YOGIC STUDIES
Yogic Studies provides a solid integration of the various aspects of yoga, going into a depth that is simply not possible to achieve in weekly yoga classes. The theoretical content exceeds what is offered in most yoga teacher training programs. These courses bring the practices of yoga to life and will create better health on all levels of your being.
 
Each level of Yogic Studies begins with a nine-day immersion with theoretical and practical yoga classes each day. Simple, nutritious breakfasts and lunches are provided to help foster a sense of community within the group. Home study follows, during which you are supported by feedback from senior teachers. Two webinars are scheduled during the home study to reconnect more fully with fellow students and teachers and to further expand your knowledge of yoga practices.
Students Studying Together
Student Holding a Mudra
Yogic Studies 1
  
Yogic Studies 1 provides a fabulous foundation in classical asana, pranayama and meditation practices that will serve you the rest of your life! You will learn how to adjust your practices based on your ever-increasing understanding of Applied Anatomy & Physiology.

The study of Yogic Physiology (chakras, nadis, prana) and Yogic Psychology (consciousness, the nature of the mind, and subtle experiences) will take your yoga practice to new depths and bring valuable insights into your relationship with the world around you.

Students tell us this course changed their lives!
 
"Everything was wonderful and well organized... I was not prepared for the awesomeness. Thank you!!" -- 2014
Yogic Studies 1 student
 
Yogic Studies 1 is a prerequisite
for Teacher Training 1.
Yogic Studies 2
   
Yogic Studies 2 emphasizes the development of more subtle awareness through mudra (gestures) and bandha (locks), while exploring more advanced asana, pranayama, and important meditation practices in depth.

Delve into a detailed study of the chakras and gunas. Begin to explore Tantra, Samkhya and Vedanta.
 
Two key texts of yoga - Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita - are explored in the context of the psychological effects of yoga.
"...the teachings received through YANA are excellent and recommendable for everyone. The teachers are eminently qualified and the programs, rigorous and well-designed.
I feel very lucky to have studied with you and will
hopefully join you in the future." -- 2015
Yogic Studies 2 student
 
Yogic Studies 2 and Teacher Training 1 are prerequisites
for Teacher Training 2.
Asana
includes practice and understanding of yogic postures, especially those unique to the Satyananda system, such as the Pawanmuktasana series. The difficulty of the asana increases throughout the courses; however, emphasis is given on how to adapt poses for each individual situation. Thus, physical prowess is not a requirement.
Pranayama
is also progressively developed through the modules. A variety of basic, expanding, balancing, tranquilizing, and vitalizing practices will be presented. Pranayama practices are a strong feature of both Satyananda Yoga and this course.
Shatkarmas
are the core cleansing practices of hatha yoga. The modules cover theory, practice, and integration of these techniques into daily life.
Satyananda Yoga Nidra®
is a guided awareness technique with profound physical and mental benefits as set forth in Swami Satyananda's landmark 1976 book and developed over the last 30 years by experienced Satyananda teachers. The 8 primary stages are systematically explored throughout Yogic Studies.
Meditation
covers several types of practices, recognizing that different techniques are suited to different personality types, including Kaya Sthairyam, Japa, Antar Mouna, and Ajapa Japa.
Mudra and Bandha
explore the gestures and locks used to redirect and focus the vital energy.
Yogic History, Philosophy, and Culture
provides an understanding of how yoga's cultural origins and underlying philosophies affect its modern application. Includes explorations of Tantra, Samkhya, Vedanta, the gurukul tradition, sannyasa (renunciation), and more. As Swami Niranjanananda of the Bihar Yoga Bharati explains, "Philosophy without practice is meaningless, but practice without philosophy is equally futile."
Yogic Physiology
examines the subtle dimensions and energy systems of the human organism from a yogic perspective. This unit includes nadis, prana, chakras, tattwas and gunas.
Yogic Psychology
covers the yogic view of consciousness, awareness, mind, perception and cognition, personality, intellect, and emotions. It provides practical tools for managing the mind and examines the therapeutic effects of yoga practices.
Anatomy and Physiology
provides a basic understanding of the major systems of the human body, with a special emphasis on applying this knowledge to increase the safety and efficacy of your own yoga practice.
Integration of Yogic Principles
provides a working knowledge of how to incorporate yoga more fully into daily life. This unit also gives insight into the workings of modern yoga centers and traditional yoga ashrams.

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