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World Yoga Festival

Friday July 29 untill Sunday July 31



The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre will take part in the outdoor three-day World Yoga Festival taking place in Reading from 29 to 31 July 2016. This festival will present yoga in its iriginal authentic nature, as a clear path to self-realisation. The festival will feature an array of classes in asanas, pranayama, ayurveda, meditation and classical wisdom teaching.


Swami Kailasananda, Yoga Acharya, Nataraj, director of the Sivananda Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala and Ananta, a long time student of Swami Vishnudevananda will teach in the festival.

Programme Friday July 29
7.30 - 9am

Yoga class: ‘Sun Salutation and deep relaxation’ with Nataraj 

5.30 - 6.30pm Workshop: ‘Yoga as a life style: a way to radiant health and inner peace’ with Nataraj
Programme Saturday July 30
8 - 9am

Yoga class: ‘Firm and relaxed - the asanas according to Patanjali’ with Swami Kailasananda

5.30 - 6.30pm Workshop: Inverted pose and balancing asanas’ with Ananta  
Programme Sunday July 31
8.30 - 10am

Yoga class: ‘Breath extension in the asanas’ with Ananta

4.30 - 5.30pm Workshop: Energy and mind control with pranayama’ with Nataraj  


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Satsangs with Swami Kailasananda

Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30

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 much clarity, generosity and deep insight.

Friday July 29 at 7.30pm Satsang: 'The art of relaxation'

Saturday July 30 at 6pm Satsang: 'The vision of Swami Vishnudevananda for the True World Order'


Satsang: Free of charge, donations are welcome.



Posture, flexibility and anatomy -

How Yoga Works

With Padma, physiotherapist


Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July   

Practising yoga helps the body to maintain its complex balance, which boosts your capacity for self-healing. Asanas promote health by increasing the range of motion in the joints, keeping the body mobile. At most joints, muscles are arranged in opposite pairs: movement takes place when one muscle contracts and shortens while the other relaxes and lengthens.

Asanas focus on strengthening and stretching the key muscles. This will help to gradually improve any faulty alignment, particularly in the lower and upper back.



Programme Saturday July 30  

Workshop: ‘How Yoga Works part 1’ with Padma

  • Understanding anatomy related to yoga
  • Postural types; identify your alignment and how to improve your posture
  • Recognising and improving misalignments in your practice
4pm Asana class: 'Finding steadiness and wellbeing in the asanas'
6pm Satsang: 'The vision of Swami Vishnudevananda for the True World Order'
Programme Sunday July 31  

Workshop: 'How Yoga Works part 2' with Padma

  • Muscle stiffness and flexibility; its impact on asanas
  • Anatomy trains and myofascial meridians, and how to use them while practicing the asanas
4pm Asana class: 'A flexible back, key to health'
6pm Satsang: 'The transforming power of sound'


Workshop:                  Non-members : £25 / Members £20 / Concessions: £17
Asana class:              Non-members: £12 / Members £8 / Concessions £7.50
Satsang:                      Free of charge, donations are welcome

Full Day (2 asana classes, lunch & workshop): Non-members: £50 / Members £39 / Concessions: £35


Introduction to Sanskrit weekend
With Nina Fallwell

August 13 - 14

Sanskrit, the language of yoga and ayurveda, is considered to be the Mother of all languages. Sanskrit is the most ancient of human languages and is known as Devanagari, the language of the Gods. Reciting Sanskrit letters and verses has a profound calming, soothing and revitalizing effect on the body and the mind.  

This introductory weekend will bring new insights and enrich your understanding of the depths of yoga. The weekend includes an introduction into Sanskrit Devanagari calligraphi and allows you to learn the shapes and sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet. The depth and meaning of Sanskrit prayers will be studied as well as verses of the Bhagavad Gita. No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required to attend the weekend. 

Nina Fallwell is a Sanskrit instructor with many years of teaching experience.


Daily Schedule  
10.30am - 12 noon Sanskrit Study

12 noon

Vegetarian Lunch
1.30pm Sanskrit Study
3.00pm Tea
4.00pm Yoga class (optional)
6.00pm Satsang (optional)


Full day:                              Non-members: £50 / Members £39 / Concessions: £35



Advanced Asana Workshop
With Prema, Sivananda Yoga Teacher from Taiwan

Sunday August 14

Prema is a Sivananda Yoga Teacher based in Taiwan. She teaches with enthusiasm, care and attention to detail. She brings knowledge gained from her own personal practice and provides strong encouragement and support in her classes. Prema teaches asanas in the Advanced Teachers’ Training Courses. She appears in Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion demonstrating many of the classical postures with advanced variations.


Sunday August 14 from 3.30-5.30pm Advanced asana workshop: 'Take your asana practice to the next level'


Workshop: Non-members: £12 / Members £8 / Concessions £7.50




Asana Intensive
With Madhava

August 23- 26


Madhava (Juan Pineros) lived and taught at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London for 6 years before starting an affiliated Sivananda Centre in Byron Bay, Australia. He has great passion and in-depth knowledge of Asanas, Pranayama and Anatomy and has also taught on the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Courses.

Tuesday August 23 from 6.30-8pm Advanced asana class: 'Flexion, extension and rotation along the spine'
Wednesday August 24 from 6.30-8pm Advanced asana class: 'Variations for strength and flexibility in the shoulder and pelvic girdles'
Friday August 26 from 6-7.30pm Advanced asana class: 'Headstand variations and advanced forward bend variations'


Asana class: Non-members: £12 / Members £8 / Concessions £7.50



Study of Indian Deities and Kirtan Chanting

Sunday September 18 at 1.30pm


The deities of the yogic tradition convey the deep essence of spirituality. In understanding the concept of a deity, it may be helpful to see him or her as an aspect of the one supreme essence, or energy, or consciousness. The grandeur of the Absolute is too vast for the mind to comprehend and the deity manifests it in a form that can be grasped. Each deity, complete within itself, represents an aspect of the whole.

Kirtan or devotional chanting elevates the mind, soothes the nerves and generates harmony. Sanskrit chants bring much joy and have a very positive effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.


Day programme  

Workshop: Study of Indian deities and Kirtan chanting

  • Study of the esoteric meaning of the main Indian deities
  • Why there are so many different representations of the supreme essenec
  • Experience the joy of chanting and express your feelings in a positive way
  • Practice of Sanskrit kirtans for the different deities
  • Using cymbals and clapping of hands to accompany kirtan
4pm Asana class: 'From physical relaxation to spiritual relaxation'
6pm Satsang: 'Experience the beauty of the Sunday prayers'


Workshop: Non-members : £25 / Members £20 / Concessions: £17
Asana class: Non-members: £12 / Members £8 / Concessions £7.50
Satsang: Free of charge, donations are welcome.

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