Hata Yoga Teacher Training infinite possibilities July 22‐ December 16, 2013 Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India
“Hata Yoga is about aligning your system to the cosmic geometry. A way to become an extension of cosmic reverb.” – Sadhguru
Namaskaram, Thank you for your interest in the Isha Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program. Devised by Sadhguru, a realized master, yogi and a profound mystic, this program offers classical Hata Yoga in its full depth and dimension. The 21‐ week course is an unparalleled opportunity to explore a yogic tradition which has been maintained in its full sanctity and vibrancy for thousands of years. The program will commence on the auspicious day of Guru Pournami, July 22nd, 2013 and will be conducted in the Adiyogi Alayam – a consecrated space specially created for Hata Yoga processes. Program aspects include powerful sadhanas (yogic methods of purifying inner energies), intensive training to teach yogic practices, and various other complementary aspects. Upon successful completion of the program, the trainee will be certified by Isha to teach Hata Yoga and will receive post‐training support. If you would like to learn more about the Isha Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program, kindly review the enclosed information. Please note all applications must be received by July 7th, 2013. Pranam, Swami Ullasa, Program Coordinator
Contents What is Yoga?
The Sacred Science of Yoga
Isha Yoga Center
Adiyogi Alayam – An Abode of Yoga
What is Hata Yoga?
Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program
Isha Yoga Programs
What is Yoga?
“I think it is better I tell you what is not yoga. So much misinterpretation of the word has happened that speaking about what is not yoga is more relevant. Standing on your head, holding your breath or twisting your body is not yoga. Yes, these are various yogic practices, but when we say “yoga” we are referring to a certain state—a certain way of being. The word “yoga” means union. Union means you begin to experience the universality of who you are. For example, today, modern science proves to you beyond any doubt that the whole Existence is just one energy manifesting itself in various forms. If this scientific fact becomes a living reality for you and you begin to experience everything as one, then you are in yoga. Once you experience yourself as everything, or everything as yourself, after that nobody has to tell you how to be in this world. If you experience all the people here as yourself, does anybody have to teach you morals as to how to be? Does anybody have to tell you “don’t harm this person, don’t kill this person and don’t rob this person?” So when you are in yoga, you experience everything as a part of yourself, and that is mukti; that is ultimate freedom. Yoga is a science. Yoga has nothing to do with any particular religion. As there are physical sciences to create external wellbeing, yoga is the science for inner wellbeing. This yogic science is of utmost importance now, like never before, because today we
have tremendous power in our hands. With modern science and technology, tomorrow if we want, we can flatten a mountain or city. When we have this much power in our hands, it is very, very important, that we have an inner sense, an awareness of life and that we experience life and everyone as part of ourselves. Otherwise, we can create a calamity for ourselves and the world around us—which right now we are doing to some extent. This has happened only because we have attended only to the external science. We have never looked at the inner science within us. Just as there is an external science to create external wellbeing, there is an inner science to create inner wellbeing. Yoga can be transmitted on many different levels. One is towards one’s physical and mental wellbeing which includes health and other aspects. Or it could be transmitted as a tool for ultimate wellbeing; in the sense, you can use this system as a stepping stone to go beyond. If you want, you can use this yoga just to get rid of your backache or you can use this yoga to get better mental focus and a little peace of mind and happiness in your life, or you can use this yoga as a way of climbing up to the highest possibility within yourself. Using yoga just for health is not wrong, but it is a crime, because it can be a ladder to the divine. It is a way of approaching the Creator through the Creation. It can take you to places where you have never imagined. It is my wish and blessing that you should know the joy of being truly well, not just physical wellbeing, but to know and exude wellbeing in all dimensions of your existence.” Love and Blessings, Sadhguru
The Sacred Science of Yoga
"The word ‘yoga’ literally means ‘union.’ When you experience everything as one in your consciousness, then you are in yoga." ‐ Sadhguru Initially, yoga was imparted by the Adiyogi (the first yogi), Shiva, over 15,000 years ago. It was Adiyogi who introduced to humanity the idea that one can evolve beyond his present level of existence. He poured this knowing into the legendary Sapta Rishis, or “seven sages,” who carried this powerful yogic science to various parts of the world, including Asia, ancient Persia, northern Africa, and South America. For generations, countless masters, holding it above their own lives, have passed on this sacred thread of knowledge without a single distortion. Classical yoga comprises of various methods to elevate and purify one’s energies and raise one’s perception to its peak. Today however, the refined tools of classical yoga have been largely lost or grossly distorted due to socio‐cultural misunderstandings that have accumulated over many centuries. Only in a very few places, the classical system endures with its full vibrancy and sanctity. Moreover, access to this system has been traditionally reserved for the hardiest seekers and monks who devote their entire lives to spiritual sadhana and austerity. It is Sadhguru’s vision to revive this ancient science in all its purity and make it available to every individual. As a step towards realizing this vision, he has devised the Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program. Here, Hata Yoga will be taught not just for theoretical understanding, but as a living experience. Upon completion of the program, trainees will have the privilege and fulfillment of bringing this knowledge to many more.
According to yogic lore, Adiyogi, Shiva himself, is said to have spent time upon the Velliangiri Mountains, gracing this region with his presence many thousands of years ago. Adiyogi left behind a powerful energy palpably cascading from these mountains even today, earning this region the historic reference “The Kailash of the South.” Generations of oral history in South India detail the lives of countless legendary yogis and exuberant mystics who were drawn to the vibrant energies of these mountains. Working towards the ultimate goal of self‐realization, they transcended the limitations of body and mind, and created tools for liberation. Their mystical knowledge lives on these sacred mountain peaks.
Hailing from this glorious tradition, Sadhguru is an accomplished yogi of the highest order and has complete mastery over the science of consecration. He is among the few rare beings who have been known as “Chakreshwara” or one who has complete mastery over the 114 chakras (energy junctions) in the human system. He has initiated millions of people across the globe into powerful spiritual processes. No single angle provides a complete picture of Sadhguru. A contemporary Guru, he is rooted as strongly in worldly and practical matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom. Whether speaking economics to the world’s statesmen at an international conference or leading intimate disciples through a dynamic meditation, he takes one on the sacred journey from the known to the unknown. Equally at ease with the ancient and the ultramodern, Sadhguru is the most unlikely spiritual Master any one is likely to encounter. Through the process of prana pratishtha (using one’s own life energies), he has consecrated the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple, the Linga Bhairavi Temple, the Chandrakund, the Suryakund, the distinctive Mahima Hall in the US, and the Adiyogi Alayam, the powerful space where the Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program will be conducted. www.sadhguru.org
Isha Yoga Center
Isha Yoga Center, India, is situated about 18 miles from the city of Coimbatore, at the foothills of the sacred Velliangiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Established by Sadhguru as a sacred space for self‐transformation, the Isha Yoga Center provides an atmosphere conducive for any spiritual seeker. The Center houses many elements that make it a place of tremendous energy and dynamism.
Features of the Isha Yoga Center
“Anyone who comes into the sphere of the Dhyanalinga cannot escape the sowing of the spiritual seed of liberation." ‐Sadhguru
The Dhyanalinga measures 13 feet 9 inches in height and is the largest live linga in the world. The dream of many enlightened beings, and the first to be consecrated in many thousands of years, Dhyanalinga, in the metaphysical sense, is like a living Guru – an energy center of tremendous proportions. Just sitting silently for a few minutes within the sphere of Dhyanalinga, is enough to make even those unaware of meditation experience a state of deep meditativeness. The uniqueness of the Dhyanalinga is that all the seven chakras are energized to the very peak and locked. These are seven basic centers in the body representing seven dimensions of life. A doorway to Enlightenment and spiritual liberation, a seeker is offered the opportunity to perform sadhana in utmost intimacy with a live Guru—an opportunity which is traditionally available only to a select few. Dhyanalinga is an unprecedented possibility for the world, and a space where transformation from the limited to the resplendent unbounded can happen in an instant.
Features of the Isha Yoga Center
Linga Bhairavi is a highly expressive and exuberant feminine form of the Divine. Located to the southwest of the Dhyanalinga Temple, the Devi, or goddess, is an earthy, humane, and mother‐like presence, an absolute woman of ultimate proportions ‐ whimsical and compassionate. Devi, unique in her manifestation in the shape of a linga, represents the nurturing and creative aspects of the universe. Consecrated by Sadhguru as a powerful energy form, Linga Bhairavi strengthens the three basic chakras in the human system, thus stabilizing one’s body, mind and energy system. Whether one seeks to acquire, enjoy, or transcend the physical and material aspects of life—Devi assists in whatever one’s aspirations may be. Be it power, strength, and wealth or knowing, and transcendence—Devi is the Ultimate Giver of all that and more.
13 Features of the Isha Yoga Center
The Suryakund and Chandrakund, located within the temple complex, with their powerfully consecrated rasalingas, are preparatory tools that enable an individual to better receive the Grace of the Dhyanalinga. A dip in these vibrant waters greatly enhances spiritual receptivity, straightens out energy imbalances, and has an uplifting effect on one's physical and mental wellbeing. Embedded 30 feet below the ground, and approached by a descent of thirty‐two massive steps, the Chandrakund is framed by gigantic granite stones and vaulted by a colorful mural depicting the Mahakumbha Mela. Measuring 55 x 15 ft., this exquisite artwork follows the traditional Kerala style of painting using natural colors and vegetable dyes.
Isha Rejuvenation Center offers an array of innovative and holistic programs and therapies synthesizing the best of various systems; Yoga, Ayurveda, Siddha, Naturopathy, and Allopathy, for deep detoxification and treatment of certain chronic diseases. Designed by Sadhguru, the programs offered here essentially activate a dynamic rejuvenation process, aimed at restoring vital life energies necessary for healthy living.
Features of the Isha Yoga Center
Architecturally distinctive and visually striking, this 64,000 sq. ft. meditation hall and program facility is the venue for many residential programs catering to various groups. This hall has been consecrated by Sadhguru for conducting advanced spiritual programs. With an expansive white marble floor and a free‐standing pitched roof, the dominating feature of this space is the spectacular wall mural, painted using only natural vegetable dyes and earth extracts, depicting the life of every spiritual seeker. Measuring 140 x 12 ft., this masterpiece of art is the largest of its kind in the world.
Venue of the Training
Adiyogi Alayam – An Abode of Yoga “The reason why we created the Adiyogi Alayam is to bring back classical yoga in its purest form. Without a phenomenal sense of energy, no yoga can be taught. If you teach yoga without creating a vessel of energy, that is not yoga. The Adiyogi Alayam is essentially structured for the science of yoga, where if you simply sit there, really tuned in to what is happening in the hall, you would be able to know all the yoga sutras. If you start observing the nature of your body, this space will take you on faster and further than you imagined possible by yourself. Any kind of meditative processes which involves a certain exploration will happen phenomenally well. If you take one step and explore, the space will take you one step further. It is like, if you earn a hundred dollars, this will give you one hundred dollars bonus. Good deal, isn’t it?” ‐ Sadhguru
Adiyogi Alayam – a tribute to the Adiyogi is a sacred space consecrated by Sadhguru to raise human consciousness. Unique in structure and design, the Alayam, an 82,000 sq. ft. column‐less hall, is an invaluable offering to humanity.
What is Hata Yoga? “Essentially, once we use the word “yoga” attached to anything, it indicates in the tradition that it is a complete path by itself. “Hata” has the word “yoga” attached to it because Hata Yoga is a complete path by itself. If it is a complete path by itself, how it should be approached is the question. If it was just a simple practice, you can approach it one way. If it was an exercise you could have approached it another way. If it was an art form it could be approached another way. Or if it is just entertainment, it could be approached another way. I am using all these examples because all these things have been said about yoga, and they are still in usage in today’s world. People say “recreational yoga,” “health yoga”— people are referring to it as an art form. They think they are doing a service to yoga by saying it is an art form. No. The moment you attach the word “yoga,” it indicates it is a complete path by itself. In most Indian languages, in common usage, the word “hata” means being adamant. This is the quality that you will need. Your body says, “Enough, I had it.” But you are adamant. This is Hata Yoga. Your mind says, “I give up, I can’t do this anymore.” But you are adamant, you simply do it. We want to take the physical form beyond its present levels of limitations. In a way, Hata Yoga means you want to make your comfort zone universal. Right now, for most people, their comfort zone is a very small band. If you make your comfort zone universal, wherever you are, however you are, you are at ease. If I make you stand on your head, you are still at ease. Hell will not work for you; you are adamant enough to frustrate the devil. So Hata Yoga is about creating a body which is not a hurdle in one’s life. The body becomes a stepping stone—not a hurdle, not a roadblock—in one’s progress of blossoming into his ultimate possibility.” ‐ Sadhguru
17 Training Overview
Hata Yoga Teacher Training Program infinite possibilities
July 22nd – Dec 16th, 2013
Duration: 21 weeks Daily Schedule: The schedule is intense, starting early morning and ending in the evening.
Science of Yoga 1. Upa Yoga Upa Yoga is a simple yet powerful set of 10 practices that activate the joints, muscles and energy system. The term “Upa Yoga” is commonly used to denote “usefulness.” Based on a sophisticated understanding of the body’s mechanics, it creates an instant sense of alertness, liveliness and ease to the whole system.
Angamardana is a series of 31 dynamic processes to invigorate the body and reach peak physical fitness. The word “Angamardana” means gaining complete mastery over the limbs, organs and other parts of the body. It revitalizes all the systems of the body including the muscular, skeletal, nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems.
Surya Kriya Surya Kriya is a potent 21‐step yogic practice of tremendous antiquity, traditionally available to a select few. “Surya” means “Sun,” and “kriya” means “inner energy process.” Designed as a holistic process for health, wellness and inner wellbeing, Surya Kriya is a complete spiritual process by itself.
Yogasanas are offered as a set of 36 powerful postures to transform the body and mind into a possibility for ultimate wellbeing. They are a way of aligning the inner system to the celestial geometry, becoming in sync with the existence, thus naturally achieving a state of health, joy, and bliss.
Bhuta Shuddhi is the most fundamental practice in the yogic system. “Bhuta” refers to the five elements, “shuddhi” means “to cleanse.” This purificatory process helps one to achieve a state of harmony and balance which establishes the body for higher levels of sadhana.
Other Aspects Include:
6. Surya Shakti 7. Kriya 8. Pranayam 9. Bandhas 10. Mantra Yoga 11. Nada Yoga 12. Bhakti Sadhana 13. Guided Meditations
II. Anatomy and Physiology Training Overview Students will learn the subjects and application of its principles to the practice of yoga. III. Yogic Physiology Students will learn about subtler aspects of the human body from a yogic perspective. IV. Science of Siddha Students will be introduced to the science of Siddha and its complementary application with the science of Yoga. V. Sacred Places Students will have the unique opportunity to visit places in South India which are of significance to the yogic tradition and also take pilgrimages to some of South India’s most powerful sites in the Velliangiri Mountains, while performing sadhanas devised by Sadhguru to evolve one’s inner experience, appreciation, and understanding of the science of yoga. VI. Yogic Principles and Lifestyle Students will learn the principles of a yogic lifestyle which will be reflected in their daily schedule and life at the Yoga Center. VII. Pancha Bhuta Aradhana A powerful process of Bhuta Shuddhi, purification of the five elements, will be offered to participants at the Dhyanalinga Temple on a specific day of the month known as Shivaratri. It is an effort to bring down that dimension of grace of the Dhyanalinga upon the seeker. The Pancha Bhuta Aradhana stabilizes body and mind and is particularly beneficial for those suffering from physical ailments, a weak constitution, psychological instabilities, disturbed sleep and a constant sense of fear. The Aradhana is also supportive for the fulfillment of one’s ambitions. VIII. Diet Students will learn about a conducive diet for practicing Hata Yoga. IX. Being a teacher
Training Overview X. Teaching Methodology A step‐by‐step methodology has been devised by Sadhguru in training teachers in organizing, demonstrating, assisting and conducting programs. XI. Planning Classes and Modules • Training into 48+ different modules: 1‐day, 3‐day, 1‐week, 2‐week, 1‐month, and ongoing yoga sessions. • Training to prescribe different modules based on participant needs and various class settings one may encounter. • These formats offer flexibility to teach ongoing Hata Yoga sessions (such as in‐studio settings), individual yoga tutoring, and time‐limited yoga workshops. The modules have been designed by Sadhguru and will cover dimensions of Hata Yoga that are currently not being taught anywhere else. XII.
Other Features Students can participate in: • Powerful processes and spiritually significant occasions that take place at the Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi Temples. ●
Festivals and celebrations at the Yoga Center – Guru Pournami, Diwali, Dusshera, Krishna Jayanti, Karthike Deepam, Sadhguru’s Enlightenment Celebration.
The happiness and joy of celebrations have time and again been an occasion for acts of generosity and compassion. These occasions inspire in a person a sense of benediction and gratitude, making one receptive to deeper possibilities in life. At Isha, celebrations are mainly about providing a conducive atmosphere for self‐discovery. Basic and advanced Isha Yoga Programs conducted at the Center.
Rejuvenating therapies and massages at Isha Rejuvenation Center.
Volunteering in various activities at the ashram, which will also help in shaping and maturing one’s attitude.
• Individuals must be at least 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit. • Individuals must be in good physical and mental health, as the course will be intensive. • Understanding of basic English language is required as it is the medium of instruction. Note: Prior experience or knowledge of yoga is not required.
Student Requirements ●
The course requires personal discipline, involvement, dedication and commitment to the process offered. 100% attendance in all classes is mandatory. Students are expected to follow the program schedule strictly.Students must stay in the Center’s premises for the duration of the program. Alcohol, tobacco or other drugs are prohibited in the Center’s premises during the stay. The course does not encourage personal relationships amongst students. Students must have their own health insurance for the duration of their stay at the Center.
Program Facilities Accommodation • Accommodations are provided within the premises. Rooms are equipped with attached restrooms. Two students will share a room. Single and A/C accommodations are also available at an additional cost. Please Note: Men and women will be given separate accommodations, however, if you are attending the program with your spouse and would like to stay together, please specify in your application form.
Wholesome and pranic vegetarian meals will be served twice daily. Seasonal, locally available fruits and vegetables will be provided. To support the training process, participants are asked to avoid consuming coffee and tea. Herbal tea will be available.
Medical Facilities • The Center’s Medical Clinic will provide basic first‐aid and primary medical assistance. Secondary and tertiary care medical facilities are available in the city of Coimbatore, an hour’s drive from the Center. The cost for any medical care will be the responsibility of the trainee.
Teacher Certification After careful assessment of performance, those students that meet the requirements for successful completion, will receive certification from Isha to teach Isha Hata Yoga as an independent teacher. For certified teachers, post‐training support will be provided by Isha on various levels. A continuing training process may be required for teachers to maintain their certification on an ongoing basis.
Application Information Program Fee $10,000 USD • This fee covers all aspects of the program including materials, accommodations, trips, meals and one Pancha Bhuta Aradhana at the Isha Yoga Center for the duration of the program. • If students wish to attend Isha Yoga Programs, additional processes at the Temples, or therapies at the Rejuvenation Center, they would have to bear the expenses.
Registration Procedure • Apply: Download, fill and send the application form along with a scanned copy of a passport‐size photo and a full‐length photo taken in the last three months to [email protected]
• Response: You will be informed of your application’s status within two weeks of submission. • Interview: On receipt and approval of your application, an online interview will be conducted. • Payment: After confirmation of your enrollment, further payment instructions will be sent to you. You will have the option to pay the course fee in two installments. Within two weeks of confirmation, an initial deposit of $2,500 USD is due. The balance payment of $7,500 USD must be received no later than July 7th, 2013. Program capacity is limited, so it is advised to register early to confirm a seat.
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Isha Yoga Programs
Isha Yoga Programs Sadhguru’s vision is to bring the spiritual process into the life of every person on the planet. In this effort, he has created Isha Yoga, a subtle and powerful science. Isha Yoga is structured to promote beneficial changes in one’s inner chemistry to accelerate the release of physical, mental and emotional blocks and produce a life transforming impact of profound experience, clarity and boundless energy. A proven tool for preventive health, Isha Yoga has helped thousands find relief from chronic ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and migraines, as well as from emotional disturbances including depression, anger and anxiety. In addition, practitioners experience enhanced memory, concentration and decision‐making abilities. Primarily by grass‐root initiatives and word‐of‐mouth efforts, Isha Yoga programs have gradually spread around the world over the last three decades, broadening the reach of classical yoga. Sharing Sadhguru’s vision and dedication, hundreds of Isha Yoga teachers, have been trained under his direct guidance to teach various processes including Hata Yoga, Kriya Yoga, meditation and Samyama practices. The universal principles and practices conveyed in Isha Yoga programs have touched and transformed the lives of over 7 million people from all walks of life – from simple tribals to top‐level executives.
Inner Engineering is a 7‐day program which can be thought of as a synthesis of holistic sciences. It helps participants establish an inner foundation and vision for all dimensions of life and find the necessary balance between the challenges of a hectic career and the inner longing for peace and wellbeing. The approach is a modern antidote to stress, and presents simple but powerful processes from yogic science to purify the system and increase health and inner wellbeing. Program components include guided meditations and transmission of the sacred Shambhavi Mahamudra.
Isha Yoga Programs
Inner Engineering Retreat (IER) is a 4‐ day residential Inner Engineering program occurring twice a month at the Isha Yoga Center. Program components include interactive group sessions, treks into the surrounding rainforest and visits to waterfalls, refreshing massages at the Isha Rejuvenation Center, guided tour to the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple and Theerthakunds, and transmission of the powerful Shambhavi Mahamudra. Inner Engineering Online (IEO) is a practical approach for inner transformation in a fast paced world. The online course designed by Sadhguru presents simple, yet powerful tools for an individual to experience life on a deeper level with more awareness, energy and productivity.
Bhava Spandana (BSP) is a 4‐day advanced residential program for those who have been initiated into Shambhavi Mahamudra. Designed by Sadhguru, it provides the possibility to break through limitations of body and mind and experience higher levels of consciousness and a world of unbounded love and joy. The word bhava literally means sensation. Spandana means resonance. Through intense processes and meditations, Bhava Spandana is an opportunity to transcend individuality and resonate with the existence. Shoonya Intensive is a complete path to inner wellbeing. This 4‐day residential program combines Shakti Chalana Kriya—powerful and purifying breathing techniques utilized to encourage the flow of vital energy into the central energy channel, or sushumna nadi—and Shoonya meditation, an effortless process of conscious non‐doing. Together, these practices stimulate the release of physical, mental and emotional blocks and activate the spontaneous expression of vital energy. Participants must complete the Inner Engineering program to participate. Samyama is an intensive 8‐day residential program conducted by Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center. Samyama meditations provide the experiential possibility to free one from the bonds of karma and purify the body‐mind to receive higher levels of energy. Samyama presents the potential for participants to reach heightened levels of consciousness and experience explosive states of meditativeness in the presence of a self‐realized yogi. www.ishayoga.org
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