There have been so many aspects that have blossomed, knowledge and concepts, practices, attitudes, and then, combining these into a sadhana practice both on and off the mat/meditation cushion.
About the course
The classic text on Raja Yoga by Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras, is often thought of in terms of meditation and the inner journey. First steps on this journey quickly reveal, however, that, in order to proceed, every aspect of life and yoga practice needs to be looked at together, whether it is yoga practice, managing one’s thoughts, one’s daily routine, or one’s interactions with others. Only then is consistent progress possible.
One of the starting points to understanding and applying Raja Yoga is the Ashtanga or 8 limbs of Patanjali: Yamas and Niyamas, Pranayama, Asana, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. This module covers a range of themes from Patanjali, including these eight limbs, with a particular focus on techniques and understanding of Pratyahara. Pratyahara is often interpreted as withdrawal of the mind from the senses. More widely it is the harmonisation of the patterns of mind and the capacity to remain undisturbed no matter what is happening in life.
The Yoga Sutras contain many concise jewels, useful tools and strategies, for understanding and managing the patterns of the mind, including skills for self-reflection and developing sustained regular practice. Patanjali helps us develop understanding of the nature of the obstacles we place in our own path and provides powerful techniques for overcoming them.
This module explores the experience of developing Sadhana, personal practice, through the prism of this classic text, in the light of the Satyananda tradition of yoga. This is done with the understanding that yoga is about taking responsibility for one’s own life, developing self-understanding and a positive approach to living. When these skills are developed, any goal is possible.
The approach will be highly practical unfolding over 12 weeks of home practice and study. It will provide tools and inspiration to transform one’s practical life and spiritual journey. This process has traditionally been referred to as Sadhana, the subtle discipline of a lifestyle adopted to reach one’s deeper goals.
This Raja Yoga course is a prerequisite for the course Yoga Instructor in the Satyananda Tradition.
For existing Yoga Teachers, as a standalone module, it provides comprehensive exploration of Raja Yoga which will help with instructing students in meditation, insight into developing Pratyahara, the fundamental Satyananda practices, and strategies for integrating yoga into daily life.
I have learnt to see my life through a different lens. Nearly everything, if not already, will be utilised in my everyday life.
- A full original manual with commentary closely following Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and related topics
- Learning management website: audio, video and learning resources
- Weekly verses for reflection from Patanjali’s Yoga, with a related task to explore in daily life
- Live lectures (recorded for flexible viewing) each week
- Weekly tutorials with participants from around the world.
- Weekly practical classes
- A simple sadhana of asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation and mantra is provided
- Ongoing email, text and phone support from an experienced teacher throughout the length of the course
- The main review tasks are a reflective diary to be submitted each fortnight, the development of a personal sadhana template, and participation in tutorials and practical classes.
- Flexible options with live and/or recorded access to materials.
- 10-15 hours per week