudevananda around the world. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley offers 2 to 3 monthly courses a year. Swami Sitaramananda who is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, and her team of teachers teach yearly in California, Vietnam, and China as well.
People come to Yoga because of stress or stress-related diseases, which come from too much involvement with their life. Yoga teachers are not doctors, but we can help people to go to the root cause of their diseases and heal in a deeper way. Even though you are just helping people to breathe, relax and do gentle movement following the asana sequence, it is very important.
Sometimes Yoga teachers feel that they have nothing to offer and that they need to have more medical knowledge. But they simply need to trust that by helping people regain the space of trust and faith, where all possibilities and freedom lie, and by holding the space themselves, the Yoga teacher fulfills a sacred role.
Relaxation is the Key
The Savasana in the beginning of a Yoga session is important, but Savasana at the end is the most important; not to be skipped or rushed. After people have gone through the alternation between posture and relaxation in the Yoga class, of effort and relaxation, their prana flows more freely and their mind becomes more balanced. At that time, the final Savasana will help to completely release the remaining attachment and tension.
The different parts of the body and cells act like soldiers, all the time in the state of readiness to obey the general. Unless the general, being the conscious mind, says to the muscles and cells “At ease!”, they will not relax. Unless the conscious mind says to the subconscious mind, “Let go. Everything is fine and perfect. Enough struggle, enough proving, enough work… Just relax in the being,” the muscles and the cells will not let go.
How does it work
So during Savasana, the teacher helps you to tense from feet to head, all the different muscles of the body to consciously feel the tension and consciously release the holding on. The students sweep with their mind, using their awareness, from feet to head, releasing the identification with the body. And the students will remain floated in the lightness of Being in their light-radiating energy body.
It is then that the students are able to access the deep connection with Self, and heal in a deeper way, regaining a sense of purpose, confidence, life force and freedom.
What makes a good yoga teacher
The Yoga teacher needs to be calm and detached him/herself, becoming a mirror through which they help students to rest in their inner peace. The Yoga teacher helps the students to be well-aligned and relaxed but does not need to do anything special but to help them to breathe and to balance their energy nicely, softly and lovingly as he/she is dwelling in his/her own core Self.
The Yoga class becomes an opportunity for both students and teacher to release their attachment so that they can enjoy the beautiful music of their soul. A Yoga class becomes this miraculous beautiful moment when all become One, there is nothing to say or add. Thus the Yoga teacher plays a sacred role and becomes instrumental for God’s grace.