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 The London Centre now offers Certificate Courses to help deepen your Yoga practice!
The London Centre now offers the possibility of experiencing yoga as a lifestyle through these 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.

Online application form click here

The Certificate Courses in London
April 27 – May 1 | 2013
Tap the Source – Inspiration for Daily Life
Taught by Swami Durgananda, European Yoga Acharya,
and Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya
Swami Durgananda Know Thyself and Be Free
Talks on "Atma Bodha" by Sankaracharya with Swami Durgananda, European Yoga Acharya

Atma Bodha is one of the finest treatises on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, the non-dual philosophy of unity of Self (Atman). In this text, Sankaracharya lucidly explains the nature of Self, the nature of ignorance of the self (Avidya), how it arises, and how to overcome it. Study of Atma Bodha is indispensible for understanding the essence of the Yoga philosophy. Talks will be conducted in a relaxed and open atmosphere with time for questions, meditation and reflection.
Swami Durgananda is Yoga Acharya for Europe and a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. She directs the Sivananda Yoga Centres in Europe and teaches yoga philosophy at the Sivananda Teachers’ Training Courses around the world, sharing the inspiration of nearly 40 years of teaching experience.

Recommended reading: Self-Knowledge (Atma Bodha) with commentary by Swami Nikhilananda
Swami Durgananda Evolution in the Asana
With Swami Sivadasananda, Yoga Acharya

Yoga teaches us that one unique consciousness expresses itself in countless life forms. Asanas imitate the natural forms of stones, plants and animals and prepare all bodily systems for the practice of meditation. Complete relaxation in the meditation pose slows down the metabolic process and enables a finer sense perception. Pranayama and mantra chanting direct the consciousness to the subtle energy centres (chakras) in the spine. Experience this evolutionary journey in detailed asana and pranayama workshops, short lectures and individual talks on your personal yoga practice.
Swami Sivadasananda, is a senior student of Swami Vishnudevananda and has taught workshops and Teachers’ Training Courses around the world for many years. He is a dynamic and precise teacher with profound knowledge of the various aspects of Yoga.

Recommended reading:
Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion by the Sivananda Yoga Centres

Participation in the asana workshops is also possible on a day-by-day basis.
Daily Schedule for Residential Option* :

6.00am          Wake up
6.30am          Satsang (meditation & mantra chanting)
8.00am          Workshop: Swami Sivadasananda
10.00am        Lunch
11.00am        Karma Yoga (Voluntary Service)
12.00 noon   Talk: Swami Durgananda
2.00pm          Break
3.30pm          Yoga Class (Optional)
6pm                Dinner
8pm                Satsang (meditation & mantra chanting)

* Daily schedule subject to modification

Per Day: full programme £50

Per Day: workshops only (includes extra): £35

Full programme – non residential: £250
Residential option (includes course and accommodation):

Shared (4 – 8 persons): £410 | Double (2 persons): £535


Arrival: Friday, April, 26 | 2pm. Departure: Thursday, May 2 | 9am


Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni

Healthy Cooking with Ayurveda
with Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni (MD),
Ayurveda Acharyas, Pune, India

August 13 – 18  2013

For other Ayurveda programmes in Europe please see here.

Ayurveda is an ancient medical science dating back more than 5000 years. According to Ayurveda our health and wellness are mainly influenced by the foods we eat and the lifestyle we live. It is a holistic system that uses an understanding of different body types (constitutions) to guide one towards a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Ayurveda is grounded in a holistic approach to physical and mental health.

Ayurvedic Diet – Healthy Body, Balanced Mind

Ayurveda offers a delicious and healthy alternative to conventional food choices as it considers food to be both nourishment as well as medicine. This course will provide an introduction to the major principles of Ayurveda, Participants will be given the practical tools to prepare delicious ayurvedic meals at home according to his or her constitution. The daily programme will include two lectures and one hands-on cooking workshop using mostly organic and regionally sourced food items.

Learn to prepare this most important dietary staple in a variety of ways. Whole grains on a regular basis regulate the blood sugar level and prevent obesity.

Beans, lentils & co.
Pulses are often frowned upon, but they are an ideal source of protein and iron. Properly prepared they are delicious.

Full of minerals and secondary plant nutrients vegetables are essential for good health. Fresh vegetables add variety to our diet.


These can be combined in so many different ways to create new taste sensations and make any meal delicious. Spices play a big role in Ayurvedic cooking and are used for aiding the digestion and their healing power.

Simple, quick and healthy food

Affordable, quick and simple recipes lovingly prepared.
Six tastes
Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and spicy are the six tastes that make any meal complete. They ensure good digestion and optimal absorption, as well as satisfying the taste buds.

Breakfast recipes
Start your day right with an energy boost that will last.

For lunch and dinner
Healthy and tasty food combinations to please the body and the senses. Recipes range from fresh & light to rustic & hearty. Adding seeds and nuts further increases the nutritional value.

Vegetarian gourmet meals
Cook a full meal that will win over even the toughest critics.

Do it yourself
Healthy sweets, fresh yoghurt and tasty flatbread.


Daily Schedule

6am:            Wake up

6.30am:      Satsang – Meditation and Mantra Chanting

8am:            Yoga Class

10am:          Brunch

11.30am:    Ayurveda Talk/Workshop

2-6pm:        Cooking workshop, Dinner, Wash-up

8pm:            Ayurveda Talk/Workshop

9pm:           Evening Prayers and Arati


Cooking workshop topics

Breakfast Recipes  - Tuesday, August 13

Lunch Recipes - Wednesday, August 14

Dinner Recipes - Thursday, August 15

Quick and Easy Dishes – Friday, August 16

Fresh Healthy Snacks and Beverages – Sat, Aug 17

Festive Dishes - Sunday, August 18

Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni


Per Day – full programme: 
Per Day – workshops only: £35
Full programme – non residential: £250


Residential option (includes course and accommodation): 

Shared (4 – 8 persons): £410 I Double (2 persons): £535

Arrival: Monday, Aug 12 at 4pm Departure: Monday, Aug 19 at 9am

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Dr Uma Krishnamurthy
Yoga Psychology and Positive Mental Health
September 21 – September 27 | 2013
with Dr. Uma Krishnamurthy, Psychiatrist, Bangalore, India
7-day practical seminar for yoga practitioners and yoga teachers.
Inspiring observations on the human mind from the analytical viewpoint
of the West and the holistic perspective of the East.
Dr Uma Krishnamurthy specialises in adult and child psychiatry and applies integral yoga therapy at the physical and mental levels in her work. She creates a fascinating synthesis of psychology and spirituality, showing how Yoga can be used to work with the emotions and lead to positive mental health. She learnt yoga and meditation as a child under highly respected yoga masters.
Dr Krishnamurthy gives lectures at symposiums and seminars around the world.
Topics covered during the course
  • Transpersonal psychology – the relation between physiology, psychology and philosophy.
  • Understanding and transforming negative emotions
  • Psychological definition of Yoga
  • The Conscious, Subconscious and Superconscious mind
  • How to re-establish inner harmony
Daily Schedule:
6.00am      Wake up
6.30am      Satsang - Meditation & Mantra Chanting
8.00am      Yoga Class
10.00am    Brunch
11.00am    Karma Yoga Voluntary participation in Ashram activities
1pm         Talk with Dr Uma Krishnamurthy
4pm         Yoga Class(optional)
6pm         Dinner
7pm         Study Time
8pm         Satsang: Meditation, Chanting and discussion
                  with Dr Uma Krishnamurty
Per Day - full programme: 50 Per Day - workshops only: 35 / Full programme – non residential: £250
Residential option (includes course & accommodation): Shared (4 - 8 persons): £410 Double (2 persons): £535

Arrival: Friday, September 21 at 2pm / Departure: Saturday, September 28 at 9am
Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya
The Meditation Experience - Certificate Course
November 16 – 21 | 2013
with Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya
The practice of meditation continues to gain recognition in areas as diverse as psychology, the arts, sports training and healing. It provides means for maximizing physical, emotional and mental efficiency and well-being. This course will provide a thorough overview of the philosophy and practice of meditation as well as techniques for mental relaxation, visualisation, positive thinking and mantra chanting.
• One can choose to stay at the Centre for the week with a daily programme of Satsangs, yoga classes and vegetarian meals.
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 Yoga Teachers’ Training (TTC), Advanced Teachers’ Training (ATTC) and Sadhana Intensive courses with clarity, precision and deep insight.
Course textbook: Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda
Workshops times & themes:

Saturday, November 16 | 1 – 3pm:
Swami Vishnudevananda’s 12 Step Approach to Meditation

Sunday, November 17 | 1 – 3pm:
Creative Visualisation and Positive Thinking:
Training the Mind for Concentration

Monday, November 18 | 7 – 9pm:
Relax and Channel Mental Energy through Sound Vibration

Tuesday, November 19 | 7 – 9pm:
Meditation and Lifestyle

Wednesday, November 20 | 7 – 9pm:
Tips for Overcoming Distraction and Dullness of Mind

Thursday | 21 November | 7 – 9pm:
Gate to Inner Peace Connecting to the Inner Self
Daily Schedule:
6.00am      Wake up
6.30am      Satsang
8.00am      Yoga Class
10.00am    Brunch
11.00am    Karma Yoga Voluntary participation in Ashram activities
1pm         Workshop with Swami Kailasananda
2.15pm    Break
4pm          Yoga Class (Optional)
5.30pm    Dinner
7pm          Workshop with Swami Kailasananda
Per Day – full programme: £50 Per Day – workshops only: £35 / Full programme – non residential: £250
Residential option (includes course & accommodation): Shared (4 - 8 persons): £410 Double (2 persons): £535

Arrival: Friday, November 15 at 2pm / Departure: Saturday, November 22 at 9am
recommended for yoga teachers Recommended activities for advanced students and yoga teachers looking to deepen their practice.
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