Mahaprana | Pranayama & The Power of Yoga | 2017

AN EXPERIENTIAL IMMERSION & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

There is one intangible element in every human being that connects the domains of body, mind, vital energy and spirit: the breath. The power of breath and therefore of Pranayama practice can thus never be underestimated, as it works profoundly on all these levels of human existence. A correct Pranayama practice can therefore not only increase longevity and your energy levels in daily life, but it can be a profound tool in calming mental and emotional agitation, decrease imbalances on any level and ultimately help you to connect with the purusa, the spiritual anchor in the heart. 

In the traditional times it was said that after you grew up the major part of your yoga practice should consist of Pranayama, as it ensures stamina and health during the trials of daily life. Yet, in our contemporary times, Pranayama is often ignored or not given the importance it deserves, and therefore is not often covered in depth in many training programs and practice classes. 

This online certification program is aimed at providing such a platform for serious practitioners to explore this topic in detail. The program will last a period of one year with two meetings each month. Each meeting will constitute two sessions of 50 minutes each, through which this theme will be explored in detail. At the end of each session a Pranayama practice will be offered, which will need to be practiced by the practitioner until the next session. Guidelines of self-observation on the effects of such practices will also be provided and participants shall also be offered opportunities to explore these further. 

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MANTRA YOGA | Linking with Sacred SoundS | 2017

Mantra-s or sacred sounds are one of Yoga’s most subtle and profound tools. They were embraced by the Yogin-s from time immemorial as they are believed to be the way to realize our Self and link to the Divine that is hidden within our hearts. Mantra-s were also used in various meditative practices to help facilitate a deeper connection with the object of focus, and therefore integrate their special qualities. Mantra-s were also used in other Yoga practices such as Asana, Pranyama, Bhavana and Nyasa to enhance their potency.  

A deep immersion in the practice of Mantra was considered a very important aspect of a Yogin’s practice and learning. The benefits the Mantra-s brought were so superior despite them being so simple to embrace and engage with.  Yet, for historical reasons the practice of Mantra-s has been exclusive to a select few, and has not yet been embraced by the larger audience of Yoga. Yogacaryas like T Krishnamacharya, however, made these practices available and today their benefits can be enjoyed by all.

This online program provides a platform for serious practitioners to explore this topic in depth. The program will last for nine months with one meeting each month. Each meeting will last approximately two hours with a break of ten minutes included. Through these meetings this theme will be explored in detail. At the end of each session a Mantra practice will be offered, which will need to be practiced and explored by the practitioner until the next session. Guidelines of self-observation on the effects of such practices will also be provided and participants will also be offered opportunities to explore these further. 

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SECRETS OF YOGA | Teachings from the Yogarahasya of Nathamuni

Commencing May 2016 Onwards

Sri Nathamuni was a legendary saint who lived in the ninth century AD, and is often credited as the pioneer of the devotional movement of Yoga. Despite him being more well known for his works on the religious philosophy, he was also an extraordinary master of Yoga. Among his compositions is the well known treatise called Yoga Rahasya, literally meaning Secrets of Yoga.

There is much mystery that surrounds this text. It is believed that Nathamuni received these Yoga instructions in a state of meditative trance from Sri Nammalvar, who lived many centuries earlier. Further it is believed that the Yoga Rahasya once again vanished through mysterious circumstances and was thought to be lost forever. Strangely it was once again revived by the legendary Yogi T Krishnamacharya, in the early part of the twentieth century in a manner similar to how Nathamuni received them in the first place.

This classical text offers four chapters of precious teachings that provides invaluable practical instructions, as well as key insights into the manner in which Yoga must be understood and practiced. It also is one of the rare texts that highlights the therapeutic value of Yoga, including Yoga during Pregnancy as well as Yoga for different stages of life. It would be a precious asset to every serious teacher and practitioner of Yoga.

This online program provides a platform for serious practitioners to explore this topic in depth. The program will last for eight months with one meeting each month. Each meeting will last approximately two sessions of fifty minutes each. 

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AYURVEDA JNANAM | Principles of Classical Practice

Commencing January 2016 Onwards

Ayurveda, literally translated as ‘science of life’ can be described as a way of living with awareness and promoting health, wellness and longevity.  Ayurveda includes aspects of philosophy, mythology, diet, exercise and other lifestyle recommendations that are a part of an overall physical, mental and metaphysical refinement process. Thus, Ayurveda is not only a science of medicine, but also a science of daily living with a spiritual awareness for the divine consciousness that is residing both within us and outside. 

Yoga and Ayurveda being sister disciplines, share a common understanding of the human body, especially in a comprehensive and holistic dimension. Many texts reveal the inter-connectedness between the two systems. Both systems also being holisitic in their approach, offer practical yet profound solutions for the ultimate health and nourishment of its practitioners. 

Texts such as the Hathayogapradipika, Rajayogaratnakara and others, reveal how Yoga practices must also be considered consistent with how Ayurveda understands the human body. Further, masters like Acarya T Krishnamcharya also emphasised the extraordinary value in understanding fundamental principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy and also in Yoga Teaching. 

This online program will provide a perfect platform for serious practitioners to explore this topic in depth. Exhaustive handouts will be provided for all participants, and a certification of completion will also be issued to those who complete the entire program. 

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GRHINI | Yoga for Women | 2017

AN EXPERIENTIAL IMMERSION & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Yoga has long supported the empowerment of women, and has in place very specific practices to support women in every stage of their lives. Women were considered to have a special right to practice Yoga as they not only were the givers of life, but were also the primary source of nourishment for mankind and the environment. Yoga also understood that a woman’s body and mind goes through various transitions throughout her life. Hence it requires very specific care that embraces these changes in a respectful manner through every stage of life. 

Women experience specific circumstances such as pregnancy and menopause, and are predisposed to certain illnesses like Breast Cancer, Osteoporosis, Menstrual difficulties, Hormonal imbalances etc. Modern life also brings its own set of challenges that create imbalances in a woman’s health thus leading to various new illnesses that require attention. It is for such reasons that both Yoga and Ayurveda offer special emphasis on the nourishment and wellbeing of women. Yogacaryas like T Krishnamacharya, made integrated this knowledge and offered potent and powerful practices including Asana, Pranayama, Mantra, Mudra, Bandhas and Dhyanam to suit these circumstances. A deep immersion in the diverse practices of Yoga and its application for women is essential for every Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist and even a Yoga Student.  

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Patañjali's Yogasutra | Ongoing Study Group | 2017

Presented in the form of pithy statements, Patanjali's Yogasutra documents the entire philosophical system of Yoga in four logically arranged chapters. The aphorisms are simple in their rendering, yet pregnant with layers of meaning.For every serious student and teacher, this text is a must read and no study of Yoga is complete without understanding its fundamental tenets.

This ongoing online Study group is aimed at serious Yoga students and teachers who wish to enrich their understanding of this classical masterpiece. Ideas and concepts from classical commentaries such as Vyasa-bhasya, Sankara-vivarana, Yoga-varttika, and Yoga-valli are part of the learning process.

Two batches are currently available. 

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YOGAMUDRA | The Subtle & POTENT Tools of Yoga

Commencing June 2016 Onwards

The limitless human potential is often deeply hidden within us, not just beneath our psyche, but also within the layers of conscious and unconscious patterning. Unlocking them to fully manifest into our life is a key aspect of personal growth and spiritual development. This arduous and potent process requires sustained effort and the practice of powerful tools, under careful guidance and supervision. 

The role of Mudra-s and Bandha-s can serve as a vital instrument in this process of personal evolution. Mudra-s are very intricate tools of Yoga, that harness the fire within us to help nourish the inherent seeds of our capabilities. They are discussed extensively in classical texts such as Hathayogapradipika and Sivasamhita, as well as modern classics such as Yoga Makaranda of T Krishnamacharya.

The wise sages of the past relied on these subtle and sophisticated tools to nurture the latent potential lying beneath our subconscious layers of our psyche. When appropriately practiced together with a sophisticated system of breath and visualization, they touch different layers of the human system and aid in our positive transformation. Owing to the great power it can harness, the Yogi-s showed great respect to these tools and only learnt and practiced under watchful guidance. They also understood and considered all the pre-requisites these tools required, before practicing themselves or teaching them to others. 

This online seminar series of sessions will explore the most important Mudra-s in detail, presenting the core principles and frameworks within which they must be understood and practiced

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ANTARANGA SADHANA | Reconnect with your Spiritual Core

Commencing January 2016 Onwards

Do you ever feel that you have lost your voice? Do you feel that you make decisions based more on what others feel, rather than what you do? Do you keep searching for appreciation? Or love? Or companionship? Do you feel a disconnection with your own body, your feelings or senses? Welcome to the disconnected modern era. 

In our times the dominance of a material driven culture has caused a paradigm shift, that has disconnected us from being intimate with our own selves. Ego has become a more dominant structure, than the light that shines brightly in our hearts. The veil of ego covers this light and creates darkness in the form of suffering, ill-health and spiritual allergy. It is this disconnect that causes us to lose our voices, diminish our expressions and more fundamentally lose strength of our fundamental vibrations. 

The most important purpose of Yoga is personal and spiritual transformation. The Yogis were clear that in order to really transform and connect with the divine consciousness, we need to refine our actions, be truthful and fearless to confront our shadows, and heal any deep negative impressions that continue to dominate us. They were emphatic that a spiritual journey was only complete when we confronted our darkness, and reengage with the bright shining light.

To help in this journey, the yogi’s proposed a combined approach of subtle and refining practice, deep self inquiry and a capacity to embrace the universal consciousness. Each practitioner would have to self empower themselves in this journey, and let themselves be guided by a capable and competent teacher, who would provide insightful direction and support.

This one year online immersion program is aimed to help students transcend the boundaries of space, and help them in finding their voice back. The program will offer two monthly meetings (one as a group, and one individually) to participants to engage in a spiritual journey. 

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Paritapa | Yoga Therapy in Trauma Care

An Intensive Training Progra | Beginning jan 2016  

The word ‘trauma’ is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, and that overwhelm people’s ability to cope, leaving them powerless. 

Trauma when left unresolved, has severe negative effects on one’s life. Hence it needs to be addressed in a respectful and careful manner. The impact of trauma pervades all the different layers of our human structure. It also needs a heartful approach that fully understands the complexity of its origin, impact and constant presence in daily life, so that tangible solutions can be found to slowly change its influence on the care seeker.

The approach of Yoga Therapy has understood trauma (paritapa) and has explored it in great detail. Hence Yoga Therapy provides an excellent way of addressing this need, as its approach is holistic and individual centric. Yoga Therapy offers potent solutions that need to be implemented in an individualized and context sensitive manner. The approach of Yoga is sensible as it allows each individual to engage with varied tools that can slowly change the momentum of our lives.This integrative and holistic approach is becoming very popular in the modern era, and is not only being embraced by care seekers, but also it is being accepted by different health care providers

This online intensive training will explore in detail the mind-body approach of Yoga Therapy in understanding and dealing with trauma. 

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