What is yoga?

Born in India, yoga is based on one of the philosophical systems of India, namely Yoga Darshan. Yoga Darshan is manifested in Yoga Sutras written by the great sage Patanjali. Patanjali codified the ancient knowledge of calming down the mind to attain state of singularity expressed in observer's unity with the external world. According to the Sutras, this state is achieved through chitta vritti nirodhah, which literally means controlling mind fluctuations.

Development of yoga

Early stage

At early stages of its development, yoga was exclusively a mind technique. Later on, bodily practices were introduced to the system of yoga. Over a millennium after its birth, yogic focus shifted from mental practices of universal unification to physical practices which allowed to achieve the supreme mental states more easily.

Medieval period

Described in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Vigyana Bhairava, Shiva Samhita, and some other ancient works on yoga, such concepts as kundalini, chakras, nadis, samadhi, shatkarmas, pranayamas, etc. were introduced into the system of yoga.

With time, the focus shifted even more to physical practices – asanas, namely. In 19th century, popular yoga was little more than physical exercises with some mental concentration.

Modern yoga

Nowadays, the balance seems to be restoring. Yoga gains more and more attention. This brings scientists' attention to the subject of mental practices, spirituality, subtle energies, and so on. Slowly, yoga gets back to its roots where it was equally both physical and mental practice – but aimed at absolute liberation.

Yoga in Rishikesh, India

In our yoga school, we aim at preserving the ancient tradition of yoga while researching various modern applications of the ancient methods. We are keen to develop the art and science of Yoga through research and practice.

Branches of Yoga:
Ties medical anatomy to yogic practices
Explains how mind-body works from the medical point of view
Provides techniques for avoiding injuries and undesired psychic states
Anatomy of hatha yoga
Spiritual anatomy
Is a combination of asanas, shatkarmas and pranayamas
Practiced statically
Main principle is: (1) purify the body with shatkarmas, (2) strengthen/soften the body with asanas, (3) LIghten the body with pranayamas, (4) Go for Raja Yoga.
Postural yoga
Shaiv Nath Yoga
Use of props to adjust the body
Attention to every muscle, joint, ligament, bone
Instructor's rude behavior
Props yoga
Precise yoga
Practice to control fluctuations of mind
Includes: (1) pratyahara or withdrawal of senses, (2) dharana or concentration, (3) dhyana or meditation, (4) samadhi or absorbtion, or realization.
Raja yoga is practiced after having achieved excellence in hatha yoga
Patanjali was first to codify methods of Raja Yoga being heavily influenced by Buddhism and samkhya philosophy
Royal Yoga
Meditation Yoga
Mind Yoga
Patanjali Yoga
Spiritual Yoga
Non-physical Yoga
Features easy micro-movements
Suitable for any age, especially 50+
Was invented by Indira Gandhi's yoga teacher
Himalayan Yoga
Yoga of Micromovements
Sukshma Yoga
Yogic Joint Gymnastics

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Reviews by graduates

I was here in March 2016 and I'm so happy about my choice.

I was actually at another school before I met Stevie from Himalayan YA. He took time to answer all my questions and explained to me in depth about what HYA had to offer. I was looking for traditional yoga with Western teachings. Himalayan gave me just that, the best of both worlds which was really important to me as I was returning to the West to teach.

I had enjoyed yoga for many years but I had the knowledge lacking from my practice. I now can say that my eyes are more open to yoga than I ever imagined plus there are many bonuses to this course.

Many courses don't give much teaching time but HYA gives an extra 40 hours to concentrate on just that. Classes such as vocal training to lean how to fill the room with a calm but assertive voice which is forgotten about on other courses. I felt confident to lead a class because of this practice. I have met many other students who had completed their YTT who didn't have the confidence to teach months after graduating. I am truly grateful for this. Be warned this course is intensive but you have a good support system around you plus fun trips to help you relax and enjoy it for what it is :)

Loved the team and grateful for all that I have taken away with me :)

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April 3, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Yoga Teacher Training Course, Level I in Kriya Yoga Ashram (Rishikesh, India)
April 3, 2017 - April 12, 2017
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April 3, 2017 - April 16, 2017
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