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Free Online Traditional Meditation Teacher Training Based on Darashanas Or Sanathana Dharma For Yoga Teachers and Students to become a Yogi
RYIT200 Dates: Jun 15th, 2022 – Sep 16th, 2022
RYIT500 Dates: Sep 16th, 2022 – Dec 16th, 2022
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 (the course is offered free), 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.
“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” – Dr Kumar
This union of the mind and body is called Dhyan or Dhanya. The purpose and science of Yoga is to dive into the depths of the mind and the fields of energy to achieve the least quantum state of energy, Singularity. This science of Yoga will never change. It will be the same. Fire is fire millions of years ago and now. A human will never change. His nature of duality will be the same forever unless until he changes it.
A mind with perception, prejudices, ego can never see the reality. A mind in purity can only see the reality. A mind in purity can see the 360 degrees reality. Only a Yogi can see this reality. A Yogi is thousand headed and their brain works as parallel processors for the community. A Yogi or enlightenment means no defect or impurity should be born or accumulated again. It is defect and impurity free. One should learn from that experienced Yogi or Acharya.
Entire body goes into lowest quantum state. State of elixir and super fluid and becomes so light. Chemical flow that makes you flow, makes you light in the end you are ready, soul is ready to leave onto lap of its mother. Your spirit wants to be on the lap of Holy Spirit. Your spirit becomes Holy Spirit. Your soul becomes with one that dissolves entire body like a clay pot when there is rain.
The science and engineering to dissolve this body is hatha yoga. The best and the first to dissolve all elements of this body is the practice of hatha yoga. It is yoga that strengthens and prepares the mind that transforms the mind and body. Preparation of your cells to conserve energy. Preparation of a cell for soul is called hatha yoga. It is the shortest way to reach the goal of Allah, Holy Spirit. It is the technology of the highest skill to prepare the body for purification of the mind.
Dissolving five sense doors in five elements, dissolving five elements in mind, intellect and ego, dissolving mind, intellect and ego in consciousness dissolving consciousness in observer. When observer becomes observed, that is called purity, Singularity, Allah, Holy Spirit.
Cleaning can be done by hatha yoga by means of shatkarma, the six cleansing techniques by asana, mudra, bandhana, practice of pratyahara, practice of breath leading to dhyana samadhi. These are the seven limbs of hatha yoga. Six cleansing which are shatkarma, asana, third is mudra bandhana fourth is pratyahara fifth is pranayama, pranasamyama sixth is dhyana and seventh is samadhi. These are seven practices, seven limbs of hatha yoga, these are the technologies of making this body, soul eternal and immortal.
By six cleanses entire body gets cleansed by proper asana every cell becomes strong. Practice of mudra bandhana brings stillness, lightness. By practice of pratyahara, training sense doors and tweening them of their taste brings confidence and courage. Practices of breath brings lightness. Practice of dharana, dhyana takes you to experience and prepares your mind and body to say and experience purity of a soul, adorer of a soul and when you are lost in vairagya, detachment and when your soul is free from the clutches of ego, free from the desire, free from the resistance, free from consumption, free from taste no doubt it will get liberated called samadhi.
When you practice these 6 cleansing techniques entire grossness like inertia, tightness is gone and you will achieve effortless way of practicing. Effort is to be effortless. Your breathing and your asana becomes easy and effortless only when you purify all the gross impurities. All the six cleansing techniques removes entire grossness. It removes inertia, tightness, knots in the body. It removes all the doshas of Vata- air, pitta- acidic, kapha- solidity (solidity, heaviness, joint stiffness).
You can only practice these techniques under the most skilled one. You must learn these cleansing techniques of shatkarma from an acharya who is skilled, learnt and experienced. That experienced your teacher should be. You should not from an ordinary teacher. Is your yoga teacher at the level of Acharya? At the level of Patanjali, acharya Nagarjuna, Shankaracharya or at least Krishnamacharya? You must learn Yoga from the reverend Gurus. You should not compromise.
You cannot learn yoga overnight or even in a year or two. A Yogi is not produced overnight. A monk takes a minimum of 25 years to become a Lama. Yoga is also a journey which has to be learnt from an Acharya.
During this course, learn Dhyan from an Acharya representing Tibetan Dharma Ketti and Nagarjuna Acharya embracing the culture and restoring roots of nothingness and emptiness. Zero Resistance Adyatmika krama, Alignment and Balance Shikshana Krama and Therapeutic/ Restorative Chikitsa Krama, Asanas and Pranayamas which are useful for meditation practice are given during this course systematically. Covering the progressive stages of purification, working with the physical body through asana, the subtle cellular body with pranayama practice, and all levels of the mind with meditation.
Offered by Yoga Healing Foundation on a donation basis for students who fulfil the course criteria. 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 recognized 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.
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 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”
The course includes meditation which is the most subtle and advanced limb of Yoga. As the great Yogi Swatmarama taught over 1100 years ago, Hatha Yoga practice is an excellent preparation for those who wish to make the journey of deep transformation of the mind, rather than an end in itself. The methodology for working with the mind is given by Saint Patanjali and Dr Kumar’s lived experience and profound understanding of the ‘Yoga Sutras’ will be at the heart of the course.
This is a rare opportunity to make a soul journey with Dr Kumar, the Guru who is grounded in the ancient traditions and the pure science of Yoga, who has explored the entire field of consciousness and gone beyond, to realise singularity, enlightenment. This journey cannot be made without the guidance of a teacher who has accomplished it.
You will complete the course with a changed perspective on Meditation and life, a deep understanding of the traditional culture and practice, and a profound respect for the lineage of Yogis who have selflessly preserved and passed on this precious wisdom for thousands of years.
You will cultivate discernment about the various techniques and will understand how to practice them correctly. Because of Dr Kumar’s mastery of practices from such diverse traditions, the purpose, scope and original context of each technique will be taught to a level that is not found in the world today.
Although the course is part-time, it will be powerful and in-depth. Applicants should be ready to immerse themselves deeply in a rigorous, challenging and life-changing experiential training program.
Dr Kumar’s has been leading in-person yoga and meditation teacher training courses and meditation retreats for over a decade in India and the UK, and online for the past couple of years. Students on the online 200 hour & 500 hour Yogi and Meditation Training courses have experienced how profound even the online experience of learning and meditating with Dr Kumar can be.
Testimonial from Rosemary Bennett (British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Trainer):
“Very many thanks indeed, respected Sir, for the fine teacher training course that has taken place over the last five months. Every day brought something new, a fresh topic, a new angle on something familiar. It has been inspiring and refreshing. Your limitless generosity knows no bounds as you nurture your students and do everything you can to lead us to experience Pure Consciousness for ourselves. This has not been taken for granted. We remember, it is not enough to have a good, an enlightened teacher, there also has to be a good student for learning, for progress to happen. When you have these two things, an alchemical combustion takes place. May we walk in your footsteps and be worthy of your instruction. Sincere thanks and deep gratitude.”
The journey is to live in our hearts, not in our egos, to silence the chatter of the brain and discover overflowing gratitude, kindness, compassion, and unconditional love within when the mind becomes still and pure. In crystal clear waters you can see hundreds of metres depth, free from mud and the suspended particles of brain noise, reactions, emotions, and stress. A bright, clear mind and a light body are attained with conservation of breath.
As Vasishta teaches Rama, without understanding the link between body, breath, and mind there is no Yoga at all. The journey of the mind further dives deep down into the unconscious, to remove habit patterns of suffering by working with the DNA to change our gene expression at a root level. This requires serious practice. Observation, known in Sanskrit as Darshana is at the heart of Yoga. With the expert guidance of Dr Kumar you will learn how to be observers within. As per the traditions and lineages the technique is always transmitted by sound in the form of chanting, having practiced in the most traditional schools and original forms, the teachings from his voice and mastery of the sound of silence will tune us to experience deep peace, purification and transformation. Every scripture of yoga or spirituality was transmitted down in the form of sound. The tradition is always “as I heard”, “Evam Sutam” “Tvam Shrutam”, so also when learning from Dr. Kumar
Every step given by Patanjali will be practiced on this course, so students must commit to a strict code of conduct starting with Yama and Niyama. The last of the Niyama’s of Patanjali is Eeshwara Pranidhanaha, surrender to an enlightened teacher. The course will uphold this essential aspect of the Yoga tradition in order for students to gain maximum benefit. The teachings of Yoga do not exist without enlightened teachers to convey them and the teaching of the guru is transformative if the student is able to listen unconditionally and in ‘surrender’. This means putting aside one’s expectations, preferences and perceptions, previous knowledge and intellectual conditioning and just being open, keeping the mind as an empty cup to be filled with the purity of the teachings.
The course will be thorough, detailed and comprehensive yet there will be no pre-published curriculum, modules or electives. The course teaches us adaptability, flexibility and responsiveness. In life we never know what each day will bring, similarly it is part of the training to approach each class without any preconceived notions or expectations of what will be covered. The abundance of knowledge, insight and experience could never be anticipated.
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.
Testimonial from a yoga and meditation teacher on the RYT500:
“A few years ago, I took a short meditation course with Traditional yoga under the guidance of Dr Kumar.
I’d never met anyone from the tradition before, so it was a bit of a leap of faith.
I’d suffered a back injury and knew that a regular meditation practice would help with managing the pain.
Initially I had no intention of teaching meditation but the positive changes that I was experiencing just had to be shared. My students included busy mums like me, stressed out blokes and health workers with high blood pressure.
And by teaching I was doing!
I’m now taking the online trainings with Dr Kumar, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
His teachings and practices have massively improved my health and the health of my family.
I feel I’m becoming a better person, a kinder person, a more compassionate human and this positively impacts in all of my relationships.
Don’t hesitate to sign up for this training, take that leap because it could be just what you need.”
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.
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 last few 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.
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 is initiating the meditation teacher training of ‘Pranasamyama Vidya’ for yoga teachers. 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 50 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.
The course is suitable for those who are able to seriously commit to working deeply with Dr Kumar, following the highest level of discipline, dedication and devotion to the teacher, the lineage of Yoga and the teachings. Previous experience is not a requirement.
This course is an opportunity for deep, holistic, and experiential learning, grounded in the purest traditions and lineages, underpinned by profound explanations of the science of body and mind.
The course is suitable for those who are looking to develop their own personal meditation practice, as well as those who wish to teach. The course will be a wonderful journey for those who are seeking authentic knowledge and will be rigorous and challenging in order to make maximum progress. We welcome you to join no matter what stage you are at in your journey.
Suitability is based on agreement to uphold the strict code of discipline based on the Course Ethos below.
Course Ethos1. 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 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 presentwith 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. Here are some public webcast links to view on Youtube:
Daily classes with Dr. Kumar will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it is strongly recommended that you watch them live or 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 every day so as to complete and assimilate the daily classes and practice sessions are suitable for this course.
200 Hours and 500 Hours Certification (Accredited with International Yoga Alliance)
Certification is optional and you are also welcomed to just attend the course for your own personal learning.
For those taking the certification, a Traditional Yoga 200 hr and 500 hr certificate 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 at the end of each course.
Traditional Yoga is a registered Yoga School with International Yoga Alliance (IYA). Therefore, the certificate issued to you at the end of the each course can be used to register with IYA if you wish to apply for their saccreditation.
A student is automatically enrolled for both the courses RYIT200 and RYIT500 (Jun thru Dec 2022).
If a student opts for the first course RYIT200, the student will receive only 200hr certificate if the student fulfills the criteria of the RYIT200 course.
If the student opts for six month course (entire duration of both the courses RYIT200 and RYIT500), they can receive both 200hr and 500hr certification if they fulfill the criteria for both the courses.
If the student opts for only three months course starting in Sep 2022, the student is eligible to receive only 200hr certification although it is a 500hr course..
The Course is offered for free as per ancient traditions of yoga. There is no fee associated with this course.
- The aspirant is requested to fill all the fields of course application by clicking on “Start Application”.
- The aspirant understand that they are reading and agreeing to Code of Discipline & Joining Agreement when submitting the application.
- You will be conditionally approved for both the courses RYIT200 and RYIT500 FREE Online Meditation Teacher Training Courses (June – December 2022) when you submit your application.
Please read the Code of Discipline, understand about Guru and Tradition (sampradaya) and the Lineage (parampara).
Experience of Aspirants with past meditation practices (from other disciplines) is no way considered as either eligibility or merit for approving conditionally. Rather they are mandated to read, understand and assimilate Code of Discipline in detail.
Be ready to unlearn and relearn with an open mind.You will be observed in the first month on the following criteria to get approved and to continue on the course after the first month –
- Writing Gratitude Messages every day, tradition of expressing Modana (gratitude) every moment by Anumodana (expressing joy by listening to Guru) only positivity by body, mind and speech, irrespective of anything and everything.
- Response to the mentor or volunteer or counselor and compliance with suggestions given by them and showing respect in gratitude to their service to tradition and yoga as a pure charity.
- Keeping up with the course on day to day basis.
- Practicing given technics and submitting their practice demos (through videos) for correction and compliance to correction.
- Compliance to suggested modifications with respect to diet, nutritional advise, sleep and more important to day- to-day life.
- Any personalities with criticism, blame, being negative in approach and attitude, egoistic behavior, stubbornness, insensitivity, lies, lethargy and laziness in any way is discouraged and will lead to removal from the course without any notice.
This is a pure Himalayan strict tradition of path of vairagya (detachment) as given by saints of traditional lineages, as given by the Yagnavalkya, the Buddha and the Patanjali. It may not be suitable for all as this course is only for serious aspirants. If you have past experience in yoga and meditation, it is emphasized to strictly read, and understand Code of Discipline thoroughly.
The course follows a strict Code of Discipline similar to any Lama tradition, Gelug and Nyungma tradition of the Himalayas.
A strict Code of Discipline will only allow you to continue in this tradition and your activity is constantly monitored to ensure you are truly an aspiring student with burning desire to learn and transform. Start the application only if you are that aspiring student of the teachings of the ancient tradition.