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Foundations for Yoga Teacher Training Course in HYA

17 Aug 2019 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy

Foundations for Yoga Teacher Training Course

Introduction: Foundations for Yoga Teacher Training Course in HYA

Yogah, a Sanskrit word is state of no mind level. “Yoga is getting popularity all parts of the world but understanding levels of public is different. Yoga is considered modernly physical exercise, even Yoga practitioners and Instructors also are misunderstanding about the truth. Yoga is not done but is achieved after dedicated practices on regular basis. Yoga normally represents different means or techniques, is known as yogic kriyas. Yoga is saadya, achieved from saadhanaa (Spiritual Practice) of Saadhaka (Practitioner). Saadhaka uses saadhana (Means) for the union or harmony that is one level of goal of yogic journey. In yogic level, it is the boon of sickness.  It is the fashion of day for fitness for common people. Restless mind converts into solace.  It is the intelligence project for memory, creativity, and consciousness for some levels of people. It is the spiritual saadhanaa for yoga or Samadhi.


Understanding of Yoga
Definitions of Yoga
Application of Yoga

The Root of Yoga:

The term Yogah has it’s verbal root is ‘Yuj’ in Sanskrit. Yuj means to join. Yujyate anena iti yogah”. Yoga is that which joins more than two issues, two energies, and two existences for oneness. In the spiritual sense it is joining of Jivatma (Lower self/ individual self) and paramatma (Higher self /Universal self). It is an expansion of the narrow constricted egoistic personality to an all pervasive, eternal and blissful state of truth.

Paatajala Yoga Darshana is one among the six systems of eastern philosophy known as Shatadarshanas. One of the great Rishis/ Seer named patanjali compiled the essential features and principles of yoga in the forms of sutras (aphorisms) and made a great contribution in field of Yoga and spiritualism. According to Patanjali,Yoga is the union of conscious processes of gaining mastery over the mind.

As the first reference sacred text of Yoga is Rig Veda which is the first sacred text of the World. Bhabavad Geetaa and Upanishadas portrayed the scope of yoga as more comprehensive approach. Generally, there is the growth process due to interactions with the nature in all creations. Man, endowed with discrimination power, conscious thinking faculty, the mind, the wisdom and well-developed voluntary control systems, aspires to accelerate his growth in his entirety. Yoga is that systematic conscious process which can compress the process of man’s growth greatly.

Definitions: Foundations for Yoga Teacher Training Course

The only one authentic and common definition in Yoga Darshana by Patanjali is “Yogashchittavrittinirodhah”, the cessation of mind fluctuations in chitta is Yoga. The easy way to understand yoga is a state of processing of gaining control over mind. By so controlling the mind we reach our original state and then the seers establish themselves in his causal state. This is the techniques of mind control prescribed by Maharshi Patanajali.

In action, Yoga is a special skill which makes the mind deepens its subtler state: “Yogah Karmashu Kaushalam” –B.G.-2.50.Yoga is dexterity in action. The dexterity is in maintaining process of body and mind relaxation and awareness in action. Efficiency in action is an its outcome. Yoga is a skillful science of gaining mastery over the mind.

Application of Yoga:

Yoga is completely experimental science, but not physical approach. Physically just 10% is practical approach and rest ethical, literal and entirety experiment and also acknowledging experiment, self realizing process, etc. The traditional paths for Yoga experiment are Hatha yoga, Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga and Raja Yoga; similarly Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Dhyana Yoga.  Ashtanga and Kundalini are their modified and integrated version. Ultimately Ashtanga is itself totality of Yoga; it is not one path or type of yoga.

-Alignment correction

-Prayer as chants in Bhakti yoga, ethical ways of yoga

-Warm up exercise

-Stretching phase

-Postures, Bandhas as physical discipline

– Pranayamas, Mudras

-Yoga Nidra, for ethical mind as a bridge to enter

-Meditation as Dhyana yoga with hundreds of techniques

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