Asana, Pranayama, Dhyana
Different modules of asana, pranayama and dhyana are taught where the central aspects of T. Krishnamacharya’s and T.K.V. Desikachar’s teachings are put into practice.
The harmonization of the breath with the body’s movement is central to the asana practice. The integration of the individual that results from the coming together of the body, breath and mind centers the practitioner and results in a sense of relaxed well being. With the person centered through this practice, the physiological functioning of the various systems is put back on track and is the basis for the therapeutic benefits of the practice for which these two masters are so well known.
The pranayama taught also derives from the principles outlined in the Yoga Sutra and works towards the goal of preparing the mind for dhyana.
Vedic chanting is the method of dhyana employed and it leads to the complete and total attention of the mind to the engagement with the sound. With every other thought driven out of the mind, there is, on completion, a sense of stillness, quiet and peace.
Yoga Sutra study
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali in its 195 sutras, provides a road map for the student of yoga in the journey towards increasing clarity, ethical behavior and personal fulfillment. Yoga is an “anushasana shastra,” based on practice and experience. Its goal is to help us realize our highest potential—to see and understand things as they truly are and to experience the benefits of such seeing.
The Yoga Sutra offers an eight-fold (ashtanga) path to achieve clarity, employing a comprehensive and holistic program focusing on the body, breath, mind, senses and the quality of one’s engagements with the world and with oneself.
The study of the Yoga Sutra in the 10-day intensive will cover an overview of
- Samadhi Pada which discusses the philosophy of Yoga and
- Sadhana Pada which discusses the practice of Yoga.
This will be studied in the light of important sutras in each chapter and done together with the chanting of the Yoga Sutra.
Introduction to Vedic Chanting
- an overview of the Vedas and their place in Indian tradition
- the parallels between the benefits derived from Yoga and Vedic Chanting
- the rationale for the use of Vedic Chanting as a meditative tool
- chanting of passages from the Vedas together with their meaning.
The cost for the 10-day program is USD 1500 per person. This would include five hours of classes a day, accommodation in a twin sharing room, all meals, laundry and airport pick up and drop.
Optional: an exposure to aspects of Indian culture – traditional music and dance performances, temple visits, talks on the Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, world heritage treasures of South India, and Ayurveda; to name some important areas of interest to visitors where the concepts of Yoga are woven into other areas of Indian culture.
Additional days (beyond the 10-day program) could be customized to meet the needs of the individual/group according to their area of interest.