Yoga of Recovery Retreats and Certiciate Courses for Counselors
Spiritual retreats for 12-step members

This retreat is open to everyone but is especially beneficial to those who make use of a 12-step program. There will be daily meditation sessions; talks on Yoga as it relates to the 12-step program (in particular the 11th step); Yoga Asana classes; Ayurvedic workshops and a daily Open 12-step meeting.

The retreat is designed to draw parallels between the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the daily practical tools used by members of the 12-step programs. Guests will leave with much new information and great tools to support ongoing recovery – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

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Take the opportunity to join us at the Sivananda Yoga Farm for a week of cleansing, relaxation, meditation and yoga. The ashram is the ideal place to rejuvenate your body, refresh your mind and create inner radiance.

WHY CLEANSE? - Cleansing is essential in our lives today as we are bombarded with chemicals such as pesticides and food additives, pollution, sugar, drug, alcohol and large amounts of poor quality food. Many of us also suffer from stress due to fast paced modern living. Detoxifying in spring and fall are an important part of the Ayurvedic seasonal routine - disease prevention and wellness are the natural result of regular seasonal cleanses.

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Click here for brochure on Spring and Fall Detoxifcation retreats

Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Counselors' Certification Course in Vietnam
Taught by Catherine O'Neill(Durga) and Swami Sitaramananda
Dates: Dec 27 , 2011- Jan 9, 2012 (14 days)

This is a thorough, foundational course for students of Yoga with or without foundation in ayurveda. This course aims at providing a more traditional model of Yoga therapy based upon Ayurveda, the medical aspect of the Yoga tradition. Ayurveda is now recognized as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine
available and its popularity is spreading throughout the world.
Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences for healing, integration and transformation on all levels of our being. Traditional Ayurveda focuses more on the treatment side of this process (Chikitsa) for body and mind, while Traditional Yoga aims more at self-development and Self-realization (Sadhana).
Modern Yoga therapy is restricted to asana only and does not reflect the greater Yoga tradition or the Ayurvedic ramifications of Yoga philosophy and psychology.
Curriculum and certificate: This comprehensive program covers the main Ayurvedic concepts and language of the doshas, subdoshas, dhatus(tissues), malas (waste products), srota-systems (physical channels) and agnis (digestive capacity of the body and mind). The curriculum and teaching are based on the SIVANANDA
. The course is supported by Dr. David Frawley . The course qualifies a person to function as a "Yoga and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor" assessing Ayurvedic constitutional types and how to guide people to balance through daily health regimens and lifestyle
recommendations. You will have the introduction to the Ayurvedic application of asana and pranayama as well. This is the first in a series of modules offered by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in collaboration with Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva).
Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a 120 hour Certificate from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and American Institute of Vedic Studies jointly. For more information on the topics of study, please refer to the website.

Cost: $1000 (manual included) and accommodations (see brochure for accommodation costs)
Ayurvedic consultation and therapies are additional. Daily Yoga classes, satsangs and meditation guidance included. Click here for brochure on Vietnam retreats and courses.