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.
Om shanti- shanti-shanti.