Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

HYT-TTP Newsletter, November 2017

by Rabindra Sahu

Om Shri Gurubhyo Namah.

The Himalayan Yoga Tradition – Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) Level-One, recently completed at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) from November 5-18, was quite special in many ways. This was the first time that the participants had practice teaching sessions against each theory class, thus having received much more hands-on experience with respect to everything that was being taught.

We had 24 participants from 13 different countries (Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA) and 12 faculty members in the Level-One Retreat. There were three participants who came to the ashram, without any intentions of joining the HYT-TTP and felt so inspired and connected that they decided to join the TTP to learn more about the Tradition’s teachings.

The participants received the foundational teachings of the Himalayan Tradition, including proper sitting, proper breathing, beginning meditation with breath awareness and so-ham mantra, hatha yoga, pranayama, holistic health, mantra – what and why, biofeedback, and yoga philosophy and psychology.

The day before the Mahasamadhi Anniversary of Swami Rama, we watched the video on – Evolution of HIHT. On the Swami Rama’s Mahasamadhi Day, everyone visited the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust in Dehradun. We first went to the Ayurveda Centre to attend a lecture on Ayurveda by Dr. Ravindra Mamgain. Next, we visited to the Swami Rama Centre and enjoyed a short meditation in the meditation hall there; adjacent to the meditation hall is the room where Swami Rama took his Mahasamadhi. We later visited the Swami Rama exhibition, where all the participants got a glimpse into the many personas of Swami Rama. It was indeed a beautiful experience, as many felt a loving presence.

Many people came forward to know more about the Himalayan Tradition and the Guru Lineage. For instance, during the visit to the Swami Rama Centre, many people felt a strong and overwhelming energy and wanted to learn more about Gurudeva Swami Rama. After watching the video Tat Tvam Asi, many wanted to know much more about the life and work of Swami Veda. During Swami Veda’s 2nd Mahasamadhi, Veda Youth (Youth wing of the global mission - AHYMSIN) had released a short video on Swami Veda’s life and mission, as a tribute to our beloved Swami Ji. We have been showing that video to all guests at SRSG since then. Inspired by the video, a TTP participant – Anna Barma from Russia/South Africa decided to join the Veda Youth and serve towards Swami Ji’s mission.

Many participants received mantra initiations and joined the AHYMSIN global family, after learning about the importance of mantras in meditation from Stoma Ji. We also had the privilege of attending a lecture on Judaism with Dr. Rene David Alkalay – a long-term disciple of Swami Rama. Towards the end of the retreat, we organized a trip to the Vashistha Guha, where all the participants enjoyed a nice quiet time alongside the sacred river – Ganges.

All the participants also joined the Thursday Silence Day schedule and maintained silence for the whole day, which came as a much needed break from their very busy TTP teaching and practice schedule. They seemed to have enjoyed the peace and quiet within and shared their experiences with Swami Radha in their follow-up review. Many decided to experiment with once a week of silence at home. As the words - “Teacher Transformation Program” resounded throughout the retreat, the HYT-TTP retreat proved truly transformational for all.

We are grateful to our teachers: Swami Radha Bharati, Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, Dr. Rene David Alkalay, Marilou Hermens, Pierre Lefebvre, Chandramani Ji, Dr. Prabhu, Adhikari Bhoi, Ramprakash Das, Gita Bhoi, and Rabindra Sahu who lovingly guided the students throughout the program. All the participants felt blessed when Swami Ritavan Bharati guided a beautiful meditation upstairs in the Initiation Room. We also had the privilege of sitting in silent meditations with him every morning and evening.

During the closing ceremony, as the participants received their “Letters of Participations”, they were reminded about the importance of loving rather than teachings techniques in their own classes as they become teachers themselves. As Swami Veda has often said,

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”.


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_Level. The next would be named, Assignment_2_Name_Level 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. Ananswer without the question is an inconvenient read.

4). 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.

Next HYT-TTP retreat

The next HYT-TTP Level-One and Level-Two retreat will be at SRSG is from March 11-24, 2018. To Register for Level one, go to www.hyt-ttp.com and choose “Student Application” under the topic “Teacher Training.” (http://www.hyt-ttp.com/progression.html#apply). Then submit. If you have registered once, please do not register again.

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 and your mentors regularly as to what your plans are in order to have a fruitful and long lasting association. Just ask, check in with Rabindra or Maryon Maas at [email protected]

Yours in Service,

Pictures by Jay Prakash Bahuguna.



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