Curriculum

Part I

This session builds the foundation of the Ananda Marga style yoga in the core principles of the training through Bhagavat Dharma, meditation, defining Ananda Marga style asana practice, and introducing standing poses.

Astaunga Yoga and the Physical Body focuses on the physical components of asana instruction and practice with instruction in physiology, anatomy, alignment, preparatory poses, yoga massage, and shavasana.Techniques and strategies are presented concerning the ideal manner of understanding our interactional relationship with the world through yama and niyama, cosmogony (brahmacakra), service, kiirtan, and madhuvidya.Over 25 hours of asana technique, practice, teaching methodology and meditation are facilitated in this 62 hour session.

Astaunga Yoga and the Mental Body addresses subtle yoga anatomy: the structure of the mind, yogic explanation of the cakra and kosa systems, pranayama and pranindriya, neuroanatomy and the indriyas.Physiology as well as yama and niyama are revisited as we explore the inner rasa or dance of personal transformation. Over 40 hours of asana technique, practice, teaching methodology and meditation are facilitated in this 100 hour session.

Part II

Biopsychology and Integration of Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Aspects emphasizes the expansive phase of spiritual evolution of consciousness and the relevance of devotion.The impact of the endocrine system on human development and the higher cakras is explored along the history of yoga asana and the methodology of spiritualizing asana instruction.  Over 40 hours of asana technique, practice, teaching methodology and meditation are facilitated in this 100 hour session.

For more details of the overall practices of Ananda Marga yoga – see here.