Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham
  Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham (SYVP) Newsletter #6 June, 2012
founded by Swami Govindananda Saraswati

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Swami Govindananda Saraswati
" Be righteous and selfless in principle. Then your actions will automatically be moral"

- Swami Sivananda

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Om Namo Narayanaya
Dear friends,

Namaste - Pranams to all

Hope you all are well.

It has been about 6 months since the last newsletter reached you from us.

Hope all our friends who attended our courses recently are carrying on their life with a new vision of life and that all our friends / well wishers / yoga aspirants whom we met since many years ago are having a peaceful / graceful life.

Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham (SYVP) had an eventful 1st quarter of the year with yoga courses. Activities were suspended for 6 months over the low season to enable staff to go their own ways in their life before again coming together in September. Please read the details below.

In SERVICE Swami Govindananda


SYVP location news:
After doing yoga courses for two seasons at the Holistic Centre for Yoga & Vedanta, Amboli, Maharashtra, SYVP shifted its residential yoga courses to Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala last February.

The next season's activities from Nov 2012 to Mar 2013 will also be held in Varkala.

We are very happy to announce that the location for SYVP's own ashram has been decided & we are welcoming donations to help us begin building on this land. Please contact us for more information on how to help.

Yoga Teacher Training Course level 1 (YTTC-1)
SYVP conducted four YTTC-1 courses so far till Mar 2012, training about 75 yoga aspirants!

Small groups of students & dedicated staff members enables more individual attention to students. Peaceful ashram environments for yogic activities...etc made our intense YTTC-1 courses very successful.

For those interested we have 3 YTTC-1 courses coming up in the next season:

Yoga Teacher Training Course - level 1 ( YTTC-1) in Almora, Himalayas, India

Sept 29 to Oct 28, 2012. (This is the 2nd YTTC-1 to be held in Himalayas)

Yoga Teacher Training Course - level 1 (YTTC-1) in Varkala, Kerala, India

Nov 3 - Dec 2, 2012 Dec 8 - Jan 6, 2013

Tatwabodha camp:
It was our first ever attempt to study a vedanta scripture in detail - verse by verse - in SYVP. Tatwabodha is one of the preliminary text books on Vedanta. In the first Yoga Sadhana Camp of this year we had Tatwabodha study as our main event along with our regular hatha yoga classes and satsangs. The camp came out to be very successful, with some of the of the students even joining our next Yoga Teacher Training Course.

Such similar courses on scriptures and Sanskrit will be part of SYVP in coming years.

YTTC2 Jan 2012
Yoga Teacher Training Course - level 2 (YTTC-2):
Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham conducted its first ever 4 week long YTTC-level 2 in Amboli with 22 aspirants.

This course will be a regular yearly feature in coming years, with the next course January - February, 2013 (see below for details).

Apart from the regular main teachers - Swami Govindananda, Swami Tatwarupananda and Swami Nivedanananda; we were joined by Maheswara and Sakti Lahner from Germany also teaching the main topics of the course.

This course enables the graduates to register for Yoga alliance 500 hour accreditation - EYT 500.

Yoga Teacher Training Course - level II (YTTC-2) in Varkala, Kerala, India:

Jan 12 - Feb 10, 2013

Hatha Yoga Intensive (HYI):
SYVP conducted this 2 week long course twice so far. This course was offered only to Yoga Teacher Training graduates.
SYVP Staff
Staff news:
Swami Govindananda:

Apart from conducting and teaching in the activities of SYVP with the help of other Swamijis and staff members during the yoga courses, Swamiji made a tour to Singapore for a few days in early May. Swamiji also explored Kerala for land for the ashram to be established, having settled on a space close to trivandrum.

Swamiji is visiting various yoga centres & ashrams in European countries between Jun to Sept 2012. Visiting Dubai, UK, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belarus, Bulgaria & Scotland.

He will be giving satsangs, talk on yoga and vedanta, yoga classes, day long retreats...etc in different locations in these countries.

For exact program details please visit swamiji's blog by clicking on the link below.

Swamiji hopes to renew his friendship with many of the old students and well wishers, at the same time hope to meet many new faces along the tour.

Swami Tatwarupananda:

Swamiji was one of the main teachers in all the major yoga courses of SYVP.

Otherwise Swamiji concentrates on the activities of his Gurukulam with young children. In the Gurukulam Swamiji gives free training in spiritual, educational as well as in true human making.

Like previous years this year also Swamiji conducted a successful tour through yoga centres in Germany and Denmark in Apr - May. For future tour of Swamiji if anybody is interested, please contact him through his web site.

Swami Nivedanananda:

Swamiji conducted all the tantric pujas associated with all the yoga courses apart from assisting in yoga classes and in ashram administration.

After the courses in March Swamiji focuses his time in giving final touches to his own kuteer, a small ashram in Kottayam, Kerala. Swamiji may visit Germany and Austria this summer. He will grace many of the yoga centres with the performance of pujas and havans. The details are being worked out.

Other staff news:

Sita - Yumiko Teresaki from Japan was one of the other main staff members, who wholeheartedly helped everywhere in the functions of SYVP. After returning to Japan, 'Sita ma' is again concentrating on teaching Yoga, Vedanta and Sanskrit there; recently she started an organisation: Sivananda Yoga Vidya Kendram in Japan. We wish her success in bringing the messages of our Gurus to the blessed people of Japan.

Gopalkrishna Baliga was another full time, all round karmayogi who was with SYVP for the whole 2 seasons.

The staff assistances in the kitchen by Sri Rajneesh Rana, Sri Manoj Rawat, Sri Parveen, Sri Rajkumar and Sri Piyush Banuni made all students and staff very happy throughout, by their cooking skills.

Lida Chaves - Lalita from Columbia, Kayo - kalyani from Japan, Kayo Fuji - Tulasi from Japan, Patricia Vaughan - Mahadevi from Australia and Alexa Gilbert - Ganga from Canada were also very very helpful as short term staff members. Their presence also made a big difference in running the classes.

Courses / events 2012 - 13
Admission is open to all the courses mentioned below. Please check the web site for more course and location details:

Yoga Teacher Training Course - level 1 ( YTTC-1) in Almora, Himalayas, India

Sept 29 to Oct 28, 2012. (This is the 2nd YTTC-1 to be held in Himalayas)

Yoga Teacher Training Course - level 1 ( YTTC-1 ) in Varkala, Kerala, India

Nov 3 - Dec 2, 2012; Dec 8 - Jan 6, 2013 & Feb 16 - Mar 17, 2013

Yoga Sadhana Camp in Varkala, Kerala, India

SYVP will conduct short duration yoga camps during the following periods.

Dec 3 - 8, 2012; Jan 7 - 11, 2013; Feb 11 - 15, 2013 & Mar 18 - 31, 2013

Yoga Teacher Training Course - level II ( YTTC-2 ) in Varkala, Kerala, India

Jan 12 - Feb 10, 2013

Hatha Yoga Intensive:

The next course will be held only during Nov 2013 - Mar 2014

Upcoming Courses
Yoga Teachers Training course - level 1 in Almora, Himalayas Sept 29 to Oct 28, 2012. For more info on YTTC-1 in Almora
Yoga Teacher Training Course - level 1 in Varkala, Kerala Nov 3 - Dec 2, 2012 For more info on YTTC-I
YTTC-2 Jan 13 - Feb 10, 2013 For more info on YTTC-2
To all our friends, supporters & yoga aspirants
We wish all of you success in life. We look forward to seeing many of you again May Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Sri Swami Vishnudevanandaji Maharaj's Blessings be upon you all. In Service of Gurudev Swami Govindananda, Swami Tatvarupananda, Swami Nivedanananda and all staff members.
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