14 Day (100 hours) Samkhya + Bhagavad Gita - 2015

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Yoga Retreat: 14 Day (100 hours) Samkhya + Bhagavad Gita - 2015 Wise Living Yoga Academy
Chiang Mai Thailand
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Classical Yoga / Hatha Yoga
Wise Living Yoga Academy

This is a 14 day full-immersion experience with foundation on Classical Yoga philosophy and practices, including meditation, asanas (postural training), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and simple kriyas (cleansing techniques).

1st Week - Samkhya-Yoga (50 hours)

People glibly speak about Yoga without realizing that it forms an integral part of a composite Samkhya-Yoga Philosophy, the oldest philosophical system in the world. Samkhya provides the theoretical base without which one can neither understand the philosophy of Patanjali (The Yoga Sutras or Ashtanga Yoga) nor derive full benefit of Yoga by just practicing ‘mechanically’ at the physical level.

It was stated in the Mahabharat: “There is no wisdom like Samkhya, no power like Yoga”; and in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells the warrior Arjuna: “The ignorant differentiate between Samkhya and Yoga, not the wise. He who sees the two as the same has the right understanding”.

Therefore, anyone interested to understand Yoga in its entirety should start by studying the Samkhya Metaphysics and then proceed to learn the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. All techniques in Yoga are meant to allow the practitioner to bring the philosophy to the practical level. If you don’t know why you are practicing for, or if you don’t have the right attitude towards the practice, you’ll be hardly practicing any real Yoga.

2nd Week - Bhagavad Gita (50 hours)

During this week the student will be lead to dive deeper into traditional Yoga as the Bhagavad Gita will be explained in the view of the Four Paths of Yoga, namely Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga & Karma Yoga as popularized by Swami Vivekananda.

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important books on Yoga. It reveals the 4 main validly approaches/paths to the ultimate truth. Because it contains the essence of the Upanishads the Bhagavad Gita is also known as ´Gitopanishad´. It is written in dialogue format – the conversation between Krishna (The Lord of Yoga) and Arjuna the great ‘pandava’ warrior in the imminence of a war. Lord Krishna advices Arjuna on how would be the right way to proceed fulfilling his duties and destiny as a warrior (shatrya) and at the same time being it the path to ultimate wisdom and enlightenment.

The message of the Gita is a practical advice on how each one of us is living on this earth to fulfill a mission, and doing it in a specific way (with the right attitude of mind) is the means to spiritual evolution. This is verily the path of Karma Yoga. Following this path one will gradually evolve to the highest state of Yoga (Raja Yoga), developing control over one’s own mind, complete mastery over one’s own personality and eventually attaining the ultimate truth. That’s all about Yoga.

The study of the Bhagavad Gita is also important to bring the complete understanding of Yoga as a heritage of Indian Culture and within the perspective of Vedanta. That’s because the text of the Gita is very syncretic, unifying the ideas presented in the Samkhya System and in the Vedanta System. It is therefore essential for the understanding of Yoga as a holistic path for self development

Upon completion of the 2 weeks program

In this way you’ll be automatically completing the first Module (100 hours) of our Yoga Teacher Training Course and will be eligible to attend the last 2 weeks of the Teacher Training any time in future and be certified as Yoga Teacher by Wise Living Yoga Academy at the 200 hours level.

Course Fees: USD 1680 (All Inclusive)
- The curse fees include tuition & practices, accommodation in twin sharing basis, 3 veg meals a day, course material & certification of participation (100 hours).

Course Time-Table:

05:30 – Wake up time
06:30 – Guided Meditation
07:00 – Practice (Asanas/ Pranayamas)
08:30 – Breakfast
09:00 – Bath/ Laundry/ Rest
10:15 – Lecture (Traditional Texts/ Philosophy)
11:30 – Pranayamas/ Kriyas/ Karma Yoga
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – Guided Relaxation Session
14:00 – Lecture (Traditional Texts/ Philosophy)
15:00 – Tea Break
15:30 – Methodology/ Anatomy & Physiology
16:30 – Practice/ Teaching Practice
18:15 – Meditation/ Shanti Mantras
18:30 – Dinner
19:30 – Assignments/ Self-study / Group Sharing
21:30 – Lights Off/ Good Night

Important Notes:

- The Course starts on a Sunday 15:30 and ends on a Saturday 13:00. - This program comprehends the 1st Module of our 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course. Anyone attending this course successfully can accumulate 100 hours and complete the full Teacher Training program in a future time;
- We are a Traditional Yoga School. All participants attending any of our courses should be aware of the Rules & Regulations and the Code of Conduct of our Yoga Ashram.
- Please note that the availability for this workshop is limited. The ones interested in doing the complete program will have priority.

Please visit our course website if you are interested in joining the complete 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

We're looking forward to have you with us studying Traditional Yoga!
Namaskar! Om Shanti!

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