An opportunity to study with internationally renowned Saraswathi Vasudevan with immediately useful content for yoga teachers, health and yoga practitioners. Enhance your teaching skills and knowledge, deepen your sadhana, and ensure you have the foundations for personalising yoga - the basis of yoga therapy. Many courses now offer guidelines for the therapeutic application of yoga for specific conditions, but without the foundational knowledge such as the skills of observation and assessment, such application can become prescriptive, or condition-specific as opposing to truly personalised. Our focus is viniyoga – the ‘intelligent application’ of yoga for therapeutic purposes. Guided by the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya – yoga must be the prescription of personal practices according to individual needs: It is this immersion in the Foundations of Yoga Therapy that is so essential to the competent practice of yoga therapy.
Giving what is appropriate is viniyoga
By an appropriate person,
to an appropriate person,
at an appropriate time,
in an appropriate manner.
It is not casual or routine.
not by anybody to everybody.
Not anything and everything.
It is unique, highly individualised and very specific.
You can only give what is inside you
This is the first lesson in viniyoga ….
Principles of Yoga Therapy Vol 1 at p. 309
Dr N. Chandrasekaran MBBS (Dr NC)
Learning and practicing yoga is one thing, and the application of yoga on others is entirely different. This difference between yoga and the application of yoga has not been well stressed. This has resulted in the same yoga techniques that teachers have learnt being applied on other people without giving due consideration to the constitutions of the individuals, their capability, their requirements, and without individuality in the teaching methodology itself.
Yoga, from its inception, is very clear that it is intimately personal and deeply experiential. Only the practitioner can experience his or her yoga. On the other hand, yoga has innumerable principles, many potent techniques and tools and a rich science inculcated in it. They have been nurtured and strengthened by an uninterrupted lineage of great masters in yoga, including T. Krishnamacharya. In the application of yoga, yoga teachers apply these principles on others to bring out the specific, pre-contemplated and appropriate response.
Yoga recognizes five different types of application, namely, Sristi krama, Siksana krama, Raksana krama, Adhyatmika krama and Cikitsa krama. Each type of application has its own set of principles behind, and within, its operation so as to make the application most appropriate, effective and intelligent. Thus, each type of application is unique in its own way.
Learning the foundations of viniyoga, the applications of yoga and the art of observation of the individual, is fundamental to the skills of the yoga therapist.
- In depth analysis of yoga philosophy, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and their application in practice
- Fundamentals and basic concepts of yoga therapy: Complementary system, Ahimsa, The breath (the bestower of health), the Body (the immediate tool)
- The important principles of practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and other tools of yoga and their role in yoga therapy
- The classical way of practicing asana, the function of asana and the principles behind themodifications of asana for specific outcomes
- The principles behind sequencing of asana, pranayama and meditation practice – the key that opens to the full efficiency of these tools
- The features, and study of each type and level (introductory, middle stage and advanced) of each of the five different applications of yoga
- Discussion and Observation of important joints of the body.
- Examination methodologies: observation, palpation and examination workshops of the joints
All material will be dealt with from a therapeutic perspective and the course will be over 80 hours duration.
This course is a stand-alone course suitable for yoga teachers, health practitioners and all committed practitioners of yoga.
Registration by 8.30AM on 21 March
Class will commence at 9AM 21 March 2016 and finish at 6.30PM each day. Lunch break will be from 1pm to 2.30pm.Lunch break will be from 1pm to 2.30pm.
There will be an asana class will be from 7Am to 8Am each morning from Tuesday 22 March.
There will be a half day from 1PM on Friday 25th March 2016
The course will finish at 4PM on 30 March 2016.