Course contents / syllabus

Recitation of Sacred Sound (Mantra Chanting)

The purpose of mantra chanting in yoga is to generate vibrations and connect with the universe. Each mantra is special and rich with spiritual energy.

  •  Aum Namah Shivaya
  •  Aum Sarveshaam Svastir-Bhavatu
  •  Aum Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
  • Gayatri Mantra
  • Aum Brahmarpanam
  •  Aum Saha Navavatu
  •  Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
  •  Aum Asato Ma Sadgamaya
  • Aum Purnamadah Purnamidam
  • Patanjali Sloka

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Asana

Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series (also known as the First Series or Yoga Chikitsa), literally means yoga therapy. This when practiced regularly heals all sickness and purifies your body in preparation for deeper Yogic practice – both physical as well as meditative.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Course Syllabus

  • Surya Namaskar A
  • Surya Namaskar b

STANDING POSTURES

  • Padangusthasana
  • Pada Hastasana
  • Utthita Trikonasana A, B
  • Utthita Parsvakonasana A,B
  • Prasarita Padottanasana A,B,C,D
  • Parsvottonasana
  • Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Virabhadrasana I
  • Virabhadrasana II

 FINISHING POSTURES

  • Salamba Sarvangasana
  •  Halasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Urdvha Padmasana
  • Pindasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Uttana Padasana
  • Urdhva Dandasana
  • Sirsasana

SITTING POSTURES

  • Dandasana
  • Paschimottanasana A,B,C
  • Purvottasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
  • Trianga Mukaikapada Paschimottanasana
  • Janu Sisrasana A,B,C
  • Marichyasana A,B,C,D
  • Paripurna Navasana
  • Bhujapidasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta Kurmasana
  • Garbha Pindasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Baddha Konasana A,B
  • Upavista Konasana A,B
  • Supta Konasana
  • Supta Padangustasana
  • Ubhaya Padangustasana
  • Urdvha Mukha Paschimottanasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Urdvha Dhanurasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Shavasana

CLOSING POSTURES

  • Balasana
  • Yoga Mudrasana
  • Padmasana
  • Tolasana
  • Shavasana

Hatha Yoga Asana

The word haṭha literally means “force” and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. In India hatha yoga is associated in popular tradition .

SUN SALUTATION

  • Namaskarasana
  • Urdhva Hastasana
  • Padahastasana
  • Eka Pada Prasaranasana
  • Dwipada Prasaranasana
  • Sashtanga Namaskarasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Bhudarasana
  • Eka Pada Prasaranasana
  • Padahastasana
  • Urdhva Hastasana
  • Tadasana

STANDING POSTURES

  • Uttitha Trikonasana
  • Parivratta Trikonasana
  • Uttitha Parsvakonasana
  • Parivratta Parsvakonasana
  • Prasarita Padottanasana A
  • Prasarita Padottanasana C
  • Virbhadrasana A
  • Virbhadrasana C
  • Virbhadrasana B
  • Ardha Chandrasana
  • Vraksasana
  • Garudasana
  • Natarajasana
  • Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana B
  • Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana A
  • Padangusthasana Padhastasana
  • Padhastasana

SITTING POSTURES

  • Malasana
  • Bakasana
  • Paschimottasana
  • Purvottasana
  • Marichayasana A
  • Marichayasana C
  • Janu Sisrasana A
  • Parivartta JanuSirsana
  • Trianga Mukhaika Pada Paschimottasana
  • Krounchasana
  • Bharadwajasana
  • Gomukasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Akarna Dhanurasana
  • Parighasana
  • Ustrasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Upavistha Konasana
  • Kurmasana/Suptha Kurmasana
  • FINISHING & CLOSING POSTURES
  • Bhunjasana
  • Salabhasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Sethu Bandhasana
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana
  • Pincha Mayurasana
  • Vrischikasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Balasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Yoga Mudrasana
  • Tolasana
  • Shavasana

Introduction to Pranayama (Breathing Practices)

Pranayama is the control of breath. The basic movements of pranayama are inhalation, retention of breath, and exhalation. “The yogi’s life is not measured by the number of days but by the number of his breaths,” says Iyengar.

Four Aspects of Pranayama.

  • Natural Breathing
  • Abdominal (or diaphragmatic) Breathing
  • Thoracic Breathing
  • Clavicular Breathing
  • Yogic Breathing
  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama ( psychic network purification)
  • Sheetali Pranayama ( cooling breath)
  • Sheetkari Pranayama ( hissing breath)
  • Bhramari Pranayama ( humming bee breath)
  • Ujjayi Pranayama ( the psychic breath)
  • Bhastrika Pranayama ( bellows breath)
  • Kapalbhati Pranayama ( frontal brain cleansing breath)
  • Moorchha Pranayama ( swooning or fainting breath)
  • Surya Bheda Pranayama (vitality stimulating breath)

Yoga Mudras – To Overcome Any Ailments

Students learn the technique of using seals or gestures to facilitate the flow of energy in their body.

Introduction to Mudra

Types of Mudra

  • Hasta ( Hand Mudras)
  • Mana ( Head mudras)
  • Kaya ( Postural mudras)
  • Bandha ( Lock mudras)
  • Adhara ( Perineal mudras)
  • The five Pranas

Bandhas

Introduction to the Bandhas

Students learn the technique of consciously blocking and unblocking energy flow to different parts of their body.

  • Introduction to Bandhas
  •  Preparation for Bandhas
  •  Bandhas and the Granthis

 Benefits of Bandhas

  •  Jalandhara Bandha (Throat lock)
  •  Moola Bandha (Perineum contraction)
  •  Uddiyana Bandha (Abdominal contraction)
  •  Maha Bandha (The great lock)

Meditation (Dhyana)

Meditation as a practice has gained wide popularity due to its numerous benefits.

Introduction of Meditation

  • Origion & history of Meditation
  • Breath awarness Meditation
  • AUM chanting Meditation
  • Trataka Meditation
  • Dynamic Meditation
  • Ajapa Meditation
  • Antar Maun (Inner Silemce Meditation)
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Silence Practice
  • Meditation Pose

Yoga Nidra – The Yoga of Psychic Sleep

Yoga nidra, a Sanskrit term meaning “yogic sleep” is a deep relaxation technique and a form of meditation. Also called “psychic sleep,” yoga nidra is a state between sleeping and waking.

  • How to do Yoga Nidra
  • Benefits of Yoga Nidra
  • Getting ready for Yoga Nidra

Yoga Cleansing- Kriyas for purification of body

Yogic cleansing exercises are important to learn how to incorporate your breath and meditate properly during physical aspects of yoga. It also removes the blockages in the energy channels.

  • Introduction to Shatkarma
  • Preparation for Shatkarma
  • Benefits of Shatkarma
  • Jala Neti (Nasal cleansing with water)
  • Rubber Neti (Nasal cleansing with rubber)

Anatomy and Physiology (Sharir Vijnan)

Proper understanding of the physical body will help to prevent injury before, during and after practice. There are two kinds of yoga anatomy: physical and spiritual. Understanding both types is needed.

  • Body Planes
  • Joints
  • Anatomical Movements
  • Muscle & Posture
  • Yoga & Posture
  • Muscular System
  • Spine
  • Deformities of the spine
  • Pelvic Region
  • The Human Knee
  • Tendon & Ligaments
  • Rhomboids minor & major
  • Supraspinatus Muscle
  • Infraspinatus Muscle
  • Subscapularis Muscle
  • Teres Minor
  • Deltoid
  • Bicep Brachii
  • Tricep Brachii
  • Pectoralis Minor
  • Rectus Abdominus
  • Trapezius
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Llipsoas
  • Digestive System
  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • Chakra

Yoga Philosophy (Yoga Darshana)

Yoga Philosophy is the foundation of our yoga practice and is the key to earn yogic strength. Through the path of Vedanta Philosophy, you will establish a solid, well-rounded yoga practice.

  • Sanatana Dharma
  • Vedas
  • Puranas
  • The Four Goals of Life
  • The Four Stage of Life
  • The Vedic System of Duties
  • The Six System of Indian Philosophy
  • Patanjali’s Yog Sutras
  • Citta Vritti
  • Afflictions of the mind
  • The Eight Limbs of Yog
  • Stages of Samadhi
  • The Six Yoga System
  • Jnana Yoga
  • Bhakti Yoga
  • Karma Yoga
  • Mantra Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Laya Yoga
  • Raja Yoga

Teaching Practice

Students will take turns practicing their teaching skills by performing in front of their peers and teachers.

  • Demonstration
  • Alignment
  • Instructions

Teaching Methodology

A yoga teacher should efficiently perform the practical applications of class planning and preparation. At Adi Yogpeeth, our students will learn how to create a positive and peaceful class environment for an enjoyable and transformative experience.

  • Positive & conscious communication.
  • Friendship and trust.
  • Time management
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • Principles of demonstrating, observation, assisting, correcting.
  • Use of voice in class
  • Mental & emotional preparation for teaching.
  • Class preparation
  • Step by step class structure planning.

Students will take turns practicing their teaching skills by performing in front of their peers and teachers.

  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Attendance
  • Performance
  • Behavior
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