The aim of the training is to develop qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are capable of imparting the yoga experience to others by drawing on their own practice and personal discipline. The curriculum is based on five points of yoga;
Five Points of Yoga
Proper Exercise – Asanas
Proper Breathing – Pranayama
Proper Relaxation – Savasana
Proper Diet – Vegetarian
Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana
which can be thought of as the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga.
All aspects of the course require a high level of self-motivation. A basic understanding of yoga postures and philosophy is beneficial but not essential. A genuine desire to learn and an openness to yoga’s teachings are necessary. Yoga practice, and particularly yoga teaching, require a high level of self-discipline and purity.
- The twelve basic postures in depth
- Practice of classical advanced variations
- Precise and detailed corrections
- Prolonged holding of the asanas
- Deeper understanding of hatha yoga
- Practice of kapalabhati
- Daily practice of anuloma viloma
- Advanced pranayamas
- Use of bandhas
- Guide to meditation
- What is meditation?
- Why meditate?
- Concentration and thought power
- 12-step daily practice
- Effects of and experiences in meditation
Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
- Introduction to the eight major body systems
- The effects of asanas and pranayama on the: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and skeletal and muscular systems
- Yoga and physical culture
- Vegetarianism for physical, mental, and spiritual health
- How diet affects the mind
- Principles of nutrition
- Healing effects of fasting
The six classical purification exercises for the eyes, nose, air passages, oesophagus and stomach, abdominal organs, and large intestine. Explanation and demonstration of the exercises and their effects. Individual instruction.
• tratak • neti • Kapalabhati • dhauti
• nauli • basti
- How to teach the 12 basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
- Setting up of a proper environment for class
- General pointers on teaching a class
- The Basic Sivananda class
- Beginners’ course
- Advanced postures
- Yoga for children
- Yoga for older citizens
- Yoga for pregnancy
- Detailed correction workshops
In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Study of both the text and Swami Sivananda’s commentary.
- Ethical and moral principles
- Body, prana, and mind
- From control over the body to control over the mind and meditation
- Ashtanga: the eight limbs of yoga
- Antahkarana: functions of the mind
- Concentration and meditation
- The Absolute and its manifestation in nature
- Macrocosm and microcosm
- The seven chakras
- The awakening of cosmic energy
- Kirtan: chanting of devotional songs. Chanting opens the heart and purifies the mind. In devotional chanting correct pronunciation, devotional attitude, and awareness of meaning are all important.
- Sanskrit mantras, Indian deities, and their cosmic meaning
- Arati and pujas (traditional Indian devotional rituals)
- Karma Yoga – selfless service: one hour daily in the Ashram community. You will be asked to do various tasks within the Ashram setting necessary for the smooth running of the community. Karma yoga helps to reduce selfishness and egoism, essential for spiritual progress.
- Basic concepts of Vedanta philosophy
- The seven bhoomikas or planes of consciousness
- Space, time, causation
- The three bodies
- The three levels of the mind
- Conquest of death
Evaluation based on:
- Theory during the course
- Final written exam
- A minimum combined score of 60% is required to pass
CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION
Diploma in Yoga
Accredited by International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine, UK