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Meditation Course
Meditation is a mysterious ladder which reaches from restlessness to abiding peace, from ignorance to knowledge.” – Swami Sivananda

Meditation is considered the most important of all the yoga techniques and is an invaluable tool for peace of mind and amotional balance. This 4-week course provides instruction in the basic meditation techniques and theory for starting a personal meditation practice.

• Why meditate? • How to start a meditation practice • Sitting positions, conscious breathing and mental relaxation • Developing concentration • Mantras – tools for meditation
• Individual guidance by an experienced teacher.
Meditation Course
Recommended reading: Sivananda Book of Meditation by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.
Tuesdays

6.30 - 8.00pm

February 16 - March 8

Wednesdays 8 - 9.30pm April 27 - May 18
Positive Thinking Course
Every thought has literal value to you in every possible way.
What you think upon, that you become
.”
Swami Sivananda

The yogic understanding of thought has helped many individuals to find new meaning in their daily lives. This 4- week course is filled with many practical techniques for facing both inner and outer obstacles through an understanding of the transformative power of thought.

• The nature of thoughts • How habits are formed • Developing thought power
• Transforming negative emotions
Positive Thinking Course
Recommended reading: Thought Power by Swami Sivananda.
Tuesdays 8 - 9.30pm March 22 - April 19 (please note that there will be no class on Tuesday April 5)

Cost Meditation or Positive Thinking course:

One Course: Members £44  /  Non-members £63  /  Concessions £42
Two Courses: Members £80  /  Non-members £115  /  Concessions £76

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Special courses and Study Groups

Fight stress and fear and find inner serenity
With Swami Jyotirmayananda
February 3 – 24
Yoga works on the nervous system which is activated when stress and fear or anxiety are experienced. Yoga helps to keep the nervous system in balance so that you feel better able to deal with the unavoidable stresses that are part of daily life.

The next step in your meditation practice

The course will look into the characteristics and causes of stress and fear and suggests remedies to reduce anxiety, sooth the nervous system, generate harmony and cultivate courage and fortitude. The course contains a study of the nervous system which will help to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress at an early stage, allowing to adopt healthy coping methods.

The course consists of two parts: the asana class at 6.30pm emphasises deep relaxation and prepares us for the theoretical and philosophical part of the course at 8pm. It is possible to enroll only for 1 part of the course.

Cost
Part 1: Practical asana classes ‘Silencing the mind through asanas and pranayama’
Members £32 / Non-members £48 / Concessions £30 or ticks on class card

Part 2: Theoretical/philosophical course ‘Fight stress and fear and find serenity’
Members £48 / Non-members £69 / Concessions £46

Recommended reading: Conquest of Fear from Sivananda.
Wednesdays

6.30 - 8.00pm

Part I – practical asana class: Silencing the mind through asanas and pranayama

Wednesdays 8 - 9.30pm Part II – theoretical/philosopical: Fight stress and fear and find serenity

4 week Special Course

Deepening your asana practice

With Manohara
asana

This 4-week course offers practical inspiration to deepen your expirience of variations in the asanas. The variations will be taught with individual corrections and the focus will be improving flexibility, strength, endurance and an improved sense of balance. The following variation cycles will be taught: shoulderstand variations, forward bend-and backward bend variations and balancing poses.

Manohara is an experienced and energetic yoga teacher at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Paris.

Mondays

6.30 - 8.00pm

February 22 - March 14

4 week Special Course
The breath of life – pranayama course

With Ananta

Breathing is like no other body function because it connects us to our environment. Plants take in carbon dioxode and give off oxygen, while human beings and animals inhale oxygen-rich air and exhale air high in carbon dioxide. Yoga breathing exercises help to increase the gas exchange in the lungs and in all cells of the body, creating a feeling of freshness, energy and lightness of body and mind.
Pranayama course

This course is designed to help you deepen your pranayama practice both in theory and practice. We will go into more intense and prolonged practice of kapalabhati and anuloma viloma, in addition to learning some of the minor pranayama techniques.

Recommended reading: Science of Pranayama from Sivananda.
Thursdays

6.30 - 8.00pm

February 25 - March 17

3 days Study Group
The Royal Path of Raja Yoga – study group
With Swami Gopalananda
The study of this 3-session course will focus on the second chapter of the Raja Yoga Sutras called Sadhana Pada, the chapter which explains the different yoga practices. It includes kriya yoga, ashtanga yoga, the eight limbs of raja yoga, and explains the obstacles and benefits of the yoga practice. Sadhana Pada shines much light on how to expand the mind.

Swami Gopalananda is co-director of the Sivananda Centre in Paris and a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda.
Raja Yoga – study group
Recommended reading: Meditation and Mantras (the Raja Yoga Sutras are contained in this book) from Swami Vishnudevananda and/or Raja Yoga Sutras with commentaries of Swami Durgananda.

8.00 - 9.30pm

Tuesday 15 March, Wednesday 16 March and Thursday 17 March

4 week Special Course
Bhagavad Gita
With Chandra

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important philosophical texts of yoga and was central to Ghandi’s life and thought. The Bhagavad Gita shows how we can make every moment of our daily life a living expression of yoga.

This sacred text teaches us how to live in the world, do our duties and find balance and joy through detachment. Each session of this 4-week course includes Gita chanting.

Bhagavad Gita
Recommended reading: Bhagavad Gita with commentaries of Swami Sivananda.
Wednesdays

6.30 - 8.00pm

April 13 - May 4

4 week Special Course
The Meditation Experience

With Swami Jyotirmayananda

‘Meditation gives the vision of unity and produces a sense of oneness. Meditation is an aeroplane that helps the practitioner to soar high in the realms of eternal bliss and everlasting peace.’  Swami Sivananda 

The practice of meditation continues to gain recognition in areas as diverse as psychology, arts, sports training and healing. Meditation can greatly improve our health and the quality of life.  This 4 session course is designed to help you deepen your meditation experience. 

Topics: 

  • The sound of OM: it's meaning, power and practice
  • Working with your emotions in meditation
  • Physical preparation for the practice of meditation
  • Practice of various guided meditaions
The next step in your meditation practice
Recommended reading: Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda
Mondays 8 - 9.30pm April 25 - May 23 (there will be no class on the Bank Holiday May 2)

Cost 4 week Special Courses and 3 day Study group:

Special Courses: Members £48  /  Non-members £69  /  Concessions £46
Study Group: Members £36  /  Non-members £52  /  Concessions  £34.50

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