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  At the London Centre - Residential and non residential options available!
 The London Centre offers Certificate Courses to help deepen your Yoga practice!
The London Centre offers the possibility of experiencing yoga as a lifestyle through Certificate Courses. Especially when taken on a residential basis it offers an opportunity to develop a deep and dynamic practice of all aspects of yoga under the guidance of experienced teachers. It blends the stimulating company of sincere yoga practitioners with the warm and nurturing energy of a spiritual community… all this just a few minutes from the River Thames!

The Certificate Courses in London

These certificate courses are open to all yoga practitioners and are especially well suited for yoga teachers and people in the health professions. The goal is to transfer these integral personal experiences and the knowledge gained into our daily and professional lives.

The courses will follow the daily schedule of the Sivananda Ashrams:
Yoga classes, Satsangs (group meditation), in-depth workshops, vegetarian meals and participation in the Ashram community life. There will be time to relax, go for walks along the river or visit London for those coming from abroad.

Students enrolled for the course are required to participate in all activities and follow the yogic lifestyle taught at the Centre. Yoga is based on self discipline (Sadhana). It is this discipline that allows one to experience the full benefits of the course while helping to maintain the spiritual energy of the Centre.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of participation stipulating the number of practice/study hours in the course.


Positive Thinking
living life with joy
With Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya
17 – 21 May, 2017
Arrival: Wednesday 17 May around 1pm Departure: Monday 22 May around 8am*
*it is also possible to leave after the workshop on Sunday afternoon
Positive Thinking
“Thought is the greatest force on earth. Thought is the most powerful weapon in the armour of a Yogi. Constructive thought transforms, renews and builds”. Swami Sivananda
With our thoughts we hold in our hands the most powerful tools of self transformation. Thoughts are the source of all our actions, they are the silent bricks that build our lives. We carry the responsibility for the quality of our thoughts, for the way we develop our thoughts and so choose the direction in which our life will go. We come to realise that we are the authors of our own life. Thought is the most creative power in the universe and when the potential contained in the thought is realised, it is the beginning of great spiritual growth.

Yoga encourages us to live to our fullest capacity in accordance with the universal law of harmony. Such a life reflects an effort to share whatever we have with others and to actively promote peace and mutual understanding. In order to achive this, we have to learn the most precious art of positive thinking.
Wednesday 17 May
1.30pm Workshop: What is a thought, how are habitual thought patterns formed
4.00pm Asana class: The strength of the twelve basic postures
8.00pm Satsang: Yoga of synthesis of Swami Sivananda
Thursday 18 May
8.00am Asana class;: Deepening the relaxation experience
1.30pm Workshop: Transforming negative thoughts and emotions
4.00pm Asana class: Dynamic forward bends
8.00pm Satsang: Bhakti yoga – bringing sweetness to life
Friday 19 May
8.00am Asana class: Increasing awareness in the asanas
1.30pm Workshop: Creative visualisation: Yogic techniques to focus on the positive and to kindle creativity
4.00pm Asana class: Variations in the shoulderstand cycle
7.30pm Satsang: The joy of selfless service
Saturday 20 May
8.00am Asana class: Meditative asana class
1.30pm Workshop: Relaxation, master key to regaining positivity & inner serenity
4.00pm Asana class: Stimulating the solar plexus with asanas
6.00pm Satsang: Inspiration from the life of Swami Vishnudevananda
Sunday 21 May
8.00am Asana class: Beyond physical relaxation
1.30pm Workshop: Channel emotions, sooth the nervous system and benefit one’s overall psychological wellbeing through the chanting of mantras
4.00pm Asana class: Extended pranayama practice and dynamic back ward bends
6.00pm Satsang: Experience the beauty and joy of the Sunday prayers
Course book: Thought Power by Swami Sivananda
Positive Thinking
Swami Kailasananda is Yoga Acharya of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in England and France. She is a long time disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and teaches in Sivananda Teachers Training (TTC), Advanced Teachers Training (ATTC) and Sadhana Intensive courses with much clarity, generosity and deep insight.
Certificate Course Cost:

Non-residential programme
Workshop only: £25 Full day programme: £50

Residential programme
(includes course and accommodation)
Shared room, 4 – 8 people: £360
Double room: £460
Yoga Psychology
the way to radiant mental health
With Swami Jyotirmayananda
8– 12 July, 2017
Arrival: 7 July around 7pm, Departure: 12 July around 3.30pm

The science of Raja Yoga explains the subtle functioning of the mind: its different levels, how habits are formed, how pain is generated and how one can free oneself from mental suffering. It teaches us how to focus the mind and realise our true nature which is beyond mental conditioning. It makes us aware that our true self is pure bliss and absolute peace. It gives a wonderful message of hope and encouragement and inspires us to rise beyond the habitual states of depression, excitement and fear and find the centre within where we are not shaken by the changes that challenge us in our lives.


"There is something beyond the mind and that is the Self, consciousness. Psychoanalysis should be combined with Raja Yoga. We must not only have a throrough knowledge of the Western science of psychology, but also combine it with Raja Yoga." Swami Sivananda

Saturday 8 July
8.00am Asana class: The art of conscious relaxation
1.30pm Workshop: Introduction to the science of Raja Yoga, the royal path of mind control
4.00pm Asana class: Stimulating the solar plexus through asanas
6.00pm Satsang: The art of simplicity
Sunday 9 July
8.00am Asana class: Dynamic forward bends
1.30pm Workshop: The five states of mind: understanding the process of concentration
4.00pm Asana class: Fine tuning the asana variations
6.00pm Satsang: Puja for Guru Purnima
Monday 10 July
8.00am Asana class: Extended pranayama practice
1.30pm Workshop: The evolution of the mind: the subconcsious, conscious and superconscious mind
4.00pm Asana class: Increasing awareness in the asanas
8.00pm Satsang: The power of chanting to open the heart
Tuesday 11 July
8.00am Asana class: Standing, balancing and triangle variations
1.30pm Workshop: How to deal with the kleshas, the underlying causes of mental pain
4.00pm Asana class: Breath awareness in the asanas
8.00pm Satsang: Meditative silent walk along the Thames
Wednesday 12 July
8.00am Asana class: The meditative asana experience

Workshop: Yamas and Niyamas: ethical foundations for living peacefully with oneself and others

Course book: Raja Yoga Sutras
Swami Jyotirmayananda is the director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London. She is an inspired and experienced teacher.
Cost study retreat:

Non-residential programme
Workshop only: £25 Full day programme: £50

Residential programme
(includes course and accommodation)
Shared room, 4 – 8 people: £360
Single room: £550
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