1 month duration
For foreign and Indian nationals
Dates: 1-30 October
The next chapter of yoga will focus on understanding the traditional yoga vidya and making the effort to move into another level of yoga practice, which is yoga sadhana. The depth of yogic understanding should increase and the true discipline of yoga be imbibed and experienced. This comes through adherence to yogic disciplines and the incorporation of yogic principles in daily life, as a sadhana.
Sadhana indicates the drive and the effort to follow the aspirations defined by yoga. Sadhana means sustained effort over a period of time for a long duration to achieve the aims set out by yoga. There has to be regularity and continuity in that effort, plus belief or conviction. This is stated in the Yoga Sutras (1:14): Sa tu dirgha kala nairantarya satkara sevito dridha bhumih – “It (sadhana) becomes firmly grounded by being continued for a long time with reverence, without interruption.”
To experience yoga in its truest sense of the word, one has to move from practice to sadhana in order to experience the aims defined by the yogic principles. By following the aims of the yogic principles and the yogic branches and aspiring to experience them, practice becomes progressive, regulated and beneficial.
Yogic dimensions of the human personality
All five koshas, body, mind, energy, consciousness and spirit are the five aspects that make one whole personality. The approach of yoga is to access all these dimensions of the personality. The chosen yoga practices for deepening experience in sadhana must also be able to activate the experiences underlying all these five different levels and dimensions.
Moving from annamaya, the gross body, to anandamaya, the spiritual experience, indicates the development of the total human personality. Developing the human nature and personality involves moving from annamaya, the body, to manomaya, the mind, to pranamaya, the energy, to vijnanamaya, the consciousness, to anandamaya, the experience of spirit. All aspects of the human nature and personality must rise together. Any kind of yoga practice must cater to all these five different components of life.
Progressive Yoga Vidya Training is an intensive sadhana, intended for those who are already practicing yoga and have prior experience. It is not a teacher training program.
The application form can be downloaded here. Please contact Bihar School of Yoga for more information by phone or post. If contacting by post please send a stamped, self addressed envelope for reply.
The application form can be downloaded here.
Please contact Bihar School of Yoga for more information by phone or post.
If contacting by post please send a stamped, self addressed envelope for reply.