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Yoga Sadhana
"The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively
changes the way we live our life and our relationships."

- T.K.V. Desikachar
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  • A yoga-based personal development program (50 hours)

    A very unique opportunity to learn Yoga through study, practice & self-reflection for those with more than a casual interest in yoga…

    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.

    Course Schedule in Chennai

    Batch 1 (weekends):
    March 9; 23,24 | April 6,7; 13,14; 27,28, 2019

    9am - 2pm

    Advanced Retreat May 29 - June 2, 2019

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    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
    Upon successful completion of the training program, you will have:
    Introduction to Yoga Philosophy (9 hours)
    Self-reflective study (27 hours)
    Group Yoga Practice (9 hours)
    Personalized Mentoring Sessions (5 hours)
    Personal practice at home
    Sundar Ganesan, Parthasarathy Ramanujam & 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.