What is Yoga? Yoga means a union of the mind, body, and spirit with the Divine and while this refers to a certain state of consciousness both individual and Universal, it is also a method to help one reach that goal.
We teach a traditional, exact and easy-to-learn system that aims at naturally achieving the goal through creating a healthy body and mind that leads to spiritual evolvement.
Based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda summarized the yoga philosophy in 5 principles or the Five Points of Yoga which make the complex teachings of yoga easier to understand:
(1887 – 1963)
The spiritual strength of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, Swami Sivananda taught a synthesis of all the formal doctrines of Yoga. Author of more than three hundred books on Yoga and health, Swami Sivananda was a medical doctor before renouncing worldly life for the spiritual path. The essence of his teaching: serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realize.
(1927 – 1993)
Sent to the West in 1957 by his Master Swami Sivananda to spread the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta, Swami Vishnudevananda remains a world authority on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, he worked tirelessly to spread his visionary message of world peace. He authored the bestsellers The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and Meditation and Mantras.
FIVE POINTS OF YOGA
• Proper Exercise (Asanas) – Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation.
• Proper Breathing (Pranayama) – Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many diseases.
• Proper Relaxation – Helps keep the body from going into overload mode, easing worry and fatigue.
• Proper Diet – Eating simple, healthy and vegetarian foods that are easy to digest notably have a positive effect on the mind and body, as well as the environment and other living beings.
• Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana) – These are the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity in our lives.
Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics:
• Samkhya Philosophy
• Yoga Sutras in daily practice
• Bhagavad Gita in daily practice
• Yamas & Niyamas in depth
• Concepts of Prakruti & Vikruti
• Prana, Tejas, Ojas
• Sattva, Rajas, Tamas (3 Gunas)
• Pancha Mahabhutas, Gunas (20 Opposing qualities of Ayurveda)
• Ayurvedic Diet, Lifestyle, Herbs, Branches of Ayurveda
• Tri-Dosha Theory (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), and their 15 Sub Doshas, their locations, qualities, common disorders
• Paths of Yoga in depth (Karma, Jnana, Bhakti, Raja)
Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology:
• Dhatus (bodily systems)
• Srotasami (bodily channel systems), Anavaha Srotas, Pranavaha Srotas
• Nadis & Marmas
• Agni (digestive fire)
• Ama (toxins)
• Mala (waste)
Techniques, Training & Practice:
• Daily Meditation Instruction, advanced theory & extensive practice
• Tratak (gazing), Mantra (chanting), Mudra (positioning)
• Pranayama; Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing), Full Yogic Breath, Kapal Bhati (breath of fire), UjjayiBasic Sivananda Asana Class, Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), Savasana (final relaxation), Opening & Closing Prayers
• Warm Up Exercises (neck exercises, eye exercises, leg raises)
• 12 Basic asanas and their variations & application of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy: Sirshasana (headstand), Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Halasana (plough), Matsyasana (fish), Paschimothanasana (forward bend), Bhujangasana (cobra), Salabhasana (locust), Dhanurasana (bow), Ardha Matsyendrasana (half spinal twist), Kakasana (crow), Mayurasana (peacock), Pada Hasthasana (standing forward bend), Trikonasana (triangle)
• Savasana (final relaxation)
• Thai Yoga adjustment & assisting techniques
• Application for various imbalances according to Ayurveda
There are no prerequisites for this program.
Students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Yoga Veda Institute.