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Training Course

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The TTC is a unique, profoundly transforming personal experience based on the ancient gurukula teaching system which integrates the student’s daily life into the yoga training. For four intense weeks of ashram living, students strengthen their own yoga practice through self-discipline and awareness of the nature of mind, body and spirit while building a firm foundation from which to teach others instinctively and confidently. It is a fantastic opportunity to awaken or deepen your yoga practice, meet old and new friends, and to be a part of the growing global yoga community.

Graduates of the course receive internationally recognized certification that is also accepted 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 whilek imparting the yoga experience to others.The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga which can be understood through the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga. The intensive daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, and one hour of service to the ashram community. One day a week is lecture ­free. 

Hatha Yoga (Yoga Postures)

A daily teaching practice class is devoted to how to teach asanas and pranayama. A daily asana practice class gives you the opportunity to practice your own asanas and will help to build the good habit of practice. The daily in­depth practice with individual corrections comprises:

Personal Practice

  • Sun salutation
  • 12 basic yoga postures
  • 100 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Physical purification exercises
  • Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
  • Release of blocked energy
  • Ethical and moral principles
  • Body as prana (life energy) as mind
  • Controlling the body to control the mind through meditation
  • Training sessions for all age groups

Teaching Practice

  • How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Setting up of a proper environment for class
  • General pointers on teaching a class
  • The Basic Sivananda class
  • Beginners’ Course
  • Advanced Postures
  • Yoga for Children
  • Yoga for Seniors
  • Yoga for Pregnancy
  • Relaxation
  • Detailed correction workshops
In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

Benefits of Asanas:

  • Control emotions
  • Improve power of concentration
  • Rid the body of excess fat
  • Enhance physical fitness
  • Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Stabilise thyroid functions
  • Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age

Pranayama

  • Expands capacity of the lungs
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
  • Awakens the inner spiritual energy
  • Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
  • Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
  • The three bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

  • Introduction to the major body systems
  • The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system
  • The eight systems of the body
  • Diet and nutrition, effects on mind and body, vegetarianism for ethical, spiritual and health reasons, Ayurvedic principles

Yoga Philosophy
Meditation

  • What is meditation?
  • Why meditate
  • 12 ­step guided daily practice
  • Effects of and experiences in meditation
  • Mantras as spiritual energy in sound
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)

Raja Yoga

  • Ashtanga – the 8 steps of yoga
  • Antahkarana – functions of the mind
  • Concentration and meditation

Bhakti Yoga

  • Kirtan ­ chanting of classical Sanskrit mantras, correct pronunciation
  • Developing a devotional and open hearted attitude

Karma Yoga

  • Practicing selfless service as a means to reducing selfishness and egoism
  • Community participation

Jnana Yoga

  • Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
  • The 7 Bhoomikas or planes of consciousness Space, time, causation
  • The 3 bodies
  • The 3 levels of the mind
  • Conquest of death

Bhagvad Gita

  • Introduction to one of the greatest spiritual texts in the world which contains subtle and profound teachings embracing every aspect of human actions.
  • Study of both the text and Swami Sivananda’s commentary

5:30 am: Wake up

6:00 am: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)

8:00 am: Asanas and pranayama / How to teach

10:00 am: Brunch

11:00 am: Karma Yoga

12:00 pm: Bhagavad Gita or Kirtan lecture

2:00 pm: Main lecture on philosophy or anatomy

4:00 pm: Asanas and pranayama practice class

6:00 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Satsang (Meditation, chanting, lecture)

10:00 pm: Lights out

A high degree of self­motivation is required for all aspects of the course. A basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and an openness to the teachings of yoga are required.

The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demands a high degree of self ­discipline and
purity.

To ensure the success of the programme, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures and asana classes.

Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and nudity are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to yoga practice. Participants who do not comply with the ashram rules may be dismissed from the course. Unfortunately, it is not possible to cater to personal dietary preferences beyond the yogic ­vegetarian meals.

 

2017 Teachers’ Training Courses:

July 2 – 30, 2017
Single room: CAD $3675 | Dormitory: CAD $2960 | Tent: CAD $2400

November 19 – December 16, 2017
Single room: CAD $3375 | Dormitory: CAD $2660

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Materials Included in Course Fee

  • 2 yoga pants, 2 t­shirts
  • TTC manual

Materials NOT Covered by Course Fee

  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda, Three Rivers Press
  • Bhagavad Gita with a commentary by Swami Sivananda, the Divine Life Trust Society
  • Yoga mat, cushion, blanket, Kriya set

Further Recommended Reading For At-Home Study

  • Yoga – Your Home Practice Companion by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley
  • Sivananda Beginner’s Guide to Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gaia Books
  • Yoga Mind & Body by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Dorling Kindersley
  • Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers

These can be purchased at any of our Centres or Ashrams.

Apply Online Now

All registrations for the TTC are done online. Students are requested to fill in the online registration form and make their payment at the same time. The Yoga Camp will then write to you with more information about logistics.

For more information, please email Gita at:yogacampregistrations@sivananda.org or call 819-322-3226

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What To Bring:

  • Comfortable as well as warm clothing
  • Notebook, torch (flashlight)
  • Sandals or slippers for indoors, walking shoes
  • Towel, toiletries, Neti pot

Students are responsible for making their own way to the Course. Details of how to get there will be sent to you upon registration. Please arrive on the day before the course is scheduled to commence. Departure will be the day after the course finishes. Please do not arrive late or plan to leave early. You may wish to arrive a few days earlier to acclimatise to the new environment or stay longer after the Course has finished. 

Getting to The Yoga Camp

Students are responsible for making their own way to the Course. Details on how to get to the Camp will be sent to you upon registration. Please arrive on the day before the course is scheduled to begin and plan your departure for the day after the course finishes. Please do not arrive late or plan to leave early. You are welcome to arrive a few days earlier to acclimate to the new environment or stay longer after the Course has finished.

If you want to cancel your registration before the start of the course, we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of $150 CAD.

If you do not show up and do not contact us, no refund will be issued.

If you contact us before the course begins and wish to transfer to another teacher’s training course a $300 CAD administration fee will be charged. Some restrictions may apply and it can only be done once.

Once the course has begun, and you decide to leave within 3 days, we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of $450 CAD.

No refunds will be issued after the 3rd day of classes had begun.

 

ASHRAM RULES AND REGULATIONS

Check in/Check out: Check-in time is after 3:00pm. Checkout time is before 11:00AM. Check in/out at reception in the main Lodge. When checking out please clean your room of litter as best as possible then bring your used bedsheets and towel to reception and retrieve a clean set.

 Conservation and recycling: Please conserve water while bathing and washing. Report any leaking taps and toilets to reception. Save electricity by switching off lights and electrical items when not in use. Be aware of how much paper products are used. Used batteries can be left at reception. Kindly use the recycling bins found in the common areas. Any used items of clothing can be donated at reception.

 Remember: “Every Action Matters” when consciously living in yoga.

 Dress Code: Please cover the shoulders, upper arm, midriff and legs at all times, including asana classes & temple visits.

Fire Hazards: Please do not burn candles, incense, mosquito coils, etc in your room, dormitory or tent.

Food: We serve a vegetarian diet, nourishing and balanced with proteins, carbohydrates, fruits and plenty of local vegetables. Snacks are available at our Health Hut during high season. There is no consumption of meat, fish, eggs, garlic and onions. Alcohol, tobacco and any drugs is prohibited.

Hygiene: A good yogi leaves the premises, rooms and bathrooms cleaner than when they arrived. For hygienic reasons, please leave your Ashram pillows, blankets and sheets in your room.

Karma Yoga: The Ashram is run by volunteer staff members. Selfless service, karma yoga or seva is an essential part of the Ashram experience. Maintaining a positive spiritual atmosphere requires participation from all the guests and staff. In addition to staff duties, we ask all guests to participate for 1 hour each day contributing to the upkeep of the Ashram. A small task can make a big difference. Kindly meet the karma yoga coordinator at reception at 10:45AM, after morning meal, to arrange your assignment.

Laundry: Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the ground level of the Registrations building during daytime hours. Quarters and dollar coins are required. Approximately 40 minutes is required for a wash & 40 minutes for a dry.

Lights out: Kindly respect the silent time after evening satsang on your way to your room. Please turn all lights out and observe silence by 10:30PM to ensure everyone a peaceful rest.

Massages: We offer a variety of massages year round from Deep Tissue, Swedish and Thai. Appointments for these massages can be made at reception. Ayurveda consultations with our doctor, treatments and massages are available at the Ayurveda Clinic during high season.

Personal Belongings: A safety deposit facility is available for your valuables and cellphone. Ask reception. The Ashram cannot accept responsibility for anyone’s personal belongings. Consider labeling your yoga mat, bags, shoes and other items left in common areas.

Phone calls: Pay phones can be found on the north entrance of the Registrations building and downstairs in the Lodge. Phone cards are available in the Boutique.

Cell phones: To ensure a full Ashram experience we ask that all cell phones are set to silent and/or are turned off. Making or awaiting phone calls or text messages can distract a yogi … and their friends from their yoga practice. The Boutique has alarm clocks or perhaps follow the Ashram bell to guide you through the day.

Photography: To ensure people’s privacy during their stay, photography or video recording is not permitted during satsang, pujas, or asana classes. See Ashram Director with any questions.

Punctuality: For everyone’s benefit, kindly arrive to classes, events and satsangs on time or even arrive a little early to settle. Leaving your room at the 10-minute bell will help you arrive on time. Punctuality ensures peace for all for the beginning of any event.

Note: the doors are locked at the start of the meditation sessions and opened once chanting begins.

Post: You can leave any outgoing mail at reception. If you are expecting any mail, check with reception.

Relationships: Kindly restrain expressions of affection in public – kissing and hugging.

Women and men’s dorms: kindly respect the gender privacy of these dorms. Couples are advised to observe celibacy as part of the spiritual discipline.

Sauna and Swimming Pool: A wood-fired dry sauna is available year round. An outdoor pool is open during the summer when life guard is on duty. Kindly wear discrete swimming clothes in the sauna and pool. Bring an extra towel to sit on.

Shoes: Please remove your shoes and place them in the shoe racks when entering any of the buildings.

Schedule: It is expected that all guests attend all satsangs, lectures and asana classes. To help with the upkeep of the Ashram we ask all guests participate for 1 hour of Karma yoga each day.

Silence: To maintain the tranquil setting of an Ashram we aim to observe personal silence before the morning and evening satsangs and especially at mealtimes. Maintaining silence conserves energy and instills a peaceful environment. To maintain the energy received during evening satsang try observing silence for the remainder of the night.

Spiritual Respect: Kindly maintain a respectful attitude when near an altar, satsang hall or temple. When sitting, sit cross-legged, or in a chair. Kindly refrain from pointing the feet towards any altar, deities or teachers of the satsang. Kindly do your best to remain in the satsang hall for the entire satsang.

Staff: Staff members are willing and able to answer any of your questions. Feel free to go to them and ask your questions. They will most often be wearing yellow and white.

Suggestions, Comments & Special Requests: If you have any suggestions, comments or special requests, feel free to write them down with your name and drop them into the suggestions box at reception. Any immediate concerns, feel free to mention to any staff member.

Temples: The many Ashram temples, large and small, are available for visiting and silent meditation during your free time. You are welcome to visit the Krishna Temple, the Master’s Statues near the dorms and the Sivananda Temple on the pond for silent contemplation or meditation. Up on the top of the hill is the Subramanya-Ayyappa and Mariamman Temple and inside these temples are more temples. Kindly enter the temple of your choice in silence. Visit each temple with grace and awareness. You are welcome to prostrate in front of each murti, then sit to feel the resonance of the temple. There are donation boxes inside the Subramanya-Ayyappa and Krishna temple. Feel free to donate to help the maintenance of these temples. Kindly leave food or drink outside of any temple area.

Water: The tap water is city water. We also offer pure artesian well water for drinking. Bring your own water bottles and refill them at the pump located in the middle of the Ashram, near the first step of the Peace Trail. If we touch our drinking bottle to the tap when filling we may spread our bacteria to others. To prevent any spreading of bacteria, please keep the bottle away from the tap or hose when filling. If drinking from a hose please keep mouth away from the end of the hose.

Physical Harassment: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers of Canada disapprove of and condemn any form of harassment directed at guests, staff or visitors. Specifically, no harassment, proposals or innuendos with a sexual connotation will be tolerated during any program or activity organized by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers of Canada. Guests participating in such programs are accordingly made aware of this policy and invited to apply it in their personal behavior whilst on our premises. Any guest who thinks she (he) may be the victim of unsolicited advances or any other form of sexual harassment is asked to notify a senior Swami or Director immediately in order for corrective action to be undertaken without delay. Complaints made to a senior Swami or Director will be treated confidentially and the alleged violator or any third party will not be advised of the complainant’s identity without the latter’s consent.

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