The BODYLIFE SCHOOL of YOGA
SADHANA COURSE OF STUDY AND PRACTICE :
course is designed to give the aspirant an introduction to yoga in its widest sense – physical, mental, and spiritual.
Personal practice and study using the information published in this course, from
other teachers, by direct experience and experimentation, and through other published works both ancient and modern will be
At the end of this course it would be expected that the aspirant
would be equipped and prepared to consider going on –
to become a `serious` student
of yoga theory and practise,
to take yoga teacher training,
to consider the traditional sadhana of spiritual seeking
as a shisya or chela (disciple) of a true guru and through initiation, adoption of
the rules of renunciation etc appropriate to their position in life.
Although the course topics are designed to cover a two year study period, (approx
the equivalent of 120 hours classroom contact), this is very flexible and open ended. Ultimately
it will be up to the individual to set their own agenda and timetable. The course is NOT designed to be
a quick pre-teaching course allowing entry to teacher training through another organisation. For those
considering yoga teaching in connection with this course it would be advisable to consider a vocational teaching qualification
which would provide the necessary qualification for insurance and private or local authority employment. Professional
advice is advised. Alternatives include City and Guild 7302 and 7407 in conjunction with a college of Further
Education, or organisational courses such as the Diploma course of the British Wheel
of Yoga, Sivananda Yoga Centre or the Bihar School of Yoga etc..
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Yoga was never designed to be a set body of knowledge needed to become a teacher etc. Traditionally
the guru assessed the level of progress of the shishya and advised him/her accordingly. In this modern
age of western obsession with paper qualifications, as an alternative, a student of this course who has been judged to have
reached a satisfactory level of competence and understanding of the principles of yoga will be awarded a recognition of study
appropriate to the needs of the student. This would not normally be considered for at least one year from
the time of commencement of study. The recognition of spiritual aspirants will be considered according
to their chosen sadhana.
METHODS OF STUDY
Students will be expected to:
fulfill regular home practice of asana and other techniques listed in Patanjalis astanga
yoga (eight limbs). This may be with the guidance of a regular class teacher of yoga, by 1-1 tuition, or
by attendance at workshops, residential courses etc.
maintain a regular yoga diary of aspects of life beyond the mundane.
create a folder or other body of notes, cuttings etc expanding on the various topics listed in the syllabus.
Foundation notes for this can be seen on the website www.yoga-sadhana.org
reading, viewing or listening to spiritual
scripts such as the Gitas,
Upanishads etc (see reading list) and recording their own reactions
adoption of tapas (austerities) for prescribed periods of time/place
undertake pilgrimage at least once
practice meditation techniques and to comment on their effects
adopt a `yoga` life style to as great a degree as possible and to live by the ethics of yoga.
An open mind and an open heart
A sacred space for practise (this does not have to be large
or even the same space every day, but simply the realisation that by establishing the concept of sacred space you are making
the first step to withdrawal)
Mat, rug or cloth which NOONE
else is allowed to use. This really is your sacred space.
Access to a computer (Sorry but for distance learning which some may be considering this is a necessity nowadays).
Time, and this will determine the length of the course.
Paper and writing materials. These are the personal tools of
Some books. The Bhagavad Gita and the
Upanishads are essential. Before buying a particular translation look at several in bookshops and libraries;
some may be more attractive/understandable to you than others, For other books etc keep an eye open in
2nd hand book shops, sales and remainder shops. In my opinion if you get just one good idea
from a book it has been a good investment. Personal advice will be given to students when appropriate.
FEES AND OTHER COSTS
Yoga should never be sold. Those
were the words of my guru. I am happy to charge you to teach you exercises and point you towards factual
study using books etc. But for true help with your sadhana I would be breaking my undertaking at my initiation
if I were to put a value on what I can offer you. You have two alternatives:
Give me a donation according to the value you place on my help (which is just as likely to go in the same direction
as choice number 2.
Or send me a donation for a tree planting / forest conservation organisation.
After my initiation I had a dream where through my efforts in this life I was able to bring about the reforestation
of a complete mountain side somewhere in the world. I can`t do it alone – with your help we could.
Very limited equipment.
Recording materials etc
CONTACT ME FOR MORE DETAILS
YOGA SADHANA – The Path of Yoga
Notes on the subjects listed below can be found in The Library. The subjects also form
the basis of weekly class teaching, although these are subject to variation in sequence, and may be replaced at times by other
For anyone interested in distance learning using this course I suggest you contact me with an idea of
your aims and intentions. Normally I will suggest that you take one topic at a time, read it, research other sources
of information, try to apply them to your life where appropriate and then report back to me with your own observations, thoughts
and any problems which you may wish to discuss in more detail.
Sadhana – The Path of Yoga
Finding the Spirit of Yoga
your Sacred Space
Our Personal Environment
You are what you eat
Habits, Routines and Rituals
Stretching into Asana
Breathing for Pranayama
and Yoga Nidra
Autogenic and Progressive Relaxation
Pratyahara: Using the Mind, Sense
Visualisation for Relaxation
and the Breath
Sound in Yoga
Chapter (term) 2
Development of Yoga Through Time
Yoga and Hinduism
Your yoga anatomy
Chapter (Series) 4
Chapter (Series) 5
Bandhas and Mudras
Kriya - dhauti, neti, trataka, nauli, kapala bhati
Chapter (Series) 6
seven systems of Indian philosphy
- Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva et al
Concepts of Ishta devata and the guru tradition
of international repute