The Bhakti Yoga Colombia program is a great opportunity to open the heart and experience the essence of Yoga.
Cali, Colombia (PRWEB) July 10, 2013
The Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Centres, founded by Swami Vishnu-Devananda, is offering Yoga retreats (retiros de Yoga) in Colombia in July 2013. The bhakti Yoga program takes place in a calm environment, allowing visitors to enjoy the benefits of Yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and healthy vegetarian food (see Yoga Colombia). The course will include the study of the nine methods of bhakti Yoga in order to open the heart.
"The retreat environment is conducive to rapid progress in regaining health, energy, and peace of mind through relaxation, rejuvenation, diet and exercise, breath work, study, and positive thinking. Some of the benefits visitors to the Yoga Farm report include greater mind-body awareness, heightened sensory perception, greater sense of purpose, improved attitude, stronger resistance to stress, improved efficiency at work, and better relationships."
In the the Yoga vacations (retiro de Yoga Colombia), students will learn about five principles that constitute the essence of the teachings of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. To clarify the science of Yoga and make it accessible to the majority of seekers, Swami Vishnu-devananda extracted its essence and presented it in these universal principles for physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth.
1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)
The physical body is meant to move and exercise. If the lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
Yoga teaches how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
Long before the invention of cars, planes, telephones, computers, freeways and other modern triggers of stress, the Rishis (sages or seers) and Yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation. As a matter of fact, many modern stress-management and relaxation methods borrow heavily from this tradition. By relaxing deeply all the muscles, the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods one eats profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
5. Meditation (Dhyana)
Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus, one should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.
Kanti Devi (Yoga Acharya) is the Director of the Sivananda Centers in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. She has been organizing the International Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training courses in South America since the 1970s. Direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, she is known for her charisma and dedication.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers will also be offering an annual yoga teacher training courses (cursos de Yoga) in Latin America. The Teacher Training Course (TTC) will take place in Medellín, Colombia from July 8th, 2013 - August 4th, 2013. The program will also be offered in Argentina and Brasil. The Yoga course in Colombia will take place in La Pintada, 75km from Medellín.