Yoga Sadhana

A yoga-based personal development program (50 hours)

A very unique opportunity to learn Yoga
through practice & self-reflection

for those with more than a casual interest in yoga…

Pre-requisite course for Yoga Acharya: Teacher Training Program

Yoga, as traditionally emphasized, is an experiential Darsana, i.e. a way of reflecting on oneself and our relationship with the world. In alignment with this perspective, the Yoga Sadhana program will focus primarily on experiential work – whether it is personalized yoga practice on the mat or self-reflective exercises. Brief theoretical introduction to various concepts and dimensions of yoga will be provided as and when necessary. This program intends to empower participants to live a more, meaningful and fulfilling life in harmony with the cycles of one’s own being and that of nature.

What will you learn?

Through the 50 hours – 9 weeks of study, practice and self-reflective activity, we will explore together some pertinent and important questions that we often grapple with.

Examples of some such questions are:

  • How can I become healthier? What does it mean to me to be healthy?
  • How do foods / thoughts / activities / emotions / stress / sleep affect me and my health?
  • How can I better manage my emotions?
  • How can I improve on the relationships I have with others? What are the common underlying themes in my interactions with others?
  • What are my capabilities, strengths and weaknesses?
  • What enlivens me and makes my life worth living and how can I pursue that?
  • What are the stories and identities I carry about myself and the world?
  • What does dharma mean to me with respect to myself, my family and society at large?

Focus Areas

The program takes participants through experiential and reflective exploration of the landscape of our relationships, emotional life, health (physical, physiological and psychological), behavioral patterns, and personal directions and aspirations.

These explorations will be done by using a variety of methods like drawing, audio-videos visuals, group sharing, games, dance and theatre, in addition to asana and pranayama.

Traditional Indian philosophy emphasizes the complex interconnectedness of different aspects of life such as diet, sleep, subjective sense of well-being, relationships and our interactions with the world at large. A direct implication of this is that one may not be able to address any chronic condition without understanding the interplay between the aforementioned aspects.

The explorations intended to be done in this program have the potential for helping participants identify the web of complex patterns that constitute these aspects. This observation can be very powerful and has the potential to empower the individual to take steps towards making self-desired changes.

This program may also inspire the participant to go further in the yoga journey to become a yoga teacher and later on a yoga therapist. Participants so inclined may join the Yoga Acharya and / or Yoga Vaidya program(s) offered by YogaVahini.

 However, even if you are already a yoga teacher or therapist, this program will help you find deeper meaning and purpose of what you are already working with.

Unique Features of the program

 Personal Attention

At YogaVahini, each participant receives personalized care, attention and guidance in personal development. The teaching methodology, approach and process are aligned to our core philosophy of focusing and starting with our individual experiences.


A healthy student-teacher relationship lays the foundations for learning. We ensure every student gets personalized guidance and support through the classes and mentoring sessions.  Each participant will receive 5 one-on-one sessions with a mentor to facilitate you to develop your own yoga practice. This mentor-mentee relationship is also envisioned as a space for nourishing each other’s personal journeys.


The Sanga (community) is a fantastic teacher. This program offers you an opportunity to participate and engage in a healthy community of like-minded people committed to the path of personal growth and transformation.

 Upon successful completion of the training program, you will have:

  • Started the journey into understanding and appreciating the art, science, and philosophy of Yoga
  • An understanding of the parameters that constitute one’s well-being
  • Explored significant dimensions of your life and observed the nature of your relationship with other human beings, work and society at large
  • Necessary experience to decide if you want to take up Yoga Acharya / Vaidya programs as serious pursuits in life.

Course Curriculum

1. Introduction to Yoga Philosophy(9 hours)

  • Understanding what is Yoga and the experience of Yoga
  • Understanding body-breath-mind union
  • Benefits of Yoga – Role of breath

2. Self-reflective study(27 hours)

  • Understanding our states of mind
  • Understanding our relationship with self and other entities in the world
  • Using stories from epics as a mirror for ourself.
  • Becoming aware of the stories we tell about ourselves and our life.
  • Understanding individual and social identity
  • Connecting with our evocations, emotions, attractions and repulsions.
  • Reflecting on our desires, and responses, and hindrances to these.
  • Developing the attitude of practice to move towards our goal

3. Group Yoga Practice (9 hours)

  • Understand principles of practice
  • Understand how to modify and adapt a practice
  • Learn a repertoire of asana and pranayama practices
  • Learn how to use chanting in asana practice

Personalized Mentoring Sessions (5 hours)

Personal practice at home: Please be prepared to commit at least 45 min. for personal practice at home each day.

Please note that the hours are a rough guideline to indicate the proportion of time we will be spending on different topics. Minor variations can be expected during the actual course based on the profile of the group.


Saraswathi Vasudevan, ParthasarathyRamanujam& Anita Balasubramanian will be facilitating this course assisted by other teachers from this tradition.

Group Size

A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 participants will be accepted in this program. We would like to proceed with a committed group of students where each student is guaranteed to receive sufficient personal attention.

Upcoming Yoga Sadhana Schedule:

 March – April 2016

Weekday batch – March 3 & 4, 17 & 18, 31 – April 1, 14 & 15, 28

Weekend batch – March 5 & 6, 19 & 20 – April 2 & 3, 16 & 17, 30

June – August 2016

Weekday batch – June 9 & 10, 23 & 24 – July 7 & 8, 21 & 22 – August 5

Weekend batch – June 11 & 12, 25 & 26 – July 9 & 10, 23 & 24 – August 6


(Registering Interest does not mean you are registering for the Course)