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August 2015
Cours de Yoga

August 2 – 30, 2015

Teachers’ Training Course

(in French)

sivananda France

August 6 – 14, 2015

Special program: Celebrate the Spirit of India

with honoured guest Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Acharya

Inspiring Lectures with Swami Durgananda, European Yoga Acharya

Dynamic asana classes with Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya

Temple Anniversary Celebration and birthday celebration of Swami Durgananda

Arrival: Thursday, August 6 around 3pm, Departure: Friday, August 14 around 2pm

August 7 – 13, 2015


A journey to the meaning of Lifewith honoured guest 
Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhagavad Acharya

With live music – vocal, harmonium, flute and tabla.

  • Bhakti, the language of the soul
  • Celebrating life
  • The nature of infinity
  • The unity of all existence
  • Inner freedom, the key to happiness
  • Kindling the flame of true love in one’s heart 
  • Surrending to the inner Self  

Sri Venugopal Goswami comes from a tradition dating back more than 500 years. His father initiated him into the teachings of the Bhakti scriptures in the Radha Raman Temple. Sri Venugopal Goswami spent many years studying under the world-famous Indian vocalist Pandit Jasraj, a master interpreter of classical Hindustani music and the recipient of numerous international awards.


August 9 – 10, 2015

Talks with Swami Durgananda

Sunday August 9 at noon :
The yogic process of sublimation

Monday August 10 at noon :
Relating to others with ahimsa

Swami Durgananda is Yoga Acharya for Europe and a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. She directs the Sivananda Yoga Centres in Europe and teaches yoga philosophy at the Sivananda Teachers’ training courses around the world, sharing the inspiration of over 40 years of teaching experience.

August 10 / 12 / 13, 2015

Special Yoga classes
with Swami Sivadasananda

August 10 at 4pm:
Asana Variations to strengthen the shoulder girdle

August 12 at 4pm:
Applying stretching and acupressure in the Asanas

August 13 at 4pm:
Nerve impulse and Prana impulse in the Asanas

Swami Sivadasananda is Yoga Acharya and senior student of Swami Vishnudevananda and guides the Sivananda Centers in Europe. He has taught workshops and Teachers’ Training Courses 
for many years all over the world. He is a dynamic and very precise instructor with profound knowledge.

Temple celebrations with a South Indian priest

The ancient vedic rituals perfomed by a south Indian priest will generate strong spiritual vibrations radiating peace and harmony into the world.

August 7:
Grand puja to Hanuman to celebrate the anniversary of his installation

August 8:
Temple anniversary celebration

August 11:
Maha Mrityunjaya Homa for Swami Durgananda’s birthday

Donation per night all included:
Tent space: 50 €, shared room: 61 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 61 €, double room: 72 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed:  72 €, single room: 89 €, single room with bathroom: 105€

Donation for the whole programme (8 nights) all included:
tent space: 360 €, shared room: 440 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 440 €, double room: 520 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed: 520 €, single room: 640 €, single room with bathroom: 755€

sivananda France

August 7 – 11, 2015

Further training for Sivananda Teachers

Precision in the Asanas: Refine your teaching skills

With Prema Arenas Bonansea,
Sivananda yoga teacher from Argentina

Certificate for 52 training units

Arrival: Friday, August 7 around 3pm, Departure: Tuesday, August 11 around 2pm

Detailed practical classes:

  • Understand muscles and movement in the Asanas
  • Go into advanced variations step by step
  • Develop attention to the details for maximum benefit of the postures

Workshops on how to refine your teaching skills:

  • Understand and teach the mechanics of advanced Asanas
  • Guide students through preparatory exercises towards more challenging variations
  • How to correct and adjust advanced Asanas
  • Show students how to avoid injuries
  • The use of the Sivananda Yoga book “Yoga Your Home Practice Companion” for advanced classes:
  • How muscles work- the interaction of muscle contraction and relaxation
  • Apply the advanced training tables of the book in a class and show students how to use them at home

Prema Arenas Bonansea, originally from Argentina, is an inspiring yoga practitioner and yoga teacher in Taiwan. She teaches with great precision and awareness of details. She also modelled for the illustrations in the new Sivananda book, Yoga, Your Home Practice Companion.

Donation for 4 nights all included:
tent space: 230 €, shared room: 280 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 280 €, double room: 330 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed: 330 €, single room: 390 €, single room with bathroom: 480 €




sivananda France

August 14 – 28, 2015

Sadhana Intensive 
for Sivananda Teachers

(in English, French, Spanish and German)


sivananda France

August  12 – 15

Yoga Anatomy

with Francesca Folonari (Omkari)

Arrival Wednesday, August 12 around 3pm,  Departure Saturday, August 15 around 2pm

Workshop topics

  • Spine alignment - benefits of asanas
  • Anatomy of breathing and pranayama
  • Relaxation and the nervous system

Omkari is an experienced Yoga teacher and runs the affiliated Sivananda Yoga Centre in Florence, Italy. She posseses in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiolgy and teaches in the Sivananda Yoga teachers’ training courses.

Donation for 3 nights all included: tent space: 150 €, shared room: 183 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 183 €, double room: 216 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed: 216 €, single room: 267 €, single room with bathroom: 315 €

sivananda France

August 14– 16, 2015

Ayurveda – the science of life

2 lectures with Vincent Maréchal, Ayurveda practitioner

Arrival Friday, August 14 around 3pm, Departure Sunday, August 16 around 2pm

Friday, August 14 at 8pm:
the roots and fundamental principles of Ayurveda

Saturday, August 15 at 8pm:
the pillars of good health according to Ayurveda

Vincent Marechal is a certified Ayurveda practitioner since 1991. He always had great interest in nature, plants and human beings. He spent a long time in India with Yoga- and Ayurveda Masters to study these arts in depth. He specialized specifically in pulse diagnosis and Pancha Karma and studies also Vedic Astrology for health. He practices Aurveda professionally since 1990 and founded the CENTRE AYURVEDA PREMA near Paris in 1994.

Donation for 2 nights all included:
Tent space 100 €, shared room 122 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds 122 €, double room 144 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed  144 €, single room 178 €, single room with bathroom 210 €

sivananda France

August  16 – 20, 2015

Certificate course:

Yoga psychology and mental health

With Dr Uma Krishnamurti

Arrival: Sunday, August 16 around 3pm, Departure Friday, August 21 around 2pm

An exceptional course  with an Indian psychologist.

Dr Uma Krishnamurti is a psychiatrist specialised in treating young children. She has a deep knowledge of Indian and Western psychology (transpersonal psychology).

She travels all over the world to share her experience. She creates a fascinating synthesis of psychology and spirituality.

Workshop topics

  • Transpersonal psychology
  • How to face negative emotions
  • Yoga and mental balance
  • Conscious, subconscious and superconscious mind
  • How to find inner balance
  • What is radiant mental health?
  • A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course

Donation for 5 nights all included:

tent space 375 €, shared room: 459 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds:  459 €, double room 575 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed: 575 €,  single room 688 €, single room with bathroom 767€


sivananda France

August  16 – 23, 2015

The power of positive thinking

Arrival: Sunday around 3pm, Departure: Sunday, around 2pm

“You sow a thought and reap an action. You sow an action and reap a habit. You sow a habit and reap a character. You sow a character and reap a destiny.“ – Swami Sivananda

Recommended reading: Thought power by Swami Sivananda

Workshop topics

  • The world of thoughts
  • Creative life management
  • Exercises for developing thought power
  • Guided contemplation and visualisation

Donation for 7 nights all included: tent space: 315 €, shared room: 385 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 385 €, double room: 455 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed: 455 €, single room: 560 €, single room with bathroom: 660 €

sivananda France

August  23 – 30, 2015

Jyotisha – Vedic Astrology

with Stephen Quong (Umananda)

Arrival: Sunday around 3pm, Departure: Sunday, around 2pm

Jyotisha, the traditional Vedic astrology of India, provides deeper insights into the purpose of our lives.

Evening lectures on:

  • Vedic Astrology, Yoga and Spirituality
  • Astrology and Reincarnation, based on Swami Sivananda’s book What happens to the soul after death
  • Swadharma: Identifying our life purpose through vedic astrology, focusing on the dynamic interaction between career choices and spiritual development
  • Vedic astrology and quantum physics: virtual realities and parallel universes

Stephen Quong (Umananda) is a well-known astrologer from California. He studied classical Vedic astrology with different masters in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and is a practicing Yogi.

Donation for 7 nights all included: tent space: 315 €, shared room: 385 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 385 €, double room: 455 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed: 455 €, single room: 560 €, single room with bathroom: 660 €

sivananda France

Thursday August 27, 2015 at 8pm

Exceptional Bharatanatyam dance performance
and vina concert

with Raghunath Manet

Raghunath Manet is a dancer, a choreographer, a composor and a singer. Originally from Pondicerry, this ambassador from traditional arts is one of the representant of bharata natyam and the veena.

Donation for 1 night all included:
Tent space: 50 €, shared room: 61 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 61 €, double room: 72 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed:  72 €, single room: 89 €, single room with bathroom: 105 €


sivananda France

August  30 – September 6, 2015  

Yoga and nature walks

Arrival: Sunday around 3pm, Departure: Sunday around 2pm

The programme includes on 4 days a 3 hour outdoor activity:

  • Exploring the beautiful Orleans forest (guided walks)
  • Guided walk along the charming Loire River
  • Excursion to one of the nearby historical castles
  • A relaxing afternoon of outdoor games (ping pong, volley ball, basketball, badminton…)
  • Lectures on the health benefits of yoga asanas
  • With daily asana and meditation practice.

Donation for 7 nights all included:

tent space: 315 €, shared room: 385 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds: 385 €, double room: 455 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed: 455 €, single room: 560 €, single room with bathroom: 660 €


sivananda France
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