|AHYMSIN NEWSLETTER, ISSUE - November 2019|
November 2019 HYT-TTP retreat
by Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre)
“Abandon all claims to being a teacher… humility is the hallmark of a teacher.”
This November, the HYT-TTP, Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program, retreat was attended by a quite large group of students, comprising 31 Level One participants. Twelve countries were represented (India, Australia, China, Malaysia, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Austria, New Zealand, Greece, Brazil, Bhutan, Aruba and the United States).
The students were engaged in a comprehensive roster of classes in all aspects of yoga science: hatha yoga, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, philosophy, psychology and all the other subject areas of the curriculum, as well as in refining their teaching skills through several practice teachings sessions with a highly qualified teaching faculty. Everyone also enjoyed chanting along during the regular Saturday night ashram kirtan.
As usual, we had our traditional visit to HIHT, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, on the occasion of Swami Rama’s Mahasamadhi Anniversary. Our day began with a wonderful lecture on the basic principles of Ayurveda by Dr. Ravindra Kumar Mamgain. We would like to take this occasion to thank once again both Drs. Mamgain for their continuous hospitality and support towards our TTP students.
The very special Swami Rama Humanitarian Award was attributed to Swami Satyamitrananda Giri, who had left his body in June of this year. The award was received by his successor, Acharya Mahamandaleshwara Swami Avdheshananda Giri, who delivered an inspiring speech.
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 attained Mahasamadhi.
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 during the retreat. Charles and Carol Crenshaw were with us once again this year and had a central role in the teaching. Their contribution and the depth of their knowledge and experience were most appreciated by everyone. Sonia van Nispen, Pierre Lefebvre, Geeta Bhoi, Ramprakash Das, Adhikari Bhoi and Jay Prakash Bahuguna (the newest addition to the ashram teacher group) all contributed by sharing their experiences and insights through the unique colours of their personalities.
We would also like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Erik Høivold from Norway. Erik completed his 200-Hour requirements and was granted his 200-Hour completion certificate.
For the students planning to attend level-2, 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”.
Also, the current level 2 students can already note down the dates and prepare for the next level 3 retreat, which will be held in November 2020. If you are a level 2 student considering attending level 3 next November, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward for you to be with us at the ashram for your next level.