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June 16 – 21, 2016

Certificate Course

Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Trauma

with James Reeves,founder of Restful Being

Arrival: Thursday, June 16 around 3pm, 
Departure: Tuesday, June 21 around 2pm

The negative effects of anxiety and trauma are a major public health concern and a source of enormous suffering in the world. Cutting-edge clinical research confirms what yogis have known for thousands of years: yoga practice can help to regulate your nervous system, integrate past traumas held in the body, and allow you to regain a peaceful sense of wholeness.

In this course you will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma and anxiety-related physical and mental health issues.
  • Understand the impact of trauma and anxiety on the nervous system.
  • Discover what clinical research has revealed as “best practic es” for addressing trauma and anxiety.
  • Learn to skillfully choose and introduce evidence-based practices for both trauma and anxiety-related symptoms in a variety of populations, including those suffering trauma from accidents; physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; natural disasters; and individuals with general anxiety.

With certificate of participation

James Reeves, founder of Restful Being, is a yoga nidra expert, specialized in iRest (‘integrative restoration’) Yoga Nidra – a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry proven to effectively reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and chemical dependency. James has studied extensively with the protocol’s founder Richard C. Miller. He has been a practicing yoga teacher since 2005 and qualified as a Structural Yoga Therapist in 2006. James works with people who are recovering from birth trauma, PTSD, abuse and depression as well as injury and other physical ailments. He is also running yoga classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and elsewhere, all focused on helping us to live the essence of our true nature: welcoming, open, spacious and free from judgment and conditioning.

Donation for 5 nights all included:
tent space 490 €, shared room 550 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds 550 €, double room 650 €,  furnished bungalow tent 1 bed 650 €, single room 800 €, single room with bathroom 950€

Healing through Deep Relaxation
sivananda France

June 30 – July 9, 2016

Certificate Course: Accessible Yoga

With Jivana Heyman

Arrival: Thursday, June 30 around 3pm.
Departure: Saturday, July 9 around 12 noon

In this practical 9-day programme you will learn how to adapt a classical asana class to the needs of students with physical disabilities or chronic illness, the elderly, and people with injuries. This can range from teaching slightly modified classes, to entire classes taught in a chair or in a bed. The course focuses on the practical application of yoga techniques and the psychological insight necessary for helping students with disabilities – no matter what their age – to better utilise yoga.

Curriculum (excerpt):

  • Yoga anatomy and physiology of the ageing process
  • How to empower people with disabilities by giving them a deeper understanding of the yoga teachings
  • Using additional tools such as a chair, a blanket, a strap and a cushion
  • How to create a positive group dynamic
  • Deepen your personal practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation

Certificate: Students receive a certificate recognised by the Yoga Alliance that will enable yoga teachers and health professionals to teach yoga to students with disabilities.

Daily schedule:
6 am Morning meditation
8–10 am Course lecture
10 am Brunch
12–3pm Course workshop
4pm Yoga class
6pm Dinner
8pm Study time or course.

With certificate of participation

Jivana Heyman is Director of Teachers’ Training programmes at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, California. After many years of personal training in the Gurukula yoga tradition, Jivana focuses on teaching yoga for people with disabilities.

Donation for 9 nights all included
tent space 1050 €, shared room 1150 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds 1150 €, double room 1350 €

Accommodation during this time is very limited at the Ashram.
We recommend early booking.
sivananda France

July 10 – 14, 2016

Certificate Course
Science and expansion of consciousness

with Philippe Bobola, physicist, biologist and anthropologist

Arrival: Sunday, July 10 around 3pm.
Departure: Thursday, June 14 around 2pm

The discoveries in physics and biology confirm the intuitive knowledge of yoga. A fascinating theoretical and practical course on the meeting of science and spirituality.


  • Parallels between quantum physics and the yogic perception of the cosmos
  • A journey to the heart of the atom and the cell: a new understanding of the body
  • The latest discoveries on time
  • Yoga and neuroscience
  • Scientific understanding of Indian deities
  • The vibratory origin of the universe and the mantras
  • Approaching a new understanding of light
  • Guided meditations to expand consciousness

Ample time for interaction and questions and answers
Quantum physics, innovative studies on time (temporary pointillism), neuroscience and recent advances in biology confirm the ancient indian perception of the cosmos, the human body and the Divine.

Through in-depth presentations, interspersed meditations and practical exercises for the expansion of consciousness, we will be invited to experience on the level of the mind and the heart the intuitive concepts of  Hinduism (the multiple manifestations of the Divine, the concept of a body made of light, chakras, mantras ...). This will lead us to the analysis of the concept of animated matter only recently rediscovered by our Western science.

For this journey from the atom to the cell, the only luggage required is listenining and being attentive and open. Everyone can explore, feel and taste a unique state of consciousness where man and cosmos are One.
"When the weary scientist gets to the top of the mountain, he is greeted by spiritual masters who tell him: “Welcome! We have been waiting for you for a long time! "

Ample time will be allotted to interact with each other. This course requires no prior training.

With certificate of participation

Donation for 4 nights all included
tent space 354 €, shared room 407 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds 407 €, double room 447 €, single room 572 €
Accommodation during this time is very limited at the Ashram.
We recommend early booking.

sivananda France

July 14-18, 2016

Certificate Course: The Yoga of Sleep

With Dr. Rubin Naiman, PhD

Arrival: Thursday, July 14 around 3 pm.
Departure: Monday, July 18 around 2 pm

Programme: Every course day includes a 4-5 hour workshop with lectures, slide presentations, group discussions and exercises such as Yoga Nidra and dream circles. The rest of the day follows the regular yoga vacation programme.

Course language: English with translation into French

Course topics:
What is Sleep and Dreaming?

  • The nature of sleep and dreams
  • Their rhythmic infrastructure
  •  REM sleep, dreaming, dream loss

The Big Picture

  • The loss of night
  • Impact of industrialization and light
  • Cultural resistance to rest

Evaluating Sleep Problems and healing Sleeplessness

  • Screening and evaluation techniques
  • The Noise Reduction Model (NRMI)
  • The art of surrender
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
  • Behavioral and environmental interventions

Sleep, Dreams & Consciousness

  • Night and shadow work
  • The united states of consciousness 

Recommended Course Materials by Dr. Rubin Naiman:
The Yoga of Sleep, Dr. Rubin Naiman, (Audio Book) Sounds True, 2010
HUSH: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations: NewMoon Media, 2014

With certificate of participation

Rubin Naiman, PhD, is a psychologist, sleep specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in integrative and holistic approaches to sleep and dreams. In addition to professional publications, he is author of Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming and Awakening and the audio programs The Yoga of Sleep, To Sleep Tonight, and Healthy Sleep (with Andrew Weil, MD).

Donation for 4 nights all included
tent space 354 €, shared room 407 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds 407 €, double room 447 €, single room 572 €
Accommodation during this time is very limited at the Ashram. We recommend early booking.

Dr Rubin Naiman Sleep
sivananda France

July 19 - 24, 2016

Certificate Course: Yoga Psychology – the ancient path of Raja Yoga to inner peace

With Kamala Angel

Arrival: Tuesday, July 19 around 3 pm.
Departure: Sunday, July 24 around 2 pm

Course contents:

  • The eightfold path of Raja yoga for mastering body and mind
  • Yama and Niyama: ethical foundations for living peacefully with oneself and others
  • How to face negative emotions
  • Yoga and mental balance
  • Conscious, subconscious and superconscious mind
  • How to find inner balance

With daily asana and meditation practice.

Recommended reading: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali  with the commentary by Swami Durgananda

With certificate of participation

Kamala is a long-term disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, an experienced Sivananda Yoga teacher and has a profound knowledge on Yoga philosophy. She is the editor of the books “Vishnudevananda Upadesha” and “Samadhi”. Kamala is from Australia and directs a yoga school in the Blue Mountains.

Donation for 5 nights all included
tent space 297 €, shared room 330 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds 330 €, double room 402 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed 402 €, single room 412 €, single room with bathroom 577 €

sivananda France

September 2 – 4, 2016

Certificate Course: Geobiology – the art of a health-conscious environment

Arrival: Friday, September 2 around 3pm.
Departure: Sunday, September 4 around 3 pm.

with Cécile Dubois

Geobiology researches interactions of forces of nature related to life on Earth in general and specifically the interactions between human beings and their habitation. This course explores how
Earth Energies affect our lives and how the health of habitation can contribute to the health of human beings

With certificate of participation

  • Friday, September 2, 8 – 9.30 pm: Health of habitation, health of human beings part – introduction into geobiology
  • Saturday, September 3, 12 – 2.30 pm: developing an awareness towards health issues related to the daily use of devices emitting electromagnetic waves.
  • Sunday, September 4, 12 – 2.30 pm: Evaluation of human habitation and environment

The rest of the day follows the regular yoga vacation programme.

Cécile Dubois has a scientific background and specialized in the field of geobiology in 2008. Trained by renowned specialists in the science of a health-conscious environment she researches the interactions between human beings and their habitation and is sharing her knowledge through lectures and workshops.

Donation for 2 nights all included
tent space 118 €, shared room 144 €, furnished bungalow tent 2 beds 144 €, double room 170 €, furnished bungalow tent 1 bed 170 €, single room 200 €, single room with bathroom 247 €

sivananda France

October 3 – 8, 2016

Certificate Course
Ayurveda – the essential guide to healthy living

With Swami Bhagavatananda

Arrival Monday, October 3 around 3pm, Departure Saturday, October 8 around 2pm

Ayurveda is the ancient medical system of India. It is a holistic approach to physical and mental health, proclaiming that our wellbeing is mainly determined by our lifestyle and ability to live in tune with nature.  This course provides an introduction to the ayurvedic principles of health care and a balanced life style in theory and practice.
Every day at noon there will be a two hour lecture and at 3 pm a one hour hands-on practical workshop. The rest of the day follows the yoga vacation daily schedule. The participation in the 4 pm Asana class is optional.

Lecture topics

• Introduction into the ayurvedic types of constitution: Vata, Pitta, Kapha        
• the seven Dhatus (types of body tissue) and their importance for our health
• Dinacharya: daily and seasonal health regimen
• Prana, Tejas, Ojas: how to balance the subtle energy systems of body and mind
• How to get a good night’s sleep: ayurvedic and yogic remedies for insomnia

Practical workshops:
• use your kitchen spices to make delicious hot and cold drinks
• natural recipes for ayurvedic skin care
• simple home remedies
• cooking demonstration: prepare a full, balanced meal in 30 minutes

With certificate of participation

With the exception of one cooking demonstration this course will not deal with the subject of ayurvedic nutrition.
For wholesome alternatives to conventional food choices please see our certificate course ” “Introduction to Healthy Cooking” with Ayurveda” October 8 – 13

Donation for 5 nights all included
shared room 330 €, double room 402 €, single room 412 €, single room with bathroom 577 €

10 % discount if you take both Certificate courses “Ayurveda - Essential guide to healthy living” Oct 3-8 and “Introduction to Healthy Cooking with Ayurveda Oct 8 – 13 together.“

sivananda France

October 8 - 13, 2016

Certificate course
Introduction to Healthy Cooking with Ayurveda

With Swami Bhagavatananda

Arrival: Saturday, October 8 around 3pm,
Departure: Thursday, October 13 around 2pm

Ayurveda is an ancient medical science dating back more than 5000 years. According to Ayurveda our health and wellness are mainly influenced by the foods we eat and the lifestyle we live. Ayurveda is grounded in a holistic approach to physical and mental health. Ayurvedic nutrition offers a delicious and healthy alternative to conventional food choices as it considers food to be both nourishment as well as medicine.

5 Lectures

  1. How to eat according to your type of constitution: 
    Vata, Pitta, Kapha
  2. Rasa: discovering the six essential flavours of nature
  3. The three Gunas: energy principles for a balanced diet
  4. Spices and their properties
  5. Nutritional food values:
    How to ensure you get enough Vitamin B, iron, etc

4 hands-on cooking demonstrations:
Delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and healthy snacks as well as ayurvedic desserts

  1. Get started: prepare a basic, balanced ayurvedic meal
  2. Cook a feast: delicious south-indian treats
  3. Quick and easy dishes for busy people
  4. Pasta, pancakes & co: western cooking - ayurvedic style

The recipes in the cooking workshops are lacto-vegetarian (Recipe booklet included). Vegan and gluten- free alternatives of the recipes are available for people with special dietary needs.

Daily schedule:
12:30 – 3:00 pm: Cooking demonstration
4:30 – 5:30 pm: Lecture on nutrition
The rest of the day follows the yoga vacation daily schedule.

With certificate of participation

Donation for 5 nights all included
shared room 330 €, double room 402 €, single room 412 €, single room with bathroom 577 €
10 % discount if you take both Certificate courses “Ayurveda - Essential guide to healthy living” Oct 3-8 and “Introduction to Healthy Cooking with Ayurveda Oct 8 – 13 together.“

Swami Bhagavatananda is codirector of the Ashram de Yoga Sivananda. Since many years she teaches ayurvedic lifestyle and vegetarian nutrition in the Sivananda Yoga Centers in Europe

sivananda France

October 14 – 19, 2016

Certificate course
Yoga and Stress management

With Omkari Sylvie Guattari

Arrival: Friday, October 14 around 3pm,
Departure: Wednesday, October 19 around 2pm

Yoga techniques and mental exercises (meditation) have become an integral part of Western culture and are finding increased acceptance in medicine, education, sports, management training, the arts and religious sciences. This certificate course offers in-depth personal practice with a view to integrating these experiences into your personal and professional life.


  • The flight and fight response
  • Understanding the parasympathetic nervous system
  • The 3 levels of relaxation
  • Metabolizing stress with asanas and pranayama
  • Learning how to slow down the mind with meditation
  • How your food choices affect your level of stress
  • Yoga psychology: the psychology of contentment and detachment

With certificate of participation

Omkari Sylvie Guattari is a longterm and experienced teacher of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Paris. She has a very clear and structured way of teaching and teaches anatomy in the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Courses.

Donation for 5 nights all included
shared room 330 €, double room 402 €, single room 412 €, single room with bathroom 577 €

sivananda France
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