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Holistic Yoga – 2: Practice Intensive

Course Description:

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 the concepts behind these practices.

Learning Outcome:

In this course students will be able to:

  • Learn in-depth, the yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Understand the concepts of Ashtanga Yoga as applicable to asanas, pranayama, cleansing Kriyas, meditation, and relaxation
  • 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.

Required/Elective: Elective

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

Faculty/Instructor: Savita Joshi, Ashwini Surpur, Vinutha Kornaya, Shobha Charagondla

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Days:- Monday – Friday

Start Date:- 16th November 2020

End Date:- 20th November 2020

Time:- 12:00 pm EST – 04:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Fall 2020

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 Surpur Yogashree N.V. Raghuram, Ashwini Surpur, Vinutha Kornaya

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Day:- Every Sunday

Start Date:- 10th January 2020

End Date:- 21st  March 2020

Time:- 07:00 pm EST – 09:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021

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

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: TBD

End Date: TBD

Day: TBD

Time: TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

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:  Dr. Sriram Sarvotham  Shri N.V. RaghuramVinutha KornayaAshwini Surpur, Anil Surpur

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Program:  Community Education Program.

Required/Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: 11th January 2021

End Date: 22nd March  2021

Day: Every Monday & Thursday

Time:07:00 pm EST – 08:-30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021

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