|AHYMSIN NEWSLETTER, ISSUE - January 2019|
November 2018 HYT-TTP retreat
by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)
This November, the HYT-TTP, Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program, retreat was attended by perhaps the most diverse group of students we have seen, comprising 26 Level One participants and 8 Level Three participants coming from a total of 20 countries (India, Canada, Australia, Morocco, Italy, France, China, Malaysia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Jamaica, Trinidad, Burkina Faso, Germany, Thailand, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom). There was a truly unique international flavour, all five continents being represented.
The Level 1 students were engaged in a comprehensive roster of classes in all aspects of yoga science: hatha yoga, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, philosophy, psychology and much more, with a highly qualified teaching staff. Everyone also enjoyed chanting along during the regular Saturday night ashram kirtan.
Along with classes to deepen their knowledge and practices, the Level-3 participants spent a large portion of their time with our senior faculty members for group discussions and presentations on different subject areas of the curriculum as well as in refining their teaching skills through several practice teachings sessions.
As usual, we organized a trip to HIHT, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, on the occasion of Swami Rama’s Mahasamadhi Anniversary. This year’s chief guest was no other than Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India. Our day began with a short lecture on Ayurveda and a tour of the Ayurvedic Centre. After the formal program and bhandara lunch, we moved to the Swami Rama Centre. Many of the students felt the presence of a loving energy in the room where Swami Rama took his mahasamadhi.
It was a delight to receive the visit of Dr. John Clarke, who kindly shared some stories of his relationship with Swami Rama and who also answered some very nice and deep questions from the students.
This year we had a wonderful group of Level 3 students, and we were delighted to grant HYT-TTP 600 Hour, 500 Hour and 200 Hour certifications at the closing ceremony. We congratulate them for completing all the requirements of our rigorous Teacher Training Program and look forward to see them conclude their training by completing their 600 Hour certification in a near future. Brenda Vander Meiden, Dian Daniel Singh, Diana Katakou, Monica Geeta Sperling, Merleen van der Kooij and Ulrich Rausch were granted their 500 Hour Certification. Additionally, Szu-Chi Lu received her 200 Hour certification. Also, our heartfelt congratulations were given Marjan Overgaag, who completed her HYT-TTP studies by being granted the 600 Hour final certification.
We are grateful to our amazing faculty. We were very happy to meditate in the quiet presence of Swami Ritavan Bharati every day and to receive his guidance and teachings several occasions during the retreat. Charles and Carol Crenshaw had a central role in the teaching, and their contribution was most appreciated by everyone. Wong Yoong Khiang enveloped the entire group with his peaceful saumya personality, and the students were fortunate to receive his wisdom. Sonia van Nispen, Pierre Lefebvre, Geeta Bhoi, Ramprakash Das, Rabindra Sahu Adhikari Bhoi, Tejaswini Chandaria and Mei Wan So all contributed by sharing their experiences and insights through the unique colours of their personalities.
For the level-2 students, it’s important to note that the “The students need to complete all the level-one home study assignments and practice teaching sessions and have their mentor approval before coming for the next level”.
November 2018 Marjan Overgaag participated in the TTP-L3-retreat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG). Part of the assignment was to give a presentation. This article is her presentation: Holistic Health.
To read Marjan Overgaag's article on her experience in the TTP Level 3 Retreat, please click here.