In collaboration with Republic of China Yoga Association (CYA), the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (SYVC), founder Swami Vishnudevananda, offers for the first time a one-month classical Yoga Teachers Training course in Taiwan December 1 - 29, 2013! Experience the full one-month intensive training of body-mind-spirit and at the same time enjoy this beautiful location in Taiwan. Swami Vishnudevananda has visited Taiwan many times in the 80's and was instrumental to bring yoga and the teachings of Master Swami Sivananda Maharaj of Rishikesh, Himalayas to Taiwan. Swami Vishnu'ji founded the international SYVC and taught the Synthesis of Yoga with the scientific approach of the West combined with the depth of eastern yogic philosophy in a unique way. Swami Vishnu's practical spirit and modern methods are being transmitted in its integrity by his senior disciple, Swami Sitaramananda. Swami Sitaramananda is the director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California and has taught many TTCs around the world.
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This 4 week course, which offers a profound personal experience, will allow you to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others. The spiritual essence of yoga is learned through a combination of repeated practice and inspirational lessons. Among the many benefits that students report are greater spiritual awareness, a sense of connection with the divine, a new-found sense of self-discipline, enhanced self-esteem, improved power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility.
A teaching certificate from the International SYVC is awarded upon successful completion of this immersion course. The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SYVC) has trained over 24,000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy/physiology, Bhagavad Gita, mantra and kriyas. Please inquire for a brochure and application form.
5:30 am Wake Up
6:00 - 7:30 am Satsang: meditation, chanting, lecture
8:00 - 10:00 am Yoga Asana and Pranayama Class
10:00 - 10:45 am Vegetarian Brunch
10:45 - 11:45 am Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
12:00 - 1:00 pm Kirtan or Bhagavad Gita Class
2:00 - 4:00 pm Main Philosphy Lecture
4:00 - 6:00 pm How to Teach Yoga Class
6:00 - 6:45 pm Vegetarian Dinner
6:45 - 7:45 pm Free time for Homework completion
8:00 - 9:45 pm Satsang: meditation, chanting, lecture
Upon successful completion of the course, students receive the Certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, entitled Yoga Siromani. This training is registered by and fulfils the requirements for the 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
- Hatha Yoga Theory, The Astral Body
- The nadis (energy channels) and
chakras (energy centers).
- Yoga Asanas, The Sun Salutation and
the 12 basic yoga postures.
- Advanced Variations
- Effects of asanas on the physical and
- Proper posture alignment
- Deep relaxation, Release of blocked
- Pranayama Kapalabhati, Anuloma
Viloma (alternate nostril breath)
Advanced pranayama exercises, Kriyas
- Meditation, Twelve Guidelines for Meditation
- Benefits of Meditation
- Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
- Yoga Philosophy and Psychology
- Techniques of meditation
- Mechanics of the mind
- Positive thinking techniques
- Obstacles to meditation.
- The Five Points of Yoga according to Swami Vishnu-
- Psychology of the Spiritual Aspirant
- Law of karma, Vedanta philosophy
- 4 classical Yoga paths : Karma Yoga,
Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga
- 8 limbs of Yoga and Jnana Yoga (vedanta
techniques of self enquiry) .
- Teaching the sun salutation and the 12
- The Basic Class
- Teaching beginners and intermediate
- Adapt teaching to special groups
Anatomy and Physiology
- The effects of hatha yoga on major body systems
- Yogic Diet and Nutrition
- Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
Bhagavad Gita Study
- commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the most read classical scripture. It gives universal teachings on how to do your duty and conduct yourself in the battlefield of life.
- Positive emotional effects of
- Correct pronunciation and mental
- Mantra and sound healing
- Practice of opening of the heart to
English and Chinese
Meteor Garden Retreat is located in the eastern suburb of Taichung City in central Taiwan. At five hundred meters above sea level, it is surrounded by natural beauty: Nestled between Taiwan's famous Snow Mountain Range to the east and Huoyan Mountain to the North, gazing far to the west it beholds Taiwan's western seacoast. Meteor Garden Retreat is also a dedicated organic fruit farm with fruit trees leisurely spreading out it's property. In the Spring it's covered in cherry blossoms; In the summer butterflies flies flutter among jack fruit and persimmons while fire flies glitter in the evenings. The fragrance of Osamanthus blooms permeates in autumn and in the winter, it's orange grove will bear fruit for harvest.
No. 8, Shuyuan Road Pingding Lane,
Fenyuan District, Taichung City, Taiwan 42078
There will be 2 vegetarian meals served a day. One will be the brunch served at 10:00 am. The second is dinner, served at 6:00 pm. The main ingrediants in a complete vegetarian meal include rice, vegetables, protein (tofu, beans, tempeh, etc...), soup, salad.
Driving: 2 hour drive from Taipei and about 1.5 hour drive from the International airport.
Train: 1.5 hours from Taipei then a 20 minute taxi ride
Taichung City in December: 24C (75F) average high - 14C (57F) average low. Generally much milder and much dryer than Taipei.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival, Registration and orientation on December 1st
Graduation on December 29th from 3 - 6pm
Graduation dinner: 6:00 pm.
Cost of the one month TTC certificate program, includes all classes, instruction, course manual, meals, and the use of Meteor Garden facilities:
2 person Room - $3000 USD
Single Room - $3750 USD
About Prema (Karina Arenas Bonansea)
Prema was born in Argentina, South America. For the last seven years has been living in Taiwan. She is a long-time Sivananda Yoga teacher with more than 10 years experience teaching to thousands of students in Spain, France, England, Austria, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Peru, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and Canada. She completed the Sivananda Teachers Training Course in Reith, Tyrol, Austria and the Advanced Teachers Training Course in Vrindavan, India. She has been practicing yoga for more than 14 years. Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharyas and direct disciples of Swami Vishnu Devananda have been her main teachers. In 2003-2004 she was staff at the Sivananda Ashram in Orleans, France and at the Center in Madrid, Spain. She regularly teaches at Teacher Trainings and Advanced Teacher Trainings of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Europe and India. She models for several Sivananda publications including the international book “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion”.