100 Hour Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Core Study Syllabus

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The Art of Personal Sādhana aims to reflect the fundamentals of Śrī T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar’s teaching, namely transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the student’s personal Yoga Sādhana through 121 Lessons or Small Group Studies limited to a maximum of five students.

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Exploring how to Develop and Personalise our Studies of
Associated Yoga, Chant and Lifestyle Texts

The Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Workshop and Course Modules total over 300 contact hours. However a Core level of combined modular study totalling 100 hours can be undertaken in:

  • Sūtra Psychology – 50 hours
  • Haṭha Energetics – 10 hours
  • Gītā Scripture – 10 hours
  • Upaniṣat Mysticism  – 10 hours
  • Sāṃkhya Philosophy – 10 hours
  • Āyurveda Lifestyle – 10 hours

The Art of Associated Texts Core Study Programme comprises over 100 hours

The Core level offers 100 contact hours of Associated Yoga Texts Study Modules:

The Core Programme content will initiate and empower the student in the arts of learning to skilfully work with the principles that underpin creating and sustaining a personalised Yoga Textual and Lifestyle Study.

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offered as a single combined modular course for a fixed group of five students

This is also, along with the 150 hour Core Level Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study Modules, the prerequisite for students interested in Professional Training within the Practitioner Programme as a Yoga Teaching and Therapeutic Healthcare Practitioner.

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Core Study Programme and Yoga Teacher Training

Even though the Yoga Textual teachings developed in the Associated Yoga Texts Modular Courses can enhance any Yoga Teachers professional skills there is no requirement to teach or to intend to teach Yoga. This is not the role of the course.

In fact not everybody wants to or actually needs to become a Yoga teacher to further their practice and study. Here the priorities are towards personal development and thus questions relating to our personal practice and study are the priorities. These Courses reflects this viewpoint.

The aim is that we are all here in this course as students and it offers an opportunity for all teachers to step back from their teaching role and re-enhance their personal study and practice path.

However it is, along with the 150 hour Core level Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study Modules, the prerequisite for students interested in Professional Training within the Practitioner Programme as a Yoga Teaching and Therapeutic Healthcare Practitioner.

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Core Study Programme syllabus total over 100 hours through:

1. Personal Study of Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts – 100 hours

– Study of Sūtra Psychology – 50 Hours

  • Exploring some key concepts that underpin this Teaching on Yoga
  • How the four chapters are linked
  • What are the key words in each
  • Which chapters are most important
  • Why we need a view such as Patāñjali
  • Learning to look from the Yoga Sūtra at our relationship with others
  • Linking the Sūtra to the ebb and flow of daily life
  • Introduction to the value of reciting the Yoga Sūtra
  • An in-depth introduction to the background and all four Chapters of the Yoga Sūtra
  • Book 1 verse by verse with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar
  • Book 2 verse by verse with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar

– In-depth introduction to Haṭha Energetics – 10 hours

  • Why we need a view such as Haṭha
  • Exploring some key themes that underpin the major Haṭha Yoga texts
  • Unpacking Key Haṭha concepts such as Prāṇa, Apāna, Amṛtam, Candra, Sūrya, Agni, Mūla, Mala, Tridoṣa, Dvadasa Nādī, Kuṇḍalinī, Avidyā, Ṣat Cakra
  • Which concepts are most important
  • How the key concepts are linked
  • Learning to look through Haṭha at our relationship with others
  • Linking the concepts of Haṭha to the ebb and flow of daily life
  • Practical learning skills from Haṭha Yoga to refine your personal Yoga Sādhana
  • Linking to the concepts of Haṭha to help develop and deepen your understanding of Yoga
  • Study of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā by Svāmi Svātmārāma
  • Study of the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā by Gheraṇḍa

– In-depth introduction to Gītā Scripture – 10 hours

  • Exploring some key concepts that underpin this Teaching
  • How the eighteen chapters are linked
  • What are the key concepts in each
  • Which chapters are most important
  • Why we need a view such as the Bhagavad Gītā
  • Learning to look from the Bhagavad Gītā at our relationship with others
  • Linking the Gītā to the ebb and flow of daily life

– In-depth introduction to Upaniṣat Mysticism – 10 hours

  • Exploring some key concepts that underpin this Teaching
  • How the Upaniṣat are linked
  • What are the key concepts in each
  • Which Upaniṣat are most important
  • Why we need a view such as the Upaniṣat
  • Learning to look from the Upaniṣat at our relationship with others
  • Linking the Upaniṣat to the ebb and flow of daily life

– In-depth introduction to Sāṃkhya Philosophy – 10 hours

  • Embracing the unique world view of Sāṃkhya
  • Understanding the principles that inspire and shape Sāṃkhya philosophy
  • Why we need a world view such as Sāṃkhya
  • Learning to look from Sāṃkhya at our relationship with the world
  • Guidance in emphasising a personal reflective study to support our inner life
  • Exploring the key concepts that underpin this Teaching
  • Appreciating the influence of Sāṃkhya on Yoga, Buddhism and Āyurveda
  • What are the key goals in its primary text the Sāṃkhya Kārikā
  • Overview of primary Sāṃkhya concepts around body, mind and awareness
  • Familiarisation with basic Sāṃkhya terms and reflective processes
  • Which concepts are most important for personal Yoga study and Practice
  • Deepening the reflective aspects of our personal Yoga study through Sāṃkhya

– In-depth introduction to Āyurveda Lifestyle – 10 hours

  • Pañca Prāṇa – Understanding the flow of Movement
  • Agni – Understanding the Digestive Fire
  • Tridoṣa – Understanding the 3 principle Energetic Processes
  • Prakṛti Parīkṣa – Diagnosing the Constitution
  • Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā and Laṅghana Kriyā – As Therapeutic Lifestyle Tools
  • Dravya Guṇa – The value Herbs and Spices in diet

2. Review Sessions and Home Study Guidelines – 2.5 hours

  • Informal support of a practical nature through review, reading, questions for reflection and guidelines for core and developmental personal study processes
  • Home study of a practical nature through reading, questions and exploration through textual study

For further information or to discuss any aspects of the Programme please use the contact page or email me.

"Human beings, each one, right through the world, go through great agonies,
the more sensitive, the more alert, the more observant, the greater the suffering,
the anxiety, the extraordinary sense of insoluble problems."

Jiddu Krishnamurti