Sivananda Bahamas

  • June 22nd, 2013
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200hr Sivananda Teacher Training In The Bahamas

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The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is part of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization. The organization, consisting of ashrams and yoga centers world-wide, is named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda. The mission of the organization is to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashrams and centers to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit.

The Yoga Retreat is an island paradise with crystal clear water and pure white sands. It is a true sanctuary of peace and natural beauty. It is located across the bay from Nassau on one of the finest beaches of the world. Five and a half acres of tropical paradise await you where you will find a heaven far from the hectic demands of everyday life. The Ashram is built around a semi-closed outdoor meditation temple. There are spacious exercise platforms facing the warm blue green water of the Caribbean. Swaying palms provide shade and shelter. It offers the perfect environment for spiritual studies in the company of like-minded people from around the world.

About the Sivananda Teacher Training Course (TTC)

The TTC began over 40 years ago, is recognized worldwide and has produced more than 27,000 graduates. Swami Vishnudevananda was the first in the West to develop this kind of training program for yoga teachers with the vision to not only develop successful yoga professionals, but also to spread peace in the world through them.

The TTC is a unique, profoundly transforming and personal experience that is 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. They also build a firm foundation from which to teach others instinctually and confidently.

The TTC provides a fantastic opportunity to awaken or deepen your yoga practice, meet old and new friends, and to be a part of the global yoga community which is growing each day. The best part of all is learning that everything we need is already within us and how the practices can lead us into accessing our gifts and beauty from the inside out. The experience provides a great way to find long lasting happiness, peace and the ability to share the yogic lifestyle with others.

Graduates of the course receive internationally recognized certification. Certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 200 hours standard for Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).

A 500-hour training is available to graduates of the TTC.

Typical Day at the Teacher Training

05:30 am Wake up

06:00 am Silent meditation, chanting and lecture or silent walk

08:00 am Asana and Pranayama class (deepening and fine tuning your own practice)

10:00 am Brunch

12:00 pm Bhagavad Gita/ chanting class

02:00 pm Main Lecture (Yoga Philosophy/ Anatomy)

04:00 pm Asana and Pranayama (how to teach session)

06:00 pm Dinner

08:00 pm Satsang

Students also perform karma yoga (selfless service) for one hour a day, as individually assigned.

There is one weekly day off. During the day off students are only required to attend morning and evening satsangs and to perform their karma yoga. On the weekly day off, students are welcome to enjoy the daily workshops offered at the Ashram, explore the Ashram’s vicinity, or take the time to rest on the beach or in the garden.

Students enjoy special programs, festivals, concerts and symposiums that are offered during evening satsangs. In their free time students are welcome to enjoy the services of the Well-Being Center.

Sivananda Teacher Training Curriculum

  • Competently and confidently teaching a 2 hour Sivananda yoga class; gaining versatile teaching skills including teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced classes; exploring different techniques to teach children, the elderly, and prenatal yoga.
  • Finding greater flexibility and comfort in the personal practice of asanas (postures);energizing the body and calming the mind through the practice of pranayama (breathing); maintaining physical and mental purity through the practice of kriyas (cleansing); yogic diet and nutrition; human anatomy and physiology.
  • Meditation techniques and theory.
  • The practice of chanting and repetition of mantras.
  • The practice of selfless service.
  • Study of the timeless teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and other ancient yogic texts; yoga philosophy and psychology.

Certification and Credits

  • Upon successful completion of the TTC students receive the Certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, entitled Yoga Siromani (Teacher of Yoga).
  • The TTC is registered by and fulfills the requirements for the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
  • TTC graduates can earn university credits toward graduate degrees from The Open International University.

Come and Join Us In the Bahamas!

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