Practical Vedanta Training

17 SEPTEMBER 2021 – 12 JUNE 2022

In-depth and practical teaching, combining online lectures and interactive sessions, residential stays and personal coaching.
 
Certification for 400 hours.
 
For Sivananda Yoga Teachers

 

Ongoing coaching

Sivananda Yoga Academy

The training will combine the study of scriptures with the pursuit of a yogic lifestyle through the practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra chanting.

 

The lectures will be given online, except for the three residential retreats, which will take place at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Loiret, France. The teachings will be given by European Acharyas and Swamis.
 
Senior Swamis and experienced teachers from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres will teach at the residential retreats and accompany you in personal mentoring.

Curriculum of the training course

Structure and preparation

Structure of the training course

Weekly online conferences
These sessions will be given by the European Acharyas. Recordings of these lectures will be available to all participants.
BI-MONTHLY INTERACTIVE SESSIONS OF 60 MINUTES
These sessions will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions to teachers and to exchange with other students.
PERSONAL TUTOR
Fortnightly 45-minute meetings with a personal tutor to support you in your sadhana.
UNLIMITED ONLINE ASANA AND SATSANG CLASSES
Unlimited access to all asana classes in English and French, as well as to all online Satsangs for the duration of the programme.
THREE RESIDENTIAL STAYS IN THE ASHRAM
Three residential stays at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Neuville aux Bois (accommodation in a shared room is included in the registration fee):

  • 17 – 19 September 2021 : Introductory weekend (Online participation possible)
  • 18 – 25 April 2022 : Spring residential stay (online participation possible)
  • 3 – 12 June 2022 : Final residential stay and graduation (Attendance is mandatory)

Subjects of study

TATTVA BODHA OF SHANKARACHARYA
Study of selected chapters of this fundamental Vedanta scripture.

  • Sadhana Chatustaya, the qualities of a spiritual aspirant;
  • Origin of the Universe;
  • Jivanmukti, the state of Self-realisation

VEDANTIC MEDITATION METHODS

  • Nyayas (Vedantic analogies)
  • Neti Neti (the Vedantic method of negation)
  • Sakshi Bhav (attitude of the witness)
  • Abheda Bodha Vakya (the five components of the universe)
  • Laya Chintana (the involution method)

Bhagavad Gita
During the TTC, the Gita was studied in chronological order, chapter by chapter. In this course, a selection of verses and teachings from these universal scriptures will be discussed and studied

  • History and structure of the Bhagavat Gita
  • Atman and Brahman and the indestructability of the soul
  • The connection between Brahman and Prakriti
  • Life after death and reincarnation
  • Karma Yoga, renouncing the fruits of one’s actions
  • Meditation techniques
  • The golden middle path and how to avoid extremes
  • Samadhi, the superconscious state
  • The 3 Gunas – how the world revolves around them
  • Amrita Ashtakam – what makes a true yogi?

Upanishads
The Upanishads are part of the Vedas and contain the highest Vedantic teachings.

  • Introduction into the Vedas
  • Overview of the major Upanishads
  • Ishavasya Upanishad: This key Upanishad of 18 verses teaches the nature of the Self in a poetic form.
  • Mandukya Upanishad: This small Upanishad of 12 verses explains the meaning of OM, the highest mantra
  • Katha Upanishad: This dialogue of 118 verses between a little boy and the Lord of death deals with the nature of the human being, knowledge of the Self and Moksha, liberation from death.

Vedic chanting with an Indian temple priest

MASTERING A SELECTION OF VEDIC CHANTS
Listening to and practising a selection of chants and mantras from the Vedas.

Spiritual Journal

Detailed support
We recommend that you keep a spiritual diary throughout the course which you can share with your tutor for further guidance. The template for the spiritual diary will be provided to you.

References

Publications studied

  • Tattva Bodha with the commentary by Swami Tejomayananda
  • Bhagavad Gita with the commentary by Swami Sivananda
  • Principal Upanishads by Swami Sivananda
  • Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda
  • Sadhana by Swami Sivananda
  • Sadhana Panchakam by Shankaracharya

Preparation

How best to prepare for the course

  • Join one of the Sivananda Yoga Academy’s free monthly online presentations: Sundays, 30 May, 5:30-6pm
  • For all online courses, the software “Zoom” will be used. It is therefore advisable to download the software free of charge before starting the programme. It is necessary that your computer has a working camera. (For the asana classes, your camera should be positioned so that you can be seen even in the standing position.)
  • Active knowledge of the teachings of the TTC on the subjects of Vedanta, the seven Bhoomikas, Karma and the three bodies is required. Therefore, please review the respective chapters in your TTC manual:
    • Chapter 2, lesson 2: Brahman, Brahma and the three Gunas
    • Chapter 2, lesson 4 and 5: The seven Bhoomikas
    • Chapter 2, lesson 10 and 11: The three bodies and their functions
    • Chapter 4: Karma and reincarnation

  • "Life on earth is a gradual process of unfolding of the Divine Consciousness which man essentially is. It is to set one’s own individuality in tune with the working of the Eternal Nature, to harmonise oneself with the Plenitude of Being. The earth is the arena where we expand the finite into the infinite. The purpose of life here is to live the existence of the Absolute Brahman! A life dedicated to this supreme End is the one of an earnest Seeker through Vedanta."
    - Swami Sivananda

General information

Sivananda Yoga Academy

In addition to attending weekly lectures and fortnightly interactive sessions, we recommend that students practice asana and pranayama daily, or attend asana classes regularly, as well as two satsangs per week, or more if your schedule permits.

 

Registration information

For any questions, please contact Swami Gokulananda at akademie@sivananda.net

 

Language
English and French
Tuition
Tuition fee: €3,250Including meals and accommodation in shared rooms during the residential stays.

Additional fees apply for other room categories.

No price reduction, if onsite retreats are taken online.

PREREQUISITE
TTC diploma of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course.

Interview with one of the Academy directors after the online application has been reviewed.

Certification
Final exam in the form of a written essay of 4 pages (free choice between a variety of topics). The month of May will be kept lecture-free to allow time for the writing of the essay.

Diploma title: “Vedanta Adhikari”, certified for 400 hours (60 minutes).

Sivananda Yoga Academy

Practical Vedanta Training

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