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    “By disengaging the mind from all the turbulence, the thoughts and emotions, there is only positivity, increasing with every breath you watch, with love and compassion.” -Dr. Kumar

     

    Learn how to observe the natural breath in order to experience inner peace and to change negative thought patterns.

     

    The purpose of technique, referred to by Patanjali as Prana Samyama, is to bring balance and harmony to the mind. In the long term it has the power to transform negative mind patterns leading to profound peace and happiness. Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Buddhist systems, as well as to contemporary mindfulness models.

     

    The course offers the opportunity to learn and practice the technique in a focused and sustained way over 8 weeks with the support of an experienced and certified Traditional Yoga teacher to guide you through the progressive stages and answer any questions that may arise. It is taught in the tradition of Patanjali, through a series of guided meditations by Dr. Kumar, maintaining a direct link to the original instructions and scriptures in which they have been preserved for centuries.

    Eligibility

     

    Suitable for anyone over the age of 15 who wishes to learn a truly transformative meditation technique.

    Course Details and Timings

    What is included in the course?

    16 hours+ online teaching time.

    • Discussion and sharing with peer support
    • Practice notes which are sent to your e-mail account
    • Advice on yoga practice, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to aid rest, sleep and relaxation
    • 30 minute mentoring chat with Anna Sadler
    • Limitless online support for your practice.
    • Access to audio recordings to help with practicing meditation at home. 

     

    Sunday 20th February 2022 to Sunday 10th April 2022, 6.30 pm - 8:00 pm UK time - Zoom Meeting.

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    Become a teacher of natural breath awareness meditation, known in Sanskrit as Prana Samyama. This course is aimed at the Yogi Aspirants who have been attending Dr Kumar’s Online Yogi Trainings and are looking to integrate meditation into their teaching, in an authentic and systematic way.

    Meditation on the natural breath is an intrinsic part of the path of vairagya that leads to selflessness and enlightenment. The technique is central to the teachings of Buddha, Saint Patanjali, Saint Yagnya Valkya and Lord Krishna.

    The course will be a practical, step-by-step guide covering the key principles of Prana Samyama. Participants will learn how to guide their students through the stages of the technique. The training will include a balance of theory and practice. At the heart of the course is the teaching and guided meditation recordings of Dr. Kumar. These recordings are made available as a teaching resource to those who complete the training.

    The course will be facilitated by an experienced student of Traditional Yoga who has been authorised by Dr Kumar to train teachers of meditation. The course content is based entirely on the meditation training given by Dr Kumar.

    Content Covered: Teaching Prana Samyama

    • Background theory and fundamental principles
    • Introduction to why we meditate on the natural breath.
    • The qualities of the natural breath as an object of meditation: Choiceless awareness of present changing reality.
    • Introduction to meditation posture.
    • Key guidance to be taught
    • Key theory to be taught
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Guiding students to deal with challenges in meditation
    • Sequential structure of the technique
    • Lesson planning and course formats
    Eligibility

    The course is open to anyone who has fully completed Online Yogi Training Program with Dr Kumar since Mar 2021.

    Course Timings

    Tentative dates are as follows:


    Every Sunday 12 noon-3pm U.K. time from 20th Feb 2022 to 3rd April 2022.

     

    Dates will be confirmed soon, please check back in a few days.

    • Patanjali says ‘Guru Kalena Vacchedhat’, which means one should learn Yoga and Meditation from a lineage that represents the unbroken traditions of thousands of years. An aspirant should learn from ‘GSP’, Guru Shishya Parampara, to be sure to receive the unadulterated teachings of the great saints. Only when the teachings are unadulterated can an aspirant become a yogi by achieving the set goals of self-realization. 
    • To represent a lineage one should have been thoroughly trained by the teacher, not adulterating the teachings. The lineage of sanatana dharma by those great saints like Yagnavalkya to Janaka, Vasista to Shankara, Rama to Batrihari, Buddha to Patanjali, maintained the highest standards of teachings.
    • The teachings of sanatana dharma are not orientated towards giving some pseudo experience of samadhi, or the customer friendly and pleasing techniques that prevail today.  One should remember that for thousands of years those great saints did not go in search of students but rather students went in search of their teachers.  Today teachers are looking for students and trying to convince them that what they are teaching is their own technique and the best.
    • The ordinary asanas and pranayamas of Hatha Yoga are taught by everyone today, even after just one week of teacher training.  However, when it comes to teaching the meditation that represents sanatana dharma, one should firstly be practicing and secondly should have at least accomplished the level of one’s own teaching. Then one should be thoroughly trained like any of those saints of the past.
    • The Traditional Yoga tradition has set the highest standards of teaching for both physical and spiritual yoga and now for the first time is initiating the meditation teacher training of ‘Pranasamyama Vidya’ for yoga teachers in India.  Pranasamyama was given by Yajnavalkya, later on named  ‘Anapana Sati’ by Buddha and subsequently ‘Pranayama’ by Patanjali. It is the first step towards developing ‘kusala samadhi’ also known as ‘asampragnatha’ or ‘nirbija samadhi’.
    • All those great saints of sanatana dharma practiced only one kind of meditation for samadhi, that is observation of the natural breath. Whether given by Yajnavalkya through Yoga Sanhita; by Saint Vasista through Yoga Vasista Sara; by Buddha through Sati Pattana; Krishna through Bhagvat Gita; Patanjali through Yoga Darshana; Geranda through Geranda Sanhita, they all discuss the same technique. However, this actual practice of meditation in its purest form is no longer available. Many traditions in India and abroad talk about it and teach it in various forms. However they do not take the aspirant to the desired level of samadhi or ‘samyama’ in order to explore the further path of wisdom, which Patanjali called ‘pragnya bhumikas’ that lead to self-realization also known in different cultures as atma jnana, brahma jnana, kaivalya, allah and holy spirit.
    • Sanatana dharma means eternal science.  Since it is a science, when practiced in its true spirit it will give the same result whether thousands of years ago or now. If when practicing the same technique today people are not experiencing Samadhi or achieving the expected results, this means that the methodology is wrong, not the science itself.
    • For example, when you prepare a curry, maybe there are thirty ingredients required and more over the method of preparation needs to be right, like the temperature, duration, mixing etc.  Even if just one ingredient such as salt is over looked, the curry would not have the expected taste, or if not cooked properly as per the recipe or methodology prescribed, the best taste cannot be expected. Similarly, every step of the technique is very important whether it is small or big, then only the expected results would be attained. During the time of Buddha, millions of aspirants were enlightened in the shortest span of time. That was due to the skill of Buddha and the precise methodology of the technique. He would take the meditators observation to the highest level so that they were completely captivated and able to get enlightened.  If spirituality is the highest science, then the results should be the same if the methodology is correct. Even today, people should get the same results as during the Buddha’s period. That is why Guru Shishya Parampara is so important in order to maintain the purity of the technique and the way it is imparted.
    •        The methodology followed in Traditional Yoga is the most ancient and scrupulous in its theory and practice. It has repeatedly given the assured results of samadhi and enlightenment. The methodology developed at Traditional Yoga is the result of intense practice carried out over a period of 45 years under various meditative traditions, representing the ancient lineages of both Hindu, and Buddhist, both Tantric and Theravada traditions prevailing across India, Tibet, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
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    Course Outline

    This course is for serious aspirants who look to Yoga for complete transformation, purification and liberation of the body, mind and soul under the expert guidance of an accomplished and fully enlightened Guru. The course follows the strict ethos of the lineages and traditions of Indian Vedic Ashrams. To become a student of such a teacher is a great privilege and an incredibly rare opportunity, the criteria to join is not payment, but suitability based on the attributes of a student outlined by the great Indian Saints and Gurus of the Yoga tradition including gratitude, humility, devotion, interest and positivity.

    Offered by Yoga Healing Foundation on a donation basis for students who fulfil the course criteria. Application includes an interview.

    Yoga Healing Foundation/ Traditional Yoga was established to restore the noble legacy of Yoga, in its wholeness, undiluted purity and highest standards.

    Dr. Kumar is widely recognised as an inspirational Yogi, trainer of yoga teachers and an award winning scientist. He began his yoga journey at the age of 11 years and attended more than 87 traditional ashrams, learning directly under the expert guidance of great teachers such as Satyananda Saraswathi Maharaj, Krishnamacharya and all the seven students of Sivananda, aswell as in many Himalayan traditions.

    Dr. Kumar is a nuclear scientist and holds two PhDs in Chemistry and Yoga. He is also a trained Merck pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals formulation specialist. His teachings are not only limited to yoga and meditation but he has authority in science based functional and performance based nutraceuticals both macro and micro nutrition. He practices preventive and therapeutic nutrition dealing with phytoextracts to nutrigenomics and peptide based solutions for gene related problems. He is the founder of Vedic Nutraceuticals and The Yoga Healing Foundations of UK, U.S and India. He is a recipient of the prestigious Homi J. Bhabha award for innovations in nuclear science and technology.

    In 1992, Dr. Kumar suffered multiple fractures in his lower spine, hip bones, and pelvic bones, and lost control over his lower torso when he had a road accident. His urethra was ruptured and he was told that he would not be able to have children and may not walk again. After a year of experiencing no progress, he began practicing yoga and started treating himself. After two years of practice, he could run, perform all asanas and also had his first child in 1994.

    This was a turning point for him and he decided to devote his time besides his work to promote the correct understanding of the traditional methods of yoga for body and mind. This includes all physical yoga practices as taught by well-known teachers from whom he learned directly, including Krishnamacharya, Vishnudevananda, Satyananda Saraswati, B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. Also, mind-fitness (meditation) programs in Hindu, Tibetan and Theravada traditions, taught at a deep level with a science based approach for rapid progress. His teachings include progressive practice starting with mantra, through to the highest level mindfulness culminating in self-realisation, actualisation or singularity.

    In essence, he teaches a scientific way of life for total health. He shows us how to live with absolute scientific standards from dawn to dusk. He strongly believes that subjective, perception-based living is the root cause of our problems at both a physical and mental level.

    Dr. Kumar is also a practitioner and teacher of Kayachikitsa. Kayachikitsa is an ancient science focused on the treatment of physical and mental illness. He is one of only three people in the world to have been trained and currently practice in this particular system.

    Dr. Kumar leads intensive training in meditation (raja yoga) theory and practice leading to profound insight and liberation. This is taught as per the Yoga Shastras and Yoga Sanhitha given by Yajnavalkya and later by Patanjali in the form of Yoga Darshana. Besides his regular yoga training courses that take place throughout the year, he teaches three immersive residential courses annually, a 10 day course in the UK, a 10 day course in India in the summer and a 15 day course in India for international students in the winter.

    Dr. Kumar is a consultant trainer at Yogacampus in London. Having trained yoga teachers for the last four decades, drawing on his experiential wisdom and knowledge developed from living and learning in many different ashrams, ancient traditions and teachers, he teaches yoga for mind and body with authority.  He was invited by the United Nations, International Labour Organization in Geneva, to lead celebrations for International Yoga in 2017 and 2018. Outside of reputed Indian institutions, he has also given lectures at Oxfords Brooks University, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Imperial College London and Kyungpook National University School of Medicine in Daegu-Korea.

    Education

    Rather than belonging to any one school, Dr. Kumar’s teaching adheres to the genesis of yoga and its many components.

    Dr. Kumar’s first teacher cautioned him to avoid being limited to the methodology of only one school, realising that each ashram preserves only a few limbs of yoga. This is something Dr. Kumar has followed throughout his life, allowing him to keep an open mind, and continuously learn and expand his knowledge, respecting all traditions.

    As a child he began his formal studies at the Sivananda Ashram under Swamy Vishnudevananda. He was initiated by Swami Chinmayananda, Sachidananda & Omkarananda and later under Swami Rama and Satyananda Saraswathi. He also learned asana practice with BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar among other renowned teachers as well as unknown but equally accomplished Himalayan masters and monks. He learned powerful health rejuvenating pranayamas in Shakthi traditions of Tantra such as Prakrithika (external respiratory techniques), Vaikrithika (internal respiratory techniques) and Kevala (natural respiration). Other schools include Kaivalyadhama-Lonovala, Ananda Ashram-Himachal and Kriya Yoga traditions such as Babaji Kriya Yoga, Yogoda, Mangeshda. His theoretical studies of Hatha Yoga have explored Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Hatha Ratnavali, Gheranda Samhita, Siva Samhita, Hatha Yoga Rahasyam, Kurantaka Yoga and Kapala Kurantaka Yoga and he has translated many of these original texts for his training program.

    Dr. Kumar has studied meditation in Hindu, Yoga, Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist schools including monastic traditions in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and Tibet. His mastery of meditation, honouring the lineage of Patanjali is central to his teaching. He reads Sanskrit and Pali and has sourced and translated rare texts, exploring in particular the relationship between Yoga, Buddhism and Vedanta.

    Yoga used to recover from an accident

    Dr. Kumar’s personal experience of the therapeutic benefits of yoga inspired him to teach. In 1992 Kumar was involved in a road accident. He suffered multiple fractures in the lower spine, hip and pelvic bones. He also lost control over his lower torso and his urethra was ruptured. Having just got engaged, he was told that he would not be able to have children and may not walk again. He was airlifted to his wedding. After being bed-ridden for two years and being told that doctors had little hope for his recovery, finally he used his deep knowledge of yoga to design a systematic program of treatment for himself with asana and pranayama practice. By the following year, he was mobile and in two years he could run. He resumed practicing around 300 asanas and had his first daughter in 1994. In gratitude for the benefit he has received he has volunteered his time to teaching yoga and meditation for free to thousands of people in India and reviving the ancient system of yoga therapy, Kayachikitsa.

    “Yoga is many limbed, and is not to be confused with any form of religion. My aim is to restore the understanding of the relationship of different branches of traditional yoga so as to enable each person to make swift and effective progress”

    What is Absolute Fitness?

     

    Infinite metabolic power that can match infinite metabolic capacity

     

    What is Infinite Metabolic Power?

     

    Ability to deliver oxygen to every cell 24/7 irrespective of demand in consumption

     

    What is Infinite Metabolic Capacity?

     

    Ability of infinite catabolism and anabolism

     

    What is infinite catabolism?

     

    Ability to produce ATP by efficient conversion of macro nutrients

     

    What is infinite anabolism?

     

    Ability to convert ATP in to infinite energy used for cell contraction and Protein Synthesis

     

    What is the way to convert ATP in to infinite energy?

     

    An engineered muscle or cell with highest mitochondria. Phosphoryl oxidation of glucose metabolism and beta oxidation of try glycerides or fats called ketogenesis, for ketogenesis.

     

    What is infinite Protein Synthesis?

     

    Using ATP and nutrients for cell detox, repair, replication and growth resulting into healthy living and long living by increased telomere length and delaying untimely apoptosis and scenescence.

     

    Why Yoga?

     

    Yoga is for infinite metabolic capacity matching infinite metabolic power

     

    Why not Gym resistance training?

     

    The limitation is metabolic power and more anaerobic capacity. Limited aerobic capacity. The energy suitable for fight and flight mechanism. Limited ATP capacity, more consumption of calories or oxygen. Limited energy source.

     

    Why not endurance or cardiac training?

     

    One hour Endurance training: More metabolic power by increased VO2 Max by increased consumption of calories, oxygen and limited ability to burn fat, unless its marathon kind. Wear & tear is very high and limits ejection fraction hypertension related problems because of peripheral resistance or limited metabolic capacity. Contains equal anaerobic and aerobic capacity.

    More than One hour endurance training:

    Limitation is un-matching metabolic power to metabolic capacity, making heart and lungs weak and muscles emaciated like in marathon runners, who suffer from low blood pressure and Lung’s problems. More aerobic very less anaerobic capacity.

     

    Does weight or resistance training as practiced in Gyms and endurance, aerobic, cardiac training practiced by runners, sport, aerobic exercises and Zumba achieve Absolute Fitness?

     

    No…they all result in more consumption of calories, oxygen and more maintenance of body. They can never achieve unlimited metabolic power matching unlimited metabolic capacity. Which means reducing consumption of calories and oxygen for increased ATP, or conservation of energy.

     

    All Other exercises vs Yoga?

     

    All other exercises increase consumption of calories and oxygen, causing metabolic imbalance. Yoga reduces consumption of calories and oxygen resulting in to conservation of energy.

     

    How do other exercises increase consumption?

     

    The more you move away from Body of Stability (BOS), more consumption of energy. More you move towards the center of Body Of Stability more conservation of energy. Or in other words Centre of Mass close to Center of gravity more conservation of energy.  How efficiently or energy you spend to reach the center indicates the conservation or consumption. More you spend, less efficient and less you spend, more efficient.

     

    How in Yoga, conservation of energy is achieved?

     

    The objective of yoga is to realize the stage of ZERO consumption. A yogi consumes a glass of milk twice a day to sustain his life being active. A yogi entered into Sajiva Samadhi consumes ZERO. Entire yoga is based on working within the zone of BOS and towards the center of BOS called origin. Prayatna Shaitinya Ananta Samapattibyam. Effort is to be for effortless. Entire yoga is learnt to balance for stability. A system which is stable (Stiratvam) does not consume energy and thus sustains the system (sukham). A system that is balanced (samam) is always stable (stiram).

     

    In Yoga infinite metabolic Power VS infinite metabolic Capacity can be achieved?

     

    With least input of fuel, getting highest output of energy is possible, when a cell has more volume and filled with more Mitochondria. Higher the mitochondria and higher the nuclei, less is consumption, and more is energy (sattwik).   

    Eg : yoga is like, a car giving more milage and durability by using less fuel  based on design of engine (conservation). Unlike a race car which consumes more and wear out is fast!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    How in Yoga Infinite Metabolic Power achieved?

     

    In classical Kurantaka Yoga Asana practice is divided in to kramas based on their purpose.

     

    Srishti Krama (Aerobic/Cardiac/Endurance) 

     

    This when performed in zero resistance Tibetan and non-Tibetan salutations achieve the required VO2 max easily when combined with breathing technics and meditation practices to achieve zero resistance. The best way to know whether your heart has achieved the intended level of metabolic power is by RHR rest heart rate…The lower the best it is. Within eight weeks if properly practiced 40 to 50 RHR is achievable. The load and pace moving along axis of BOS is the most important factor.

     

    Rakshana Krama (Resistance/Weight/Metabolic/Anabolic training)

     

    The goal being Lean muscle with highest mitochondria, with increased cell volume with more nuclei, entire yoga sequence and asana is based on 2:4:4 concentric: eccentric: isometric contractions for building robust lean muscle with highest mitochondria. The purpose of involving all muscles is to increase capillary density and to build more number of cross bridges of myosin and actine for linear muscle growth. Rakshana karma is the way of designing the type of muscle required. All modern professions don’t involve body but brain. More number of neurons are fired more wiring of brain happens. For today brain users like software, CAs, lawyers, doctors etc..….what is needed is more coordination of neuro motors and sensory motors.., for that lean muscle is required. The objective of yoga is the mind with zero stress and sustained energy.

     

    Shikshana Krama (alignment and balance)

     

    Every posture and every sequence has to follow principles of keeping center of mass in line with center of gravity and moving along axis. Flexions and extensors of saggital plane, exterior and interior bends of frontal plane and axial rotations of transverse planes need to be understood. Thus muscle and working along its orientation plays major role in removing inflammation and conservation of energy. If understood all imbalances or stresses accumulated in the body can be removed and programmed for healthy regrowth. In Yoga its not important about performing a posture, but how it is performed by conservation of energy or using less energy for conversion of inertia in to acceleration is the criteria.

     

    Adhyatmika Krama:

     

    Every anabolic action or contraction is nothing but firing of Ca+ ions making cell acidic triggering mechanisms of anabolic for protein synthesis. It has to be followed by Relaxation of the cell or catabolism to generate enough ATP by firing K+ ions. The objective of yoga is to achieve ZERO resistance which is ATP generation mechanism. Any resistance is ATP consuming mechanism. Hence, in yoga the purpose of anabolic is for catabolic contraction is for relaxation. When every asana and sequence follows this…mind and body feels relaxed and experiences infinite energy whole day.

     

    Chikitsa Krama:

     

    Therapeutics aspect of yoga is respecting the constitution of each individual (IDPT). Yoga is dynamic and adaptogenic …there is nothing that suits for all. Using Upa vinyasas (preparatory asanas) and upa karanas (props) like chair etc… helps in overcoming many muscle and skeletal related problems. The pace and sequencing of asanas help in addressing all modern inflammatory related diseases. It’s the difficult part of yoga, where highest understanding is required.

     

    The classical Kurantaka practice belong to Gompas and Tibetan yoga systems that were learnt by late Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who learnt from Rama Manohara Brahmachary near Kailash.   The expertise of his lifelong learnings are unlimited and Dr.Kumar not only met him in advanced stage of his life to learn , but also learnt from Gompas Tibetan traditions, even before he could learn from late Krishnamacharya.  The modern ashtanga of Pattabhi joice, who was the student of Krishnamacharya represents Rakshana krama and BKS Iyengar who is student and brother in law of Krishnamacharya represent the shikshana krama of kurantaka style and Desikachar represents chikitsa krama or viniyoga style of kurantaka  None of them represents all kramas of kurantaka style  like their  guru!  Absolute fitness through yoga, which mean a good balanced approach of all styles of kurantaka vinyasa yoga.

    This course is for serious aspirants who look to Yoga for complete transformation, purification and liberation of the body, mind and soul.

     

    The course is conducted in Purvashrama Sampradaya, the traditional system of Guru Shishya Parampara of Shrutha Sampradaya, which means the oral tradition, ‘as heard from Gurus’. Every word spoken by Dr Kumar, honours the pure lineages which he graciously represents in absolute gratitude and reverence.

     

    Though online, students on the course are entering into a virtual ashram and should be prepared to conduct themselves with utmost caution, discipline and awareness.

     

    When one enters the gates of an ashram, they must leave their intellectual baggage and prior learning at the door regardless of qualifications, experience or status, and enter in humility, as a beginner, an empty cup ready to be filled with the purest of pure teachings. The path to enlightenment can only be taught by one who has achieved it, going to such a Guru should only be undertaken if one is able to surrender one’s own perceptions and judgments and to understand that everything being taught is necessary for the goal to be achieved. What is taught comes direct from the Pool of Consciousness exactly as it should be in order for us to break out of the bondages of our conditioning. In every traditional ashram in India, the student is at the lotus feet of the Guru in unquestioning devotion and surrender. The Guru is a representative of the Pool of Consciousness and a conduit to Singularity/ Holy Spirit/ Parabrahma/Paramatma/ Allah/ Non-Entropy and the way to connect is through the grace of the Guru’s teaching and voice.

     

    This course is not for those who learn from the head, approach the course an intellectual pursuit, and consider it their right to critically evaluate, judge or take a position of agreement or disagreement on the teachings, as one might do in other educational contexts. Neither is it correct to learn conditionally, partially or on one’s own terms. The only way to learn in such a setting is unconditionally, non-judgmentally and choicelessly, to learn from the heart not from the head, and to establish a sense of connectedness to the Guru so that what flows through him can flow through you.

     

    An enlightened Guru is a super-conductor. Any positive conduct as a student under such a Guru is like planting a mango seed in fertile ground that will bear hundreds of sweet fruit, however, any negative conduct is like planting a bitter seed in fertile ground that will bear hundreds of poisonous fruit. This is the reason why the code of conduct is strictly enforced in any ashram in which the technologies of enlightenment are being taught, it is for the protection of the student, the protection of the community and the protection of the traditions.

     

    There will be no published curriculum, modules or electives. The course teaches us adaptability, flexibility and responsiveness. The course is not a commodity and students are not customers. The course will be taught in the ancient tradition of going to a Guru to choicelessly learn whatever that Guru teaches. The daily class will vary in length so each student needs to have some degree of flexibility about time commitment, any missed portions of classes can be caught up with on non-class days. The teaching style will be very strict, in line with the culture of Traditional Ashrams. Yoga is to be learned orally and experientially, not intellectually or through reading. For thousands of years, Yoga/ Vedic traditions are called Sruthas, which means only by listening. This entire tradition is based on listening, the quickest way to learn more, absorb and adapt to be transformed.

     

    As a student, what is important is to have the right intention, the right attitude and the right devotion in order to benefit from this rare and precious opportunity. The teachings of Yoga do not exist without enlightened teachers to convey them and the student-teacher relationship (Sanskrit: Guru Shishya Parampada) is everything. Even though the course is online this is still very relevant as consciousness has no barriers. The attitude of a student is of paramount importance when taking a course of this nature. This is for your own benefit and in respect for the Guru and great lineage of enlightened teachers who have preserved these teachings.

     

    This course is for those aspiring to follow the highest path of Yoga, who wish to make a soul journey under the expert guidance of an accomplished and fully enlightened Guru. The aim is to become completely selfless, thereby liberating the soul from the ego. To become a student of such a teacher is a great privilege and an incredibly rare opportunity, the criteria to join is not payment, but suitability based on the attributes of a student outlined by the great Indian Saints and Gurus of the Yoga tradition.

     

    The opportunity is to learn Yoga within its authentic Indian cultural context.  In the Indian system a Guru teaches not just techniques but guides one on every single aspect of life, teaching us how to live in purity for the perfect health and happiness of the individual and for the rebalancing society as a whole.

     

    Although the course is for almost four months, the tradition of going to learn with a Guru is to find a guide for a lifetime because this journey is not easy or immediate. Deep transformation takes dedication, perseverance and a burning desire to pursue the path. As long as Dr Kumar is willing to teach, students who uphold the code of conduct can continue their journey with him on an ongoing basis.

     

    The course follows the strict ethos of the lineages and traditions of the noble ones, the Yogis. This is in order to uphold the sanctity, purity and undiluted teachings of those Yogis who selflessly sacrificed their secrets of practice and path, in absolute trust, in order to benefit their devoted students.

     

    What will be taught is the highest science given by enlightened Yogis, not by those who are still seekers or teachers at the stage of exploring mind and body having not yet attained full liberation. The course will teach the pure technique of Self Realisation (Sanskrit: Siddhantha Vicharana / Vidya Paddhathi) as practiced and realised by every Yogi and Saint in India for thousands of years, such as the great Nachiketa, Brigu, Yagnavalkya, Vasista, Vyasa, Krishna, Buddha, Patanjali, Adi Shankara, Jesus, Guru Nanak, Mohammad Prophet.

     

    The following are the expected qualities of a student (Shadguna) as given by Adi Shankaracharya and other important points.

     

    Damamu: Not becoming distracted

     

    Shamamu: The ability to focus

     

    Uparathi: The ability to sustain concentration

     

    Titiksha: The ability to avoid reacting

     

    Shraddha: Total surrender, self motivation, devotion and interest

     

    Samadhana or Gratitude:  The development of humility, ego-lessness and selflessness

     

    Also, Mumuksha: The burning desire to become enlightened. The realisation of Allah, the Holy Spirit, Paramatma, requires perseverance in spiritual progress.

    Suitability is based on agreement  to uphold the strict code of discipline based on the Course Ethos below.

     

    Course Ethos

     

    1.Work hard without expectation/ Nishkaama karma yoga and Karmaphala sanyasa yoga: The fundamental yogic principle to stay happy is to have ZERO expectation, so that anything thus given gives complete satisfaction, happiness and gratitude. Do not come with any preconceived notions of what ‘should’ be taught. If what you expect is to be taught then why is a Guru or tradition required? This amounts to not learning. Dr. Kumar will teach what we need in order to become Yogis as per the traditions, not what we think we need or want. A Karma Yogi appreciates and has gratitude for everything they receive, and accepts challenges smilingly. 

     

    2. Live in the present with an open mind, accepting each moment of the teaching as it comes. This will enable you to get maximum benefit from the spontaneous and dynamic way in with Dr. Kumar teaches. A Guru is a clean water pipe through which the water of the teachings flow, Don’t look for a set package or timetable of teaching that would block that flow, just drink the water and trust that it will nourish and purify you. Yoga is to live in this moment, accept and adapt, instead of  having any expectation about this moment. Because this moment is not created by you or for you but for everyone. Like any other species, instead of questioning what is given in this moment and becoming unhappy, the best way is to accept it.

     

    3. Surrender to the Guru/ Bhakthi Yoga: Surrender is your strength and protection on the path to enlightenment. Take refuge in the Guru. Don’t question or argue with the Guru mentally. Whatever is not understood just leave it be, don’t react. Learn to listen without bringing the filter of subjective interpretation based on past conditioning. Just absorb without putting an intellectual filter of preconceptions and previously learned notions. In order to learn we must unlearn and relearn. As Shankaracharya says, once you have used right discernment to choose an enlightened teacher, then that is it. What the Guru teaches should not be questioned. The student is at the lotus feet of the Guru. If you trust your own perception more than the Guru’s teaching, then why go to a teacher in the first place? This is ingrained in the traditions. Respecting the authority of the Guru is central to the path and if one is not comfortable with this, the course is not for you.

     

    4. Inflammatory response is required for growth. Tarka/Vitarka: A true Guru is not a pleaser or pamperer and is prepared to shake us out of our conditioning even though it is very difficult. A much easier option for a Guru is to only say what we like and avoid saying thing that we don’t like, but with this approach we would never progress.  A Guru shouts and admonishes us in order to bring deep change and clear our karma, this is sometimes called ‘tough love’. Be prepared to go out of your comfort zone. The path to enlightenment takes courage, faith, resilience and dedication. If something being taught triggers a strong emotion in you, that is an opportunity to observe the reaction and learn more about your own unconscious habit patterns. If something has triggered you (perhaps because it challenges your prior learning, perceptions, cultural values or views) don’t create a conflict in your mind or dwell on it, just think ‘I don’t yet understand this’. Live in the present and stay open-minded. A Yogi has a 360 perspective, far greater insight and sees the subtleties of reality that we miss. If a lesson is being taught it has a purpose and a context, it is our job to understand the purpose of the lesson.

     

    5. Be patient / Sahana and Samyama:  If you don’t understand something be patient because learning deeply is like slow cooking, the results are nutritious and tasty. Don’t look for fast food.  If you have specific theoretical questions try to wait, you may find they are answered in another class or you may realise that they are no longer important or necessary. Stay calm and quiet and reflect on whether it is really a worthwhile practical question or just a conceptual one. If it is a valid question you can ask a course volunteer, or if you just want to reach out and connect with a volunteer for a chat that’s fine too.

     

    6. Have humility/Aham Brahmasi: Traditional yoga is a charity: The teaching and the entire course is being given freely and generously by Dr Kumar, supported by volunteers, and what is being given is immeasurable. Please do not ask for more or extra than what is freely given. Please value the time of the volunteers and remember that you are a student not a customer. Please bear with any technical glitches or other course issues that arise, everyone is working very hard to ensure things go smoothly but this can never be 100% guaranteed.

     

    7. Practice with awareness/ Sati/Sadhana /Abhyasa. Please approach your practice with awareness of your individual physical limits and go at a pace that is appropriate for you. Practice meditation as per the course guidelines and if you need help let a volunteer know. If you experience any insomnia let a volunteer know immediately.

    Course Duration: 4 Months

     

    Course Duration: 26th January to 13th May 2022

     

    Course timings:

    Daily classes with Dr. Kumar will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it is strongly recommended that you watch them on the same day as broadcast but if this is not possible you can complete the missed portion of the class on non-class days.

    It is not compulsory to watch live, but it is recommended for those in Time Zones where it is possible. Classes will be streamed live starting at 5am Indian time, then they will be available as a recording on your course page to watch at your convenience any time afterwards.

    The classes have no fixed duration and will vary in length each day, minimum 3 hours.

    A sincere student , who is willing to dedicate 4 to 5 hours everyday  so as  to complete and assimilate the daily classes and practice sessions are suitable for this course.

     

    500 Hours & 200 Hours Certification (Yoga Alliance Accredited)

    Certification is optional and you are also welcome to just attend the course for your own personal learning.

     

    For those taking the certification, a Traditional Yoga 500 hr certificate or a combination of Traditional Yoga 200 hr or 300 hr certification will be issued for those who maintain the code of discipline and who complete all the required elements of the course including assignments, plus any additional tasks and homework given by Dr. Kumar in the classes.

     

    Traditional Yoga is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School. Therefore the certificate issued to you at the end of the course can be used to register with Yoga Alliance if you wish to apply for their accreditation of 200 hr, 300 hr or 500 hr (300 hr accredition is currently in progress with Yoga Alliance). Yoga Alliance terms and conditions apply.

    The Course is offered for free as per ancient traditions of yoga. There is no fee associated with this course.

     

    In view of omicron, the overall application is now simplified to make it easy for the yogi aspirants. Please follow the steps below to submit your application .

     

    1. The aspirant is requested to fill all the fields of course application by clicking on “Start Application”.

     

    2. The aspirant understand that they are reading and agreeing to Code of Discipline & Joining Agreement when submitting the application.

     

    3. There will be a PRE-TEST of 40 mins based on Code of Discipline & Joining Agreement.

     

    4. After you submit the application, we may call you for the interview.

     

    You will be assessed during the interview based on Code of Discipline & Joining Agreement to ensure to check you are a fit for this course.

     

    We will inform you if you are accepted for the course after the interview.

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