The Art of Personal Sādhana & Professional Studies Modular Programme

Paul’s approach to Yoga practice, study and teaching was formed from a 23 year apprenticeship through one to one personal lessons from 1979 in South India with his root teacher TKV Desikachar.

The outcome of this sustained immersion in the teachings of TKV Desikachar’s teacher, Śrī T Krishnamacharya, is the Art of Personal Sādhana and the Art of Professional Studies Modular Programmes.

They facilitate an in-depth focus between the student and the teacher in terms of personal intensity, relevance to personal and professional situation, all within an exclusive learning environment.

The Art of Personal Sādhana – One Weekend Workshop and Two Weekend Course Modules

The Art of Professional Studies – Practitioner, Postgraduate and CPD Training Modules

The Programmes 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 Sādhana through Group Projects limited to a small number of Students and one to one Lessons.

They explore Yoga Practice & theory and Yoga Psychology & Philosophy by focusing on areas that support a developmental structure for our Personal Practice and Study and, if relevant, Professional Training.

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

  • Āsana practice and theory
  • Prāṇāyāma practice and theory
  • Mudrā practice and theory
  • Dhyānam practice and theory
  • Adhyayanam (chanting as learning or meditation) practice and theory

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 Yoga Sūtra through an in-depth exploration as a self-inquiry.
  • Guidance with linking Indian texts emphasised by Krishnamacharya with Yoga study and practice.
  • Guidance with linking Krishnamacharya’s writings and compositions with Yoga study and practice.
  • Experiential self-study of the core constitutional, diagnostic and lifestyle principles in Āyurveda.

“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”
Edward Abbey