Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School’s philosophy is to present programs for those interested in an opportunity to learn and experience yoga in-depth and produce innovative teachings at the highest level. The teachings in these programs come from traditional yoga teachings from the ancient texts. These programs began in 1994 by JJ Gormley, who has studied yoga since 1979. In 1994 she founded one of the most established schools of yoga thought and practice, Sun & Moon Yoga School in Virginia. In 2009, she changed the name of her school to Surya Chandra (Sanskrit for Sun & Moon) and uses this name now for her teacher training programs. These high quality programs are offered in various locations across the country.
The intention of these programs is to offer an integrated curriculum that provides comprehensive study for students of yoga to continue their education and training. These programs can prepare students to teach yoga or simply be an avenue for greater study of yoga. The focus is on quality, excellence and integrity in providing a complete education in the art, science and philosophy of yoga. Designed to preserve the wisdom of the ancient tradition while adapting the principals to meet the needs of our contemporary society and lifestyles, the programs are taught by highly qualified faculty who embody traditional and innovative approaches to learning.
The Faculty of SCHYS are known for their broad-based knowledge steeped in many different styles and traditions of yoga for a more well-rounded education. SCHYS is more inclusive of all styles of yoga rather then teaching exclusively the teachings in one tradition. The programs of SCHYS are structured to be strong and intense, yet flexible, encouraging students to explore their own inner resources with commitment and self-discipline. The format is geared to promote and maintain professionalism in yoga training. Students are prepared to teach to different populations in a variety of settings, safely, successfully and compassionately.
The predominant emphasis on instruction throughout these training programs is to achieve a well-rounded yoga education in all of yoga’s many aspects including philosophy, meditation, asana, pranayama and yoga’s many other tools. The diverse background of the faculty who come from many traditions and styles of yoga brings a unique opportunity to create a school of yoga to share the depth from various styles of yoga.