West Coast Teachers Meeting: Symposium on Social Engagement & Yoga
Thursday, September 20—Sunday, September 23, 2012
Swami Omkarananda • Swami Pranavananda • Kailas Chaitanya • Saradeshaprana • Tara Durga Devi • Saraswati (Stacie Dooreck) •
This retreat is the 13th annual gathering of Sivananda Yoga teachers of the west coast for the purpose of continuing education, community, and inspiration. There are more than 1400 Yoga teachers who have been graduated from the Sivananda Yoga Farm Teacher Training Course. Some have taught extensively after graduation, while others have pursued different branches of the yogic path. This retreat reminds us all of the mission of our founders and genuinely reinspires us to the integral practice of body-mind-spirit immersion in Guru's grace and purpose. Bring to mind again the benefits and the elevated inner feelings which make us Sivananda Yogis and link us with timetested traditions.
Everybody needs a recharge. The atmosphere of the ashram is nurturing and Swami Sitaramananda has guided the energy for more than 15 years here. Take back with you some new teaching materials and more importantly catch up with each other in this gathering of TTC alumni.
Click here for detailed Schedule of WC Teachers meeting 2012
6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Yoga Class
11am Karma Yoga
12-1:30pm Teachers Workshop, Session I – see topics above
2:30-4pm Teachers Workshop, Session II – see topics above
4-6pm Yoga Class
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture – see topics above
Click here for more information on the Dances of Universal Peace performance Saturday night.
This meeting is open to graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher's Training Course, and is specifically geared towards those that are currently teaching on the West Coast.
What to Bring
Bring your TTC uniforms. We will take group photo and you can update your bio.
Other: Slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.
Arrival and Departure
Arrive: Thursday, September 20 – check in at 2pm, 4pm Yoga Class, 6pm Dinner, 8pm Satsang
Depart: Sunday, September 23 – check out of room by 12noon, but stay on for workshops!
Feel free to extend your stay before or after these dates.
Please register online or email your interest firstname.lastname@example.org. Then please call to give us your credit card deposit and confirm your reservation.
A deposit paying for your first night's stay is required for your reservation. Please note that in case of cancellation, no refund will be given. A credit note for other programs at the Yoga Farm (valid for one year) will be given.
This retreat is free for Sivananda Teachers in the SYVC network and 1/2 price for all TTC graduates.
About Swami Omkarananda
Swami Omkarananda is a radiant Yogini renunciate who has more than 20 years of experience in Yoga and meditation. She is the current director of the Sivananda Los Angeles Yoga Center and was assistant director at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for many years. She had a medical background in England and hails from Australia originally. She earned her Certificate in Permaculture Design and Advanced Permaculture from Mid West Permaculture and is now passionate about bringing Yoga and the Environment together at this exciting time of Transition. Her practical lectures are about Yoga philosophy, Vedanta and how to deal with emotions and mind in times of transition. www.sivanandayogafarm.org/our_teachers
About Swami Pranavananda
Swami Pranavananda took the vow of Sannyas in 1995. He is a gifted teacher who is the main hatha yoga teacher at the ashram and teaches the Anatomy and Physiology section of our Teachers Training Course. He co-directed the San Francisco Center for five years.
A talented musician, he enjoys leading kirtan and bhajan chanting sessions during satsang. www.sivanandayogafarm.org/swami_pranavananda
About Kailas Chaitanya
Kailas Chaitanya is one of the main teachers of Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the ashram. He graduated from the Sivananda Yoga Teacher's Training Course in 2007. He was assistant director at the Los Angeles Sivananda Yoga Center for 2 years. Since 2009 he has been assistant director of the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. In 2010 he took the first step in becoming a renunciate monk of the Sivananda order. He is interested in yoga psychology and yoga philosophy and enjoys teaching positive thinking courses. www.sivanandayogafarm.org/kailaschaitanya
Pravrajika Saradeshaprana is a member of the convent of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, from the lineage of the Ramakrishna Order of India. She has worked mostly in the book and publication departments. She is active in interfaith work, with the Interreligious Council of Southern California, and the Los Angeles Archdiocese Hindu-Catholic Dialogue. She has a special understanding of Death and Dying from a Hundu perspective and is a passionate presenter on the subject. She has taught in academic and religious environments on Hindu spiritual practices in general, but is particularly interested in womens spirituality, spiritual practices in the Hindu tradition and Hindu puja (ritualistic worship).
About Tara Durga Devi
Tara Durga Devi has been teaching yoga and meditation for 32 years and is the co-founder and owner of 'The Yoga Center', an affiliated yoga center of Sivananda system, in Stockton, CA. She has been trained in Yoga Therapy, and is a graduate of the Sivananda Yoga teacher's training course (TTC) and Advanced Yoga teacher's training course(ATTC). Tara Durga Devi is one of the rare yoga teachers trained by Swami Vishnu-Devananda, with whom she took TTC in 1976.
About Saraswati (Stacie Dooreck)
Instructor Saraswati (Stacie) is a Certified Sivananda Instructor, a Certified in Integral Gentle Yoga, author of SunLight Chair Yoga book: yoga for everyone! and leads Chair Yoga teacher trainings. She had been bringing yoga to new programs to health clubs, senior homes, corporations and hospitals since 1994. www.sunlightchairyoga.com