Teachers of the Yoga course

Swami Sarvananda, a disciple of Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who has been studying and teaching Vedanta & Sanskrit for more than 12 years now, will handle the Vedanta (Spirituality) classes.

Acharya Prem Swaroop, a very committed and passionate teacher of Yoga will handle the Asana, Pranayama (Hatha Yoga) sessions.

Daily schedule

5:30 Wake up

6:15-8:15Hatha Yoga classAsana (Postures), Pranayama (Breathing techniques)
Asanas: Sun salutations (Surya namaskar), the twelve basic postures along with advanced variations totalling more than 50 asanas.
Pranayama: Basic practice of kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril) pranayama and an introduction to advanced pranayama.
Cleansing techniques: The theory and practice of shat kriyas (Six cleansing techniques).

8:30Breakfast

9:30-10:15Chanting/SanskritChanting of simple prayers along with an introduction to the science of pronunciation of Sanskrit alphabets.
Introduction to Sanskrit script.

11-12Vedanta class The following topics will be covered mainly, among others -
Introduction to Vedanta through Yoga (Patanjali Yoga Sutras) & the connection to spiritual life - Different pursuits of a human being, desires & pursuit of happiness, Goal of human life, desire-action-result, God (Isvara) and his/her connection to the creation, five element model of creation, the eight limbs (ashthanga) of yoga, the purpose of creation, Karma and reincarnation, Karma Yoga (lifestyle of activity as a means to spiritual/emotional growth), Jnana yoga (Pursuit of knowledge), Faith & its role in the pursuit of knowledge, Qualifications for Self knowledge, Source of knowledge, Anger Management, Fear Management, Bhakti (Devotion), Meditation, Necessity of a Guru (teacher), lifestyle of discipline, What is liberation? etc. Finally we will cover the entire second chapter of the Yoga sutra.

12:30Lunch

2:15-3:00Supplementary Vedanta class

3:15-3:45Seva (Ashram work)

4-5:45Hatha Yoga classAsana (Postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques)
Asanas: Sun salutations (Surya namaskar), the twelve basic postures along with advanced variations totalling more than 50 asanas.
Pranayama: Basic practice of kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril) pranayama and an introduction to advanced pranayama.

7:00Dinner

8-9SatsangSatsang will include question/answer sessions, stories from popular Indian epics (Mahabharata, Ramayana) with focus on values, attitudes and life style of our Sages with specific relevance to today's world, meanings of some forms deities etc.

In the 30 day course the first 2 weeks will be devoted to teaching various postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama) of Hatha yoga. It will also include Ashtanga & an overview of Vinyasa. The third week will be spent in alignment (perfecting the postures) and adjustment (helping fellow students perfect their postures). The fourth week will be utilised for making the student into a competent teacher. The student group will be divided into small groups of 3 or 4 and each person will practise teaching the group. This will help in learning how to conduct a Yoga class for different sets of people. Suggestions and modifications will be given by the main Yoga teacher.

Classes on Yoga anatomy will be held during the third or fourth week of the course. This will help the student understand the postures and their implications.

Attendance of all classes is mandatory. If possible we will also have some introductory classes on Astrology & Ayurveda.

Students are given one day off per week, usually Sunday. Trips to nearby spiritual/religious places will be organised on weekly holidays.

Send mail to yogattc@avparampara.in for details