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Foundation and Teaching Methodology for Holistic Yoga

The integrated approach to yoga is a philosophy-based approach to the science and art of yoga, hailing from eastern roots. 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, among others, as a rich and comprehensive set of reference texts.  In this course, we will learn in-depth practices of yoga along with the concept of the four streams of yoga — Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Jnana Yoga — through analyzing the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras as primary texts. Furthermore, we will learn to dive deep into yoga sadhana (the persistent practice of yoga) and learn how to teach yoga to others.

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Course Code: YOG 10002

Credit Hours: 5

Course Level: 100

The integrated approach to yoga is a philosophy-based approach to the science and art of yoga, hailing from eastern roots. 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, among others, as a rich and comprehensive set of reference texts.  In this course, we will learn in-depth practices of yoga along with the concept of the four streams of yoga — Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Jnana Yoga — through analyzing the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras as primary texts. Furthermore, we will learn to dive deep into yoga sadhana (the persistent practice of yoga) and learn how to teach yoga to others.

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Learning Outcome:-

  1. Learn in depth, the yoga practices of breath synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  2. Understand the yoga philosophy as described in the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras and how they apply to one’s daily life.
  3. Apply yoga practices and concepts to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  4. Understand the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.
  5. 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 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. 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 about each stream of yoga and delve deeply into Raja yoga, which focuses on disciplining the mind and body using yoga practices. This course contains hands-on learning of yoga practices, lectures, discussions, teaching techniques, offline assignments, and teaching assignments.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study

Faculty/Instructor:TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

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