YOGART STUDIO :: à la Sivananda Yoga
After careful research into the various centres and styles of yoga being taught, I decided to go with Sivananda Yoga (a form of Hatha Yoga). The sivananda style began with Swami Sivananda. Swami is a term used to describe a spiritual master and in his wisdom, Swami Sivananda, along with his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda spread their message of peace, health and joy. Teaching people how to strengthen their own yoga practice through self-discipline and awareness of the nature of mind, body and spirit -became their mission and they brought their message over to the West in 1957. Swami Vishnudevananda opened the first Sivananda Yoga Centre in Montréal in 1959 and since then, 9 Ashrams and 19 Sivananda Yoga Centres have opended around the world. There’s even one here in Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre @ 77 Harbord St.
Naturally, with a centre right here in my own Toronto backyard, I decided to travel to Netala, India instead and practice at the Sivananda Kutir Ashram -surrounded by the Himalayan peaks. This involves a train from Delhi to Haridwar and then it’s another 8 hours by car without stops (located 8km north of Uttarkashi). I’ve got a training manual, 2 uniforms and a dorm room bed waiting for me
Sivananda style has been described as a classic holistic approach to yoga and it’s an international practice that follows the same format worldwide. Graduates of the course receive internationally recognized certification by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).
“The goal of this training program is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others. The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood as the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga.” (www.sivananda.org)
So what are my days going to be filled with? Here’s a daily sample schedule:
- 5:30 am: Wake up
- 6:00 am: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)
- 8:00 am: Asanas
- 9:00 am: Anatomy and physiology
- 10:00 am: Brunch
- 11:00 am: Karma Yoga (helping out with chores)
- 12:00 pm: Bhagavad Gita or Kirtan
- 2:00 pm: Main lecture in philosophy or anatomy
- 4:00 pm: Asanas and pranayama
- 6:00 pm: Dinner
- 7:30 pm: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)
- 10:00 pm: Lights out
I realize that a month of this intense schedule will be trying, but to be honest, I am really looking forward to completely immersing myself in my practice. No papers to grade, no emails to answer, no Wi-Fi/cell phone, NO DISTRACTIONS. However, I’ll admit that I’m a little nervous that in addition to no meat, fish, eggs, black tea, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and nudity –there’s a no coffee rule as well. Apparently all these things are “counterproductive to the yoga practice [and] participants who do not comply with the ashram rules may be dismissed from the course”. Two words: caffeine withdrawal.
If you would like more information on International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and the various courses they offer (in addition to teacher training they also offer specialized courses and yoga vacations) click here.
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