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Spiritual Insights From the Sivananda Tradition

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Course Overview

The Sivananda Yoga tradition was founded by Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century. His close disciple Swami Vishnudevananda, founder of International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams, was sent to the West to practice and promote Sivananda’s teachings on health, peace, unity in diversity, and self-realization.

In this course, you’ll learn from longtime Sivananda teachers about the tradition, its essential practices, and how leading a spiritually focused life begins with small daily steps and evolves over time. Through stories and discussion, you’ll learn about the scope and reach of the lineage and how its teachings and practices can be employed to enhance your connection to self, community, and the oneness that we are all part of.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

2.5 hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • Molly Birkholm interviews Swami Hridyananda who has been a teacher in the Sivananda tradition for over 30 years. They discuss the legacy of Sivananda Yoga founders Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, the “religion of love," the transformational power of practice, the value of finding community on the spiritual path, and the four stages of yogic life. You can look forward to lots of interesting stories about Swami Sivananda’s early life and Swami Vishnu’s personality, insight into the path of a guru, and a discussion about inclusivity on the spiritual path.
Section 2
  • Glean further insight into the Sivananda tradition in this second conversation between Molly Birkholm and Swami Hridyanada. You’ll learn about the Five Principles (or “Points”) of Yoga and the Four Paths of Yoga and how they can help us understand and connect to our true nature. You’ll also hear about Swami Vishnudevananda’s international peace activism; learn about daily life, karma programs, and vacation programs at the Sivananda ashrams; and much more.
Section 3
  • Molly interviews Swami Brahmananda, the manager of the Sivananda Bahamas and one of the lead teachers of Vedanta* in the Sivananda organization. In this profound conversation, you’ll gain insight into what Vedanta is as well as its applications in modern life. You’ll also learn more about the philosophy of the Sivananda lineage, how to create love in your day-to-day life through the Five Points of Yoga, how to establish a daily routine, and more. *Swami Brahmananda defines Vedanta as one of the main philosophies of India that states that our underlying reality is oneness and the nature of that...

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Meet Your Teachers

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Molly Birkholm
As a speaker, consultant, teacher, and retreat leader, Molly Birkholm inspires others to create meaningful... Read more
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Swami Hridyananda
Swami Hridyananda is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and senior staff of the Sivananda Organization.... Read more
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Swami Brahmananda
Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Bahamas Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda... Read more

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This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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