Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)
One of the greatest saints of modern times, this renowned sage is the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga
Vedanta Centres. Swami Sivananda summarised the essence of the yoga practice as follows: Serve, love, give,
Château du Yoga Sivananda
purify, meditate, realize. Be good, do good.
Swami Vishnu-devananda (1927-1993)
Loire Valley, France
Known as a world-wide authority on Hatha and Raja Yoga Swami Vishnu-devananda is the founder of the
International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. He led a tireless life as a messenger for world peace. He is
Swami Sivananda Swami Vishnu-devananda the author of the best-selling books The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and Meditation and Mantras
Participate in the development of the Ashram July 3 - 30, 2004
Building a new Ashram, for the future generation of spiritual Conditions of participation Yoga Teachers' Training Course
seekers, is a wonderful adventure. The Sivananda organisation is - Minimum length of stay: 2 weeks.
run completely with the help of volunteers offering selfless Length recommended: one month July 31 - August 7, 2004
service (karma yoga). Everyone is welcome to participate in this - Participation in morning and evening
great peace project. All skills are needed: construction, meditation (6:00am and 8:00pm)
Yoga and Spiritual Music Symposium:
gardening, painting, cooking, decoration, sewing, data - One yoga class a day "Tune the Body, Expand the Mind"
processing, maintenance etc. - Karma Yoga programme
For more information call + (33) 2 38 91 88 82 or - Participation in the cost of your stay:
May - October, 2004
email email@example.com. 230 € for two weeks, 460 € for one month. Yoga Vacations Programme
- Accommodation will be in personal tent.
Financial help is also needed. Our project is to build an
- You should have a medical insurance valid in France August 16 - 23, 2004
extension to the main building which will include a large yoga
hall, 22 rooms, a kitchen and dining hall. This will enable us to For more information call + (33) 2 38 91 88 82. Family Week
receive many more spiritual seekers. Please send your donations August 7 - 15, 2004
to Chateau du Yoga Sivananda (cheques should be written to
“Centre de Yoga Sivananda”). We thank you wholeheartedly for This programme is suitable for those interested in committing Sivananda Teachers' Sadhana Week
supporting this great peace project. to a spiritual life. Prior interview with Swami Kailasananda (the
Ashram director) is necessary. The minimum length of this
Work-study programme programme is three months. You can post your application by
sending your name, address, telephone number, email, birth
This programme is directed at those who would like to
date, the reason why you want to participate, your experience
experience the yoga life style for a minimum of two weeks and
with yoga, your qualifications and the skills that could benefit
participate in the development of the Ashram. You can post
the development of the Ashram.
your application by sending your name, address, telephone
number, email, birth date, the reason why you want to Conditions of participation
participate, your previous experience with yoga, your - Minimum length: three months
qualifications and the skills that could benefit the Ashram. - Participation in morning and evening meditation
(6:00am and 8:00pm)
- One yoga class a day
- Full karma yoga programme
- Participation in cost of your stay: 100 € per month
- Accommodation will be in personal tent
- You should have a medical insurance valid in France
For more information call + (33) 2 38 91 88 82.
“Health is wealth. Peace of mind
is happiness. Yoga shows the way.”
Château du Yoga Sivananda
26 Impasse du Bignon, 45170 Neuville aux Bois
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Château du Yoga Sivananda, 26 Impasse du Bignon, 45170 Neuville aux Bois Tel +33 (0)2 38 91 88 82 www.sivananda.org/orleans
Tel +33 (0)2 38 91 88 82 Fax +33 (0) 2 38 9118 09 Email email@example.com www.sivananda.org/orleans Est 1957 Founder Swami Vishnu-devananda
The Château du Yoga Sivananda Orleans, Loire Valley
Dear Friends of Yoga,
We invite you to come and practice yoga in the heart of
nature, in an area of wide open spaces, of forests with
100 year old trees, filled with the songs of countless
different species of birds, and where the sunrises and
sunsets are magnificent.
The vision of Swami Vishnu-devananda, founder of the Sivananda
Centres, was to bring the practice of yoga and meditation to people
from different countries and cultures and to give them all the
opportunity to experience unity, inner peace and harmony.
Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya
Our vision Blois, Meung-sur-Loire, Cheverny, Sully-sur-Loire,
The Sivananda Yoga Chateau is the first Talcy. Only 100 km South of Paris, it can easily
Sivananda Ashram in Europe. It was founded be reached by train or car from the capital.
in 2000 and is a place of peace which
welcomes people from all over the world in
search of a healthier and more balanced life Daily classes
and of a positive vision based on the principles Yoga classes for all levels.
of Swami Sivananda’s teachings. 90 minute open classes, covering the
twelve basic postures, breathing and
The Chateau du Yoga Sivananda relaxation. Membership is required.
The Château du Yoga Sivananda is located in Monday 8:00 am / 4.00 pm
Neuville aux bois, a small town close to Tuesday 8:00 am / 4.00 pm
Orleans, on the border of the famous Loire Wednesday 8:00 am / 4.00 pm
Valley. Orleans forest starts just opposite the Thursday 8:00 am / 4.00 pm
Ashram and is one of the largest forests in Friday 8:00 am / 4.00 pm
France, with a wealth of wild life. The famous Saturday 8:00 am / 4.00 pm
Renaissance castles along the Loire Valley are Sunday 8:00 am / 4.00 pm
easily accessed from the Ashram: Chambord,
Recommended donations :
Membership 9 Euros
Individual class 9 Euros
10 Pre-paid classes 76 Euros
Meal (please book in advance) 8 Euros
Trial class: Saturday 4.00pm Free
For more information, call:
+33 (0)2 38 91 88 82
The Teachers’ Training Course July 3-30
Lectures on all aspects of yoga Learning how to teach the postures Daily Meditation
CURRICULUM The Four Paths of Yoga
The extensive curriculum is based on the five • Karma yoga, bhakti yoga (includes attendance Tuition Fee
points of yoga of Swami Vishnu-devananda: at devotional rituals including puja, arati, homa, 2150 € in tent
1 proper exercise (Asanas), yantra, introduction to the Indian deities and their 2400 € in dormitory
2 proper breathing (Pranayama), cosmic meaning), raja yoga, jnana yoga 2900 € in double room
3200 € in private room
3 proper relaxation (Savasan),
4 proper diet (Vegetarian), Teachers
5 positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta & Dhyana). Yoga Acharyas, senior disciples of Swami Vishnu- What to Bring
devananda who gave them special training in Books: The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami
Yoga Asanas teaching this course. Vishnu-devananda, The New Book of Yoga/The Sivananda
• The sun salutation and the twelve basic yoga Companion to Yoga and The Bhagavad Gita with comment-
postures • Advanced variations • Effects on the Qualification for Admission ary by Swami Sivananda. These are available at our centres.
physical and astral body • Proper posture align- The intensity of the training programme requires a Other equipment: Yoga mat, meditation cushion,
ment, deep relaxation/release of blocked energy high degree of discipline and commitment but toiletries, blanket, towels, paper and pen, torch, warm and
mastery of yoga practices is not necessary. Yoga is comfortable clothing, slippers and comfortable shoes for
Pranayama walking. Please note that the kriya material is not included
• The basic practices: kaphalabhati, anuloma about inner growth. Prior practice of asanas and
in the course fee. You can bring your own or buy it from our
viloma (alternate nostril breathing) • Advanced meditation is preferable.
boutique during the course.
In 1967 Swami Vishnu-devananda, founder of the pranayama exercises At the initiation ceremony you will be given the Sivananda
Daily schedule manual for Yoga Teachers, two pairs of yoga trousers and
International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, Kriyas 5:30am Wake-up two t-shirts. Our boutique will be open daily for books,
taught the first Yoga Teachers’ Training Course in • The six classical exercises for purifying the body 6am Meditation, mantra chanting, lecture or silent walk
the West. Today, this internationally-renowned cassettes, yoga clothing, mats, cushions and other items.
8am Asanas and pranayama
course is now taught by his senior disciples. Its How to Teach 10am Brunch
graduates number over 1,000 worldwide every year. • How to teach the twelve basic postures and the 11am Karma yoga
sun salutation • Setting up a proper environment Noon Bhagavad Gita or chanting class Helpful Reminders
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres for class • The basic class • How to teach 2pm Main lecture Attendance at all programmes is mandatory. In order to
is the largest yoga organisation in the world and beginners and intermediate students 4pm Asanas and pranayama maintain the proper atmosphere, no meat, fish, alcohol,
has long experience in teaching this course. 6pm Dinner tobacco, coffee, black tea, eggs, drugs and revealing
Anatomy and Physiology 8pm Meditation, mantra chanting, clothing are allowed. Their use may lead to dismissal from
The four-week intensive course covers practical, • The effects of asanas on the major body systems lecture the course. The meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We cannot
theoretical and philosophical aspects of yoga. Yogic Diet and Nutrition 10pm Lights out cater to special dietetic needs during the course. The teachings
The approach to teaching is personal, focusing on • Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism Attendance at all activities is mandatory. Changes in the of the course are based on the gurukula tradition, the
programme may occur from time to time. classical way of transmitting spiritual knowledge in the yoga
the individual student. • Influence of diet on the mind • Proper diet
tradition. Its basis is a relationship of trust and mutual
• Nutrition according to ayurvedic guidelines
Upon graduation, students receive the Certificate TTC INFORMATION respect between the student and teacher, and aims at the
of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meditation complete development of the former: physical, mental and
Centres, entitled Yoga Siromani. • Twelve-step guideline to meditation Registration spiritual. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with
• The benefits of meditation Please telephone or email for an application form and return it our teachings by attending classes and satsangs (group
together with a deposit of 500 € to the Château du Yoga meditation) at one of the Sivananda Centres, and attend
• Mantras. Mantra initiation if requested.
Sivananda, 26 impasse du Bignon, 45170 Neuville aux bois. one of the preparation weekends organised regularly
Kirtan (chanting) Balance is due four weeks before the beginning of the course. at the Ashram.
• Positive effects of chanting on the emotions Payment by cheque to: Centre Sivananda de Yoga Vedanta Centre,
or payment by credit card by calling + 33 2 38 91 88 82.
• Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
Please note that there will be no refund in case of cancell-
• Learning of classical Sanskrit chants ation. A credit note valid at all Sivananda Yoga Centres and
Bhagavad Gita Ashrams (except for boutique items) will be given.
For an application form online, go to
• Study and commentary of the classical scripture Arrival day: July 2nd . Departure day: July 31st. www.sivananda.org/orleans
Yoga Vacations at The Sivananda Yoga Château
Why take a Yoga Vacation
Give a deeper meaning to your holidays and The purpose of Yoga is to give your life
return recharged and rejuvenated. The Ashram is a boost, to put your spiritual progress
open all year round. The accommodation is in first gear.
simple and the food is vegetarian, healthy and – Swami Vishnu-devananda
balanced. Your stay in the Ashram requires
commitment to the yogic life style and a sincere
interest in all aspects of yoga. The classes and
lectures are in French and English.
Additional activities: tennis, ping pong, cycling,
nature walks, visits to the Loire Valley chateaux,
swimming pool (in Neuville, 3 km).
6:00am Meditation, chanting and lectures The Château
8:00am Yoga class
11:00am Karma yoga
4:00pm Yoga class
8:00pm Meditation, chanting and lecture
Beginners of yoga are welcome.
Bonfire meditation in the open air
In harmony with nature
At the ashram you will meet people from around the world Recharge with Asanas and Pranayama The Ashram is a haven of tranquillity Daily meditation to calm the mind A Yoga Vacation is ideal for families Perfect your ping-pong skills!
APRIL New – Highly recommended!
25 - 28 April
April 2 - 30 Advanced Eastern Melodies and Words of
Teachers’ Training Course Wisdom: The Sutras of Narada
This four week course is offered to graduates With Bhagavad Acharya Sri
of the T.T.C. Theory and practice of: advanced Venugopal Goswami, a Nada Inspiring Indian Classical Dance with Rajashree Ramesh Enjoy helping around the Ashram on a Karma Yoga weekend
asanas and pranayama, vedanta philosophy, Yoga master from Vrindavan,
Sanskrit, yoga sutras of Patanjali. North India. Accompaniment by
4 Indian classical musicians. 28 - 31 May Energy and Relax- 25 - 27 June Yoga and Hiking
April 2 8pm: Indian Classical 4 days of music, spiritual chanting and words ation Through Breath Control - Wonderful walks in the woods
Dance with Jyoti Rao of wisdom from this fascinating ancient A 3 day weekend to recharge and rejuvenate - Outdoor yoga and meditation practice
scripture on universal love. - Dynamic yoga classes - Bicycling, tennis, and other outdoors activities
Also: Yoga classes and workshops, meditation, - Learn how prana works Also: Yoga classes, workshops and meditation.
9 - 12 April Easter Weekend: nature walks. - Theory and practice of pranayama
Awaken Your Vital Energy
- Control of breath, control of mind JULY
MAY Study book: the New book of Yoga
- Energy release through the dynamics of asanas
July 2 Special Gurupurnima
30 April - 2 May Learn Yoga JUNE Puja with an Indian priest
- Strength and perseverance in the asanas
- Increasing mental concentration in the asanas in a Weekend
- Developing steadiness of mind through Learn how to: 4 - 6 June Karma Yoga weekend July 3 - 30 Teachers’
increased holding of the asanas - Relax deeply Contribute to the Ashram development and Training Course
- Breath harmoniously experience the joy of group selfless service.
16 - 25 April Easter holiday: - Eat healthy Donation for the weekend: 40 € July 3 Inauguration Ceremony
- Develop habits for a positive life Also: yoga classes and meditation. Classical Indian Dance performance
Yoga, Energy, Relaxation Study book: the New Book of Yoga
- Increasing the flow of energy in the body with Rajashree Ramesh
through yoga 11 - 23 June Develop Concen-
- Developing a healthy lifestyle
7 - 9 May Vegetarian Cooking tration and Positive Thinking July 7 - 11 Radiant Health
- How to calm down the mind and relax the for the Modern World - Mind, the creative power Through Ayurvedic Cooking
nervous system - The science of the six tastes - Learning the art of attention With Dr Kamlesh
- Recharging body and mind through the - Practical workshops on vegetarian cooking - Expanding the mind
- The importance of diet for health and Also: Yoga classes and workshops, meditation, The medical system of Ayurveda is considered
world ecology nature walks. to be the oldest in the world. It regards diet
- A vitality diet
Also: yoga classes and workshops, meditation, Study book: The Sivananda book of Meditation and nutrition of primary importance in the
nature walks. promotion of health.
With practical cooking workshops.
Study book: The Yoga Cookbook 18 - 20 June Asana, Flexibility,
Health Guest speaker: Dr Kamlesh is a
19 - 23 May Experience Yoga - Releasing tension in the asanas
seventh generation Ayurvedic
in Nature practitioner from Lucknow, North
- Learn how to stretch your muscles efficiently
- Yoga classes in the open air on our large India and is a dynamic speaker
- Increase the flow of energy through deep and
asana platform! and teacher.
- Meditation in the woods - Finding balance in body and mind
- Nature walks at sunrise Study book: The new book of Yoga
- Wonderful vegetarian meals
8 Practice Yoga in the open air 9
Yoga & Music Festival July 31 - August 7
Tune the Body, Expand the Mind
New August 1 - August 6 July 31 - August 7
July 13 - 15 Craniosacral The Complete Right Brain Mantras, Yantras, Pujas: Bridges
Therapy Visualisation Training Programme to the Unkown
With Dr Behman
- Creative visualisation to free the energies - Powerful rituals from Ancient
Dr Behman is an energy medicine specialist
of the subconscious India used to reconnect with
from Montreal. He has a Masters degree in
- Healing through the new science of the universal forces
medical physics. He will be giving lectures
consciousness - An explanation of yantras
and workshops on holistic craniosacral tech-
- How to develop positive relationships (sacred drawings), mudras (sacred gestures) and
niques for wellbeing and emotional release.
Guest speaker: Professor mantras (sacred sounds).
Also: Yoga classes and workshops, meditation,
Stephen Hlophe from the With a tantric priest from Kerala, South India
University of Concordia in
July 31 - August 7 Montreal, founder of the Institute
for Right Brain Visualisation.
Bhagavata Saptaha, a Seven Day
Journey into the Meaning of Life July 31 - August 7 Also during the symposium: yoga classes
- Readings of sacred Indian writings and workshops, meditation, nature walks.
Mantra Chanting, Tabla and
- Nada Yoga: sound as a support for meditation Harmonium Workshops
Guest of honour: Bhagavat Acharya Sri Venugopal “ Music creates harmony in mind
Goswami, from the Temple of Radha Raman, and heart. By singing mantras, one
Vrindavan, in Northern India forgets onself and the world.”
July 13 - 18 Meditation Retreat Accompanied by: flute, sitar, harmonium and tabla. – Swami Sivananda
- Guidance in the practice of meditation With Sulek Ruparell, a gifted
- Concentration, meditation, samadhi musician and teacher from London.
July 31 - August 7
- Overcoming obstacles in meditation
- Meditation in nature The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali July 31 - August 7
Also: yoga classes and nature walks. In in-depth study of this fascinating scripture
on Yoga psychology
Asana Intensive: The Experience
Study book: The Sivananda book of meditation
Guest speaker: Swami of Hatha Yoga
“ Posture is mastered by releasing tension and
July 19 - 25 Yoga and Hiking Durgananda, Yoga Acharya of the
meditation on the infinite.” Yoga Sutra II, 47
- Wonderful walks in the woods European Sivananda Centres.
Swami Durgananda guides many – Patanjali
- Outdoor yoga and meditation practice With Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya.
- Bicycling, tennis, and other outdoor people on the spiritual path and
teaches on the Sivananda Teachers’ Training Swami Sivadasananda teaches
activities asanas and pranayama on the
Courses around the world. “Prana is a bridge
between the body and the mind.” Teachers’ Training Courses worldwide.
July 30 Peace Concert at the Study book: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, His teaching is dynamic, precise
Occasion of the Graduation commentary by Swami Durgananda and full of joy.
Ceremony of the Teachers’
“Celebrating the Joy of the Soul” Special Prices for the Symposium
With Sri Venugopal Goswami, Radha Raman Per night: Tent 48 €, Dormitory: 56 €, Double room: 65 €, Single room : 71 €
Temple, North India and four Indian 8 nights: Tent 345 €, Dormitory: 400 €, Double room: 470 €, Single room: 510 €
With Susmita Chaitanya. Susmita has taught September 17 - 19 Radiant
yoga to children in the Sivananda Ashrams in Health with a Vegetarian Diet
Canada and India.
- The science of the six tastes
- Practical workshops of vegetarian cooking
August 27 - 29 Yoga and Hiking - Effects of diet on the emotions
- Walking in the forest of Orleans Study book: The Yoga Cookbook
- Open-air yoga class
- Meditation around the fire September 24 - 26 The Yoga October 15 - 17 Sanskrit, the
Health check Language of the Gods
- Detoxify your body - Introduction to the Sanskrit language
AUGUST SEPTEMBER - Rediscover sound sleep and good digestion - The study and reading of the Bhagavad Gita
- Confront stress - The transformational powers of Sanskrit mantras
New September 3 - 5 The Power
August 7 - 15 Sivananda of Positive Thinking
Teachers’ Sadhana Week - Rediscover a positive attitude and mental OCTOBER October 22 - 24 Breaking the
A week long programme offered for the graduates strength through postures and breathing Stress Cycle
of the Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course. - Karma, thought and destiny October 1 - 3 Pranayama, - Practice of postures for complete relaxation
- Give your personal practice of asanas a boost: - Free yourself from bad habits the Science of Breath - Manage stress in your daily life
longer holding of asanas and plenty of variations. - Meditation to channel mental energy - Full yogic breath, key to mental relaxation - Learn detachment
- Practice advanced pranayama in an Ashram Study book: Thought Power of Swami Sivananda - Theory and practice of the alternate breathing
environment to purify the energy channels October 29 - 31 Sivananda
- Study of classical scriptures September 10 - 12 Yoga - How prana works Teachers’ Weekend
- Workshops in: teaching techniques, benefits and Physiology - Kapalabhati, a tonic for the nervous system - Rediscover the inspiration and energy of your
of yoga and yoga for the back - The anatomical benefits of the postures Teachers’ Training through group practice
- Meet with many graduates from the course
October 8 - 10 Karma: You - Further your teaching techniques: postures,
- Increase your energy level with asanas
and share your experience with them - Postural alignment
are the Master of your Destiny breathing and how to teach meditation
- Refresh your meditation practice and enjoy - Karma: the laws of action and reaction With Swami Kailasananda
Study book: the New Book of Yoga
longer meditations. - Why reincarnation?
Study books: Atma Bodha of Sankaracharya, Below: Special programmes for children during Family Week - How your thoughts affect your future
Sadhana by Swami Sivananda, Meditation
and Mantras by Swami Vishnu-devananda.
August 8 Celebration of the
First Anniversary of the Temple
With pujas performed by an Indian priest,
mantra chanting, and Indian feast
August 16 - 23 Family Week
- Yoga classes for children
- Tennis, ping-pong and outside games
- Spiritual stories and chants
- Walks in the forest
Come with your children aged 7-12 years.
Useful Information for Yoga Vacations Programmes
Prices How to Get to Neuville aux Bois
The fees include instruction, accommodation By plane
and meals -From the Charles de Gaulle airport, take the RER
B direction Paris and get off at Saint-Michel-
Accommodation per night 7 nights 14 nights 28 nights Notre-Dame (40 minutes). At Saint-Michel-Notre-
Private room 61 € 385 € 735 € 1365 € Dame take RER C direction Saint Martin
d’Etampes to Gare d’Austerlitz (5 minutes).
Double room 55 € 345 € 655 € 1230 €
-From the Orly airport, take the metro Orly Val to
Dormitory 46 € 290 € 550 € 1030 € Anthony (10 minutes). At Anthony take RER B
Tent 38 € 240 € 455 € 850 € direction Paris and get off at Saint-Michel-Notre-
Dame (20 minutes). At Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame
See special prices for symposium week
July 31 - August 7 on page 11. take the RER C direction Saint Martin d’Etampes
to Gare d’Austerlitz (5 minutes).
To register, or for more information, By train
call +33 (0) 2 38 91 88 82 or by email From Gare d’Austerlitz, take the train to les
to Orleans@sivananda.org or online at Aubrais. From there, take a bus (Car Dunois) to
www.sivananda.org/orleans Neuville aux bois. See bus schedule on our web
site at www.sivananda.org/orleans or call the
Payment by cash, credit card or cheque (in euros), Ashram. The trip lasts 30 minutes.
payable to: Centre de Yoga Sivananda.
There are no reimbursements in the case of By car
cancellation. A credit note will be issued and valid From Paris, take the highway A10 (direction
for another visit, but is not valid in the Sivananda Bordeaux), exit at Artenay. From there, follow
Yoga Centre boutiques. signs for Neuville aux Bois. After approximately
15 minutes you arrive at a roundabout. On the
What to bring roundabout you turn to the right, direction Bougy
A yoga mat, meditation cushion (both of which lez Neuville. Keep following the road which turns
are available in our shop), a blanket, a towel, to the left in front of the church in Bougy lez
a torch, comfortable and appropriate clothing for Neuville. Keep driving for about 1 km, then turn
a stay in a spiritual centre, socks and comfortable left into a narrow road (Impasse du Bignon). The
walking shoes. Ashram is at the end of this road on the right.