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.
What are the advantages for those learning Yoga Practice and Theory Techniques, or Yoga Texts through small group single-topic Modules?
What are the options for Yoga Study within small groups of five students?
The Yoga Study Programme offers over 600 contact hours of two-day Workshops and four-day Courses, all with a single topic specialisation within groups of five students. Together they offer a deeper understanding of Yoga or Chant Techniques & Theory and Yoga Textual Studies. All the Module One Workshops are open to all. Progression to Module Two Courses and onwards, follow on within the same topic.
What are the Primary Areas for Study of Practice Techniques and Theory?
As a student we need to consider five fundamental practice areas to be prioritised and developed according to the teachings of Krishnamacharya. These are Āsana or general postures, Mudrā or special postures, Prāṇāyāma or seated breathing, Dhyānam or seated meditation and Chanting for learning as a meditational practice.
“Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study.
Rather than Yoga Study being an essential part of Yoga Practice.”
Each of 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.
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.
An introduction to what is the Art of the application of Yoga Practice
The art of Viniyoga is 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 Desikachar according to the lifetime teachings of Krishnamacharya. In this context the term Viniyoga relates solely to the transmission of Yoga within a personal relationship.
The Spirit behind the Viniyoga 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 person’s current situation and needs.