25th January to 25th February 2015
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, South India
£1000 (to be paid in advance)
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.
Accommodation and Food
We offer two alternative course options, one is inclusive of accommodation and meals and the other is not.
1. Inclusive Option
For details of the accommodation provided, please visit http://carnivalclub.in/. The charges for the duration of the course are £1100 for a single room. The price includes three meals per day for the duration of the course. The accommodation costs are additional to the course donation.
2. Non-inclusive option
We would be happy to suggest some other options for accommodation close to the course location or you are welcome to find your own. If you are coming as a group it may be possible to take a short let on an apartment. The accommodation would be arranged and paid for separately by you.
A 200 hour yoga teacher training qualification or equivalent yoga/ meditation experience is preferred. If you have been practicing yoga for some time but have not previously undertaken any teacher training, you are welcome to apply for the course and give details of your prior experience. Anyone who has attended a Traditional Yoga 10 or 15 day Meditation and Yoga Course is also eligible.
Traditional Yoga is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School (RYS) and upon completion you will be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the RYT500 level.
Please contact us if you would like to register or have any questions about the course.
- To restore an understanding of the progressive relationship of the different limbs of yoga for the purification of the body and mind.
- To gain a broad knowledge of the diverse systems that comprise and inform the yoga tradition.
- To understand the principles that underlie the correct sequencing of asanas in order to implement this in the designing of yoga classes.
- To introduce important kriya, pranayama, mudra and bandana techniques not commonly practiced in the West.
- To give an overview of alternative health therapies and dietary treatments, including ayurveda, so that yoga teachers are better equipped to guide their students towards good health.
- To learn therapeutic yoga techniques that can be used to treat others, particularly kayachikitsa and kayasamvadhana.
- To understand the function and purpose of different types of meditation, from subjective through to objective techniques, in order to make informed choices for ones own practice or when teaching meditation.
- To explore through both theory and practice raja yoga as taught by Patanajali.
- To progress on the path of yoga
- To learn to spread the teachings of yoga and practice teaching yoga through teacher role playing activities
- To become a true yogi
Course Contents Overview
- The course will include both theory and practice and equal importance will be given to yoga of the body and yoga of the mind.
- The course is designed on the basis that participants will already have reached a basic level of proficiency in asanas and teaches a methodology that provides a framework of understanding for asana practice. About 100 asanas will be practiced with beginner level to advanced level.
- The morning sessions will focus mainly on asana, pranayama, mudra and bandhana practice. Kumar will demonstrate the importance of correct sequencing using the system of vargas and the energy flow principle based on the five elements. Evening sessions will include angabandanas, angachalanas and cyclic breathing. Theory will be covered in both morning and evening sessions, covering a range of subjects throughout the course.
- 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 aspect of the course is based on the teachings of Buddha, Patanjali, and Shankaracharya. Kumar will also refer to the Yoga Vasishta Saara and Bhagavadgita, the Brahmasutras and the Vedas.
- The course includes a four day intensive residential meditation course in addition to regular meditation practice.
- Specialised training will be offered in Kaya chikitsa and kaya samvadhana therapeutic yoga and massage (Bio Neuron Feedback Mechanism).
- 6 am start Kumar morning session
- 8.30 am breakfast.
- 10 am -1pm ( with 20 min break) external faculty class
- 1pm-3pm lunch and rest.
- 3.pm -5.30 ( with 20 min break) external faculty class
- 5.45- 8.15: Kumar evening session
- 8.15pm finish
( The course is full time and will run through the weekends. However, sightseeing activities and relaxation time will be scheduled into the program)
Code of Conduct
- For the duration of the course all students resolve to practice Yama, the code of conduct outlined by Patanjali. Yama involves maintaining Ahimsa, (non violence /abstaining from harming/ abusing/ using harsh words) ; Satya, (speaking truth/ abstaining from lies/frivolous talk); Asteya, (abstaining from stealing); Brahmacharya, (abstaining from sexual activities); Aparigraaha, (abstaining from intoxicants including tobacco and alcohol).
- We maintain noble silence during the teaching hours and on the premises where the course is taking place. This means students should avoid communication with fellow students and instead maintain mindfulness throughout the day. Communication is only permitted with the teacher and volunteers unless the class is interactive. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within in order to deepen the meditative aspect of the practice. When the mind is calm and quiet it increases the ability to absorb information and learn.
- Noble silence need not be maintained outside of teaching hours, however students are expected to maintain Yama at all times.
Sessions will include
- The definition of Yoga
- Shat Kriyas ( Six cleansing techniques)
- Suryanamaskaras from various traditions and related mantras
- Asanas, the importance of correct sequencing using the system of vargas and the energy flow principle based on the five elements.
- Angabandanas and angachalanas
- Asanas as treatment for disease ( disease index from Hatha Ratnavali)
- Mudra and Bandhana
- Pranayamas, including lesser known and advanced techniques, both aerobic and anaerobic respiratory techniques.
- Cyclic Breathing Technique
- Visualization Techniques and Kundalini
- Chakra balancing
- In depth analysis of each chakra
- The system of nadis
- The hatha yoga lineage, historical and contemporary systems of yoga.
- Introduction to Laya Yoga, Swara Yoga, Japa Yoga, Ajapa Yoga, Nada Yoga
- The Tantra system including mantra yoga, the relationship of mantras to different parts of the body.
- An overview of meditation practices, their context and purpose.
- The necessity of meditation
- Conditioning and deconditioning.
- Techniques, tools, advantages, experiences and obstacles
- Subjective meditation and Objective meditation techniques
- Different Streams of Yoga – Bhakti, Karma, Jnana and Raja Yoga
- Pathanjali Yoga Sutras, in depth analysis
- The 7 stages of purification as given by Patanjali
- The law of dependent origination as given by Buddha
- Antakaranas: the 5 aspects of Mind
- Buddha’s Ashtanga Magga and Patanajali’s Asthanga Yoga
- The works of Sankarcharya, focusing on Viveka Chudamani
- Yoga Vasishta Saara and Bhagavadgita (Chapters on Atma Samyama Yoga and Ksjetra Kshetragna Vibhaga Yoga)
- An intensive four day residential meditation course.
Diet, Nutrition & Healing
- Diet and nutrition including PH balancing and glycemic index
- Healthy and unhealthy food combinations
- Alternative dietary therapies for common problems including thyroidism, obesity, arthritis, blood pressure and hypertension diabetes.
- Yoga Kayachikitsa
- Yoga Kayasamvadhana
External faculty classes include:
- Corrections and adjustments class taught by an experienced Iyengar teacher.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Acupressure and Sujok
- Vedic Astrology
- Introduction to the six schools of Indian philosophy
Please note: Kumar and the faculty reserve the right to award the certificate based on the eligibility of the student at the end of the course. The student’s level of attendance and maintenance of the code of discipline will be considered before certification. In order to receive a certificate 95% attendance is required. If non-attendance is due to illness, certification would be at Kumar’s discretion.