Combined 100 Hour Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Programme

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As well as studying the Associated Yoga Texts Study Workshop and Course Modules individually and progressively there is an option where the primary and intermediate levels of study are collectively combined into one single Programme for a group of around 5 students offering over 100 hours tuition through 20 days of in-depth Study of Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts over 2 years in the fields of:

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

Based in the Cotswolds, it is intended for those students who wish to explore, within the framework of a constant group and frequent meetings, the primary principles and teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar on the study of associated Yoga texts either for personal development or, if relevant, to enhance professional skills.

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It is presented with the aim of reflecting the fundamentals of Śrī Krishnamacharya’s teaching, namely, transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the students personal practice and study Sādhana.

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Framework

The Associated Yoga and Lifestyle Texts Study Programme reflects the teachings of TKV Desikachar and his father and teacher T Krishnamacharya as taught to Paul Harvey over 25 years through:

  • Guidance in emphasising a personal reflective study to support your life
  • Understanding the principles that inspire and shape Yoga philosophy
  • An overview of primary Yoga textual concepts around body and mind
  • Familiarisation with basic Yoga textual terms
  • Appreciating how chanting from the Yoga texts can help deepen our understanding
  • Deepening the reflective aspects of our personal practice with the Yoga texts

To present a view from the Yoga Texts through which students can develop their own practice and appreciation of Yoga. The role of this Course is not to train students as Yoga teachers

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Professional

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.

“Abhyāsa, when performed with reverence, without interruption, over a long period of time,
will result in a healthy body, acute senses and extraordinary alertness.”
– T Krishnamacharya

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.

The Art of Associated Texts Combined Programme comprises 20 days Study through:

Associated Yoga Texts Study Modules in the following areas –

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme topics 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

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Prerequisites

A minimum of one year’s attendance at a Yoga group class of any Yoga approach, or 10 individual Yoga lessons with any Yoga teacher.

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Feedback

Support and advice will be offered on the students’ progress and on possibilities for further development after the course. There is also the possibility of written work being suggested to help the transmission of the teachings.

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Certification

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Programme Certificate is awarded to successful students with full attendance. This Certificate is awarded in recognition of the commitment in studying the Art of Associated Yoga Texts respecting the spirit of TKV Desikachar’s teaching.

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Dates

The group size for the Art of Associated Yoga Texts Modular Programme is limited to around five students to allow for a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student.

There will be 20 days of tuition through either 4 day or two day meetings spaced over two years. This is also a specialised learning intensive, so rather than fixing diary dates in advance each Course will be arranged once I have received around five applications from interested students.

If you are interested then please do feel free to contact me. From there I can advise you on the current state of the waiting list, advise you on when the next Course can be anticipated and talk over any questions you may have.

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Fees and Booking

The 2017-2018 Course fee is based around five students and will be £2200 for 20 days.
The 2018-2019 Course fee is based around five students and will be £2300 for 20 days.

For 2017 a deposit of £600 is required and a yearly fee of £800 payable over the years meetings.
For 2018 a deposit of £700 is required and a yearly fee of £800 payable over the years meetings.

The deposit will not be refundable but will be offset against the final fees. 
All the Art of Associated Yoga Texts Programme must be paid for even if the student is unable to attend.


Missed meetings can be taken on future courses free of charge subject to spaces. The fees are payable at each meeting and the cost includes a 
further Course manual, tuition, a delicious vegetarian lunch each day 
and all refreshments.

All the Art of Associated Yoga Texts Modular Programme deposits can be paid by Postal cheque or Bank draft. Please contact Paul to indicate your preference. Confirmation of your payment and place will be sent. All Fees are non-returnable and non-transferable. In the case of Courses not running an acceptable alternative or a full refund will be offered.

All the Modules may also be taken independently rather than as a fixed group

The Art of Associated Yoga Texts Study Programme Venue and Accommodation Options

All the meetings are based at my home in the Cotswolds with a country setting and retreat atmosphere.

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Do note that the fees will include lunch and, if staying overnight locally, evening supper to help with costs. Thus, if staying there is no need to incur any further costs until you leave.

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

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