courses with Swami Saradananda
Yoga Teachers' Training Philosophy Modules
If you run, or are thinking of running, a Yoga Teachers' Training, I have created philosophy modules that you can plug right into your course -- whether it is a 200-hour or 500-hour programme or an advanced training for yoga teachers.
Proposed Philosophy module for a 200 hour TTC: all classes are 3 hours
1. Introduction to Indian scriptures and philosophical systems
This is a general introduction to yoga philosophy; the 4 Vedas and Indian scriptures; the 6 Darshanas (the 6 Schools of Classical Indian Philosophy); the 5 Paths of Yoga and their practices. It includes an historical timeline and glossary of important Sanskrit terms.
2. Introduction to Meditation
What is meditation? Benefits; general guidelines; understanding the nature and the fundtion of the mind; effects of diet and lifestyle on meditation; establishing your practise
3. Introduction to the Three Bodies and Five Sheaths
What the bodies and sheaths consist of, when they are present and active, their experiences, and how to purify them; rhe 4 states of consciousness.
4. Prana Nadis and Chakras + Introduction to Hatha Yoga Pradipika
The subtle energy, 72,000 psychic channels through which the prana moves and the energetic centres within the astral body. Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Hatha Yoga Pradipika: the classic guide for the practice of hatha yoga
5. Brahman, Maya and the 3 Gunas
The Universal Self and the individual self; Illusion and ignorance; the powers of Maya and Her qualities. Including a look at the “Qualities of Nature” in relation to diet and lifestyle
6, Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
Often referred to as the fifth Veda, the Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important scriptures of yoga. It teaches the way to live a spiritual life in the midst of daily stress, conflicts and problems.
7. Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
In his landmark scripture on classical yoga, Patanjali approaches eternal psychological, philosophical and spiritual questions. Included will be an intensive look at the 8 Limbs of Yoga.
Contact me if you are organising a Yoga Teachers' Training and would like me to teach the philosophy module