Our program is a systematic, sadhana-based program. "Sadhana" is
a Sanskrit word which means undertaking a practice so as to
cultivate and refine one's character. The main goal of our program
is to deepen the students' sadhana so that they can transmit
authentic yoga teachings to others, not only from a storehouse
of academic knowledge, but also from a depth of personal experience.
Annual Retreat: The ashram style 2-week retreat
presents all aspects of yoga and meditation in a spiritually
inspiring context at a choice of retreat
Retreats are centered on satsanga (company of like-minded people)
and meditation with Swami Veda, and include a comprehensive
roster of classes in hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation and other
facets of yoga science and philosophy with a highly qualified
Home Study and practical application in everyday
life: Integrates yoga philosophy
and practice into everyday life. The extensive home study
and mentor system assists, guides and inspires students
in their personal sadhana.
Web Support: The student's progression
through the home study is managed interactively and supported
by an active discussion board. The discussion board is utilized
by students and mentors worldwide and monitored by senior teachers.
Student Library: An extensive library
of Home Study assignments, Audio Lectures (MP3), transcripts
of Swami Veda's Lectures, Booklets, and Articles is available
to all registered students through the members-only web site.
Virtual Satsanga: Whether you are a student in Texas or Budapest,
you are able to meet and connect with like-minded students,
mentors, and teachers through our members-only web site.
Practice teaching: Students
work with mentors to develop and refine teaching skills. By
the completion of the 600 Hour Level One and/or the completion
of the 200 Hour program, students plan and teach classes locally.
Local Study: Credit
hours are given for ongoing study with local teachers.
student chooses a yoga teacher for their mentor and keeps in
touch with them for ongoing guidance, encouragement and inspiration.
Foundation: The lineages of Rishis
and role of the teacher in the Himalayan Tradition.
Sadhana: The Five Pillars of Sadhana,
sacredness of spiritual practice, influence of Eastern spirituality
on the West, and spiritual integration: the highest purpose
Asana: Asana as meditation,
Joints and Glands Exercises, cleansing, anatomy and physiology,
subtle body awareness.
Pranayama: The subtleties of breathing
as the integrative link between body and mind, gross and subtle
body. Underlying principles of pranayama in Patanjali's
Yoga Sutras as well as mudras and bandhas.
Meditation: Systems of meditation,
science of mantra, chakra concentrations, purifying
the personality, five koshas, advanced shavasana techniques,
Yoga Anatomy & Physiology: The
importance of the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the
muscular-skeletal, respiratory, and other systems of the body
as it relates to the energetic (pranic) component of the joints
and glands exercises and asanas.
Holistic Health & Biofeedback: Awareness
of habit patterns, the affect of meditation on one's well-being,
journal-keeping, conscious eating, transition to a balanced
lifestyle and the uses of modern science such as biofeedback
in measuring associated states of body, mind and consciousness.
Psychology: Eastern and Western approaches
to the mind and personality, purifying emotions, karma and
reincarnation, and yoga psychology in daily life. Also discovering
and applying Yoga as a therapeutic modality in one's life.
Philosophy: Patanjali's Yoga-sutras,
philosophy of hatha yoga and Raja Yoga, developing a personal
philosophy of life, the Bhagavad Gita and principle
Teaching Methodology: Practical applications
of course planning, preparing the physical classroom environment,
basic attitudes (e.g. ahimsa) in the teaching of yoga.
Student Progression: The program is designed
to support the student's progress through three levels of deepening
Click here to see Student Progression