This weekend workshop combines comprehensive yoga techniques with meditation, nutrition, and healing.
“Yoga means getting on well with everything in life: getting on well with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the environment we live in, the people we live with and the work we do.”
Location:Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan 4a Castletown Road West Kensington London W14 9HE United Kingdom
Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2013 (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Course Fee: £25
Suggested Minimum Donation: £65
The course fee covers our basic expenses and the teaching is offered free of charge. We kindly request that you make a donation to the Yoga Healing Foundation to support our charitable aims. We are an organisation run by volunteers and rely on the yoga tradition of donations to continue our work. Thank you.
We have a limited number of bursary places available for those on a low income/unemployed/ students available on application. Please contact us if you wish to apply.
Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced practitioners and teachers
This workshop is suitable for beginners who would like to gain an overview of all the limbs of yoga, as well as advanced practitioners and teachers looking to deepen their knowledge and learn new techniques — many of which are not commonly known in the West. It will also be of interest to people who are looking to improve their health and well-being and help others to do the same.
Advance bookings only. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to book a place.
• The traditional definition of Yoga
• The Hatha Yoga lineage, historical and contemporary systems of yoga
• An overview of the five limbs of hatha yoga ( Shat Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra Bandhana and Kundalini)
• Shat Kriyas (six cleansing techniques) to be practiced as a preparation for the other limbs of hatha yoga.
• Asanas (postures) and the importance of correct sequencing using the system of vargas ( sequential groups of postures) based on the energy flow principle of the five elements.
• Angabandanas and Angachalanas (simple joint exercises involving movement, that can be practiced by beginners, as a warm up or as a restorative routine)
• Therapeutic asanas and pranayamas that can be practiced as a treatment for a range of health issues and diseases ranging from sinus problems to PCOS to obesity and diabetes (based on the traditional text, ‘The Hatha Ratnavali’)
• Mudra and Bandhana ( Energy channeling and energy locking techniques)
• Pranayamas ( breathing techniques), including lesser-known and advanced techniques.
• Kundalini practices (visualization and cyclical breathing relaxation techniques)
The external yoga aspect of the course is based on the ancient texts such as Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, Hatha Ratnavali, Siva Samhitha, Gheranda Samhitha, Kurnataka Yoga and Kapala Kurnataka Yoga and informed by Kumar’s experience of studying in 37 yoga schools throughout India. The internal yoga ( meditation) aspect of the course is based on the teachings of Buddha, Patanjali, and Shankaracharya.
• The purpose of meditation
• Techniques, tools, advantages, experiences, and obstacles
• Conditioning and Deconditioning meditation techniques
• Subjective and objective meditation techniques and the difference.
• Different streams of Yoga — Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion), Karma Yoga (the path of action), Jnana Yoga ( the path of knowledge), and Raja Yoga ( the purification of the mind).
• Patanjali Yoga Sutras, focusing on his eight step methodology.
• Antakaranas: the five faculties of the mind
• Buddha’s Ashtanga Magga and Patanajali’s Asthanga Yoga
Diet, Nutrition, and Healing
• PH balancing and glycemic index
• Healthy and unhealthy food combinations
• Alternative therapies and dietary advice for common problems, including thyroidism, obesity, arthritis, blood pressure, and hypertension diabetes.
• Yoga Kayachikitsa and Kayasamvadhana ( yoga physiotherapy and massage) A therapeutic branch of yoga that is used to heal the body and treat a range of health issues by deploying methods derived from different yoga postures.
“Profound teaching and guidance from a profound teacher.”
“Truly inspirational. Beautifully introduced and organized personally I rediscovered my love of yoga and reasons to continue teaching. Informative, traditional.
Such a genuine teacher, his love for teaching and sharing was overwhelming.”
“Most Excellent. Kumar’s knowledge is exemplary. I will recommend his teaching to all those I know.”
“ A very rewarding 2 day workshop. Kumar full of interesting and insightful information. Thoroughly enjoyable- wish it was for longer. I found Kumar to be approachable, warm and deeply insightful. Many thanks.
“Kumar is the epitome of everything that he elucidates”
“A treasure of knowledge. Enjoyable atmosphere and friendly participants.”
“Kumar is an inspirational person, full of knowledge. 2 Fantastic days, really enjoyed it. Good flow and pace. Would recommend it.”
What a wonderful 2 days, learnt so many things.
“It was such a lovely experience, Kumar is a sincere and humble teacher who is both inspiring and full of information.”
“Wonderful experience. Interesting insight to different Northern and Southern practices.”
“I would highly recommend it to anyone but especially for teachers of yoga to pass on the incredible amount of knowledge to their students from the course. Best two days I have had for a long time. A privilege to be there.”
“Wonderful experience. Inspired me to want to learn more. Mr Kumar’s experience is amazing and I would love to meet him again. Given me the discipline to improve my way of life.”
“A really inspiring 2 days, completely different from anything else I have attended! Kumar has so much knowledge and it has been a privilege to be taught by him. A well organized event and very friendly.”
“Fantastic, inspiring and well organized, thank you!”