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Sivananda yoga – how I have started

June 22, 2010

Yoga Shala - Cu Chi, Vietnam

When I’ve decided that I would like to become a yoga teacher, the question arose, where could I learn? There are so many schools out there and I wanted to chose one that would give me both a thorough practical and lexical knowledge.

I’ve started to take private classes with a yoga teacher and that quite determined which direction I was going to go. Sonia has studied yoga in India at one of the Sivananda yoga Vedanta Centres and she was teaching in that style. Apart from doing the asanas, we did a lot of pranayama as well, which all helped me on my teachers training.

There are Sivananda Centres all over the world and they offer one month trainings in their ashrams. At their website www.sivananda.org I’ve discovered that they are offering the course in Vietnam for the first time, and as I’ve always wanted to travel to South East Asia so that’s what I’ve chosen.

The teachers were fantastic, the lectures were very interesting and full of stories. We had a tough schedule for the month, but it was worth every minute of being amongst 70 like-minded individuals. We had aspirants from all over the world, Japanese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Europeans and Americans and even from Down Under.

The name of the lineage comes from, Swami Sivananda, who was a renowned sage and yogi of Himalayas, and he foresaw the need for Yoga in the modern world. He sent his disciple Swami Vishnu-devananda to the West in 1957. Swami Vishnu took the core of yogic teachings and broke it down for the Western mind, eventually creating the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (named after his master) to educate and train yogis in both the East and West. He was also a world renowned Peace missionary travelling around the world in his aeroplane.

Teacher trainings and other courses are offered at different locations throughout the year at the Sivananda ashrams and centres.

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