The contemporary popularity of postural Yoga at times results in lack of awareness among practitioners and/or existence of certain misconceptions about the essence of Yoga. In fact, asana practice is only one small element of this ancient Indian science, discipline and philosophy. At Yoga Sangha our emphasis is strongly philosophical and we set it as a goal to spread and propagate the deep wisdom of Yoga Philosophy and its application in contemporary life. Becoming exposed to, exploring and understanding a philosophy that has been evolving for thousands of years can become a truly satisfying experience which can deepen one’s Yoga practice by posing and answering questions which have become crucial to ask in modern times. Illuminating the history of Yoga Philosophy, its ancient roots, its development over the course of millennia and its core scriptures, we seek to educate anyone interested in exploring the Self through the study of Yoga.
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MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO YOGA PHILOSOPHY (2H)
We will trace back the beginnings of Yoga and find out where it originally derived from. As you get an overview of the 6 main philosophies of ancient India, you will learn more in-depth about the Samkhya philosophy and its strong relevance to the development of Yoga. We will discuss the definition of Yoga, both originally and in its modern understanding. The session will also take a closer look at the connection Yoga has with the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.
MODULE 2 – ASHTANGA YOGA AFTER PATANJALI (3H)
In this module, you will become familiar with and understand the concept of Ashtanga, the Eight Limbs of Yoga by Patanjali, and learn how applicable it is even in today´s life on and off the mat. You will be given a list of topics to choose from to complete a written assignment, and get the chance to discuss it in one of the live sessions with Devvrat and your fellow students.
MODULE 3 – PATANJALI´S YOGA SUTRAS (4H)
This module has been designed to go deeper into the systematical documentation of Ashtanga Yoga known under the name of Patanjali´s Yoga Sutras. Through talks and discussions, you will become familiar with the 196 sutras divided into four chapters (Samadhi Pada, Sadhana Pada, Vibhooti Pada, Kaivalya Pada). Understanding Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is essential in your progress as a Yoga practitioner. It throws light on each and every aspect of Yoga and life itself. This module connects the philosophical and the scientific approaches to Yoga with the physical practice, and finds ways to apply the Sutras in asana practice and in daily life.
MODULE 4 – BHAGAVAD GITA AND YOGA (4H)
Although not completely devoted to Yoga, the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most crucial ancient texts of India, gives illuminating insight into Yoga. We will have a closer look at certain chapters, analyse, and understand the significance of the teachings in the world of the past and the present. In its 700 verses spread across 18 chapters, the Gita offers a complete view of everyday life, social conduct and our whole cosmic existence.
MODULE 5 – THEORY BEHIND OM (2H)
OM, the primary sound and vibration of the universe, has great spiritual value and power. Chanting OM occupies a vital place in Yoga practice as it is believed that just by chanting OM one can attend Kaivalya (Self Realization), the ultimate goal of Yoga. Almost all ancient Indian scriptures discuss the importance of OM and describe it in various ways (particularly, the Vedas, the Upanishads and Patajali’s Yoga Sutras).
This Module answers the following questions:
1. How to chant OM properly?
2. What is the physics behind OM?
3. How can OM chanting recharge our whole body?
4. How do the Upanisads and Patanjali Yoga Sutras explain OM?
5. How can OM chanting lead to an experience beyond space-time?
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