Yoga Teacher Training Course in China
with Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayanananda and Swami Adi Parashaktiananda
September 7 - October 5, 2019
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 45,000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy/physiology, Bhagavad Gita, mantra and kriyas.
5:30 am Wake Up
6:00 – 7:30 am Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
8:00 – 10:00 am Yoga Asana and Pranayama Class
10:00 – 10:45 am Vegetarian Brunch
10:45 – 11:45 am Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
12:00 – 1:00 pm Kirtan or Bhagavad Gita Class
2:00 – 4:00 pm Main Philosphy Lecture
4:00 – 6:00 pm How to Teach Yoga Class
6:00 – 6:45 pm Vegetarian Dinner
6:45 – 7:45 pm Free time for Homework completion
8:00 – 9:45 pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
1 day a week will be free, but satsang still must be attended
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 fulfils the requirements for the 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
Yoga Asanas: Yogic Exercises for Well-being
– Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body to remove stress
– Yoga Asanas, Sun Salutation, 12 basic yoga postures, and advanced variations
– Proper posture alignment and deep relaxation
Pranayama: Yogic Breathing to Increase Energy
– The basic practices: Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breath)
Kriyas: Yogic Cleansing
– The six classical exercises for purifying the body
Hatha Yoga: Understanding Energy Balance for Healing
– The astral body, nadis, and chakras
How to Teach
– Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
– How to teach beginners and intermediate students
– How to adapt teaching to special groups
Anatomy and Physiology
– The effects of hatha yoga on major body systems
– Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
Yoga Philosophy and Psychology
– 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
Yogic Diet and Nutrition
– Vegetarianism for health and upliftment
– Meditation, Twelve 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
– Positive emotional effects of chanting
– Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
– Mantra and sound healing
– Practice of opening of the heart to the divine
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.
The course will be held at the Qian Yuan Taoist-buddhist Temple, an exceptional location two hours outside the city of Chengdu, China. The temple traces its history to 1,940 years ago. It is famed in China for its secluded yet accessible location, and for the exceptional air quality, which is full of healthy and energizing 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.
Though a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful, beginners are welcome. The course is intense and demands discipline. You must be sincere in your desire to learn and follow the rules. Please note that in keeping with the ancient Yoga tradition, spiritual practices such as meditation, mantra chanting, ceremonies, selfless service and study of philosophy constitute a large part of this program. You must be basically healthy.
To preserve the spiritual atmosphere of the ashram, no meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, tobacco or narcotics are allowed. Participation in all classes and punctuality are mandatory.
What to Bring
Two sets of uniforms are provided, but you will need to bring modest, comfortable clothes for asana practice, plus casual clothes. Be prepared for cool weather and possibly rain. We recommend that you bring a waterproof jacket, sweaters, wool hat, T-shirts, cotton pants, night clothes, swimming suit, sun hat, shoes for nature walks and a pair of slip-on shoes. Please also bring a yoga mat, meditation cushion, meditation shawl or blankets, toiletries, notebook, pens, flashlights, alarm clocks and water bottle. Cell phones and SIM cards need to be purchased or equipped prior to arrival as no public phone is available.
The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda and the Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Swami Sivananda is available for purchase at the Yoga center in Chengdu.
The course will be taught in English with Mandarin Chinese translation.
Registration, Arrival, Departure
Space is limited (maximum 50 students). A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure your reservation. In the case of cancellation, a credit note (minus $100 administration fee) valid at all Sivananda Yoga Centers and ashrams in China will be given. The outstanding balance must be paid upon arrival or before. The fees listed below include tuition and accommodations for 28 nights.
– Tenting…………………………$2600 usd
– Double………………………….$2950 usd
– single…………………………….$3450 usd
– single luxury………………….$3700 usd
Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda and was nominated acharya, senior teacher, by him in 1989. She is presently acharya of US West coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam, China, and Japan. Swamiji…
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Swami Narayanananda, who was born in London, England, has been a teacher of Yoga and meditation in the International Sivananda Yoga vedanta Centers since 1999. He has served in the ashrams in California and New York, also as director of the centers in New York and Chicago. He…
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Swami Adi Parashaktiananda is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha Yoga practitioner and teacher, graduated from Sivananda Teachers Training Course in 2007 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. He took the first monastic vow from Sivananda lineage in 2011 and has been traveling yearly to…
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