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

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