The Aim of the Workshop is to release blockages from the five Koshas (Gross and subtle bodies) the layers of our full personality - Liberating energy and balancing the body – mind and emotions. Developing more capacity of concentration and bringing more clarity to the mind.
Practices will be based in the Tantra, Vedanta and Sankhya philosophies, these ones are the supporters of
the ancient yoga traditions and its practices.
- The main mental practice, SWAN meditation technique, will be done through Jnana Yoga and Svādhyāya ("one's
own reading" and "self-study") - This technique clarifies
the mind through the power of contemplation and
concentration, bringing deep insights and foresights.
Physical practices will be based in Hatha Yoga practices as per the ancient book Hatha Yoga Pradipika – These
techniques lead to purify the physical body to accede to
deeper layers of your personality.
Mouna (silence) will be maintained during breaks and
PRACTICES ARE DEVIDED IN:
Bahiranga yoga (external yoga)
Shatkarmas (Kaphalbati - Jala Neti – Trataka) Pawamuktasana Series (preparatory movements) Dynamic Asanas
Antaranga yoga (internal yoga) - from Raya yoga and Tantra
Antar Mouna (steps 1 & 2) Ajapa Japa.
TESTIMONIALS OF CONTEMPLATIVE WEEKEND
I felt deep effect of this workshop....difficult to put in words because it's an experience. During this workshop, it has connected me with my own true self....my inner light.
We try to learn lot of things in the world...but rarely we learn or know about our self. We are more in outer world.....Marcelo helped me to get in touch with my inner self, true self. Our soul knows our divine plan/ life purpose and of course the route to it. But we are lost in outer world so much that we lose our connection with our inner world...
During the workshop Dharmajyoti helped me to connect me back to my soul which has all the answers.
Sometimes we are at the junction where there are two different routes... And we need to take decision which one to take which is for our highest good. Our soul knows the answer but brain try to rule and want to take different route which might be good route but not for our highest good ... So ultimately after wasting lot of time again we come back to another junction .and so on...and we reach no where ... We don't feel fulfilled because it's not our life purpose. Why nowadays so much depression around in the world...because we are diverted in our route.
I feel contemplative yoga workshop is a beautifully constructed to take us to our deeper self. And with swan meditation helps us to find our strengths and weaknesses. It helps to take the right decisions in our life...which has big impact on it.
By identifying some of my strengths ...I could overcome some of my fears in life. It gave me so much strength that no matter what happens I know I can do it. This is mission of my life and I will stick to it.... That feeling is so deep and strong, truly beyond the words to justify it.
M gave answer to lot of my questions which my true self was looking for it since long time ... Gave me tools how to overcome some of habits which I wanted to change but couldn't do it before....
Tools shared by him r very user friendly..... Any one at any stage of evolution can apply in their life to improve it.
After this workshop... I mean after introspection of myself ... I could figure out where I was and where I want to reach.... And got clue how to pursue it.
I started focusing on my life goal.... And with that awareness ... I had stopped the activities which were waste of time and my energy in true sense. I got connected with my family in deeper way... I stopped doing things where my energy use to get fragmented in outer world. I felt union with myself and with my family.
Rashi - yoga practitioner – India
I participated in the Contemplative Yoga weekend in Zanzibar with Marcelo. It was very enlightening and inspiring experience, as I was able to view my life with a new perspective and admiration by using the SWAN meditation. I left full of excitement about the prospects of my future and the ability to deal with any challenges that I may face. Since the course, I have been filled with joy and light from this new found esteem! In Our modern days, we so rarely take the time for introspection - and this weekend provide us that opportunity in a safe and secure environment. I highly recommend the workshop to anyone - at any point in their lives because I believe the teachings, the message and technique to be helpful globally. Thank you Marcelo and Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati for sharing the ancient knowledge and traditions to help us cultivate inner peace and guide us to greater happiness- within and for society!
Tia Egglestone, yoga teacher, Canada
My expectations were that it would be quite physical however the emotional, mental and psychological efforts were required more. This experience gave me a greater insight into 'yoga' and it rejuvenated a passion that is within me, a passion that I live and breathe, which is to be a sharing, caring, loving and supportive person that listens, tries, falls down, gets back up and gives in so many ways. It reminded me to look after myself before I can share with others and that being super flexible is not the aim of yoga.
I left each day with a spring in my step and noticed a distinct difference in my outlook, perspective and not forgetting comfortable bowl movements from the delicious food!
Marcelo really spun back onto me an aim I was trying to achieve which was essentially unachievable and it knocked me for six, however, in the process I realised that I could still achieve my aim if I looked at it in a different way. This has brought me calm and joy for which I am grateful.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 days with Marcelo and our group and if you are wanting to exercise the inner mental, emotional, spiritual and physical you then this will be a great opportunity to start with.
Victoria Gillbard - yoga practitioner - UK
I really appreciated to get a chance to participate in the contemplative yoga weekend here in Stone Town. For me, just getting to know a bit about yoga, it was a great introduction to the different ways in how yoga can be practiced in daily life. I will continue to apply the SWAN method and use the spiritual diary, as I am sure it will help me when making decisions in future. Thank you very much for teaching us these methods, it will definitely help to get more awareness about different aspects of daily life.
Lisenka - yoga practitioner – Holland
I attended the contemplative workshop with Marcelo at the right time in my spiritual journey. The combination of mild asanas, meditation and pranayama (which were familiar to me) opened my mind for the actual work we did during the workshop which was getting to know ourselves in a very practical yet spiritual way. This workshop is like arriving at a train station of your spiritual journey. All directions and connections are clear after and you have the choice to go anywhere from here by using new routes or rewiring your pathways. Knowing yourself is essential and the techniques that are provided are easy to learn and to practice. An absolute must.
Sebastian – yoga teacher – Germany
After the second day of the workshop someone asked me, "How was it?" I replied, "I felt really comfortable...in every possible way."
Mentally, emotionally and physically I left the course looking forward to taking these leanings, practices and of course the spiritual diary into my everyday life.
Warren - yoga practitioner – South Africa
I have been doing yoga on my own for a couple of years, following DVD's and going to some classes. The 'Contemplative Weekend' was everything I wanted to learn and more. We did some great work on the Asana part of it, lots of great work on learning how to quieten our minds and meditate as well as looking inward and getting to know so much more about ourselves. It was all done in a structured, deliberate, very enjoyable way. I would highly recommend it!
Cathy - yoga practitioner - UK
The contemplative yoga weekend in Usa River, Tanzania was like an expedition to observe my natural habitat, but from within. You could call it a safari of the mind. –
Rebekah – yoga teacher - Canada
ABOUT SATYANANDA YOGA
Satyananda Yoga is a system of yoga developed by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his lineage, which incorporates practices derived from ancient and traditional sources. Satyananda Yoga uses practices in a traditional way, asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body, pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy body (equated with Ki or Chi in other systems), and meditation to calm and focus the mind. It also takes a broader outlook by teaching and encouraging yogic lifestyles, not only for renunciates but also for householders and lay practitioners.
To this end Satyananda Yoga adopts the attitudes of Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge), Bhakti Yoga (the path of heart and emotion), Karma Yoga (the path of service) and other yogas which enable the practitioner to frame all aspects of their lives in a way which is conducive to spiritual growth.
The Satyananda approach incorporates the whole person, not just the body. There is an emphasis on awareness and practitioners are encouraged to learn about all aspects of their personality through Yoga. Change is a process that takes place naturally as a consequence of regular practice with full awareness, rather than by forcing the mind and body to the limit and beyond.
Includes Asanas, Pranayama, Tantric practices, Cleansing practices, Mind focusing practices, Pratyahara and Meditation. It differs from Asthanga style and Iyengar yoga in that it does not place the main focus on Asana, but rather works on the multi layered aspects of our being right from the beginning. So what appears to be a gentle form of yoga, is in fact a very deep transformational yoga, that works on all levels of our being.
Some of the underlying power and strength of the Satyananda Yoga system is that it is taught in a very systematic way which is accessible to all, but works to gradually bring one deeper in touch with one’s inner being, to let go of thoughts and to get in touch with the light within oneself.
When one is introduced to Satyananda Yoga, the first classes include pranayama, asana, and a tantric technique of Yoga Nidra which is used to systematically relax the body and the mind, and eventually helps our consciousness to move beyond the mind. This deepening of awareness is carried out through the practice of asana which are physically gentle at the beginning and by keeping the attention inside noticing any sensations within. This is different to the asana classes in many other forms of yoga where the main focus is often to try to make sure the body is in 100% correct alignment, and the focus is on how the body looks or appears from the outside.
EFFECTS OF SATYANANDA YOGA
One’s initial experience of Satyananda yoga is usually that one notices the deep relaxation experienced during the classes and the calmness and peace of mind which slowly develops. At the same time the asana begin to work with any tensions which may be held in the body and one’s awareness of bodily tension and how to release tensions improves with one’s experience.
WHO IT IS SUITABLE FOR
The Satyananda yoga classes begin quite gently and these classes are suitable for all ages, whether fit or unfit, large or small.
The instruction is given in such a way that experienced practitioners can practice at a deeper level of awareness, while the classes are also suitable for beginners to Yoga.
WORKING WITH ONE SELF
As one progresses practicing Satyananda Yoga one proceeds to unravel or become aware of the conditioning of our mind and the patterns of our mind and thought patterns. This ‘self-knowledge’ allows one to step outside the ‘reaction mode’ that many of us reside in, and begin to work towards our higher potential.
HEALTH IMPROVES AND BODY BECOMES LEANER
A side effect of the Satyananda classes is that one’s body becomes stronger and leaner and one’s general health usually improves as a result of the physical asanas and also the awareness of our body and breath and other internal energies. However, this is considered a side effect and is not the central goal of the practice.
The main emphasis of Satyananda Yoga is on inner awareness. Breathing techniques are taught from the beginning and most of the postures are practiced with the eyes closed and the awareness directed inwards.
SATYANANDA YOGA IS DIFFERENT TO MOST PHYSICAL BASED FORMS OF YOGA
Most of the types of yoga we come across in the Western world have all developed from the more physically based yoga of the last century which have all stemmed from Krishnamacharya, and include Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, and more recently to Vinyasa Flow, and their influences can also be seen in Anusara yoga.
Satyananda yoga is very different from these ‘physically orientated yogas’, and deals more with one’s whole being.
Swami Satyananda was a disciple of Swami Sivananda. The ashrams of this tradition lies in Bihar State in the North East of India, Bihar School of Yoga (Ganga Darshan) and Rikhiapeeth ashram.
It is an ideal form of yoga for beginners, as it begins very gently, but utilizes awareness of the breath from the start, and works with many layers of one’s being, and one feels the relaxation benefits almost immediately, followed by the stronger physical benefits as the postures gradually get stronger as one adjusts to the practice.
It is also an excellent form of yoga, for those who may be practicing ‘physical yoga’ for years, but now realize there is much more to yoga than the physical practice. It is an ideal way to go more deeply inwards, get in touch with energy inside, prepare the mind for deeper meditation…. and journey more deeply inwards.
THE MAIN CHARACTERISTICS IS THAT IT:
• Begins very slowly teaching the practices in a very systematic but gentle way
• Teaches the importance of breath work and relaxation right from day 1
• emphasizes the importance of not straining and practicing in a reasonably effortless way without over exertion
• Places the focus on the development of awareness and one’s whole being rather than on the physical
• Utilizes techniques such as yoga Nidra which work to transform one’s mind, releasing deep down unconscious conflicts, letting go of mental tension
• Deals with the full 8 limbs of Asana, Pranayama, Yamas, Niyamas, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dyana, Samadhi
• Keeps alive the 6 Shatkarmas and sometimes teaches jala neti to beginners
• as one becomes more aware, it introduces the chakras and main nadis such as Ida, Pingala and Sushuma
• As one becomes more proficient the Pranayama techniques include Ujjai breath sometimes known as the psychic breath, Nadi Shodana which helps bring about balance between Ida and Pingala, Bhastrika sometimes known as bellows breath or breath of fire, Kapa Bati which is known to cleanse the fore brain and also other forms of Pranayama
• The teaching of Pranayama is gradual and systematic and includes clear deepening of the practices including ratios and khumbaka
• Formal cross legged meditation is introduced when the practitioner is ready and a systematic path to meditation is available.
• Karma yoga is emphasized in order to help reduce the ego, and offer opportunities to identify and let go of inner issues which can inhibit letting go of identification with the ego tendencies, and keeps meditation as the corner stone of yoga, as it has been for over 6,000 years.
The Sun Salutation which are taught within Satyananda yoga are more traditional and offer a more balanced amount of forward and backward bends. With practice these are performed as flowing movements synchronized with the breath, and at a later stage with awareness on the chakras associate with each of the individual postures.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Jignasu Sannyasi Dharmajyoti is 50-year-old senior internationally accredited yoga teacher and yoga therapist as well fitness trainer and musician. He has been initiated into the ancient order of Sannyasa by Swami Niranjananda Saraswati, actual head of the Satyananda Yoga Tradition and Bihar School of Yoga. Dharmajyoti was born in Argentina, but has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He has over 5000 hrs.’ Sannyasi, Teacher and Therapist training in yoga. Studying and volunteering in therapy centers and ashrams in India and Nepal. He has been teaching in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Argentina, UK and Spain. He is the founder and chairman of the NGO “Yoga Pura Vida” www.yogapuravida.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YOGA-PURA-VIDA-465694793631183/
At the early age of 8 years old, he developed a keen interest in psycho¬-physical-spiritual activities and started to train in Martial arts beside various kinds of sports. By the age of 20 he moved from Argentina to Spain and became a fitness trainer. In 2001 he moved to Indonesia and started the practice and self–study of various paths of classical and traditional yoga. In 2011 He moved to Pakistan and from 2013 he is based in Tanzania.
Over the years he built on his studies and experiences covering areas related to the practical and scientific aspects of yoga for physical, mental and spiritual health as asana, pranayama, mudras, mantras and different sorts of meditation techniques. He also developed a keen interest in arts, sports, nutrition and sciences as psychology or physics.
He has been sharing his skills and teachings for over 30 years to a wide range of people from all ages and cultures such as Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Christians or Rastas in far off places as India, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Argentina, UK or Spain.
His life experiences, working and meeting with people from different paths of life, have assisted him to teach in a very organic and intuitive manner. He draws upon the continued and uninterrupted joyful study and practices of certain yogic techniques during the last sixteen years. These being from the fourth main path of yoga: Raja yoga (Ashtanga Patanjali), Jñana yoga, Bhakti yoga and Karma yoga as well other sub-yogas like: Hatha yoga, Mantra yoga, Nada yoga, Swara yoga, Seva yoga or Nidra yoga, Nada yoga among others yogas.
Beside Yoga, Sankhya, Vedanta and Tantra philosophies he has also been studying other Asian philosophies: Sivaism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Islamism and Sufism. He also been studying ancient American philosophies from the Toltec’s, Hopis or indigenous Amazonian tribes as well the ancient practices of the Bwiti west African tribes.
With over 40 years performing different psycho¬-physical-spiritual practices he designs special neuro-psychomotor yoga-therapies for people with special needs, yoga classes as well as he leads gentle workshops for beginners or directs intensive courses, workshops and lectures for yoga teachers and advanced practitioners.
He comprehends that Indian traditional and classic yoga are the best tools to assist others to develop awareness of psycho-physical-spiritual health, well-being and happiness. He founds a strong belief that yoga knowledge and its practices must be shared with everybody, without any distinction of gender, ethnicity, language, religion, age, physical limitation, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.
Studies in Ashrams of India
YOGA VIDYA GURUKUL "Vishwa Yoga Darshan”
BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA “Ganga Darshan”
Certificates and Diplomas
YOGA PRAVESH CERTIFICATE - YOGA VIDYA GURUKUL
YOGA PARICHAYA CERTIFICATION - YOGA VIDYA GURUKUL
DIPLOMA IN YOGIC EDUCATION - YOGA VIDYA GURUKUL
DIPLOMA COURSE IN YOGA STUDIES - YOGA VIDYA GURUKUL
CERTIFICATE COURSE IN YOGA THERAPY - YOGA VIDYA GURUKUL
YOGA LIFE EXPERIENCE - BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA
YOGA CHAKRA (PARTICIPATION IN SEVA) BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA
PROGRESSIVE VIDYA YOGA TRAINING - BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA
HATHA YOGA TRAINING MODULE 1 - BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA
RAJA YOGA TRAINING MODULE 1 - BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOGA
CERTIFICATE IN YOGA FOR CHILDREN & TEENAGERS – KINDER YOGA – SATYANANDA SYSTEM
Volunteer (Seva) - Yoga Therapist in 2 centres in India
PECHEY PHIPSON YOGA
NATURE CENTREROGYADHAM YOGA & NATURE CURE CENTER
Volunteer (Seva) in ashram in Nepal
SHANTI YOGA ASHRAM
Volunteer (Seva) in ashrams in India
VISWA YOGA DARSHAN
GANGA DARSHAN (BSY)
Studies in Spain
FITNESS TRAINER (Ex - Federation of bodybuilding)