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Sivananda Yoga Camp, 673 8th avenue, Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada


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-673 8th avenue, Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada – J0T2R0
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The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre is a non-profit organization which, for over 50 years, has been sharing the teachings of classical hatha yoga and Vedanta (yogic philosophy) as a means for all to achieve physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, and self-realization. Over 35,000 teachers have been trained through the organization named after Swami Sivananda, who worked throughout his lifetime to promote the philosophy of Yoga and Vedanta in India. He was also the founder of the Divine Life Society, still in existence today, and the author of more than 200 books. His legacy was carried on by Swami Vishnudevananda, who brought the teachings to the West.

The Yoga Camp

Swami Vishnudevananda was sent by Swami Sivananda in 1957, from Rishikesh, Himalayas, to bring yoga to the West. After traveling extensively in the Far East and the U.S., Swamiji settled in Montreal in 1959 and established his first yoga centre there on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, where it remains to this day.

During summer weekends, Swami Vishnudevananda noticed a considerable drop in class attendance, as people left the city to enjoy nature in the countryside. He devised the concept of a Yoga Vacation and held his first Yoga Camp in 1961 in nearby Saint-Hippolyte. The Camp was a resounding success and an increasing number of visitors spent their weekends practicing yoga under his guidance. Looking to establish a permanent base, Swamiji was drawn to Val-Morin, nestled in the picturesque Laurentian Mountains. In February 1962, the present site of the Yoga Camp was established.

The Yoga Camp serves as the international headquarters for the organization, which has developed a global presence, including 9 ashrams and over 25 yoga centers throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Swami Sivananda

-Swami Sivananda’s life was a radiant example of service to humanity, both during his years as a doctor and later as a world renowned sage and jivanmukta. To serve all, to love all, to mix with all and to see God in all beings were the ideals he taught and lived by. Born on September 8, 1887, to an illustrious family in Tamil Nadu, South India, he displayed spiritual tendencies even as a young boy. He had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta, along with an inborn eagerness to serve, and an innate feeling of unity with all.

Though born into an orthodox family, his piety was balanced by an unusual broad mindedness and lack of prejudice. Even as a young man, his driving force was the service of humanity which led him to become a medical doctor. He served the poor in Malaysia for many years, but soon felt that this was not enough. Divinely blessed, he gave up his medical career and took to a life of renunciation.

He returned to India and spent a year wandering before settling in Rishikesh, Himalayas in 1924. There he practiced intense austerities, found his guru, Swami Vishwananda, and was initiated into sannyas. For the next seven years, Swami Sivananda spent most of his time in meditation. From the early 1930s onwards, he embarked on frequent and extensive tours of India and Sri Lanka, stirring the hearts and souls of thousands with his spiritual magnetism, strong vibrant voice and great public speaking abilities. Wherever he went, he conducted sankirtan (chanting), delivered lectures and taught people how to stay strong and healthy by practicing yoga asanas, pranayama and kriyas. Above all, he urged his audiences to strive constantly for spiritual development.

In Rishikesh, meanwhile, an increasing number of disciples had begun to congregate and an ashram grew up around him. With his unrestrained generosity, spirit of service, deep devotion, and his constant good humor, Swami Sivananda set a supreme example to his students. In 1932, he started the Sivananda Ashram; in 1936 the Divine Life Society was born. The Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy was organized in 1948 all with the aim of spreading the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta.

Swami Sivananda’s teachings crystallized the basic tenets of all religions, combining all yoga paths into one – the Yoga of Synthesis, which he summed up with “Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize”. His own life was a shining example of the ideal wish to spread his message of love and service. He had disciples around the world, of all nationalities, religions and creeds. Swami Sivananda entered mahasamadhi (left his physical body) on July 14, 1963.

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Kids Camp

This program is adapted for children between 8 – 15 years. Daily yoga and breathing exercises combined with the practice of meditation keep the body healthy and flexible and the mind focused. Following Swami Vishnudevananda’s teaching of “unity in diversity” and the idea of yoga as “union”, we encourage children to find themselves unified as a group. Kids Camp children come from many different backgrounds and cultures, and are encouraged to develop and live together as one completely integrated and cohesive group, like a family. Recognizing and respecting each camper’s unique differences be it in culture, religion, race, or social background, children grow to treat each other with dignity, respect, and compassion, and also apply yogic principles such as kindness, compassion, ahimsa (non-violence), and cooperation.

Morning and evening satsangs are adjusted for kids and consist of simple meditation practice, followed by singing and inspiring stories. The children also learn the value of karma yoga, or selfless service, as they help to maintain activity areas and participate in various projects. There is plenty of time for fun and games. Special activities outside the resort include horseback riding, excursion tour etc. As children come from all over the world, with a variety of cultural backgrounds, they learn to appreciate and respect people of all religions while practicing yoga.

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