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Antaranga Mandapam

In this course, students will accomplish the following:

  1. Learn to understand and deal with the internal confusion that this crisis has created
  2. Explore the Sangha as a healing space of lived and shared experience
  3. Correlate their life experience with select concepts from the Yoga Sutra
  4. Learn to learn from each other’s sharing
  5. Experience a shared sense of the sacredness of life
  6. Prepare for a journey of personal transformation

The traditional Hindu way of life had a holistic design, supported by a habitat that fostered harmony. People lived in their respective homes and worked in assigned areas. When the day’s work was done, it was customary to visit the temple. The temple was designed to take the person from the common everyday external orientation to an inwardness as they slowly wended their way to the garbhagriha (sanctum). By the time the person reaches the sanctum, they have shed their roles and their identities. From an openness of the heart devoid of all notions of self they receive the blessings of the divine. The person then circumambulates the temple and rests a while in the Mandapam.

In the Mandapam, the wisdom of the Vedas and the Upanishads, were recreated through discourses, music, dance, stories and theatre performances. The Itihasa or Purana would be the basis of these performative traditions. The performative traditions were meant to evoke the rasa inherent in life and to convey the deep truths of the Upanishads and Vedas in simple ways.

The Mandapam, therefore, became the space where the community engaged in contemplative dialog, and nurtured a sense of being held in one’s humanness. Even the Gods and heroes whose stories were narrated had issues to confront like any one of us do, but found Dharmic ways of doing so! This mirroring of one’s life in the story provided insights into choices one could make, in the face of grave challenges.

The Antaranga Mandapam course will recreate this healing space online.

Required/Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: None

Faculty/Instructor: Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Quarter Offered: Spring  2020

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Start Date: April 14, 2020

End Date: June 23, 2020

Day: Tuesday

Time: 9.30 pm – 10:30 pm – EST

Antaranga Yoga

Learning Outcome:-

  1. Awaken the archetypal characters from the Mahabharata in one’s own life through dialogue and reflective activities
  2. Develop greater insights into one’s own psyche and patterns of the mind through an experiential engagement with the Mahabharata
  3. Experience yoga as an integral science beyond postures (asanas) or breathing techniques (pranayama).
  4. To develop the sakhi bhava (friendliness) and sakshi bhava (meditative listening) to be able to listen to our own self and the others from a deeper space
  5. To evoke healing processes within oneself

In this course, we explore our psyche using stories of characters from the Mahabharata, with an aim to bring clarity and meaning in our life. This 11-week course requires a pre-work of reading select stories from the Mahabharata and writing reflections before attending each session.

This course is not a didactic course on Mahabharata but enables one to delve into one’s psyche using the Mahabharata as a mirror into one’s mental processes. The course is dialogic and calls for a willingness to be self-reflective, share of oneself, and listen to others sensitively. This course is not recommended for anyone who is going through treatment for any psychological illness.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study

Faculty/Instructor: Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Start Date:-  14 July 2021

End Date:- 22 September 2021

Day:- Wednesday

Time:- 09:30 pm EST – 11:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021

Holistic Yoga – 2: Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Course Description
This course provides in-depth experience of holistic yoga, that integrates asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques for a sustained yoga practice.

In this course, we will dive into the practices of yoga, such as asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices), along with their concepts — through the lens of Patanjali Yoga Sutras.

The integrated approach to yoga is more than just a physical practice. It is a philosophy-based approach to viewing oneself and the rest of the world with a paradigm-shift. Holistic Ashtanga Yoga is an eight-limbed approach to yoga that synthesizes the traditional knowledge of yogic and vedantic texts, such as Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, and other yogic and upanishadic texts, as a rich and comprehensive set of practices.  In this course, we will experience the practices of yoga as a hands on experience while also understanding some of the concepts behind these practices.

In this course students will be able to:

  • Learn in depth, the yoga practices of breath synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation along with their nuances.
  • Understand the practice of Ashtanga Yoga such as asanas, pranayama, cleansing Kriyas, meditation, and relaxation
  • Apply yoga practices and concepts to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Required/Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Holistic Yoga- 1 Concept & Techniques, or Prior experience of yoga practice (at least 1 year) or teaching

Faculty/Instructor: Ashwini Surpur, Anil Surpur  Sindhu Singal

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Days:- Batch 1 : Tuesday 6 pm EST – 8 pm EST & Saturday 10am – 1.15pm EST

             Batch 2 : Wednesday 9 pm EST – 11 pm EST  & Saturday 10am – 1.15pm EST

Start Date:- June 5, 2021

End Date:-  June 30, 2021

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Holistic Yoga 1 – Concepts and Techniques

Course Description:

Developed by the ancient Hindu sages in the Indian subcontinent, yoga is a psycho-somatic discipline with its roots going back over 5,000 years. The word “yoga” means “union” and hints at the final goal of yoga practice–to be in union with one’s true nature. This goal, which leads one on the path of optimal health and human wellness, can be achieved by following the practices developed as a part of an integrated and holistic system of yoga.

In this course, we will explore the concept of Pancha Kosha, the five sheaths of human personality as defined in yogic texts: Annamaya Kosha — the physical layer; Pranamaya Kosha — the vital layer; Manomaya Kosha — the emotional layer; Vijnanamaya Kosha — the intellectual layer; and finally the Anandamaya Kosha — the pure-consciousness layer of our existence.

Furthermore, we will study Sage Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, popularly known as Ashtanga Yoga. These eight steps give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. Ashtanga Yoga includes Yama (guidelines for ethical relationships), Niyama (guidelines for ethical personal living), Asana (postures for physical practice), Pranayama (controlled and deliberate breathing patterns), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from distractions), Dharana (focus of the mind upon a goal), Dhyana (the expansion of the focused mind into everyday life), and Samadhi (Complete Absorption in Oneself).

Yoga is not just a practice of asana and meditation on the mat. While such a practice constitutes the practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are: Karma Yoga — the yoga of detached action; Bhakti Yoga — the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion; and Jnana Yoga — the yoga of contemplation and reflection, completing the holistic practice of yoga. By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfilment in life.

We will learn about each stream of yoga and delve deeply into Raja yoga, which focuses on disciplining the mind and body using yoga practices. This holistic yoga course contains guided physical yoga practices, lectures, discussions, and offline assignments.

Learning Outcome:

In this course students will be able to:

  • Learn basic yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Understand the scope and relevance of yoga philosophy and how to apply it to one’s daily life.
  • Apply yoga practices and concepts to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Gain clarity on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in relation to practicing yoga.
  • Explore the eight limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study.

Faculty/Instructor: Anil SurpurMrs. Ishwarryah RamanathanAshwini Surpur,  Mr. Nachi Muthukumar

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Day:- Every Sunday

Start Date:- 11th July ,2021

End Date:-19th September, 2021

Time:- 07:00 pm EST – 09:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021

Hindu University of America’s Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Program, is delivered in collaboration with Yoga Bharati (Vyasa NorCal). This Certificate Program is an authentic, holistic, and evidence-based Program taught by experienced experts in the field of yoga. Graduates of this program can receive a Yoga Alliance Certification (RYT-200) and progress to become registered yoga teachers.

This program provides an integrated approach to holistic and traditional yoga, combining eastern philosophies and techniques with western evidenced-based research, hence bringing out the best from the East and the West. Through this program, students will understand the philosophy behind traditional yoga from an Eastern perspective using classical texts such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and more. In addition, students will integrate their philosophical understanding of yoga with practical applications.

This program focuses primarily on teaching principles and practices of Ashtanga Yoga, or the eight-limbed approach to reaching the state of optimal health and contentment. Through the progression of the program, students will engage in courses that will teach them the basics of yoga to build a framework. They will then dive deeply into yoga practices as well as yoga philosophy in a group-based learning format. As students progress through the program, they will gain a deep understanding of not only how to practice yoga effectively and culture their minds, they will also learn teaching methodologies. This provides students the ability to teach yoga classes with confidence to individuals, groups, or in community settings.

This program contains a multitude of courses followed by an internship and practicum delivery. Each course contains live lectures, video lectures, reading assignments, reflections, dedicated yoga practice, and quizzes/examinations. It is blended learning that involves online, retreat-style classroom hours and field training at various yoga institutions that are affiliated to Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (VYASA) and Yoga Bharati centers. 

On completing this program, graduates will receive a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training Completion Certificate, (RYT-200 Certification).

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Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Foundations Intensive

Learning Objective:

  • Learn in-depth, the yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques.
  • Understand the yoga philosophy as described in the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras and how they apply to one’s daily life.
  • Apply yoga practices and concepts to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Understand the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.
  • Advance in the practice of holistic ashtanga yoga techniques

Yoga, as practiced by modern society, is a path to achieving optimal health and wellness. Integrated holistic systems of yoga bring forth positive health at physical, pranic, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels (pancha kosha). In this in-depth course, we will learn the practical techniques of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation along with the subtle nuances of these practices, their contraindications, benefits, and spiritual significance. We will also learn in-depth concepts of Ashtanga Yoga as described in Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the four streams of yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. Apart from Ashtanga yoga as a practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are Karma Yoga (the yoga of detached action), Bhakti Yoga, (the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion), and Jnana Yoga (the yoga of contemplation and reflection). By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfillment in life. We will learn about each stream of yoga and delve deeply into Raja yoga specifically, which focuses on disciplining the mind and body using yoga practices. This course contains hands-on learning of yoga practices, techniques, and teaching skills through lectures, discussions, yoga manuals, offline assignments, and daily self-practice.

Session Timings:

Session 1 – Jan 16 – 31 2021 (three weekends) – Sat and Sun 10:00 am EST – 3:30 pm EST

Session 2 – Feb 13 – 28 2021 (three weekends) – Sat and Sun 10:00 am EST – 3:30 pm EST

Session 3 – Mar 13 – Mar 28th – 2021 (three weekends) – Sat and Sun 10:00 am EST – 3:30 pm EST

The final session is on April 10-11 2021 weekend) Sat and Sun 10:00 am EST – 2:00 pm EST (Review, Examination, Conclusion)

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Students with prior experience in yoga practice or teaching may also qualify. 

Area of StudyYoga Studies

Faculty/Instructor: Anil Surpur, Ashwini Surpur, Shri N.V. Raghuram  Vinutha Kornaya

Start Date: 16th January 2021

End Date: 4th April 2021

Day: Every Saturday & Sunday (3 weekends in a month)

Time: 10:00 am EST – 3:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021

Internship and Practicum in Teaching Holistic Yoga

Course content:

Using the knowledge obtained through previous yoga studies courses, students will be able to implement their knowledge of yoga instruction in the field. Initially, students will shadow experienced yoga instructors as they teach various classes, such as dynamic, relaxing, loosening, and strengthening yoga sessions of varying lengths. Students will learn how to deliver a diverse set of yoga classes to a variety of audiences from different age groups. Upon shadowing instructors, students will teach yoga classes with a mentor, eventually teaching on their own under a mentor’s supervision. After receiving feedback from an experienced yoga teacher, students will implement the feedback and hone their teaching skills. At the end of the course, students will complete a written final examination and a practical exam where their teaching skills will be evaluated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to teach yoga to students in a field setting.
  • Utilize yoga teaching techniques to deliver a smooth yoga teaching experience.
  • Gather and implement feedback from seasoned yoga instructors regarding improving teaching techniques.
  • Understand how to teach different types of yoga classes.
  • Learn how to teach yoga to various different audience groups such as children, adults, and seniors.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites:  Must have completed Teaching Holistic Yoga.

Faculty/Instructor:TBD

Quarter Offered: All Quarters.

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Managing Back Pain through Holistic Yoga

Course Description:

Yogic Management of Back Pain is a course on learning a holistic approach of healing modality involving yoga practices and concepts. In this course, students will explore the practices of yoga, such as asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices), along with the concept of ashtanga yoga and philosophy of yoga through the teachings of Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. Healing is complete when the underlying cause of the disease is removed. This course attempts to bring to light, mind as the potential cause for psychosomatic and chronic diseases. Yoga is a philosophy-based approach to viewing oneself and the rest of the world with a paradigm-shift to bring lasting happiness through two concepts — Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (letting go). The deep-rooted habitual thought patterns require persevering practice (abhyasa). This course attempts to build that perseverance through sustained practice techniques. Attachment to the worldly enjoyment and aversion to the inevitable pain and difficulties in life creates stress. This course attempts to build awareness of the subtle aspects of life that create such stress in the students. 

This program covers 5 main curricular points:

  • Learn yoga practices for the management of pain conditions.
  • Stress and its effects on pain conditions, primarily back pain.
  • Role of pranayama and meditation in bringing long-lasting relief from pain conditions.
  • Learn about the framework of an integrated approach to yoga for pain management.
  • Understand the basics of Ashtanga yoga and its application in wellness and chronic ailment.

Faculty:  Shri N.V. RaghuramVinutha KornayaAshwini Surpur, Anil Surpur

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Program: Certificate Program in Hindu Studies / Community Education Program.

Required/Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: 11 April 2021

End Date: 20 June 2021

Day: Sunday

Time: 07:00 pm EST -09:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Managing Diabetes through Holistic Yoga

Course Description:

Yogic Management of Diabetes Mellitus is a course on holistic approach of yoga and concepts for a stress-free healthy lifestyle. In this course, students will explore the practices of yoga, such as asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices), along with the concept of ashtanga yoga and philosophy of yoga through the teachings of Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. This course helps learn the role of mind in psychosomatic and chronic diseases and teaches the students the methods to calm down the mind amidst stressors. Yoga is a philosophy-based approach to viewing oneself and the rest of the world with a paradigm-shift to bring lasting happiness through two concepts — Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (letting go). The deep-rooted habitual thought patterns require persevering practice (abhyasa). This course attempts to build that perseverance through sustained practice techniques. Along with it, this course also explains the concept of satvic and balanced diet and its role in management of diabetes.

This program covers 5 main curricular points:

  • Learn yoga practices for management of Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Understand stress and its effects on metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
  • Role of pranayama and meditation in reducing blood glucose levels.
  • Learn the concept of satvic and balanced diet and lifestyle for management of diabetes.
  • Understand the framework of an integrated-approach to yoga based on Ashtanga yoga and pancha kosha model.

Faculty:  Vinutha Kornaya, Shobha,  Ishwarryah

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Program:  Community Education Program.

Required/Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: 11th January 2021

End Date: 28th March 2021

Day: Every Monday & Thursday

Time:07:00 pm EST – 08:-30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021

Teaching Holistic Yoga Retreat

Learning Objectives

In this course students will be able to:

  • Teaching Methodologies of yoga practices of breath synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Applying the principles of Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras in the teaching field and how to bring them into the yoga session. 
  • Application of Ashtanga Yoga in the practice of yoga 
  • Develop the ability to teach yoga to the community.

Developed by the ancient Hindu sages in the Indian subcontinent, yoga is a psycho-somatic discipline with its roots going back over 5,000 years. Yoga, as practiced by modern society, is a path to achieving optimal health and wellness. Integrated holistic systems of yoga bring forth positive health at physical, pranic, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels (pancha kosha). In this course, we will learn the practical techniques of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation along with the subtle nuances of these practices, their contraindications, benefits, and spiritual significance. We will also learn to apply the principles of Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the four streams of yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita into yoga sessions. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. Ashtanga Yoga includes Yama (guidelines for ethical relationships), Niyama (guidelines for ethical lifestyle habits and choices), Asana (postures for physical practice), Pranayama (controlled and deliberate breathing practices), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from distractions), Dharana (focusing), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (complete absorption). Apart from Ashtanga yoga as a practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are: Karma Yoga (the yoga of detached action), Bhakti Yoga, (the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion), and Jnana Yoga (the yoga of contemplation and reflection). By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfilment in life. We will learn to apply these principles in the yoga teaching session. This course contains hands-on learning of yoga practices, lectures, discussions, teaching techniques, offline assignments, and teaching assignments.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Must have completed Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Foundations Intensive

Faculty/Instructor:TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Yoga Teacher Training

Delivery Mode: Hybrid (Retreat & Online)

 

Teaching Yoga for Children

Course Content:

This course consists of a synthesis of Yoga and Vedanta, with an emphasis on holistic Ashtanga Yoga.  In this in-depth course, we will learn the practical techniques of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation and to bring these to children in a fun and yet serious way. Yoga can be made fun, but yoga as a practice also helps children to be serious at times without additional enforced discipline. We will learn how in-depth concepts of Ashtanga Yoga as described in Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the four streams of yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita can start at a young age itself. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. Apart from Ashtanga yoga as a practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are Karma Yoga (the yoga of detached action), Bhakti Yoga, (the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion), and Jnana Yoga (the yoga of contemplation and reflection). By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfillment in life. We will learn about each stream of yoga and delve deeply into Raja yoga specifically, which focuses on disciplining the mind and body using yoga practices. This course contains hands-on learning of yoga practices, techniques, and teaching skills through lectures, discussions, yoga manuals, offline assignments, and daily self-practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn in-depth, the yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques.
  • Apply yoga practices and concepts to help children manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Concepts of how to teach children, the skills of mindful eating, environmental awareness, and stress-free methods to handle their homework and studies
  • Some of the common special needs such as low-spectrum ADHD and Autism and how yoga can bring a sweeping change into the life of children with such needs.
  •  Shadow experienced yoga instructors in the online classes to understand the teaching dynamics.
  • Understand the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.
  • Understand the yoga philosophy as described in the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras and how they apply to one’s daily life.

Program of Study: Continuing Education,

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: None (a background of teaching or guiding children in the age range 6-12 is preferred)

Faculty / Instructor: Ashwini S, Anil S, Smita Kinhika, Savita Joshi

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Start Date: 24th April 2021

End Date: 23rd May 2021

Day: Saturday & Sunday

Time: 10:00 am EST03:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

The Yoga of Bhagavad Gita

Course content:

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important texts in the Vedic tradition. Along with the Upanishads and Brahma Sutras, the Gita belongs to the Prasthanatrayi, the triad of canonical texts that have epistemic authority. In particular, Adi Shankara describes the Gita as the “Sadhana prasthana“, the practical text of the triad, as it articulates the core tenets of Yoga practice and the application of Yoga philosophy. One of the endearing qualities of the Bhagavad Gita is the simple teaching style, as Sri Krishna reveals the highest wisdom to his dear friend Arjuna using a variety of imagery, metaphors, and analogies. For sincere students of Yoga, the study of Bhagavad Gita, along with other classical Yoga texts such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, is an essential endeavor. The primary objective of this course offered by HUA is an in-depth study of the different dimensions of Yoga as presented in the Bhagavad Gita.

“The words of Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita are at once a profound scripture on the science of yoga, union with God, and a textbook for everyday living. The student is led step by step with Arjuna from the mortal consciousness of spiritual doubt and weak heartedness to divine attunement and inner resolve.”  – Paramahamsa Yogananda.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

Answers to questions such as “What is the need for Self-enquiry?”, “What is meditation?”, “What is the role of asanas and pranayama in Yoga sadhana?”, “How to quiet the mind?”, “How to cultivate Bhakti?”, “What is the Law of Karma?” and many more, will be studied based on the teachings from Bhagavad Gita. Chanting of the selected verses from the Gita is an integral part of the course; 20 minutes of each session will be devoted to chanting.

  1. Focus on specific themes in the Bhagavad Gita, examine selected verses to gain clarity, deeper understanding, and appreciation.
  2. Recognize the nature and value of Self-Inquiry and Self-knowledge.
  3. Gain a greater and deeper clarity regarding practices such as Meditation, Asanas, Pranayama, Sadhana, and so on.
  4. Understand the Law of Karma and learn to cultivate Bhakti and Quieten the mind.
  5. Learn to chant selected verses from the Bhagavad Gita

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit one or two short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learned and assimilated so far.  Selected essays may qualify for being published on the University’s website.

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty / InstructorDr. Shriram Sarvotham

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Saturday: Saturday

Start Date: 10th April 2021

End Date: 19th June 2021

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

The Yoga of the Yoga Sutras

Course content

In this course, we will cover a variety of topics contained in the yoga sutras, including:

  • The meaning of yoga, and the ultimate objective of all yogic disciplines.
  • The three main streams of abhyasas (practices) that are presented by Patanjali, namely Kriya Yoga (yoga of action), Ashtanga Yoga (8-limbed yoga) and Samadhi Yoga (Inner practices to develop equanimity).
  • The obstacles in the path of yoga and strategies to overcome them.
  • We will especially highlight the popular practices such as asanas, pranayama, etc and how they fit into the broad scope of yoga. Specifically, what are the unique benefits of asanas? Pranayama? Dhyana? And so on. We will also learn how they beautifully complement each other.
  • In addition to the in-depth analysis and understanding of the 8-limbs of Ashtanga yoga, we will also gain clarity and precise definitions on important terms presented in the yoga sutras, such as abhyasa, vairagya, chitta, vritti, klesha, samyama, parinama, kaivalya, and many more. This clarity will extraordinarily help in one’s own yoga practice.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand and articulate What is yoga and freedom as enunciated by Patanjali 
  2. Assimilate the value of embracing a yogic discipline in one’s life
  3. Distinguish the four ingredients, three streams and eight limbs of yoga 
  4. Determine which stream of yoga may be appropriate for one’s own life
  5. Recognize the five afflictions of the mind, and the nine obstacles to quietening it 
  6. Integrate strategies for quietening the mind when it is gripped by emotion

Class Structure:

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format, and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit one or two short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far.  Selected essays may qualify for being published on the University’s website. 

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study 

Program: Community Education Program (CEP), Certificate Program in Hindu Studies (CPHS)  

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Shriram Sarvotham 

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Start Date: 17th July 2021

End Date: 25th September 2021

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021

Youth Yoga Teacher Training

Course Content: 

In this course, youth students will learn to integrate the principles and concepts of Holistic Yoga into their lifestyle and an improved quality of life and wellbeing i.e. higher energy levels, better quality of sleep, and reduced proclivity for stress related conditions. In addition to this, students will learn to teach each other in a mock class environment in small group settings with a faculty who guides and moderates the student groups. Teaching yoga is best learned under a mentor in a class-setting. Students will engage in active interaction in a live online class setting.

The core content of this in-depth course consists of holistic Ashtanga Yoga with a rich and comprehensive set of asana and pranayama techniques as well as the concepts of eight-limbed approach to yoga that synthesizes the traditional knowledge of yogic and Vedantic texts, such as Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, among others. 

Learning Objective:

  • Learn in-depth, the yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques.
  • Understand the yoga philosophy as described in the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras and how they apply to one’s daily life.
  • Apply yoga practices and concepts to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  •  Shadow experienced yoga instructors in online class to understand class and teaching dynamics
  • Understand the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.
  • Advance in the practice of holistic ashtanga yoga techniques

Yoga, as practiced by modern society, is a path to achieving optimal health and wellness. Integrated holistic systems of yoga bring forth positive health at physical, pranic, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels (pancha kosha). In this in-depth course, we will learn the practical techniques of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation along with the subtle nuances of these practices, their contraindications, benefits, and spiritual significance. We will also learn in-depth concepts of Ashtanga Yoga as described in Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the four streams of yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. 

Apart from Ashtanga yoga as a practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are Karma Yoga (the yoga of detached action), Bhakti Yoga, (the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion), and Jnana Yoga (the yoga of contemplation and reflection). By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfillment in life. We will learn about each stream of yoga and delve deeply into Raja yoga specifically, which focuses on disciplining the mind and body using yoga practices. This course contains hands-on learning of yoga practices, techniques, and teaching skills through lectures, discussions, yoga manuals, offline assignments, and daily self-practice.

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Prerequisites: None

Required / Elective: Required 

Faculty: Anil Surpur
Ashwini Surpur 

Days, Time & Date: Batch 1:  14 June 2021 – 10 July 2021Monday – Thursday 07.30 pm EST – 10.45 pm EST

                                       Batch 2: 10 July 2021 – 8 August 2021 – Saturday & Sunday  11:00 am EST  – 04.30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021