YOGA CHIKITSA: YOGA THERAPY

THE PRIMARY SERIES OF ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA COMPLETE COURSE

This complete course on the Primary Series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system is designed to gain deep understanding of this healing sequence. Every level of practitioner is welcome, though some experience in the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is recommended. It will be divided in 14 sessions to be done on Saturdays from 8am to 12m starting on October 17th (see the structure of the course bellow for specific dates). To maintain very personalized instruction the course will be limited to 12 students. Minimum of 4 students signed up will be require for the course to run (full refund will be given if minimum required students are not reached).

NEW UPDATE ABOUT THIS COURSE!!

We are thrilled and SO honored to announce that the Yoga Sutras lessons of this Complete Course on the Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga will be taught by Sudheera H.M., my Sanskrit teacher from Mysore, India. We will have online video conference calls to complete 12 hours on the Yoga Sutras throughout the duration of the course.

Sudheera M.H. is one the most comprehensive and qualified teachers in Mysore. He speaks great English and is able to communicate these complex traditions and knowledge in a simple way, making a difficult topic accesible to everyone.

2Sudheera. H.M. completed his primary and secondary education in his birth place, Sringeri where the goddess Sharada dwells. After completing higher secondary education, his mind turned towards the divine and richest language, Sanskrit. So he came to Mysore and joined Maharaja Sanskrit College to study Sanskrit in depth. To learn Sanskrit, he first completed the preliminary course SAHITYA. After that he decided to learn Sanskrit grammar and took Sanskrit Vyakarana Shastra Vidwat (a Sanskrit degree course) as a specialization. In this course he learned Paninian grammar works such as Astadhyayi, Mahadhasya, Siddanta Koumudi, and Laghu Sabdendu Shekhara.
 
After completing the Sanskrit grammar course in Mysore, he went to Tirupati to have some professional education in Sanskrit. He completed a bachelor of education and master of education in Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati.
 
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Material Included

Every class will be supported with guides about the topic covered.

Certification of assistance (Minimum of 11 sessions must be complete to receive the certification)

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The course will cover

38 hours of theory in different topics in Ashtanga Yoga.

18 hours of special practice sessions.

Ideally, during the course, students should take at least 2 Mysore classes per week and 2 LED classes per month as well as have 2 self practices per week. Unlimited Mysore and Led classes will be provided through the duration of the course.

Cost of the course

$1,500 if you reserve with 50% before October 10th. The left 50% to be paid before the first session.

$1,700 after October 10th.

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE

October, Saturday 17th

from 8am to 12m (theory session)

INTRODUCTION Welcoming, goals of the course, what to bring to classes, recommended books and websites to be used during the sessions.

HISTORY OF YOGA The origins of yoga from the Pre-Classical Yoga to the present Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system.

  • An overview of the evolution of Yoga
    • Bhagavad-Gita (Pre-Classical Yoga)
    • Yoga Sutras (Classical Yoga)
    • Hatha Yoga (Post-Classical Yoga)
    • Krishnamacharya (Modern Yoga)
  • Ashtanga Yoga The yoga of the 8 limbs with emphasis in Yamas and Niyamas and how to apply them in your yoga practice.
  • Who is who in Yoga: Understanding the lineage and the different styles of yoga.
Saturdays October 24th, 31st and November 7th

from 8am to 12m (theory session)

Yoga Sutras: The theory that support our physical asana practice.

All the Yoga Sutra classes will be taught by Sudheera H.M., my Sanskrit teacher from Mysore, India. We will have online video conference calls to complete 12 hours on the Yoga Sutras. (Don’t miss this opportunity to study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with a sanskrit scholar direct from Mysore, India)

 

  • Mantras: Sacred sounds that open and close the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
    • OM and its origins in Indian philosophy.
  • An introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
  • An overview of the main Yoga Sutras related with the Ashtanga Yoga method.
November, Saturday 14th

from 8am to 12m (theory session)

TRISTHANA Drishti, Breathing system, and Asanas Three places of attention for three levels of purification: mind, nervous system and body.

The tristhana method is what sets apart Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from any other system of yoga, turning a physical exercise into an spiritual practice to create self awareness. Steadiness of mind and body is the result.

  • Drishti: How to use the gaze during the practice to calm the mind.
  • Ujjayi breath+ Bandhas: How to use the energy to create a flow practice.
  • Asanas: The importance of purifying the body trhought physical postures.
November, Saturday 21st

from 8am to 9m (theory session)

ALIGNMENT AND ANATOMY OF THE POSTURES How to build a safe practice.

  • Surya Namaskar: Origins and history of Sun Salutations in the Indian tradition.
  • Modifying postures for various levels of experience, different body types and/or injuries.

from 9am to 12m (practical session)

  • Sun salutations in detail and alignment of standing postures one by one.
November, Saturday 28th

from 8am to 9m (theory session)

cont… ALIGNMENT AND ANATOMY OF THE POSTURES How to build a safe practice.

  • Two different ways to align our postures: The anatomical alignment used in Iyengar Yoga vs. bandhas: Mula bandha, Uddiyana bandha and Jalandhar Bandha used in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, and how to use them.
  • General alignment tips useful during practice.

from 9am to 12m (practical session)

  • Anatomy of seated postures, one by one.
December, Saturday 5th

from 8am to 10am (theory session)

ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA ETIQUETTE How to practice, where to practice and when to practice.

  • The logic of practicing 6 times a week: Creating a routine.
  • Krishnamacharya’s traditional guidelines about moon days, menstruation, cleanliness, Saturdays, time of the day and place to practice, and more.

from 10am to 12m (practical session)

  • Vinyasa class: techniques in learning how to float.
December, Saturday 12th

from 8am to 10am (theory session)

BENEFITS OF THE PRIMARY SERIES AND SIDE EFFECTS OF A DAILY PRACTICE “Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha”… Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.

  • An overview of the different stages of the Primary Series and how it affects the body and mind.
  • The intelligence of the sequence of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and how it affects our gross body (physical level) and subtle body (energetic level).

from 10am to 12m (practical session)

  • Back bending class: understanding the anatomy of the spine for safe back bending.
December, Saturday 19th

from 8am to 10am (theory session)

cont… BENEFITS OF THE PRIMARY SERIES AND SIDE EFFECTS OF A DAILY PRACTICE

  • Samskaras: mental and emotional patterns. Changing negative habits to positives one.
  • An introduction to second series (Nadi Shodhana) as a compliment of the Primary Series.

from 10am to 12m (practical session)

  • Inversions: Importance of inversions and how they affect the body.
January, Saturday 9th

from 8am to 10am (theory session)

MYSORE CLASSES AND ADJUSTMENTS 

  • The traditional way to learn the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system.
  • Principles of adjustments and how to communicate using our body to help others.

from 10am to 12m (practical session)

  • Adjustments of standing postures.
January, Saturday 16th

from 8am to 10am (theory session)

VINYASA SYSTEM Unifying Movement and breath.

  • Linking one posture with the next one: the importance of the Vinyasa system to create a movement meditation.
  • How to fit the practice in a daily modern fast pace life.

from 10am to 12m (practical session)

  • Adjustments of seated postures.
January, Saturday 23rd

from 8am to 12m (theory session)

cont… VINYASA SYSTEM Unifying Movement and breath.

  • The Ashtanga Vinyasa counting: How it actually works.
  • Original full vinyasa system and half vinyasa counting.
  • How to fit the practice in a daily modern fast pace life.
January, Saturday 30th

from 8am to 10am (theory session)

  • Revision and closing of the course, questions and answers.

from 10am to 12m (practical session)

  • Surya Namaskar mala: 108 sun salutations.

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