Welcome to the Art of Personal Sādhana Modular Programme Overview

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The Art of Personal Sādhana Modules aim to reflect the fundamentals of Śrī T Krishnamacharya’s teaching, namely transmission occurs through direct experience of the teacher with the student’s Personal Practice and Study through Group Projects limited to a small number of Students. They facilitate an in-depth focus in terms of intensity, relevance to personal situation, all within an exclusive learning environment.

The Art of Personal Sādhana – Two Day Workshops followed by Four Days Course Modules

What are the Developmental Paths for students interested in the Art of Personal Sādhana?

So how to proceed with our journey into establishing our experience and skills in developing a uniquely personalised Yoga Practice and Study constantly adapting and developing within the ebb and flow of our life and its phases? Perhaps by firstly identifying the areas that could contribute to practice and study.

A Development Process for a Personalised Yoga Practice and Study Sādhana involves:

Supported by a Personalised Textual and Oral Study Sādhana involving:

  • Experiential application of the principles in the Haṭha Yoga texts emphasised by Krishnamacharya.
  • Experiential application of the principles in the Yoga Sūtra through guidance in study & chanting.
  • Guidance with linking Indian texts emphasised by Krishnamacharya with Yoga study & practice.
  • Guidance with linking Krishnamacharya’s writings and compositions with Yoga study & practice.
  • Experiential study of the core energetic, constitutional, diagnostic & lifestyle principles in Āyurveda.

Each of the Topics introduce, through a 2 day workshop complete in itself, the student to the selected area of study. This can be followed by a foundational progression to refine and deepen our Yoga skills and experience via Course options comprising, either a single 4 day Module or two 2 day Modules over 3 months.

“The viniyoga of Yoga is a process rather than just a collection of techniques.”

Complete in themselves they explore Yoga Practice, Theory, Psychology and Philosophy by focusing on supporting a developmental structure for our Practice and Study and, if relevant, future Professional Training.

What is the relationship between training as a Yoga Student and training as a Yoga Teacher?

Firstly -

a comprehensive range of Workshop and Course Study Modules are being offered through which the student can progressively explore all aspects Yoga Practice and Yoga Study. Furthermore each module is complete in itself and they are all designed for Yoga students without any obligation or need to simultaneously train as a Yoga teacher.

“Training to learn how to teach Yoga is not the same as training to learn how to practice & study Yoga.”

This is unusual these days, as normally to access such a breadth and depth of Yoga training a student would need to undertake a Yoga Teacher Training Course. It also increasingly appears these days that around teacher training courses we are even seeing a burgeoning of ‘fast track’ priorities to accumulate prospective trainees, thus further reducing the options and especially time, amidst our many other life commitments, for a deeper learning as a student prior to undertaking training as a prospective Yoga teacher.

Secondly -

though the Yoga Practice and Study Modules would obviously enhance any Yoga Teachers professional skills there is no requirement to teach or to intend to teach Yoga. This is not their primary role. In fact not everybody wants to or actually needs to become a teacher to further their practice and study.

Hence the priorities here are towards personal development and thus teachings and questions are geared towards relating more deeply with our personal practice and study, rather than acquiring knowledge for use when working with others.

These days there is lots of talk on what is involved in training to be a Yoga Teacher,
however little talk on what is involved in training to be a Yoga Student.

Of course I accept, and have personally experienced in a number of situations, that there are those whose priority is on acquiring professional skills or qualifications to teach Yoga. It has even become a career option for school leavers these days, classified alongside Aerobics, Fitness, Personal Trainers, etc.

I also feel that having to simultaneously train as a Yoga teacher alongside moving into exploring Yoga for ourselves can even be detrimental to the development of the students personal relationship with Yoga. There is also the issue of the student often having to proceed into teaching before even completing the learning of the techniques and theory that comprise the different dimensions of practice.

“The more you teach the more you must practice.”
- TKV Desikachar

Being burdened with the pressure, or desire, of being out there drumming up students and having to engage with all the necessary specialist Yoga Teaching and Yoga Therapy skills can create a situation where the students personal developmental focus becomes blurred.

Especially these days with the phenomena of there now being many hundreds of Yoga Teacher Training Courses available, thus increasing competition for both aspiring teachers and available students.

Thirdly -

once we have learnt the skills required to be a student then we can consider, should we wish, adding the necessary teaching and therapy skills to offer Yoga intelligently to others. This is where the student interested in the professional aspects of teaching Yoga can undertake training in a Practitioner Programme specifically geared towards adding the application skills for Yoga Teaching and Yoga Therapy.

In other words the Professional Training Modules do not add on any further personal Yoga Practice or Yoga Study skills, instead they are purely focussed on the art of applying what you have learnt to the needs of others within a variety of situations and for a range of conditions. Further information for this Course can be found on the Art of Professional Studies Practitioner Programme Page.

"I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean."
G K Chesterton