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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, increased strength and flexibility.
You will be accommodated in Qian Yuan Taoist-Buddhist Temple, newly built to a high standard geared to international visitors. The views from the mountain are spectacular. The temple complex is surrounded by bamboo forest and many ancient trees, along with natural springs, waterfalls and limestone caves with many ancient sculptures and statues.
05:30 Wake Up
06:00 - 7:30 Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
08:00 - 10:00 Yoga asana and Pranayama class
10:00 - 10:45 Vegetarian brunch
10:45 - 11:45 Karma yoga (selfless service)
12:00 - 13:00 Kirtan or Bhagavad gita class
14:00 - 16:00 Main philosophy lecture
16:00 - 18:00 How to teach yoga class
18:00 - 18:45 Vegetarian dinner
18:45 - 19:45 Free time for homework completion
20:00 - 21:45 Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
1 day a week will be free, but satsang still must be attended
Satsang means literally "company of the wise," or a meeting of like-minded people gathered for spiritual practice. No previous knowledge or experience of yoga is required, and everyone is invited to participate. Each session includes 30 minutes of silent meditation, beginning with guided instruction, 30 minutes of devotional chanting, and a short lecture or reading on yoga philosophy.
The Sivananda Yoga Center is an all-volunteer organization and non-profit corporation and is run purely in the spirit of Karma yoga (selfless service). All teachers and staff members are volunteers, and the center functions only with the help of many individuals who are inspired by this yoga teaching. You are always welcome to join as a "karma yogi."
A teaching certificate from the ISYVC is awarded upon successful completion of this immersion course. The ISYVC has trained over 35,000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy / physiology, Bhagavad gita, mantra and kriyas.
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
Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body
Proper posture alignment
Deep relaxation, release of blocked energy
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-devananda
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 philosophy and techniques of self-enquiry)
Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
The Basic Class
Teaching beginners and intermediate students
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 chanting
Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
Mantra and sound healing
Practice of opening of the heart to the divine
This course will be held at the Qian Yuan Taoist-Buddhist Temple, an exceptional location near the city of Chengdu, China. The temple traces its history to 1940 years ago. It is famed in China for its secluded yet accessible location, and for the exceptional quality of its air, which is full of health and energy bringing negative ions. The quiet, seclusion and excellent air quality make this the perfect location for Yoga practice. Situated on the mountainside at an altitude of 5,500 ft.
Vegetarian meals will be served during the retreat. Meals are not included in the price.
Explore the surroundings
Relax in the ashram
See the stunning views
The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda and the Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Swami Sivananda are available for purchase.
Yoga mats, meditation cushions, meditation shawls or blankets, toiletries, notebooks, pens, flashlights, alarm clocks and water bottles are available in the boutique.
Puzhao Temple is located about 65 kilometers west of the City Center of Chengdu.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Bus 102 Daguanzhen stop
Qingchengshan railway station
Puzhao temple reception
You can take a fast / normal train from the Chengdu railway station to Qingchengshan station. From there, you can take a taxi or take bus line 102 to get to the temple. The nearest coach bus station is the Dujiangyan bus station, where you can also take Bus line 102.
The ride is about 1 hour and 45 minutes and the taxi fee is around the 200 RMB (about 32 USD). It is also possible to arrange a carpool. Please contact Sivananda Yoga China in advance.