Yoga, in its true sense, is the unification of the Atman, the unit consciousness, with Paramatman, the supreme consciousness; and the practices developed over millenia to achieve that unification are correctly called Yoga Sadhana. Yoga Sadhana may be called Yoga for short, but it is unfortunate when a few of its practices alone, omitting the higher and more subtle practices, are presented, sometimes for financial gain, as the whole of Yoga. "Performance of a few Asanas will not make one a Yogi."
Yoga Sadhana is for all, and is free from all kinds of discrimination. Yoga Sadhana is the strongest foundation, the greatest support and the supreme shelter of everyone's life. Yoga Sadhana is in inextricably linked to the three spheres of human existence - the physical, the psychic and the spiritual. Therefore, Yoga Sadhana is not only physical or physical-psychic; it is also psycho-physical, psychic, psycho-spiritual and purely spiritual.
"Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow." -- Swami Satyananda Saraswati
"We fear death because of pain, and because of the thought that we may become obliterated. This idea is erroneous. Jesus showed himself in a physical form to his disciples after his death. Lahiri Mahasaya returned in the flesh the next day after he had entered mahasamadhi. They proved that they were not destroyed." -- Paramahansa Yogananda
"Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." -- Sivananda
"The Supreme Consciousness is inside you like butter in milk; churn your mind through meditation and He will appear - you will see that the resplendence of the Supreme Consciousness illumines your whole inner being. He is like a subterranean river in you. Remove the sands of mind and you will find the clear, cool waters within." -- Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Pranayama is the combination of the word "pran", life force, with "ayama", meaning expansion, extension. In this sense pranayama expands the life force though all levels of our being: physical, psychological and spiritual. Pranayama is the science for expanding and channelling the prana or life force. Prana is closely associated with breath, when the mind is clear and balanced, the breath is even and rhythmic; when the mind is nervous and tense, the breath is strained and erratic. Pranayama is a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious and serves to integrate body, mind, and spirit. Unlike other muscles which can either be controlled (like the muscles of the arms) or not (the muscles of internal organs), the diaphragm, the most important breathing muscle, is both a voluntary and an involuntary muscle, therefore links the conscious and unconscious functions of the body. A central focus of yoga is to make what is unconscious conscious, pranayama brings breath and prana into consciousness.
During pregnancy and during childbirth, instead of relying solely on willpower to maintain control of the body, it is helpful to use yoga to listen at the requirements of the body. Relaxation, deep breathing and meditation is an effective way to face hardships and negative emotions, creating at the same time a sense of well-being that extends to the child and to all the people who are closely related. With relaxation and meditation it is possible to send consciously prana (vital energy) to the growing child in the womb. The positive effects of yoga continue also after birth: this healthy habit helps to remain fit and overcome the state of stress and fatigue that occurs after delivery.
Introduction to the Course Yoga is a long lasting help. It is a global science, suitable and can be adapted to all human conditions. Mind peacefulness, arising from yoga practice, physical vitality and flexibility are key characteristics for each human being and, specifically, in this life condition of maternity! Pregnancy months are precious, a period of great change not only at the physical level, but also at the emotional, mental and spiritual level. Yoga helps to face this amazing time in all its aspects with the right exercises, conscious breathing, relaxation and meditation. During pregnancy, it is important to tone pelvic muscles, so the uterus and the other organs can work better; physical changes, occurring in this time, can cause diseases and neuralgia. With deep breathing, combined with specific exercises, tissues flexibility increases together with body and changes awareness. During pregnancy and delivery, instead of relying just on willpower to keep body control, it is helpful to use yoga to perceive all body requirements. Relaxation, deep breathing and meditation are an effective way to face hardships and negative emotions, while creating, at the same time, a sense of well-being that extends to the child, to the partner and to all the people who are closely related. With relaxation and meditation, it is possible to send consciously prana (vital energy) to the growing child in the womb. The yoga positive effects continue also after birth: this healthy habit helps to remain fit and overcome the state of stress and fatigue that occurs after delivery.
Yoga is a source of energy and help to be a more balanced and generous mother.
Course Objectives: To help women living a conscious pregnancy, before and after delivery, and to teach operators of good will to develop their body-mind- spirit awareness and spread it through teaching.
Course Structure and Program: "Yoga is the stilling of mind fluctuations" Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
THEORY Introduction to yoga
- Theory and Meaning of Yoga
- Yoga Ways
- Yoga and Anatomy
- Yoga and Mind
- Yoga and Ayurveda
- Physical and Emotional System during Pregnancy
- Different Pregnancy Stages
- After Delivery
- Environment Preparation and Rules to lead a Class
- Exercises sequence for different pregnancy stages
- Specific problems
- Exercises for labour and delivery
- Exercises after delivery
- Relaxation exercises
- Breathing exercises
- Concentration and Meditation exercises
- Specific problems
Why yoga for children?
The mental states, the nervous system and the chakra system of children are nearly the same of the adults one, even though not completely developed: the first six years of children life are characterised from an iper incessant activity both physical and psychic, and it is not just a ludic phase, but it is what form the base and the foundations of the childhood learning; children learn through the use and the discovery of the senses, and they form the base of their intellectual growth.
Every sensations, emotions, thoughts or any activities that they experience helps them to form the substrate which will be the base of the future balance of their glandular system and the harmony of their chakra.
The yoga exercises involve most of the motor and sensorial organs (sight, touch, hearing, etc.), and children learn to listen themselves from the inner side and to pay attention when arise some sensation from the body, watching their developing and by becoming aware from transformation that can bring.
Who decides to teach yoga and meditation to a child has the great mission to contribute to the improvement of the future human society, because that child may become a happy adult. The training path teaches how to unite the awareness developed with yoga to playfulness and creativity. It is intended for parents, teachers, educators, psychologists, yoga teachers, social workers. It gives tools to work in kindergarten, primary and middle school, entertainment centers, yoga centers, interfacing professionally different categories of participants: children, parents, teachers, attendants, school directors. The course, using a lot of interaction among participants, will address theory, practice, non-verbal communication, levels of mind. Students will learn how to combine drawing, sound, rhythm, playing, storytelling, yoga postures, meditation, dance, chanting mantras, anatomy and biopsychology of yoga and even the yogic ethics (Yama-Niyama).
This course is highly dynamic. Attendees learn effective communication, while playing and pacing their class, accepting all diversities, using creativity. Main characteristic of this training is the so called TAI CHILD, that is made by animals dynamic forms, experienced in schools with success.
- Yoga socio-cultural expression through neo-humanist education
- The child mind levels, different practices for different levels (playing, storytelling, breathing, singing, focussing, relaxing, meditating) and Ashtanga Yoga practice
- Yoga as life style, positive discipline, message to spread among children through playful tools. Daily practices such as yogic hygiene, asana’s for children, breathing awareness, water use, diet rules, rules for a calm sleep, right emotions expression (vritti), mental purity
- Specific programs for different ages (childhood, primary school, etc.), and for physically and mentally challenged children
Yoga knowledge, as teachers or as practitioners. Interest for children psychology.
- Grown-up teachers can come back to their childhood, avoiding imposing themselves as authoritarian figures. They rather can be friendly teachers, able to make their little students feel at ease in a very intelligent way
- Attendees will get an effective and officially recognized tool, so they will have the opportunity to offer Yoga and Meditation to children, in schools and in every extra-school situation, where practice can be helpful for physical, psychological, emotional and intuitive development, from childhood to preadolescence
- Manage stress, present, today, unfortunately, since childhood
- Improve self-confidence and relationships
- Develop emotional intelligence and self-awareness, conscious breathing and body awareness
- Effectively manage a class
- Create a nice atmosphere with your students
- Use innovative methods to manage your student’s energy levels
- Help students to keep a good posture and to take care of their bodies
- Teach with creativity
Dive into the ancient yoga philosophy and take your next step in the path of spiritual evolution.
Group yoga classes, kiirtan (chanting) and meditation. We will enjoy nature walks, delicious vegetarian food, music, games and inspiring stories. There will also be opportunities for individual instruction and learning your personal meditation technique.
The training include:
- Deepening the meditation practice – how to sit, when to sit, what to think about, how to make it enjoyable,
- Yoga health secrets – yoga postures, food, vegetarian cooking, fasting and more,
- Yoga cosmology – what is consciousness, mind, matter and spiritual evolution,
- Chakra theory – how the vital energy of the body can be brought into harmony. How to cultivate serenity, concentration and creativity,
- History of yoga & tantra – how is it related to Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism,
- The guru tradition – the role of the mentor on the spiritual path,
- Dharma and religion – examining the natural expressions of human spiritual yearning, and learning to distinguish between dogma and spirituality,
- A spiritual approach to social and economic justice.
The course is intended for those who already practice yoga and want to deepen their knowledge for personal development and teach this ancient discipline to beginners.
Developing awareness that everything we need is already within us and that the practices can lead us to access our gifts and beauty from the inside out is the best part of this training. The experience provides a great way to find long lasting happiness, peace and the ability to share the yogic lifestyle with others.
Aims of the course:
- Provide a detailed overview of yoga exercises,
- Understand the distinction that exists between gymnastic activities and yoga practices,
- Acquire the perception of sensations and inner changes that occurs during the practice,
- Develop a mastery of techniques suitable for the development of solid professionalism,
- Train and make the students able to teach yoga.
- Being friendly with basic aspects of Yoga
- Being available to practice regularly and to make individual exercise
- Attitude to accept yogic ethics rules
- Yoga: history and philosophical basic concepts. Different Indian schools of Yoga
- Asana’s: postures, single postures study, their effect on organs, systematic study of a postures sequence
- Yogic Anatomy: Human body structure and behaviour; developing a detailed knowledge to easily manage professional challenges with confidence and competence, including comparison with the Eastern vision (chakra's, energy channels, etc.)
- Pranayama: the science of breathing, the vital energy control. Training for a correct breathing and for breath use in order to improve mental skills
- Internalization and concentration techniques: systematic study of the different relaxation, concentration, visualization techniques
- Meditation: different meditation techniques comparison. Tantric meditation practice
- Proper communication: specific lessons to improve information transmission quality
- How to organize a yoga training
Breathing biomechanics including inspiratory and expiratory muscles, stating the specific muscular structures. The aim is to expand the proprioceptive skill related to breathing. After this first level, breath will be considered as an activity made with muscles help. So here are the breathing stages, each of them with a specific capacity and with a specific relation with the next stage. Everyone will consider each stage, to understand the related psychical aspects: what we can feel while inhaling, what while exhaling and in breaks. Once completed this topic, students will access to a higher level, going from breath to energy, so: Definition of Vayu, link between breathing and energy, how energy is shown, accordingly to Vayu concept. Prana, Apana and Samana, besides Vyana and Udana, for a general overview. In this way, students will be able to start from the physical and biomechanical level and reach very subtle of sensitivity and perception. To facilitate the above-mentioned objectives achievement, teachers will introduce their students to the Mantra's study. Mantra's are a basic tool, they are easy to be practiced. They are immediately rewarding, they facilitate breathing expansion and awareness. To complete the program, Yoga Nidra theory and practice will be introduced, with some techniques practice. So, students will have a clear understanding of the various consciousness levels, that is of the way in which the consciousness itself can perceive the external reality. Meditation This is the main topic, as this is the last aim of Yoga discipline, so teachers will enhance some known concepts and will show further exercises, to go beyond theory and mental knowledge getting into the pure spirituality sphere. Living in Harmony. Meditation is a key practice in the yogic path, and its goal is to put us in contact with our divine nature, to let us understand that we are one with the Infinite Love, pervading everything. Through the regular practice of meditation, we can experience an internal peace and general wellbeing feeling, improving our life. It's also important to understand that meditation practice, at first, removes blocks, often rigid forms of defense, caused by fear, anger, and psychological problems preventing the soul to spread its light in the mind. So, it may happen that, in the first times of meditation practice, there are mood swings and fluctuating emotional states, just as a consequence of this mental purification process, induced by meditation. All this is quite normal. Unfortunately, many people believe that meditation has the unique goal of relaxation, so, as soon as they perceive some emotional disturbs, they are deceived. Meditation is not a relaxation technique, but a powerful tool to expand our minds and free them from fear and other forms of pain. When the soul is free, we can experience unconditional love.
Note: This program will be enriched by each teacher individual experience. The outline we have here shown will be customized to the actual students’ needs and experiences.
Yoga, literally, is a path leading to unite the Individual and God, the material part to the spiritual one. Yoga teaches us to see through our heart and to live in harmony with ourselves and with the others, through a series of balanced postures and breathings, developing more body-mind awareness. The ancient masters invented yoga postures, called ASANA’s in Sanskrit, thousands of years ago. They are so many. Some of the most important and effective, not so hard to practice, are accessible to all. Asana's are not gym or stretching exercises, but actual spiritual practices, as they act on endocrine system glands, affecting hormones production and acting, at the same time, on the physical, psychic and spiritual levels.