Welcome to the Art of Personal Practice Modular Programme Overview

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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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What are the Primary Areas for Study of Yoga Practice Techniques and Yoga Practice Theory?

As a student we need to consider the five fundamental practice areas that need to be prioritised and developed according to the teachings of Krishnamacharya.

These are the practice of Āsana or general postures, Mudrā or special postures, Prāṇāyāma or seated breathing, Dhyānam or seated meditation and Chanting for learning or as a meditational practice.

“Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study.
Rather than Yoga Study being an essential part of Yoga Practice.”

The five links below will take you to a page where you can explore an overview of these five topics of Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyānam and Chanting. Each topic offers a range of in-depth Modular Workshops and Courses for your personal practice, study interest and development, or if relevant, professional skills.

Study of each of these five primary Yoga Practice topics begin with a 2 day Introductory Module One Workshop as a starting point for the student. From there a Foundational range of follow-on 4 day Course Modules are available. Together they allow a uniquely comprehensive intensive exploration of all facets of Yoga Practice Techniques and Yoga Practice Theory.

“The Art of viniyoga is a process that moves from a uniquely personalised Yoga practice adapted to
our outer limitations towards a uniquely personalised Yoga practice that explores our inner potentials.”

The Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study Workshop and Course Modules total over 330 contact hours. However a Core level of combined modular study totalling 150 hours can be undertaken, leaving 180 hours of Intermediate and Advanced levels available for those interested in Further Studies.

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

Follow the link for more details of the 150 hour Core Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study Modules.

These Core Level Modules, along with the Core Level Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Modules, is the prerequisite for students interested in Professional Training as a Yoga Teaching and Therapeutic Healthcare Practitioner:

The Intermediate and Advanced levels offer 180 contact hours of Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory as Further Studies Modules in the following areas:

Furthermore, as all the Modular Workshops and Courses are limited to a maximum of five students putting together a group has much more flexibility. They aim to facilitate an in-depth focus in terms of intensity, relevance to group situations, all within an exclusive learning environment.

An introduction to what is the Art of the viniyoga of Yoga Practice

The concept of viniyoga is the art of applying Yoga to the needs and aspirations of each person as a unique individual rather than fitting a number of individuals into the more generalised Westernised educational or physical fitness modalities of group class instruction.

“The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself.
As everybody is different and changes from time to time,
there can be no common starting point, and ready-made answers are useless.
The present situation must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.”
– TKV Desikachar

Thus, using the term ‘viniyoga’ to describe a Yoga Class as a ‘Viniyoga Group Class’ or using the term to banner our group class teaching ‘style’ would in reality be a contradiction to how the concept was intended to be used according to the lifetime teachings of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. In this context the term viniyoga relates solely to the transmission of Yoga within a 121 relationship.

The main aim behind the viniyoga or application of Yoga is to personalise Yoga practice according to the individual and their situation, through respecting our unique differences in age, gender, mental aptitude, physical health, social lifestyle, occupation and interests, together with developmental potentials according to the persons current situation and needs.

To discuss any aspects of the Programme please use the contact page or email me.

Read more on reflections of the above on the implications of Krishnamacharya’s and Desikachar’s teachings

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
Albert Einstein