HYT-TTP Newsletter, November 2016

by Rabinra Sahu

Namo Namah Shri Guru Padukabhyam

Have you ever experienced a 15 day residential yoga meditation retreat with 12 faculty members? This is how special the November 2016 TTP [teacher training program] was for our level 1 students.

We had 17 Level 1 participants from 10 countries (India, Romania, USA, Belgium, Hungary, Greece, Sri Lanka, UK, China and Germany) and 4 Level-3 participants from four countries (USA, Greece, Trinidad and New Zealand).

The Level 1 students were engaged in a comprehensive roster of classes in hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation and other facets of yoga science and philosophy with a highly qualified teaching staff. Everyone enjoyed the karma yoga and the kirtans.

Some TTP students were so moved by the experience that they expressed their interest to serve at SRSG for longer period and do their sadhana.

The Level-3 (500Hrs) participants spent most of their time with our senior faculties for group discussion, presentation, and refining their teaching skills.

On the occasion of Swami Rama’s Mahasamadhi Anniversary, we organized a trip to HIHT, the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust. Our day began with a lecture on Ayurveda by Dr. Ravindra Mamgain, doctor at the Ayurveda Centre.

After a brief break, we moved to the Swami Rama Centre for meditation. Many of the students felt the presence of a loving energy in the room where Swami Rama took his mahasamadhi.

We celebrated the graduation ceremony with all the Level-3 students accorded “HYT-TTP 500 Hour” certification. We congratulate them for completing all the requirements of our rigorous Teacher Training Program and look forward to see them guiding our Level-1 students in near future.

  • Rob Diggins, Winthrop Harewood, Sofia Foteina and Maria Miguel Ribeiro received their 500 Hour Certification.

We are grateful to our amazing faculties: Swami Radha, Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, Charles Crenshaw, Carol Crenshaw, Marilou Hermens, Ashutosh Sharma, Pierre Lefebvre, John Sellinger, Geeta Bhoi, Ramprakash Das, and Adhikari Bhoi who lovingly shared the teaching of the lineage and were always available for question and guidance. We were happy to meditate in the quiet presence of Swami Ritavan Bharati.

Although Swami Veda left his physical body, he continues to inspire and guide us in mysterious ways. His message is a gentle reminder to all of us on how to tread the path.

The ‘certificate’ does not necessarily make us a good teacher. We must be humble, attract quietness and peacefulness by cultivating that in ourselves, and avoid the ‘circus’ style of yoga classes taught all around us”.

— Swami Veda Bharati


Here are some tips to help yourself and your mentor with your online assignments.

1) Document Name: You may want to try this way to name your assignments:
     Assignment_1_Name_date. The next would be named, Assignment_2_Name_date etc.

2) Heading in the document: Put your name, date, mentor’s name, and even your location at the beginning.

3) Include the questions into the document so your mentor need not look up the question. An answer without the question is an inconvenient read.

4) To the Point: Keep the answers to the essence of the question. This will keep the papers short and easy, it will be understood that you are progressing.

5) Multiple questions: Multiple questions in one assignment need to be on ONE DOCUMENT. That saves space and keeps the questions in sequence for the mentors to decipher.

The Next HYT-TTP Retreat

The next HYT-TTP retreat for Level-I and Level-II is March 5-18, 2017. To Register for Level one, please visit the website (www.hyt-ttp.com) or contact Rabindra Sahu at the [email protected] address.

For the level-2 students, it’s important to note that the Mentors need to approve a student before the student comes to the next level”.


Please communicate with us regularly as to what your plans are in order to have a fruitful and long lasting association. Just ask, check in with us at [email protected]

In loving Service,


Editor’s Note:

HYT-TTP is the “Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program”. HYT-TTP offers retreats twice yearly at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India. Website: www.hyt-ttp.com.

Pictures taken by Michael Kissener.



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