The Viniyoga of Āsana Practice & Practice Theory Progressive Modules

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The Viniyoga of Āsana Modular Workshop and Courses
– Empower your Practice Exploring how to Customise your Personal Āsana Practice

This Page introduces the Viniyoga of Āsana Practice and Theory Modular Workshop and Courses Student Study Programme. As the student progresses through the interlinked and developmental Modules in the programme they will experience an in-depth learning in all areas of Āsana practice and Āsana study theory.

Together these Modules will initiate and empower the student in the arts of learning to skilfully work with the principles that underpin creating and sustaining a personalised Āsana practice. The outcome will be the ability to independently and intelligently choose, adapt and ultimately self-develop and self-refine our personal Āsana Sādhana.

“Another important aspect is that the masters taught us to move from a deeper source,
not just from muscles and joints.”
– TKV Desikachar

They are offered as a:

  • Module One 2 day Workshop on Āsana Practice Techniques and Āsana Theory Study
  • Modules Two to Seven 4 day Courses, as a single 4 day, or two 2 day Modules over 3 months.

The Viniyoga of Āsana Workshop Module One

offers 10 hours over 2 days for a maximum of five students from any Yoga background or style to have an in-depth grounding in the primary principles and teachings on the Application of Āsana practice and Āsana study theory and how they inspire and guide our personal Yoga practice and study Sādhana, either for personal development or, if relevant, professional skills.

The Viniyoga of Āsana Module One Workshop focus topics are listed below:

  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to age
    – Core concept – Yoga Krama – posture, breathing and meditation
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to health
    – Core concept – Sakti Krama – recovery, support or discovery
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to lifestyle
    – Core concept – Prayoga – according to your background
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to energetic constitution
    – Core concept – Tridoṣa – optimising your system
  • Introduction to Āsana practice according to psychological constitution
    – Core concept – Dvikrama – influencing your mind
  • Introduction to definition, meaning and context of Āsana
    – Core concept – Nāma Rūpa Lakṣana – name, form and characteristics
  • Introduction to how Āsana are arranged into groups and categories
    – Core concept – Vinyāsa Krama – collecting postures together
  • Introduction to how counterpostures or Pratikriyāsana are used
    – Core concept – Pratikriyāsana– maintaining the balance
  • Introduction to how we breathe in Āsana
    – Core concept – Prāṇāpāna Dhāraṇā – where the focus is
  • Introduction to why we move or stay in Āsana
    – Core concept – Circulation and Purification – dynamic and static
  • Introduction to how we adapt our Āsana practice
    – Core concept – Variation and Modification – change and necessity
  • Introduction to how we intelligently plan our Āsana practice
    – Core concept – Bṛṃhaṇa and Laṅghana Kriyā – connecting postures together
  • Introduction to how we Observe within our Āsana practice
    – Core concept – Spine, Breath and Attention – learning to look

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As well as being complete in itself it offers a necessary foundation for those interested in further study through the 4 day Module Courses Two to Seven on Āsana practice and Āsana study theory.

The Viniyoga of Āsana Course Modules Two to Seven

are a series of 4 day course modules, as a single 4 day, or two 2 day Modules over 3 months, totalling over 120 hours on Āsana Practice techniques and Personal Practice planning theory.

The Viniyoga of Āsana Modular Course focus topics are listed below for each 4 day Module:

  • Module Two – 20 hours
    – Why and how we use Sequence Building in planning Āsana practices
    – Why and how we use Counterposes and Transitions in planning Āsana practices
    – Āsana practice planning around Sequence Building and Counterposes
    – In-depth exploration of Primary Āsana Form, Function and Application
  • Module Three – 20 hours
    – Why and how we use Movement or Staying in planning Āsana practices
    – Why and how we use the Breath in planning Āsana practices
    – Āsana practice planning around Movement, Staying and Breath
    – In-depth exploration of Primary Āsana Form, Function and Application
  • Module Four – 20 hours
    – Why and how we use Modification or Variation in planning Āsana practices
    – Why and how we use Energetic and Psychological characteristics in planning Āsana practices
    – Āsana practice planning around Modification, Variation, Energetic and Psychological
    – In-depth exploration of Primary Āsana Form, Function and Application
  • Module Five – 20 hours
    – In-depth exploration of Observation in Āsana in planning Āsana practices
    – Why and how we use Observation in Āsana in planning Āsana practices
    – Āsana practice planning integrating the concepts within Modules One to Five
    – In-depth exploration of Primary Āsana Form, Function and Application
  • Module Six – 20 hours
    – In-depth exploration of Intermediate Āsana Form, Function and Application
    – Why and how we use Intermediate Āsana in planning Āsana practices
    – Āsana practice planning around incorporating Intermediate Āsana
  • Module Seven – 20 hours
    – In-depth exploration of Strong Āsana Form, Function and Application
    – Why and how we use Strong Āsana in planning Āsana practices
    – Āsana practice planning around incorporating Strong Āsana

As taught by T Krishnamacharya to TKV Desikachar, they offer a deep and profound training in the application of Āsana and how it inspires and guide our personal Yoga practice and study Sādhana, either for personal development or, if relevant, professional skills.

The Link between the practice limbs of Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam

One of the essences of Krishnamacaharya’s and Desikachar’s teaching focused on the developmental and progressive integration of the different aspects of Āsana, Mudrā, Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam into a single constantly evolving organism. Thus in honouring the Paramparā it is not possible for me to separate these four practice components into four completely disconnected study topics to be learnt in any random order.

The way I was taught was that a knowledge of the practice and planning principles within Āsana are necessary to appreciate the practice and planning principles within Mudrā. From there a knowledge of the practice and planning principles within Āsana and Mudrā are necessary to appreciate the practice and planning principles within Prāṇāyāma, and so with Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma regarding Dhyānam.

So to summarise, we need to be grounded in the practice and theory of Āsana in order to develop our study of the practice and theory of Mudrā. The same goes with the study of Prāṇāyāma being an extension of the practice and study of  Āsana and Mudrā. Finally the practice of Dhyānam is an extension of the practice of Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma.

This was the message of Krishnamacaharya’s and Desikachar’s teaching in that we are learning to practice Yoga as a developmental, progressive, holistic process, rather than the more compartmentalised, learnt in any order, boxes of postures, breathing and meditation so prevalent in todays Yoga market place.

“What good is the sword of wisdom 
to cut away the chains of illusion
if the holder is too weak to bear it.”
– T Krishnamacharya

This same message is seen within the teachings and texts of Haṭha and Rāja Yoga in that we need to develop step by step the practice tools of Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma in order to be prepared for the demands of Dhyānam.

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