The Art of Personal Sādhana aims to reflect the fundamentals of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar’s teaching, namely transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the student through 121 Meetings or Single Topic Study in Small Groups.
As a student we need to consider the five fundamental practice areas that need to be prioritised and developed according to the teachings of Krishnamacharya.
These are the practice of Āsana or general postures, Mudrā or special postures, Prāṇāyāma or seated breathing, Dhyānam or seated meditation and Chanting for learning or as a meditational practice.
“Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study.
Rather than Yoga Study being an essential part of Yoga Practice.”
The five links below will take you to a page where you can explore an overview of these five topics of Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyānam and Chanting. Each topic offers a range of in-depth Modular Courses for your personal practice, study interest and development, or if relevant, professional skills.
- Art of Application of Āsana – Modules One to Seven
– Empower your Body Customising Āsana
- Art of Application of Mudrā – Modules One to Two
– Empower your Energy Customising Mudrā
- Art of Application of Prāṇāyāma – Modules One to Three
– Empower your Breath Customising Prāṇāyāma
- Art of Application of Dhyānam – Modules One to Two
– Empower your Mind Customising Dhyāna
- Art of Application of Chanting – Modules One to Three
– Free your Voice as a Way to Experience the Source of Vibration
Study of each of these five primary Yoga Practice topics begin with a 2 day Module One Workshop as a starting point for the student. From there a Foundational range of follow-on 4 day Course Modules are available. Together they allow a uniquely comprehensive intensive exploration of all facets of Yoga Practice Techniques and Yoga Practice Theory.
“The Art of viniyoga is a process that moves
from a uniquely personalised Yoga practice
adapted to our outer limitations towards
a uniquely personalised Yoga practice
that explores our inner potentials.”
The Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study Workshop and Course Modules total over 330 contact hours.
A Core level 130 contact hours of Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory Study is comprised of:
- Āsana Practice Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Āsana Practice Course Modules Two to Five – 16 days or 80 hours
- Mudrā Practice Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Prāṇāyāma Practice Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Dhyāna Practice Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
- Sounding and Chanting Practice Workshop Module One – 2 days or 10 hours
The Intermediate and Advanced levels offer a further 200 contact hours of Yoga Practice Techniques and Theory as Further Studies Modules in the following areas:
- Intermediate & Advanced Āsana Practice – Course Module Six and Seven – 40 hours
- Advanced Mudrā Practice – Course Module Two – 20 hours
- Intermediate & Advanced Prāṇāyāma Practice – Course Modules Two and Three – 40 hours
- Intermediate Dhyānam Practice – Course Module Two – 20 hours
- Yoga Sūtra Chanting Practice – Course Modules Two and Three – 40 hours
- Veda Mantra Chanting Practice – Course Modules Two and Three – 40 hours
Furthermore, as all the Modular Workshops and Courses are limited to a maximum of five students putting together a group has much more flexibility. They aim to facilitate an in-depth focus in terms of intensity, relevance to group situations, all within an exclusive learning environment.
The concept of viniyoga, according to Patañjali is the art of applying Yoga to the needs and aspirations of each person as a unique individual rather than fitting a number of individuals into the more generalised Westernised educational or physical fitness modalities of group class instruction.
“The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself.
As everybody is different and changes from time to time,
there can be no common starting point, and ready-made answers are useless.
The present situation must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.”
– TKV Desikachar
Thus, using the term ‘viniyoga’ to describe a Yoga Class as a ‘Viniyoga Group Class’ or using the term to banner any group class teaching ‘style’ would in reality be a contradiction to how the concept was intended to be used by TKV Desikachar according to the lifetime teachings of T Krishnamacharya. In this context the term viniyoga relates solely to the transmission of Yoga within a personal relationship.
The main aim behind the viniyoga as the application of Yoga is to personalise Yoga practice according to the individual and their situation, through respecting our unique differences in age, gender, mental aptitude, physical health, social lifestyle, occupation and interests, together with developmental potentials according to the persons current situation and needs.