Opposing NOS and BWY proposal of yoga standards

Namaste,

yoga philosophy bookFinally, I feel it’s time to step up and do something after I attended a meeting/seminar or presentation organised by NOS to set minimum standards of yoga in Cardiff July 5th 2017.

 

To start with my first question was “What authority NOS has to come up with such a document which has no sense of yoga standards or anything to actually do with teaching yoga.”

 

My second question was “How do they choose this panel of so called Yoga experts to come to this conclusion of basic standards to teach yoga”?

 

In their 44 page document, they had only one page which was actually devoted to yoga. Here they managed to write one definition of yoga as it comes from the Sanskrita Language from the root YUJ means uniting or union.

 

This is to me most disgraceful moment to see that all these chosen yoga experts have nothing more to say. There are so many definitions of yoga from many yoga scriptures- just few to mention here :

  • Yoga is stilling or quietening whirlpools of mind- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

 

  • Yoga is Union or Samadhi – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavat Gita and Yoga Upanishada.

 

  • Yoga is skill in Action or yoga of desire less Karma- Bhagavata Gita.

 

  • Yoga is living in equanimity- Bhagavata Gita.

 

  • Yoga is Self-realisation- Yoga Vashishtha and Bhagavat Gita.

 

  • Yoga is a Path, Goal and Enlightenment- Yoga Vashistha.

 

These are just few. The one definition given demonstrates that the story of the frog and the well; the frog needs to come out to of the well to experience that the wall of well all around is not end of the waters. For the frog in well that is the whole universe. Once it can come out and experience the wide open vast oceans it can realise how limited he has been.

 

The second paragraph as it is written in the document:

 

“In the West, and in the context of this suite of National Occupational Standards, Yoga is understood to be primarily the paths of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga – the Yoga, which includes, but is not limited to, breath and body practices, and the Yoga of meditation. Through postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), concentration (pratyahara), single pointedness (dharana), mindfulness and relaxation the body and mind are brought into, balance/harmony providing a powerful tool for physical and mental health.”

I am again not sure if this is real justification to what is being practiced and followed in west all together. This might be what is practiced and followed by the list of ‘experts’ who have concluded to this but as far as I am aware of Yoga in UK as has been followed by people from its most physical form of postures, viinyasa or sets of kriyas to pranayama, meditation, yogic life style, yoga diet, bhakti yoga through mantras and bhajans, yoga philosophy, kundalini yoga, tantra yoga, jnana yoga, karma yoga, and many other aspects. In some ways it is insult of all those true yogis and yoginis who are following in its true holistic sense by saying that in west yoga is primarily the path of hatha and raja yoga.

Also just to mention here not many yoga followers actually following classical hatha yoga. Vinyasa, Power, Bikram, Hot Yoga, Modern Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, etc don’t really follow Hatha or Raja Yoga and those are the most widely practiced aspects of yoga. But I have known most of them following basic principles of yoga philosophy, Mantra Chanting and Satsangas/ Jnana Yoga.

Also to mention Kundalinii Yoga and Bhakti Yoga is followed and practiced worldwide by a huge number of yoga seekers to attain health, well being and awakening the potential energies for spiritual evolution.

Third Paragraph in the document:

The principle text of Hatha Yoga is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika attributed to Sage Svatmarama. Hatha Yoga is often considered as the preparatory practice for Raja Yoga as laid out in Patanjali’s Yogasutras. This text defines the process of yoga as a settling of the mind, leading to meditation and expanded awareness.

Again, I would like to ask did any of the experts even had a minute to find out that there are many other yoga scriptures on hatha yoga and not sure what makes them to say that Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the key hatha yoga scripture?

I personally found these following scripture a long with Hatha Yoga Pradipika as a key source to my Hatha Yoga Practice and Teachings.

  1. Gheranda Samhita
  2. Shiva Samhita
  3. Yoga Upanishada
  4. Yajnavalkya Upanishada

Now when it comes to yoga philosophy and its principal I can’t myself complete in yoga without Samkhya Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Vashistha, Bhagavat Gita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,

 

When it comes to concentration and meditation (dharana and dhyana) along with yoga sutras of patanjali, I must refer Kashmira Bhairava Tantra, Yoga Vashistha, Bhagavat Gita, Shiva Samhita, Svara Yoga and many more.

 

It is very sad that how someone can come to such a ridiculous conclusive statement and exclude holistic, flexible and universal approach of yoga providing us tools to not only transform our physical but also our mental, emotional and spiritual health and evolution.

 

Fourth paragraph in the document:

The ‘classical’ concept of Yoga is underpinned by ethics set out by Patanjali in the Yamas and Niyamas. For some, Classic Yoga practice is primarily considered as a path to spiritual enlightenment, whereas modern yoga classes take a wide variety of forms and may have multiple purposes, including promoting fitness and health, relieving common ailments, enhancing quality of life and managing stress.

Classical concept of Yoga has many pathas, approaches, styles and aspects and was never limited to one or other ideas or set of practices as it being said above. It has many yogas like Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Kriya Yoga, and many more.

All these paths provide us a set of overlapping practices, ideas and concepts to benefit us on physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual levels. Patanjali talks about five states of mind, five types of whirlpools of mind, nine obstacles, and so many other such aspects causing many physical, mental, emotional and social problems. So stating that it was merely path of spiritual enlightenment is not full justification. But remember holistic health and happiness can only be achieved and enjoyed through highest realization.

As I mentioned few hatha yoga scriptures above, they all talk about how various postures can cure and or prevent many physical illness which itself proves that yoga therapy has been practiced since ancient times. In kundalini and tantra yoga its primarily all about enhancing quality of your life forces and awakening the potential seed energies to live our lives to its best. Hatha details all about health and well being and details cleansing practices, pranayamas, mudras and bandhas to regain holistic health.

To me again above statement seems to be written and concluded by someone who is very limited in knowledge and understanding of yoga.

The real danger here is having some these big egos, with lack of knowledge, awareness and wisdom trying to control and manipulate yoga to benefit their organisations. I do feel it is time to wake up, shake ourselves up and tell these people that they need to take a break, learn yoga and improve their own knowledge and understanding of yoga as it says in rest of the document.

Now the rest of document is not specific to Yoga, and anyone would need to know these to run any kind of business, we usually cover these aspects with all yoga teacher trainee students in few sessions of finding the qualities, expectations etc. Health and Safety, First Aid, and all such areas are advised to taken under separate trainings as you will do them anyway to run any type of business, events, organization or jobs. I can guarantee that you can ask any yoga teacher or professional they will tell you all these criteria’s so I don’t see anything special in this.

I do wonder how much money NOS and Skills Active managed to spend to research and conclude such a document to standardize yoga in UK?

In conclusion, I do not feel this document has understood Yoga its value and standards, it is a general document of basic qualities to do any job.  To bring Yoga down to this so-called standard is demoralizing for those practicing and teaching Yoga and seems to be nothing more than an enforced form of controlling something for their own gain.  Therefore, I oppose it.

 

Yogachariya Jnandev

Founder – Yoga Satsanga Ashram, Wales, UK

www.yogasatsang.org

Suriya Namaskar – Sun Salutation

Suriya NamaskarSun Salutation

sun salutationSuriya Namaskar is one of the beautiful classical part of hatha yoga practices. There are many variations of sun-salutation. In Natha and Giri traditions (both with minor variations) a master will instruct his or her disciple into this practice to build their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stamina before the disciple is ready to go further higher in Himalayas for deeper and higher yoga sadhana in solitude.

Physical benefits- Physically this series strengthen our arms, shoulders, back, hips and thighs. It improves core strength. This series helps maintaining the flexibility and mobility of our joints and muscles throughout the body as you move through whole body.

Breath and Mind- One of the key physical benefit is improving our breathing capacity. Whole series is performed as a vinyasa / movement / flow from asana to asana. This helps controlling our breath. Our breath becomes more conscious and hence we can always control our breath to change states of our mind in adverse situations.

Prana Kriya- In some traditions it is also knows as Prana Kriyas as it helps activating and opening our chakras and hence improves our access to pranic energies. As it is performed with breath and awareness and hence cleanses our Naris and improves energy flow throughout Pancha-Koshas.

Chakras- In the series we begin with movement of our arms from base Chakra to Anjali mudra with visualizing opening of all seven lower Chakras and aligning them to higher Chakras as we reach into Anjali mudra.  Then we follow it towards Utakata-Asana and Bhumi-Sparsh as grounding and stabilizing our self as well as drawing the higher energies inward. We follow it again to open upward to Ashwachalana again to raise our energy upward from lower energy points to higher and cosmic or divine energy. This step also expresses strength and bravery to enable us to be able to go inward and be fearless.

It will enhance the energy levels, vitality and improve general sense of well being and body immunity.

Here are two beautiful and typical variations of suriya namaskars. To learn more join yoga courses at yoga satsanga ashram.

1. Rishikesha Suriya Namaskar

2. Vedic Suriya Namaskar-1

3. Vedic Suriya Namaskar-2

To learn more join our following courses-

500hrs Yoga Teacher Training, west Wales, at ashram starting in September 2017

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Why Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Satsanga Ashram

Why Yoga at Yoga Satsanga Ashram?

 

yoga teacher training courses ukYoga Satsanga Ashram is based on Ancient Yoga tradition of Natha and Giri lineage from India. Jnandev has followed classical Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Natha Yoga and Giri Yoga sincerely with his heart and dedication for more then 20 years now. He is teaching yoga since 2002. He generally teaches or shares his own experiences of Hatha Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Dhyana Yoga, Pranayama Yoga, Classical Hatha Yoga Kriyas, Raja Yoga Philosophy and other yoga scriptures.

 

Yoga Satsanga Ashram is a safe space, home or yoga shala (Guru Kula) for any one to learn, practice and follow from very beginners to advance levels. Ashram structure is based on ancient yoga ashram traditions. So if you are looking for the true experience, then yoga satsanga ashram is right place for you.

 

Yoga Satsanga Ashram, Wales, UK was founded in UK by Yogachariya Jnandev and Yogacharini Deepika in 2008 and now we have a wide range of qualified yoga teachers to support all the ashram activities.

Yoga Satsanga Ashram, Portugal is our recent project we are starting to develop. Its Jnandev’s ambition and dream to develop into an eco-friendly, organic, vegan raw food yoga training centre. We are aiming to have long term accommodation for sincere sadhaka and yoga learners. Also in new ashram we will be teaching how to grow our own food and fruits along side with yoga. Yoga without healthy food is never complete for your overall health and well being.

  1. Traditional Ashram Style Yoga- In traditional ashram’s they used to have a very typical yogic life style with early morning puja or arti, followed with hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation. You follow it with Karma yoga to keep the ashram running smoothly. Again in afternoon you follow it with more hatha yoga in modern time we replace with teaching or personal yoga practice skills. After supper you follow it with Mantra chanting and Bhajan singing, followed with Satsanga or talk on yoga, spiritualism and life style. We follow this typical structure during our course days.
  1. Classical Hatha Yoga- We follow the traditional Hatha Yoga practices including Jattis, Kriyas, Asana, Sun-salutations, Pranayamas, relaxation and Yoga nidra, and meditation techniques Jnandev have learned and followed himself for more then 20 years now. All these practices are safe for every one to help growing physically, mentally, emotiuonally and spiritually.
  1. Pranayama and Meditation- Many courses these days are purely physical. Even hatha yoga is incomplete without pranayama and relaxation techniques. At ashram you will be learning a wide range of authentic pranayama, relaxation and meditation techniques.
  1. Yoga philosophy- Yoga philosophy is scientific and practical solution to all our life problems. It provides all the tools on how to deal with our mind and emotions. We work in-depth and detail on yoga philosophy and its applications in modern life.
  1. Yoga from its roots or ancient lineage- All the practices we teach and follow are pure and original. They are well tried and tested for thousands of years by many great Yogis and Rishis. Jnandev grew up in a typical Indian Hindu family and has followed spiritual aspect of yoga since he can remember. Also to follow his heart and dedication to yoga, he also followed the Natha tradition and Giri tradition as monk, where he fully dedicated his life to his own Sadhana. Jnandev shares his experience and connection to some of great yoga masters living in their quite ashrams.
  1. Yoga as life style- We teach and promote yoga as a holistic life style. We all know that health and happiness are our birth rights, truly said by Swamiji Dr Gitananda Giri. But to enjoy health and happiness, we have do every thing makes us health and happy. We work on Yamas and Niyamas to build a strong moral and ethical character. This is also followed with healthy diet and hatha yoga cleansing Kriyas to rejuvenate our body, mind and soul.
  1. Yoga Scientific and Holistic Approach– At Yoga Satsanga Ashram, we have a highly qualified physiotherapist and trained Yoga Teacher Caroline to teach Anatomy and Physiology. She brings all her knowledge, experience and expertise on muscles and body parts to give you full insight in what you dealing with on physical level. Jnandev covers mind and psychology parts along with yoga philosophy to understand underlying currents of mind and emotions in foundation of our health and well being.
  1. Yoga for Self-empowering – You believe in Humanity and consciousness and yoga empowers us in our self in true sense. Yoga is free from all religions and faith system. Our approach it to use yoga as a tool to become better and better human life and live our life mindfully and responsibly.

 

If you think this is what you are looking for the any of the following courses is suitable for you depending on level your practice.

 

500hrs Yoga Teacher Training

200hhrs One Year Yoga Teacher Training

200hrs Month Intensive Yoga Teacher Training

Kids and Teen Yoga Teacher Training

Pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher training

 

Love and Blessings in Yoga

Yogachariya Jnandev

Classical Chakra, Kundalini and Vegan Retreat

Classical Chakra, Kundalini and Vegan Cooking Yoga Retreat  (24th to 26th Feb 2017)

kundalini and vegan retreatChakras  are very well known concept in Yoga world and it fascinates most of us. There are many theories, ideas and myths and mysticism around the idea of chakras and kundalini energy. Here we are going to try to understand the basics of chakras and kundalini, and their role in our personality.

Try to understand if you are going for a journey, it is quite good and helpful to know the plans, routes and what to expect on that journey. The journey of meditation is inner journey. We are going to go on an inner journey in unkown and most complex as well as beautiful experience. We have to go through our physical body, subtle body, and chakras to reach to the goal of Samadhi or Union of Self with the Higher Self.

As we know that in yoga, there are five bodies (pancha-koshas). Here try to simply understand that first body is our physical body (sthula sarira), we all know very well as we can see it, we can touch it, and we can feel it. The second group of bodies is known as Sukhsama Sarira or subtle body. This body is made of vital life forces (prana), our thoughts, ideas, emotions and experiences (manas or mind), our karma or deeds and soul or spirit (purusha or atman). Here the Pranic body is most important to understand. All our chakras are based in our Pranic Body and they work as connecting or linking points between pranic and physical body.

In a very simple way, we can think of chakras like those electro-magnetic dynamo, which can produce electricity if it is spun in magnetic field. Our Chakras spin at various speed to transform the subtlest prana into various forms of energy to sustain our psycho-physio-spiritual functions.

Prana is subtlest, vital, eternal energy. Sanskrita term prana is derived from “pra- means which existed before and anu means atom”. Hence it is subtlest electo-magnetic energy at sub-atomic and quantum level.   Great Yogis and Rishis have known about this energy for thousands of year. To protect this energy they always recommended a thick layer of insulation in form of a straw bed, lion or deer skin, thick wool or jute blanket should be used for yoga and meditation sadhana.

This Pranic body just like the electric or magnetic force has positive and negative ions. In Yogic, Vedantic and Tantric traditions it is described that men are dominated with positive prana and women are dominated with negative prana. Positive and Negative energies naturally attracted to each other to complete the energy cycle. Hence men and women naturally feel attracted to each other.

Swamiji Gitananda Giriji mentions the concept of Nara, which means imbalance of Pranic bodies. In a way our physical bodies are merely a tool and even though we might be living a male of female body, our true behave will be defined by the pranic energy and its type in us. If positive prana becomes dominant in a woman, she will behave more like a man and will naturally feel attracted to woman.

This Pranic body holds our body, mind, karma, and soul together. As the soul departs or leaves the body, so does the prana. Most ancient cultures, where they had realized this pranic body, prefer to do the funerals as soon as possible after death, as otherwise prana will still feel attracted to our physical body and this holds the soul from moving on to next life.

Energy from pranic body, gets transformed into various life forces by the Chakras and flows outward into various physical parts of our body as well as mental, emotional and spiritual aspects in us. Once we start meditating, this pranic energy will start flowing back into the pranic body or its source.

To learn more and practice join us for the full retreat weekend on classical chakras, kundalini and vegan cooking or as a day student from 24th to 26th February 2017.

Prices- Full weekend £200 includes food and accomodation

Day 10am to 3pm £50 or 10am to 8pm includes evening meal £70

Kundalini Yoga and Vegan Retreat Weekend

kundalini yoga

Jnandev demonstrating Yoga Asana

Enjoy a complete escape from the outside world with our inspiring and varied Kundalini Yoga and Vegan Cooking programme:

– Traditional hatha yoga for awakening and aliging our seven chakra.
Pranayama- to refine our pranic energies and direct the from lower to higher chakras
– Relaxation & meditation for chakra opening and aligning for healing our body, mind and soul
– Vegan cookery lessons and mini demonstrations
– Learn how to transform your cooking skills and health
– Bhajan singing & mantra chanting (optional)
– Private therapy sessions including massage (available to book separately)
– Free time for walking & resting
– All tuition, food & accommodation included
– All levels of yoga experience welcome

Accommodation: One double room, two twin rooms, one shared room with 3 beds and one single room.

£200 per person.

Ten places available. A 50% deposit is required in advance to book a place.

 

Visit the www.yogasatsang.org for more pictures of our venue and to give you a flavour of our teachings and also www.womankindyoga.com

For more information and to book your place call 07581 005605 or email womankindyoga@gmail.com.

Prana Yoga Retreat Day

Prana Yoga Retreat Day 8th January 2017

Prana in yoga referes to the purest and subtles form of cosmic, potential, creative, eternal life forces. There are many Hatha Yoga Asana, Kriya, Jattis, Pranayama and Meditation practices to refine, enhance and channel the pranic energies from lower to higher chakras. This new year yoga retreat is designed to have a healthy start to yogic life in 2017 after our festive celebrations.

Yoga Retreat Day Practices-

  1. Jattis and Kriyas- we will be practicing pelnty of jattis and kriyas to release any sort of accumulated blockages in our pranic body and heal the injuries from our physical body.
  2. Vedic Suriya Namaskar- We will follow Vedic suriya namaskar from a very begginers variation to advance variations to open our chakras, cleanse our naris and direct the flow of prana from lower to higher chakras.
  3. Yoga Nidra- Yoga Nidra to refine and balance flow of our pancha-pranas to align our pancha-koshas.
  4. Satsanga- A discussion on importance of Prana healing to impower the Individual health and well being as well as spiritual evolution.
  5. Vegan lunch to nurish our body, mind and soul.

If you are looking to retreat your self with a day of yoga, relaxation, meditation and vegan food, please book your space before its gone.

Shanti or Peace Meditation

Shanti or Peace Meditation for Universal Peace

The Shanti Mantras or “Peace Mantras” are Hindu and Yoga prayers for peace or Shanti found in Yoga, Vedic and Upanishadic texts. Generally they are recited at the beginning and end of yoga sadhana sessions, Satsangas, religious rituals and discourses.

Shanti Mantras are invoked in the beginning and at the end in many subjects of Upanishadas. They are recited to calm and still the mind of the sadhaka and environment around them. Chanting them also removes obstacles, brings harmony, wealth and prosperity.

Shanti Mantras always end with recitation of Sanskrita word  “Shanti” three times, which means “Peace”. The Reason for uttering three times is for calming and bringing peace and remove obstacles at three levels which are:

“Physical” or Adhi-Bhautika,
“Divine” or Adhi-Daivika and
“Internal” or Adhya-atmika
According to the Hindu scriptures obstacles and troubles are rooted in one or more of these three realms.

Physical or Adhi-Bhautika realm can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from external world, living and non-living existence such as from wild animals, people, natural calamities etc.
Divine or Adhi-Daivika realm can be source of troubles/obstacles coming from extra-sensory world of spirits, ghosts, deities, demigods/angels etc.
Internal or Adhi-atmika realm is source of troubles/obstacles arising out of one’s own body and mind, such as pain, diseases, laziness, absent-mindedness etc.
These are called “Tapa-Traya” or three classes of troubles. When Shanti mantras are recited, obstacles from these realms are removed or cleansed.

Word Shanti means peace, or tranquility. Recently we celebrated Diwali at Yoga Satsanga Ashram with our family, friends and yoga community. We recited “OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTIH OM” 10d times together with meditating on its meaning and allowing our hearts to align or open to have the access to peace and tranquility and invoked the peace of all three realms.

To meditate either you can sit quietly with eyes closed and listen the chant or join in the chanting.

 

 

Classical Hatha Yoga

classical hatha yoga bookPlease Click on Image above for preveiw of Classical Hatha Yoga Book

Classical Hatha Yoga

Classical Hatha Yoga is Based on ancient yoga traditions and lineages of Rishis and Sadhus in Ashram set ups as Gurukula (womb of the master or guru- a safe place to do yoga sadhana). Classical Hatha Yoga has some beautiful scriptures like Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Gheranada Samhita.

Classical Hatha Yoga is aimed to provide a step by step approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well being. This gradually helps balancing our energies and opening our chakras. This system of yoga was based on Ha-Tha energy concepts, also known as Loma-Viloma, Solar-Lunar, Shiva-Shakti.

About this Classical Hatha Book- This book on classical hatha yoga details 84 asanas Jnandev have learned fron Natha and Giri Yoga traditions. It details them in a step by step approach to understand, learn and practice them.

Classical Yoga a Path to Evolution and Liberation

Yoga in its true meaning means union or oneness. Nowadays most people understand yoga as synonym of Asana/posture, and kriya/movement. Word yoga is Sanskrita term derivded from root ‘yuj’, means adding, joining or uniting. Yoga means union or soul with supreme self, union of self with divine self.

Maharishi Patanjali explains Yoga as a Patha and goal. In first sutra he describes yoga as discipline (atha-yoga-anushasanam, here is discipline of yoga). Yoga includes kriyas and prakriyas, tools in forms of practices and their applications to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In verse 2 and 3 Patanjali explains yoga as stillness or quietness of mind and the absorption of mind and Self itself. From verse 4 he describes that if not aware to our true self, our mind or chitta is busy in its own whirlpools. Here as a path, yoga provides us tools to clear, cleanse, unwind and unlearn all these whirlpools, ideas, concepts, experiences leading us into these whirlpools of mind, feelings, and emotions.

Swamiji Dr Gitananda Giriji mentions that “yoga is mother of all the science. Yoga is scientific, applicable and universal”.  Sciences are based on experiment and proof. Yoga has all the tools for health and well being, evolution and liberation. Sadhaka needs to learn and follow all the practices, kriyas and prakriyas, asana and pranayama and experience the truth. Its also proved and experimented and experienced by thousands of Yoga Masters and Gurus, Rishjs and Maharishis.

In Bhagavata Gita lord Krishna describes yoga as follows- “yoga is skill in action; Yoga is equanimity; Yoga is union; Yoga is devotion; Yoga is meditation or one-pointed concentration.” All these definitions of yoga clearly describe yoga as skilful, mindful, harmonic, holistic living. Yogic living is evolutionary path to empower the self and enable one to experience and become one with the divine.

Samkhya Yoga describes yoga as patha of freeing the Purusha (self) from all the gross elements and attributes and leading it in union or oneness with the Parmatman (supreme self). This whole universe, living and non-living aspects are composed of elements or bhutas or the evolutes of Cosmic energy or divine self. Our true self is covered with our ego, i-ness, karma, whirlpools and states of mind, our memories, experiences and desires. Following yoga practices, yamas and niyamas and other aspects helps us to clear this covering from our soul, so it can shine freely and illuminate its light again.

Yoga has many paths and approaches, tools and applications, kriyas and prakriyas, moral restrains and observations, behavioural or habitual mental correctional approach through its wisdom and realisations. Yoga is wholistic living with taking responsibility of our behaviour, actions and reactions, choices and decisions we make. Swamiji Gitananda states that “worldly and material people are living to learn more and more, while a yogi learns how to live.”

Patha of Evolution and Spiritualism is responsible and sensible living. This step by step approach or path of Raja Yoga has following eight limbs or steps.

Asana is third limb of Raja Yoga, which means a seat, state or being, or throne. Patanjali describe asana as “sthiram sukham asanam” means “steady, stable, pleasant posture is Asana.” Asana or posture is for achieving a healthy body and healthy mind so one can be comfortable in one position or asana for meditation and other higher practices. Various scriptures describe various number of postures like 84, 32 and out of them 4 meditation postures are most important. These are Sukhasana, Vajrasana, Padmasana and Siddhasana. Hatha-Yoga, Gheranda Samhita and Yajnavalkya are some of the texts have great detail on Asana and Mudras. Asana are to refine, awaken and channel or gross energies to subtle energies.
 

 

 

 

Intensive Yoga Training Outline

one month residential yoga teacher training, wales, ukDay 1. Yoga in Ancient and Modern times- Yoga has evolved, transformed. Yoga used be for few of those seeking for enlightenment in Ancient India where the Guru will look for a disciple who is qualified to learn yoga. While in modern times yoga is easily available and accessible to every one. Yoga has also devolved as in modern times many are using term yoga as a fashion and brand to teach all the keep fit exercises. In this section we will explore how yoga has transformed from ancient to modern times.

Day 2. Introduction and meaning of yoga in various context- Yoga has so many meanings, definitions as it all depends on what you are seeking out of yoga. It can be seen as tools to keep fit physically, others can see it as tool to relax, stay calm, or can see it as tools to concentrate and meditate. In this chapter we will explore various meanings and definitions of yoga in various contexts and scriptures.

Day 3. Raja Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga- Raja Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga is highest form of yoga as a path with tools to deal with our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and karmic issues and various states as we grow and evolve. In this chapter we aim to understand steps of raja yoga as a life path.

Day 4. The many Paths of YogaYoga has many paths, approaches and tools like jnanas (wisdom), dhyana (meditation), karma (action), bhakti (devotion), etc. In this chapter we will try to explore these overlapping paths and practices in yoga.

Day 5. Pancha Yamas- In this chapter we will discuss on basic moral and ethical discipline and understand their practical importance in overcoming our animal behaviour problems driven by our desires and emotions.

Day 6. Pancha Yamas- We will go into further detail to understand Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truth), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmachariya (energy discipline), and Aprigraha (non-greed).

Day 7 Pancha Niyamas– Niyamas are code of conducts on how to live as a good human being and evolve on the authentic yoga path. In this chapter we aim to understand universal concepts concepts of first two niyamas- Saucha (cleansing) and Samtosha (contentment).

Day 8 Pancha Niyamas  or Kriya Yoga- In this chapter we will study other three niyamas- tapah (austerity), swadhyaya (self- study) and isvar pranidhana (faith in divine) as Kriya Yoga.

Day 9 Asana- Asana is third limb and very well explored and known in modern yoga. In this chapter we will look into asana and its meaning in various contexts and its importance and benefits in modern times.

Day 10 Asana and Pancha Kosha– In this chapter we will explore five body concept of yoga in compare to one body concept of modern science and understanding yoga in holistic health and well being.

Day 11 Pancha Prana and NarisPrana is subtlest form of cosmic energy, which is all pervading and all sustaining. Whole universe evolves from this pranic energy. This energy evolves in various forms to sustain various activities in and around us. In this chapter we explore on concept of pancha prana and importance of its understanding in day to day life.

Day 12. Adhy Vyadhi or Psychomatics and Yoga–  The Aurevedic and yogic concept of bridging the links in-between the body and mind to live in harmony and balance with our body.

Day 13. Pranayama – The science of our vital energy or force that give us life and vitality.  Pranayamas are practiced though breath work, but the breath-work is not the aim, it is to control our prana.

Day 14 Pranayama, autonomic nervous system and mind – how the pranayama practices can have such powerful effects on the body, different breathing rythyms create different effects on us and this chapter will explore and experience these.

Day 15. Health and Happiness through yogic living – By accepting Yoga as a lifestyle choice we can being to see how naturally a healthy and happy life will come about. This chapter will also cover re-birth and re-incarnation to explore the concept of life as an eternal Divine blessing, to be free from fear of death and letting go.

Day 16. Samaskaras, Karma and Evolution– Samaskaras are deep ingrained behaviour patterns. Karma is our action on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. In this chapter we try to explore and understand concepts of Karma and choices we make leading us into many unconscious karmas and Samskaras.

Day 17. Pratyahara, meaning and importance– Pratyahara is fifth limb of raja yoga, which means sensory withdrawal. In this chapter we study about senses in modern and ancient concepts of yoga and Upanishads and explore the ways to discipline them.

Day 18 Pratyahara- how to practice? We continue further from above.

Day 20 Tantra and Hatha Concepts of Union and Evolution– Ha-Tha, Loma-viloma or masculine-faminine concepts yoga and exploring ways of there union in aid to evolution. We study concepts of Tantra as energy balancing concepts of right and left (male and female) energies in us as individuals to become who we are.

Day 21 Creation, Evolution and Dissolution- In this chapter we will explore ideas and concepts of Samkhya yoga, evolution and manifestation to understand the divinity or eternity of the Self or Soul.

Day 22 Dharana or Concentration- Patanjali says that concentration is ability of our mind. In this chapter we study 6th limb of ashtanga yoga and explore various tools and practices.

Day 23 Contemplation and cultivating your thoughts or learn how to think- Our mind manifests or echo through our body and vice versa. In this chapter we explore importance and process of thinking, contemplation and their influences.

Day 24  Dhayana and Samadhi- These are 7th and 8th limbs of raja yoga means meditation and enlightenment. In this chapter we continue from concentration or dharana and explore further deeper.

Day 25. Yoga as holistic Life- In this closing chapter we will aim to study and understand importance and value of yoga as holistic living and explore how yoga can applied in day to day events.

Pranayamas-

  1. Savitri Rhythm and Sukha Purvaka Pranayama– Solar rhythm and easy but rhythmic breathing is a nice and gentle way to introduce into pranayama practices. These are to help balance and activate our energies and harmonize our body, mind and emotions together.
  1. Suriya and Chandra Nari Pranayama- Sun and Moon nostril breathing is to help activate right and left sides of brain and find harmony in our day to day life.
  1. Vibhaga and Pranava Pranayama- Sectional breathing and Pranava AUM pranayama is beautiful way to activate all three sections of our lungs and recharge our vital organs.
  1. Hamsa Kriya 9 Days- A powerful jnana yoga kriya and breathing technique to cleanse and release accumulated mental, emotional and karmic impressions.
  1. Bhastrikas- Nine cleansing breathing techniques to get rid of negative energies on every level.
  1. Anuloma Viloma and Nari Suddhi and Sodhana Pranayama– These are balancing and cleansing pranayamas for our mental and emotional peace as well as spiritual growth.

Hatha Yoga-

  1. Hatha for beginners and general health- A simple and progressive lesson plan to introduce people into holistic hatha yoga to gain general health and well being.
  1. Aruna Suriya Namaskar Kriya 1– This is set of postures in form of sun-salutation as a vinyasa where body flows from one to other posture with our conscious breathing to gain strength, flexibility, lightness, vitality and health.
  1. Hathenas- A set of postures to enhance our breathing.
  1. Loma Viloma Series– A set of postures to balance our Loma and Viloma or right and left energies in form of masculine and feminine energies.
  1. Pelvic Looseners and some key Vinyasas- This series is to open the hips and pelvic area to strengthen and stimulate the pelvic and abdominal muscles.
  1. Sharvanga Asana Series- This series contains set of postures and kriyas around halasana, sarvangasana and navasana series. This is to build our core strength, spinal flexibility and health, refine and redirect energy from lower chakras to higher.
  1. Working on some key advance postures- In this series we will be working on Head Stand, Raja Kapotasana, Veera Bhadrasana, Hanumansana, and hand balancing.
  1. Aruna Suriya Kriya 2– Progressing from series one. This is more advance vinyasa for regular and advance yoga practioners.
  1. Suriya Namaskars and Meditative or Sitting posture- In this set we will work on few variations of sun-salutation and sitting postures.
  1. Ashtanga Primary series with Sasha- She is trained 200hrs Yoga Teacher with us and also follows Ashtanga Yoga form many years.

Basic Anatomy and Physiology- This will be taught by our 200hrs qualified yoga teacher and expert physiotherapist.

General Teaching Skills – You will be given opportunity to teach and practice how to teach to work on general teaching skills.

Mantras and Bhajans– Daily mantras and bhajans as part of bhakti yoga and nada yoga.

For more details and dates click on link below-

http://www.yogasatsang.org/one-month-residential-teacher-training/

 

Four Day Intensive Yoga Therapy and Yantra

yoga therapy, west walesFour Day Intensive Yoga Therapy and Yantra Course

Dates- 6th and 9th October

Price- £400 all inclusive

Contact- Deepika 01437562200

Aims of Yoga Therapy and Yantra-

  1. This module on yoga therapy and yantra course is aimed to help yoga teachers to understand how to modify yoga postures, kriyas and breathing techniques to teach and assist yoga to people with general health limitations.
  1. From Yantra you will be able to calculate and understand life, its forces and patterns with date of birth, and names. This helps improving life quality.

Outcome of Intensive Yoga Therapy and Yantra Course-

  1. As a yoga teacher after completing successfully you will be able to teach yoga to people with limited mobility.
  1. After completing successfully you will be able to calculate and draw energy patterns and life forces based on date of births and given names. You will be able to see the changes needed to make as an individual to improve the life quality.

What will you learn During Intensive Yoga Therapy and Yantra Course?

  1. Yoga for General Health Problems– This part is to understand importance and needs of yoga to improve general health and well being in our society and how we can adapt yoga postures, kriyas and prakriyas to enable every one to practice yoga.
  1. Chair yoga- We will work on exploring the ways to adapt yoga kriyas, prakriyas, postures and breathing techniques for people living with disabilities and health issues limiting their mobility and general sense of well being.
  1. Yoga Therapy- In yoga therapy we will work on understanding and exploring scope of yoga with assistance and modifications. This is also to understand how we can help improving general physical, mental and emotional well being through some very basic yoga therapy tools.
  1. Yantra- Yantra is science of numbers, shapes and their energies. We all are born on specific day, month and year and given a name which follows its own energy forces and life patterns. Once you can understand the pattern, you can find the way to “do your best and leave the rest”.

What does it involve?

Jattis– These are general movements and have no structure with aim for loosening up joints and muscles, removing accumulated stress

Yogachariya Jnandev - founder of Yoga Satsanga Ashram, UK

Yogachariya Jnandev – founder of Yoga Satsanga Ashram, UK

and toxins and help improving muscles, joints and body parts to have improved blood circulation. Its also past of warming up for further practices.

Kriyas and Prakriyas– Kriya means movement with breath. This is to help improve mobility, control and endurance. Kriyas are set of positions where practitioner move from one to another one with the breath and awareness. Kriyas can designed for specific parts of body or whole body itself. This is key to yoga therapy. It helps improving muscles and joints flexibility and mobility, strength and endurance, blood circulation and energy flow, nerve conduction and homeostasis.

Pranayama and Breathing Techniques– Deep and rhythmic breathing helps improving mental and emotional well being and stability. It also helps clearing the mind and balance autonomic nervous system and hormonal secretions to improving general health and well being.

yoga therapy and yantra course, ukYoga Philosophy– Some basic concepts of yoga philosophy and yogic life style to improve quality of life. This is to understand our mind and life choices and all the applied yoga concepts in day to day life.

Nada Yoga or Yoga of Sound– Sound and communication is one of the beautiful tool for healing our self and healing others around us. We will work on individual sounds and group sounds to improve general well being,

Kshatriya Kriyas, or Warrior Sun-Salutation- This is a strong practice of warrior variations for advance yoga practitioners to improve general strength, flexibility, stamina and endurance of legs, hips, back, shoulders and chest.