150 Hour Personal Yoga Practice and Theory 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 Customise and Personalise our Practice of
Āsana Mudrā Prāṇāyāma Dhyāna and Chanting

The Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Workshop and Course Modules total over 330 contact hours. However a Core level of combined modular study totalling 150 hours can be undertaken in:

  • Āsana Practice and Theory – 90 hours
  • Mudrā Practice and Theory – 10 hours
  • Prāṇāyāma Practice and Theory – 30 hours
  • Dhyāna Practice and Theory – 10 hours
  • Sound and Chant Practice and Theory – 10 hours

The Art of Personal Practice Core Study Programme comprises over 150 hours

The Core level offers 150 contact hours of Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study:

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 practice.

The outcome will be the ability to independently and intelligently choose, adapt and ultimately self-develop and self-refine our personal Yoga practice through the study of Yoga practice techniques and Yoga theory.

Follow this link for details of the 150 Hour Associated Yoga Practice and Theory Study Programme offered as a single combined modular course for a fixed group of five students

This is also, along with the 100 hour Core level Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Modules, the prerequisite for students interested in Professional Training as a Yoga Teaching and Therapeutic Healthecare Practitioner.

The Art of Personal Practice Core Study Programme and Yoga Teaching

Even though the Yoga Practice teachings developed in the Art of Personal Practice 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 100 hour Core Level Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Modules, the prerequisite for students interested in Professional Training as a Yoga Teaching and Therapeutic Healthcare Practitioner.

The Art of Personal Practice Core Study Programme Syllabus totals over 150 hours through:

1.  Personal Practice Planning and Self Observation – 30 hours

  • Group projects to develop self planning and observational skills.
  • Building and working with personalised recovery, support or developmental practices.
  • Learning practice techniques, observation skills and awareness processes to help refine your short term and long term personal practice in the fields of Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyāna and Chanting.

2. Yoga Practice Techniques and Practice Theory Study – 120 Hours

–  Study of Āsana Practice and Theory – 72 hours

  • Exploring Āsana Practice according to Age
  • Exploring Āsana Practice according to Health
  • Exploring Āsana Practice according to Lifestyle
  • Exploring Āsana Practice according to Energetic Constitution
  • Exploring Āsana Practice according to Psychological Constitution
  • Definition, purpose and benefits of Āsana
  • Introducing the components that make up an Āsana practice
  • Why and how we use Sequence Building in planning Āsana practices
  • Why and how we use Counterposes and Transitions in planning Āsana practices
  • Why and how we use the Breath in planning Āsana practices
  • How we use Energetic and Psychological characteristics of Āsana in planning practices
  • Why and how we use Movement or Staying in planning Āsana practices
  • Why and how we use Modification or Variation in planning Āsana practices
  • In-depth exploration of Primary Āsana Form, Function and Application
  • Personalising Āsana techniques within recovery, support or developmental situations.
  • Apprenticeship into the art and theory of Observation of Āsana in practice.

– Study of Mudrā Practice and Theory – 8 hours

  • Exploring Mudrā Practice according to Age
  • Exploring Mudrā Practice according to Health
  • Exploring Mudrā Practice according to Lifestyle
  • Exploring Mudrā Practice according to Constitution
  • Exploring the components that make up an Mudrā practice
  • Definition, purpose and benefits of Mudrā
  • Introducing how Mudrā are arranged sequentially in building a practice
  • Introducing how counterposes are used within Mudrā practice
  • Introducing how we breathe in Mudrā practice
  • Introducing the Energetic and Psychological characteristics of Mudrā
  • Introducing how we use movement or stay as tools in Mudrā practice
  • Introducing how we modify or vary Mudrā within our practice
  • Why and how of using Primary Mudrā within a Yoga practice
  • Personalising Mudrā techniques within recovery, support or developmental situations
  • Apprenticeship into the art and theory of observation of Mudrā in practice

– Study of Prāṇāyāma Practice and Theory – 24 hours

  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Age
  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Health
  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Lifestyle
  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Constitution
  • Exploring the components that make up an Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Definition, purpose and benefits of Prāṇāyāma
  • Detailed study of the theory of Prāṇa and Nādī
  • Introducing the Energetic and Psychological characteristics of Prāṇāyāma
  • Introducing how Prāṇāyāma are arranged sequentially in building a practice
  • Introducing how counterposes are used within Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Introducing how we breathe in Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Introducing how we use movement or stay as tools in Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Introducing how we modify or vary Prāṇāyāma within our practice
  • Why and how of using Primary and Intermediate Prāṇāyāma within a Yoga practice
  • Additional techniques within Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Personalising Prāṇāyāma techniques within recovery, support or developmental situations
  • Apprenticeship into the art and theory of observation of Prāṇāyāma in practice

– Study of Dhyāna Practice and Theory – 8 hours

  • Exploring Dhyāna Practice according to Age
  • Exploring Dhyāna Practice according to Health
  • Exploring Dhyāna Practice according to Lifestyle
  • Exploring Dhyāna Practice according to Constitution
  • Exploring the components that make up an Dhyāna practice
  • Definition, purpose and benefits of Dhyāna
  • Introducing the Energetic and Psychological characteristics of Dhyāna
  • Introducing how Dhyāna is arranged in building a practice
  • Introducing how counterposes are used within Dhyāna practice
  • Introducing how we use the breath in Dhyāna practice
  • Introducing how we use movement and stay as tools for Dhyāna practice
  • Introducing how we modify or vary Dhyāna within our practice
  • Basic techniques of Dhāraṇā and Bhāvana applied through Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma
  • Āsana within a Meditational framework
  • Mudrā within a Meditational framework
  • Prāṇāyāma within a Meditational framework
  • Application of Dhāraṇā and Bhāvana as meditational techniques
  • Application of Dhāraṇā and Bhāvana within recovery, support or developmental situations
  • Personalising Dhyāna techniques within recovery, support or developmental situations
  • Apprenticeship into the art and theory of observation of Dhyāna in practice

– Study of Saṃskṛta, Sound and Chanting Practice and Theory – 8 hours

  • Understanding the important Saṃskṛta terms in Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyāna and Chanting
  • Application of voice work and techniques for sound in personal practice
  • Indexing Sound and Chant Material
  • Origins and context for Chanting
  • Guidelines for Sound and Chant
  • Saṃskṛta alphabet and pronunciation of the Sound and Chant
  • Saṃskṛta grammar and Saṃskṛta Sound and Chant rules
  • Sound and Chant and Āsana and Mudrā Practices
  • Sound and Chant and Seated Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam Practices
  • Reciting the Yoga Sūtra and Yoga teachings

3. Review Sessions and Home Study Guidelines – 4 hours

  • Informal support of a practical nature through review, reading, questions for reflection and guidelines for core and developmental personal Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyāna and Chanting practices
  • Home study of a practical nature through reading, practice planning, questions and exploration through personal practice

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

“The paradoxical -
and tragic -
situation of man
is that his conscience is weakest
when he needs it most.”

Erich Fromm