- 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 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)
Prerequisites: Students with prior experience in yoga practice or teaching may also qualify.
Area of Study: Yoga 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