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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres And Ashrams

In India in ancient times, the tradition was for students to live, work and study with their teacher (guru). These ashrams provide a spiritual retreat to live and study under the guidance of a teacher.Each Centres are an oasis of peace in the midst of the bustle of city life. They provide a calm environment conducive to the study and practice of yoga. Each of the centres and ashrams offer the opportunity to learn and practice Swami Sivananda's Synthesis of Yoga and Swami Vishnu-devananda's.

Sivananda Ashram's In India

  • Dhantawari Ashram,Neyyar Dam
  • Meenakshi Ashram,Madurai
  • Sivananda Kuttir ,Uttarkashi

Sivananda Centers In India

  • Chennai
  • South Delhi
  • West Delhi
  • Madurai
  • Trivandrum

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams Courses Offered

Teacher Training Course

This one-month course is a profound experience that helps to establish a firm foundation of inner discipline. The course is based on the traditional gurukula system ('guru's house') in which students live and study with the teacher. The Teachers Training Course (TTC) is an intensive and transformative experience taught by disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda.A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required - a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential.

Certificate-An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (ISYVC) organization is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Siromani'.
The course is officially recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.

Daily Schedule

0600 hrs Satsang
0800 hrs Asana, pranayama class
1000 hrs Brunch
1100 hrs Karma yoga
1200 hrs Bhagavad Gita lecture or chanting class
1400 hrs Main lecture
1600 hrs Asana, pranayama class
1800 hrs Dinner
2000 hrs Satsang
2200 hrs Lights out

Attendance of the entire TTC daily schedule is mandatory.

Accomodation
Accommodation is simple, mainly dormitory space.A small number of shared twin rooms with private bathroom are available at Neyyar Dam and Uttarkashi.Those requiring twin rooms should book early. Couples are not allowed to share rooms during the course.
Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.
Tent space is available at the Neyyar Dam ashram. Please bring your own tent. Bathroom facilities are with cold water only.
Single accommodation is not available at any of the ashrams.Two sheets, a pillow, pillowcases, and mosquito net are provided.

Advanced Teachers Training Course (ATTC)

The Advanced Teachers Training Course (ATTC) is a four-week course designed for graduates of the Sivananda Teachers Training Course (TTC). The course builds on the foundation of TTC allowing students to deepen their spiritual knowledge with intense daily practice of asanas, pranayama and bandhas.Students study Sanskrit, the Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Vedanta philosophy and anatomy and physiology. The ATTC is a natural step for TTC graduates who would like to expand and deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga.The ATTC is an intensive and transformative experience. It is taught by senior disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda.

Prerequisite-Advanced Teachers Training Course (ATTC) is open only to Sivananda TTC graduates. A copy of your TTC certificate should be included with the application form.

Certificate-An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (ISYVC) organization is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Siromani'.
The course is officially recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada for the 500 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.

Daily Schedule

0445 hrs     Kriyas
0600 hrs    Satsang
0730 hrs    Tea time
0800 hrs    Anatomy and physiology class
0900 hrs    Asana class
1000 hrs    Brunch
1100 hrs    Karma yoga
1200 hrs    Sanskrit class/Raja yoga sutras
1330 hrs    Tea time
1400 hrs    Main lecture
1600 hrs    Advanced asana class
1800 hrs    Dinner
2000 hrs    Satsang
2200 hrs    Lights out


Participation in the entire daily schedule is mandatory.

Accomodation
Accommodation is simple, mainly dormitory space.A small number of shared twin rooms with private bathroom are available at Neyyar Dam and Uttarkashi.Those requiring twin rooms should book early. Couples are not allowed to share rooms during the course.
Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.
Tent space is available at the Neyyar Dam ashram. Please bring your own tent. Bathroom facilities are with cold water only.
Single accommodation is not available at any of the ashrams.Two sheets, a pillow, pillowcases, and mosquito net are provided.

Sadhana Intensive

Sadhana Intensive is a program devised by Swami Vishnudevananda based on his own hatha yoga sadhana in the Himalayas. Swami Vishnudevananda often said that six months of this intensive practice gave him the energy to carry out his mission of spreading the teachings of yoga in the West for next 40 years.This course is based on individual self-practice divided into two or three sessions per day. The emphasis is on intense and prolonged pranayama. Students work towards eight hours of hatha yoga per day which is balanced by the study of classical scriptures.This two-week course requires some preparation from the student. Interested students are advised to prepare by following a regular daily hatha yoga practice and a sattvic lifestyle. Sound physical and mental health is a pre-requisite.

Prerequisite-Advanced Teachers Training Course (ATTC) is open only to Sivananda TTC graduates. A copy of your TTC certificate should be included with the application form.

Certificate-An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on completion of the course. The course is officially recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada.
An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (ISYVC) organization is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Siromani'.

Daily Schedule
The daily schedule includes:

  • Practice of kriyas.
  • Morning and evening satsang with meditation and chanting.
  • Two or three practice sessions of asana and advanced pranayama incorporating bandhas and mudras.
  • Study of Hatha Yoga Pradipika / Viveka Chudamani / Srimad Bhagavatam.
  • Morning almond milk drink, brunch and dinner.

Participation in entire daily schedule is mandatory.

Accomodation

Accommodation is simple, mainly dormitory space.
A small number of shared twin rooms with private bathroom are available at Uttarkashi.Twin room bookings can not be guaranteed. Those requiring twin rooms should book early. Couples are not allowed to share rooms during the course.Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.
Two sheets, one pillow, and pillowcase are provided. Mosquito nets and blankets are available when necessary.

Ayurvedic Abhyanga Course (Ayurvedic Massage)

Ayu means life, veda means knowledge, thus Ayurveda means the science or knowledge of life. The system has been in practice for more than 2000 years. It is a therapy as well as a philosophy of living in a meaningful, healthy and useful way. It is an upaveda (ancillary text) of Atharvaveda, as such it is considered as the fifth veda.

This three week course will provide a theoretical and practical approach to Ayurveda. Theory includes Pancabhuta (5 elements) theory, Tridosa (3 physiological qualities) theory, Prakrti body-mind constitution), preventative medicine, seasonal regimens, Ayurvedic diet, Dhatus (the seven body tissues), cause of disease, Ayurvedic pharmacology, diagnosis, treatment principles and Pancakarma (5 cleansing actions).

Certificate
A certificate is awarded on successful completion of the course jointly by Dr L. Mahadevan and the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram.

The certificate does not qualify the participant to diagnose, prescribe or dispense Ayurvedic medicines professionally.

Accomodation
Accommodation is simple, mainly dormitory space. A small number of shared twin rooms with private bathroom are available at Neyyar Dam. We cannot guarantee twin room bookings. Those requiring twin rooms should book early. Separate dormitory space for men and ladies. Tent space is available. Please bring your own tent. Bathroom facilities are with cold water only.
Single accommodation is not available.
Two sheets, a pillow, pillowcases and mosquito net are provided.

What To Bring

Comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat or pad, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels and a torch.

These items can usually be purchased in the ashram boutique.

Two uniforms and a TTC Manual are included in the course donation.

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