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This 500-hour yoga teacher training will take you to the deeper essence of Gyana yoga. You will be guided to explore the spiritual side of Surya yoga, which not only heals the body from diseases but also helps you receive wellness, happiness, and well-being. This is your chance to practice complete liberation from the bad tendencies of the mind. If you are a yoga enthusiast who wants to focus on the ultimate experience of liberation through Surya yoga, this experience is for you!
During the course, you will be accommodated in a single room.
Upon completion, students will be able to receive a certificate issued by Sri Joydip Ashram.
This training welcomes people of all ages as participants. It will include daily Surya yoga sessions, pilgrimages to the holy sites of Tiruvannamalai, along with sacred walks around the sacred Arunachala Hill to explain the deeper significance of the temples and how architecture helps people to gain higher yogic and spiritual experience.
The training will also include sessions on yoga philosophy and discussions on kaivalya pada of the Yoga Sutras. A special session will be conducted at Dakshinamurthy Temple, where the science of Surya yoga was revealed to Sri Joydip in Tiruvannamalai. This is an advanced course that will really sharpen your mind for a more detailed knowledge of yoga.
Please note that the schedule above is subject to change.
The Sacred Walk of Arunachala, a 14-kilometer walk, has multiple benefits, both spiritually and materially, and is popular, across the world, as one most sacred forms of Yoga, known as Girivalam Yoga and comes under Gyan Yoga Tradition of India. You will stop and rest multiple times and take adequate rest and food, and also do Gyan Satsang.
Gyan Yoga TTC uses authentic and traditional yoga process which is based on GYT (Gyan Yoga Tradition of Arunachala) and whose textual reference and citation can be found on the Wikipedia entry of Arunachala including Girivalam yoga.
The Gyan Yoga training course is based on tradition of Gyan Yoga which leads one to self inquiry, and which further leads one to liberation, from bad tendencies of mind. In order to take a ride to the highest strung of the yoga, which is Gyan Yoga, which is one of the most scared traditions of Yoga, a fit body is required and thus, during the mornings, you will be practicing asanas, in Surya Yoga, which will help you feel fit and prepared for this course.
The asana practices and yoga therapy, within the schedule, should not be conceived as the kind of asana and therapy practices you are used to finding in an modern hatha yoga course. The practices are specific to a traditional Gyan Yoga course, where asana and therapy are meant to keep a fit body, and not completely devoted to asana and therapy. Once your teachers will find that your body is fit enough and that it can move into the higher levels of Arunachala Gyan Yoga lineage, and energy of that level can be transmitted, they will shift the sessions towards Gyan Yoga discourses on major vedantic and yoga text, such as Yoga Sutras, Yoga Vasistha, Yoga of Bhagvad Gita, which will take your development from the physical level to the psychological level and open you towards something higher.
Jnana (wisdom or knowledge) yoga requires great strength of will and intellect, and thus it is considered the most difficult of the four main paths of Yoga, which are hatha, karma, bhakti and Jyana.
In view of the above, once you book the course with Sri Joydip Ashram, the team offers you a preparatory program, with the aim of making the whole process less difficult and more enjoyable for you. However, you should be aware that the effects of the Jnana yoga, where the mind is used to inquire into its own nature and to transcend the mind's identification with its thoughts and ego, are quite phenomenal and permanent, as it transforms the life and liberates one from bad tendencies of life.
Sri Joydip visualizes to give an experience of Traditional Gyan yoga which is a traditional form existing in India inbetween a festival which adores and praises all gurus across the world and which is known as Guru Poornima Festival. This is niether a leisure nor a luxury retreat, and here people will do intense Gyan yoga and Girivalam yoga practice, and also work hard and do tapas (intense sadhana) but will get immense spiritual and material benefits and also enhance their yoga career.
Sri Joydip has been teaching yoga for the last 14 years and been practicing Yoga for the last 30 years. Sri Joydip started teaching yoga in 2003, as a part- time teacher, sharing his own practices to a group of people. In 2007, he did a professional course in ‘Psycology of Yoga’, from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advance Research, Pondicherry, in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, based on ‘Synthesis of Yoga’.
The course emphasized on the psychological aspect of Yoga. Earlier, he also did a training on Reiki first and second degrees, from Reiki Kendra, where he learned about the subtle aspects of healing and therapy. In 2009, he had a deep spiritual experience in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, followed by meeting his Guru Arunachala Shiva/ Guru Dakshinamurty in Tiruvannamalai.
In 2010, he restarted teaching yoga, more regularly on banner of Sri Joydip Ashram, mostly taking reference of Bhagvad Gita’s yoga and its application in Management and Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga sutras. He wrote three books on it, and visited across India, giving lectures until 2011.
In 2012, he went into a deeper search and sadhana on Yoga, for one year. That year, in the meditation with Sri Dakshinamurty (who is known as Adi yogi – the first yogi), in a temple in Tiruvannmalai, a system of Yoga is revealed to him, respectively how one is able to connect with the energy of ‘inner sun’, via a group of mantras, pranayamas, Surya Kriya and Asanas. Surya yoga, along with Surya Kriya and Surya Dhyana, formed a part of a system of Yoga, which is referred to as “Wellness Yoga” and which helps on mindfulness and building awareness that could heal disease, create a sense of wellbeing and make people happy.
He started teaching Surya Yoga from 2012 onwards, and he initiated many students across the world, on this system of yoga, both online and offline.
From 2013 onwards, he started regularly publishing articles on Yoga, in Speaking Tree, and many other Yoga journals, across the world, which includes The Complete Herbal Guide Magazine, Cure Joy, Zenward and BookYogaRetreats blogs.
In 2013, he also joined the ‘Yoga Teachers Training Workshop’ with Ramkrishna Mission Vivekandanda University, as a Yoga Filmmaker, in Assam and created two films - ‘Yoga as Medicine’ and ‘Yoga as Human Wellness’ - on the application of Yoga on Medicine and on Human Wellness. ‘Yoga as Medicine’ was highly praised and selected for screening in Kolkata International Film Festival 2013.
In 2014 and 2015, he was the secretary of the Organising Committee of World Yoga Festival 2014 in Burdwan, and World Yoga Festival 2015 in Tiruvannmalai, which is jointly organised by Sri Joydip Ashram and Eastern India Yoga and Spiritual Organisation Association, where many different yoga schools participated and exchanged their thoughts and views on Yoga.
In 2015, he did two online courses for two International Universities, in Australia (Monash University) and Russia (University of Aberdeen) on Mindfulness, Peak Performance, Food and Nutrition, as well as on Wellbeing. These courses allowed him to connect his knowledge on Yoga with mindfulness, Nutrition, Food habits and create programs like Wellness Program, Workplace Wellness Program, which currently help many students live well, become happy and have a general sense of wellbeing.
For the last 14 years, he has been teaching yoga, with the aim of sharing some of the divine gifts he has received, for using Yoga for health and wellbeing, and transforming human beings into Divine Beings.
He loves writing about Yoga and he has almost 6 Paperback/E-books on Yoga, numerous articles on blogs and also many videos, revealing different aspects of yoga.
This yoga teacher training will be held in the Indian town of Tiruvannamalai, a place which is considered as one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for receiving the ancient knowledge of Advaita Gyana.
During this retreat, you will be provided with three meals per day and herbal tea.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA).
You can take a bus from Chennai International Airport (MAA) or from Chennai rail station.