A one month intensive yoga teacher training course with renowned yoga master, Kumar, in Hyderabad, South India.
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-To restore an understanding of the progressive relationship of the different limbs of yoga for the purification of the body and mind.
-To gain a broad knowledge of the diverse systems that comprise and inform the yoga tradition.
-To understand the principles that underlie the correct sequencing of asanas in order to implement this in the designing of yoga classes.
-To introduce important kriya, pranayama, mudra and bandana techniques not commonly practiced in the West.
-To give an overview of alternative health therapies and dietary treatments, including ayurveda, so that yoga teachers are better equipped to guide their students towards good health.
-To learn therapeutic yoga techniques that can be used to treat others, particularly kayachikitsa and kayasamvadhana.
-To understand the function and purpose of different types of meditation, from subjective through to objective techniques, in order to make informed choices for ones own practice or when teaching meditation.
-To explore through both theory and practice raja yoga as taught by Patanajali.
-To progress on the path of yoga
The course will include both theory and practice and equal importance will be given to yoga of the body and yoga of the mind.
The course is designed on the basis that participants will already have reached a level of proficiency in asanas. The course therefore does not address basic level of teaching or corrections of postures etc. but teaches a methodology that provides a framework of understanding for asana practice. About 100 asanas will be practiced with beginner level to advanced level.
The morning sessions will focus mainly on asana, pranayama, mudra and bandhana practice. Kumar will demonstrate the importance of correct sequencing using the system of vargas and the energy flow principle based on the five elements. Evening sessions will include angabandanas, angachalanas and cyclic breathing. Theory will be covered in both morning and evening sessions, this will vary throughout the course.
The external yoga aspect of the course is based on the ancient texts such as Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, Hatha Ratnavali, Siva Samhitha, Gheranda Samhitha, Kurnataka Yoga and Kapala Kurnataka Yoga and informed by Kumar’s experience of studying in 37 yoga schools throughout India.
The internal yoga aspect of the course is based on the teachings of Buddha, Patanjali, and Shankaracharya. Kumar will also refer to the Yoga Vasishta Saara and Bhagavadgita, the Brahmasutras and the Vedas.
The course includes a four day intensive residential meditation course in addition to regular meditation practice.
Specialised training will be offered in Kaya chikitsa and kaya samvadhana therapeutic yoga and massage (Bio Neuron Feedback Mechanism).
Sessions will include:
-The definition of Yoga -Shat Kriyas ( Six cleansing techniques) -Suryanamaskaras from various traditions and related mantras -Asanas, the importance of correct sequencing using the system of vargas and the energy flow principle based on the five elements. -Angabandanas and angachalanas -Asanas as treatment for disease ( disease index from Hatha Ratnavali) -Mudra and Bandhana -Pranayamas, including lesser known and advanced techniques, both aerobic and anaerobic respiratory techniques. -Cyclic Breathing Technique -Visualization Techniques and Kundalini -Chakra balancing -In depth analysis of each chakra -The system of nadis -The hatha yoga lineage, historical and contemporary systems of yoga. -Introduction to Laya Yoga, Swara Yoga, Japa Yoga, Ajapa Yoga, Nada Yoga
-An intensive four day residential meditation course. -The Tantra system including mantra yoga, the relationship of mantras to different parts of the body. -An overview of meditation practices, their context and purpose. -The necessity of meditation -Conditioning and deconditioning. -Techniques, tools, advantages, experiences and obstacles -Subjective meditation and Objective meditation techniques -Different Streams of Yoga – Bhakti, Karma, Jnana and Raja Yoga -Pathanjali Yoga Sutras, in depth analysis -The 7 stages of purification as given by Patanjali -The law of dependent origination as given by Buddha -Antakaranas: the 5 aspects of Mind -Buddha’s Ashtanga Magga and Patanajali’s Asthanga Yoga -The works of Sankarcharya, focusing on Viveka Chudamani -Yoga Vasishta Saara and Bhagavadgita (Chapters on Atma Samyama Yoga and Ksjetra Kshetragna Vibhaga Yoga)
DIET, NUTRITION AND HEALING
-Diet and nutrition including PH balancing and glycemic index -Healthy and unhealthy food combinations -Alternative dietary therapies for common problems including thyroidism, obesity, arthritis, blood pressure and hypertension diabetes. -Yoga Kayachikitsa -Yoga Kayasamvadhana
EXTERNAL FACULTY CLASSES INCLUDE:
-Corrections and adjustments class taught by an experienced Iyengar teacher. -Anatomy and Physiology -Acupressure and Sujok -Ayurveda -Vedic Astrology -Introduction to the six schools of Indian philosophy CIDE OF CONDUCT:
For the duration of the course all students resolve to practice Yama, the code of conduct outlined by Patanjali. Yama involves maintaining Ahimsa, (non violence /abstaining from harming/ abusing/ using harsh words) ; Satya, (speaking truth/ abstaining from lies/frivolous talk); Asteya, (abstaining from stealing); Brahmacharya, (abstaining from sexual activities); Aparigraaha, (abstaining from intoxicants including tobacco and alcohol).
We maintain noble silence during the teaching hours and on the premises where the course is taking place. This means students should avoid communication with fellow students and instead maintain mindfulness throughout the day. Communication is only permitted with the teacher and volunteers unless the class is interactive. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within in order to deepen the meditative aspect of the practice. When the mind is calm and quiet it increases the ability to absorb information and learn.
Noble silence need not be maintained outside of teaching hours, however students are expected to maintain Yama at all times.