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Holistic Yoga 2 - Philosophy & Practice

This course enables students to integrate holistic yoga into their lifestyle and become proactive in managing their stress and wellness.

In this course, students will learn to integrate the principles and concepts of Holistic Yoga into their lifestyle through a deeper embrace of yoga sadhana — the persistent and consistent practice of yoga. With a deeper involvement in yoga practices, students will experience an increased motivation for yoga study and practice, and an improved quality of life and wellbeing i.e. higher energy levels, better sleep, and reduced proclivity for chronic illness. 

The core content of this in-depth course consists of holistic Ashtanga Yoga, 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 Ashtanga Yoga and 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. 

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Course Code: YOG 1001

Credit Hours: 4

Course Level: 100

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$800.00 $600.00

This course enables students to integrate holistic yoga into their lifestyle and become proactive in managing their stress and wellness.

In this course, students will learn to integrate the principles and concepts of Holistic Yoga into their lifestyle through a deeper embrace of yoga sadhana — the persistent and consistent practice of yoga. With a deeper involvement in yoga practices, students will experience an increased motivation for yoga study and practice, and an improved quality of life and wellbeing i.e. higher energy levels, better sleep, and reduced proclivity for chronic illness. 

The core content of this in-depth course consists of holistic Ashtanga Yoga, 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 Ashtanga Yoga and 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. 

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Learning Objective:

  • Learn in-depth, the yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • 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.

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 fulfillment 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 and techniques, lectures, discussions, and offline assignments.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Must have completed Holistic Yoga – Concepts and Techniques Course. 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

Quarter Offered: Summer 2020

Start Date: 11 July 2020

End Date: 20 September 2020

Day: Every Saturday & Sunday

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 pm EST

Delivery Mode: Online

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