The Art of Yoga Foundation Study Series Modules One to Five Overview

The Art of Yoga Foundation Study Series Modules One to Five
– Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Mantra and Sūtra

The Yoga Foundation Study Series Module One is offered as a starting point for a maximum of five students wishing to explore Yoga Practice and Study but finding the range of options in the cYs Programme offering too many single topic choices. This Two Day multi-topic Module draws together a number of the core practice and study strands that this approach specialises in into one composite Course.

There is also a Yoga Foundation Study Series Modules Two to Five option following on with a further four Yoga modules totalling 8 days. This is offered as a single composite 8 day Course with four 2 day modules at 3-4 monthly intervals. As the student progresses through the five interlinked and developmental Modules in the multi-topic Yoga study programme they will experience a foundational learning in the areas of Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Mantra and Sūtra according to the primary principles and teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar on the art of application of Yoga.

What are the advantages for students interested in the Foundational Yoga Study Series Modules?

  • Modular structuring offering progressive levels for study and development
  • Multi-topic construct with core Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Mantra and Sūtra teachings
  • Exclusive learning environment supporting study and absorption
  • Small group size limited to a maximum of five students for personal attention
  • Relevance to personal situation through small group size facilitating interaction
  • Studying practice and texts with a personal rather than teacher training priority

The Art of Yoga Foundation Study Modules One to Five Framework

The Art of Yoga Foundation Study Modules reflect the teachings of TKV Desikachar and his father and teacher T Krishnamacharya as taught to Paul Harvey over 25 years through:

  • Guidance in emphasising a personal Yoga practice and study to support your everyday
  • Understanding the principles which inspire and shape Yoga practice and Yoga Psychology.
  • An overview of and background to the important teachings around body and mind.
  • Familiarisation with Yoga practice techniques and basic Yoga Sūtra terms.
  • An overview of primary Yoga Sūtra concepts around body and mind.
  • Appreciating how your body can work effectively in Āsana as a preparation for Yoga.
  • Deepening our work with the Breath as a Concentrational Yoga practice.
  • Exploring the relevance and place of Chanting as a Meditational Yoga practice.
  • Appreciating how chanting the Yoga Sūtra can aid their absorption and deepen our understanding.
  • Enhancing the reflective aspects of our personal practice with the Yoga Sūtra.

To present a view of Yoga to help develop our practice and deepen our relationship with Yoga Practice & Study. They are offered with respect for the vital source from which these Yoga teachings originated and their place in our age and culture. Its role is not to train students as Yoga teachers.

“Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study.
Rather than Yoga Study being an essential part of Yoga Practice.”

The Art of Yoga Foundation Study Modules One to Five topics total over 50 hours through:

1. Āsana Practice and Theory 10.0 hours

1.1. Learning practice techniques, observation skills and awareness processes to help refine your short term and long term personal Āsana practice

  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to age
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to health
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to lifestyle
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to energetic constitution
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to psychological constitution

1.2. Study of Āsana Practice Techniques and Practice Theory

  • Introduction to definition, meaning and context of Āsana
  • Introduction to how Āsana are arranged into groups and categories
  • Introduction to how counterpostures or Pratikriyāsana are used
  • Introduction to how we breathe in Āsana
  • Introduction to why we move or stay in Āsana
  • Introduction to how we adapt our Āsana practice
  • Introduction to how we intelligently plan our Āsana practice
  • Introduction to how we Observe within our Āsana practice
  • How to identify Primary, Primary Support, Secondary Support and Link Āsana.
  • Setting Short term and Long term priorities for Āsana practice.
  • Reviews, Summaries and Informal guidelines of a practical nature through questions for reflection, Āsana practice direction for your personal Āsana practice

2. Prāṇāyāma Practice and Theory 10.0 hours

2.1. Learning practice techniques, observation skills and awareness processes to help refine your short term and long term personal Prāṇāyāma practice

  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Age
  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Health
  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Lifestyle
  • Exploring Prāṇāyāma Practice according to Constitution
  • Introducing the Energetic characteristics of Prāṇāyāma
  • Introducing the Psychological characteristics of Prāṇāyāma

2.2. Study of Prāṇāyāma Practice Techniques and Practice Theory

  • How to identify Primary, Secondary and Support Prāṇāyāma techniques.
  • Learning Primary Prāṇāyāma Seated Āsana and Practice techniques.
  • Definition, purpose and benefits of Prāṇāyāma
  • Introducing how Prāṇāyāma are arranged sequentially in building a practice
  • Introducing how counterposes are used within Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Introducing how we breathe in Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Introducing how we use movement or stay as tools in Prāṇāyāma practice
  • Introducing how we modify or vary Prāṇāyāma within our practice
  • Why and how of using Primary Prāṇāyāma within a Yoga practice
  • Reviews, Summaries and Informal guidelines of a practical nature through questions for reflection, Prāṇāyāma practice direction for your personal Prāṇāyāma practice

3. Chanting Practice and Theory 10.0 hours

3.1. Learning practice techniques, observation skills and awareness processes to help refine your short term and long term personal Chanting practice

  • Exploring Chanting Practice according to Age
  • Exploring Chanting Practice according to Health
  • Exploring Chanting Practice according to Lifestyle
  • Exploring Chanting Practice according to Constitution
  • Introducing the Energetic characteristics of Chanting
  • Introducing the Psychological characteristics of Chanting

3.2. Study of Chanting Practice Techniques and Practice Theory

  • What is the role of Chanting?
  • Learning techniques to help find our chanting voice and develop their breathing with and for Sound and Chant.
  • Learning how to read and authentically vocalise Sound and Chant in Romanised Saṃskṛta.
  • Learning how to link and join Romanised Saṃskṛta to enhance our use and understanding of Sound and Chant.
  • Being able to choose appropriate postures according to the energy and application of the Sound and Chant.
  • Integrating Sound and Chanting into existing Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Meditational (Dhyānam) practices.
  • Discovering how Sound and Chant can be used as a tool for learning Indian teachings on psychology or spirituality.
  • Indexing Sound and Chant Material
  • Origins and context for Chanting
  • Guidelines for Sound and Chant
  • Saṃskṛta alphabet and pronunciation of the Sound and Chant
  • Saṃskṛta grammar and Saṃskṛta Sound and Chant rules

4. Yoga Sūtra Textual Study 10.0 hours

4.1. Learning study techniques, observation skills and awareness processes to help refine your short term and long term personal Yoga practice

  • Defining what is Yoga.
  • Outlining its link to the Yoga Sūtra and the purpose of Sūtra.
  • Exploring some key concepts that underpin this Teaching on Yoga.
  • How the four chapters are linked.
  • What are the key words in each.
  • Which chapters are most important.
  • Why we need a view such as Patāñjali.
  • Learning to look from the Yoga Sūtra at our relationship with others.
  • Linking the Sūtra to the ebb and flow of daily life.
  • Introduction to the value of reciting the Yoga Sūtra.

5. Personal Practice 10.0 hours

5.1. Learning integrative Yoga practice skills and awareness processes to help refine your short term and long term personal Yoga practice

  • Learning to integrate Yoga postures, seated breathing and meditational chanting techniques, as awareness skills to help refine and offer direction to your short term and long term practice.

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