(25-Hour CET Yoga Alliance Certificate Course) with Raj
About the 25-Hour Yoga CET
25-Hour Yoga Alliance Accredited CET:
Yoga Within – Walk the Inner Path
(24 contact hours, 1 non-contact hour)
What is Yoga? Yoga means union of the body, mind and spirit with the Divine. Yoga is a way of living that strives towards a healthy body, holistic mind and happy life. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition and Yoga philosophy is one of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism. It is not merely about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.
The aim of the workshop is to share ‘Yoga As It Is’. This workshop will help you to understand the deeper aspects of Yoga and will transform your practice as you will learn the Why, What & How of Yoga practice. You will gain the knowledge to take your yoga practice beyond the mat into everyday living and being in the present.
Learn Classical Yoga from its roots of India. Embrace Yoga in its totality – which is not limited to yoga postures or just the body but an all-encompassing practice leading to the union of body, mind and soul. This workshop will become a milestone in your yoga journey.
Schedule & Description 課程時間與內容
Day 1 : What is Yoga? (History, evolution and the present) & Muladhara Chakra Dharana
5 Janaury (Sat): 09:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj”. Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or Jivatma with the Universal Consciousness or Paramatma. Yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian body of knowledge comprised of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in ancient India. The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-vedic Indian traditions. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspects of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potential of the human mind and soul.
Learn about yoga’s long rich history, which can be divided into four main periods of innovation, practice and development such as pre-classical, classical, post-classical and modern yoga. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Indian yoga masters began to travel to the West, becoming pioneers who popularised hatha yoga and gaining millions of followers for the hatha yoga practice all over the world. Hatha is one branch of yoga in which we use the physical practices – including postures, breathwork, dietary selection, and other “external” means – to build better control of our thoughts in order to move ultimately toward one-mindedness.
Muladhara (Sanskrit: मलू ाधार) or Root chakra is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is where the three
main nadi separate and begin their upward movement. It is symbolised as a four-petalled lotus. Muladhara is represented with the colour red. The yogi starts his spiritual journey by focusing on this chakra. The seed syllable is Lam (pronounced lum), the deity is Ganesh. Muladhara Chakra is the root centre that is responsible for connection with the physical aspects of life such as stability, safety, security and acceptance.
5 points of Yoga Synthesis & Svadhisthana Chakra Dharana
Swami Vishnudevananda condensed the essence of the yoga teachings into five principles for physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth. These are the core teachings of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams.
- 11. Proper Exercise : Proper exercise here means the practice of yoga asanas. The body is as young as its spine is flexible. A consistent and well-balanced asana practice will fulfil all the necessities of the human
- Proper Breathing : Control of the Prana leads to control of the mind. Breathing exercises are called Pranayamas, which means to control the Prana. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical, which increases vitality and mental clarity.
- Proper Relaxation : Proper relaxation refers to both efficient and adequate sleep as well as Yoga Nidra & Savasana. In order to achieve perfect relaxation, three methods are used by yogis: "Physical", "Mental", and "Spiritual" relaxation. Relaxation is not complete until the person reaches that stage of spiritual relaxation.
- Proper Diet : The Yogic diet helps to attain a high standard of health, keen intellect and serenity of mind. The yogic diet is a vegetarian one, consisting of pure, simple, natural foods that are easily digested and promote health and eco-consciousness.
- Positive Thinking & Meditation : We become what we think. Thus we should entertain positive and creative thoughts. The mind becomes calm and steady and will gradually come under perfect control through regular practice of meditation. It opens the door to intuitive knowledge and realms of eternal bliss.
Svadhishthana (Sanskrit: \वाhधPठान) or Sacral chakra is located at the root of sexual organs, along the spine in the subtle body. It is symbolised as a six-petalled lotus. Svadhisthana is represented with
a white lotus within which is a crescent moon with six orange petals. The seed mantra is Vam, and the presiding deity is Brahma. Svadhisthana Chakra is the emotional centre and is responsible for our likes, dislikes, desires, thoughts and attachments.
Day 2 : 4 Paths of Moksha & Manipura Chakra Dharana
6 January (Sun): 09:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm
The science of yoga imbibes the complete essence of the way of life. All the paths lead ultimately to the same destination – union with Brahman or God – and the lessons of each of them need to be integrated if true wisdom is to be attained. Every person possesses and identifies with each of these elements: intellect, heart, body and mind. Everyone can practise certain techniques from each path in accordance with individual temperament and evolution, balancing and unifying these various approaches. The four main paths of Moksha are Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga.
1) Jnana Yoga or Path of Self-enquiry & Wisdom
2) Bhakti Yoga or Path of Devotion & Surrender
3) Karma Yoga or Path of Action & Selfless Service
4) Raja Yoga or Path of Mind & Energy Control
Manipura (Sanskrit: म£णपरू ) or Solar Plexus chakra is located in the naval region along the subtle body's
spinal column. It is symbolised as a 10-petalled lotus. The Chakra is represented as a downward pointing triangle with 10 petals and with the colour yellow. The seed syllable is RAM, and the presiding deity is Vishnu. Manipura Chakra is the fire centre and is responsible for willpower, determination, confidence and self-esteem.
Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga & Anahata Chakra Dharana
Patanjali’s Yoga-Sûtras, the first systematic presentation of yoga, was written some time during the classical period. The text describes the path of Raja Yoga, often called the "Royal Path". Patanjali organised the practice of yoga into an "eight-limbed path" popularly known as Ashtanga yoga, which contains the steps and stages towards obtaining Samadhi or enlightenment. Raja Yoga creates stillness and contemplation as the path unfolds throughout the eight limbs which then fold back to the first couple of verses in the sutras, from prakruti back to purusha. Patanjali is often considered the father of yoga and his Yoga-Sûtras still strongly influence most styles of modern yoga.
1) Yama - Restraints, Moral Discipline or Moral Vows
2) Niyama - Positive Duties or Observances
3) Asana- Yoga Postures
4) Pranayama - Breathing Techniques
5) Pratyahara - Sense Withdrawal
6) Dharana – One-pointed Concentration
7) Dhyana - Meditation
8) Samadhi - Moksha / Nirvana / Enlightenment
Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत) or Heart chakra is the subtle centre of inner divine melody, located next to the heart and behind it along the subtle spinal column. It is believed to
be the psychic energy centre. It is symbolised by a lotus with 12 petals and the colour green. Within it is a yantra of two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolising a union of the male and female. The seed mantra is YAM, the presiding deity is Ishvara Shiva. Anahata Chakra is the heart centre that is all about our relationships with others and is responsible for unconditional love, kindness and compassion.
Day 3 : The Secrets of Hatha Yoga & Vishuddha Chakra Dharana
(5 Bhoota, 5 Kosha, 5 Vayu, 3 Granthi and 3 Guna)
12 January (Sat): 09:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Guṇa depending on the context means virtue, quality or attribute. These three gunas are called: sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic). All of these three gunas are present in everyone and everything; it is the proportion that is different. The interplay of these gunas defines the character of someone or something, of nature, and determines the progress of life.
Granthis are the energy knots or blocks in our personality where the energy & consciousness interact and manifest in a particular way. Granthi (psychic knots) in the central pathway (sushumna-nadi) are obstacles preventing the full ascent of the serpent power. According to the yogic tradition, there are three granthis: 1) Brahma Granthi 2) Vishnu Granthi & 3) Rudra Granthi. Each aspirant must transcend these barriers to make a clear passageway for the ascending kundalini.
A Kosha, usually rendered "sheath", is a covering of the Atman (or Self), according to Vedantic philosophy. Pancha-koshas from gross to fine are as follows: Annamaya kosha "foodstuff" sheath, Pranamaya kosha "energy" sheath, Manomaya kosha "mind-stuff" sheath, Vijnanamaya kosha "wisdom" sheath & Anandamaya kosha "bliss" sheath.
Pancha Bhoota (five great elements) is a group of five basic elements, which, according to Hinduism, is the basis of all cosmic creation – and the human body is considered to be made of these five elements. They are: Prithvi (Earth), Apas/Jal (Water), Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), Aakash (Ether). These elements have different characteristics and account for different faculties of human experience.
The ancient yogis discovered that prana (life force energy) could be further subdivided into energetic components called Vayus (winds). The five vayus of prana all have very subtle yet distinct energetic qualities, and govern different areas of the body including specific functions and directions of flow. The yoga tradition describes five vayus as follow : prana vayu (different from prana), apana vayu, samana vayu, udana vayu, and vyana vayu.
Vishuddha (Sanskrit: hवशु\ध) or Vishuddhi or Throat chakra is located at the base of subtle body's throat.
It is symbolised as a 16-petalled lotus. The Vishuddha is iconographically represented as a silver crescent within a white circle with 16 light or pale blue/turquoise petals. The seed mantra is HAM, and the residing deity is Sada Shiva. Vishuddhi Chakra is the communication centre and is responsible for listening, speaking, expression, communication, serenity and purity.
Law of Karma and Bhagavad Gita & Ajna Chakra Dharana
“Karma" literally means "deed" or "act", and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction. The Law of Karma explains causality through a system where beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions, creating a system of actions and reactions throughout a soul's reincarnated lives to form a cycle of rebirth. The Bhagavad-gita categorises karma, listing three kinds of human actions: (1) Karma: those which elevate, (2) Vikarma: those which degrade and (3) Akarma: those which create neither good nor bad reactions and thus lead to liberation. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determine our future. Not all karma rebounds immediately. Some accumulate and return unexpectedly in this or other lifetimes. Everything that we have ever thought, spoken, done or caused is karma. Hindu scriptures divide karma into three kinds:
- Sanchita Karma is the accumulated karma.
- Prarabdha Karma is the accumulated karma that has "ripened" and appears in the present life.
- Kriyamana or Agami Karma is everything that we produce in the current life.
The Bhagavad Gita literally means "Song of the God", a 700-verse scripture written in Sanskrit and is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna. Facing the duty as a warrior to fight the righteous war with his own kith and kin, Arjuna is counselled by Lord Krishna to "fulfil his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and establish Dharma. A synthesis of knowledge, devotion and action without desire is given as a prescription for Arjuna's despondence – the same combination is suggested as a way to moksha.
The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of the concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, the yogic ideals of moksha through Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Raja Yoga and Samkhya philosophy. Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita refers to the skill of union with the ultimate reality or the Absolute. Swami Sivananda regards the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita as having a progressive order, by which Krishna leads "Arjuna up the ladder of Yoga from one rung to another."
- Chapters 1–6 = Karma yoga, the means to the final goal
- Chapters 7–12 = Bhakti yoga or devotion
- Chapters 13–18 = Gyaana yoga or knowledge, the goal itself
Ajna (Sanskrit: आ½ा) or Third-Eye chakra is the subtle centre of energy, believed to be located between the eyebrows and located behind it along the subtle (non-physical) spinal column. It is symbolised by a
lotus with two petals. The seed syllable is AUM and the presiding deity is Ardhanarishvara. It is at this point that the two sides of nadi Ida (yoga) and Pingala are said to terminate and merge with the central channel Sushumna, signifying the end of duality. It corresponds to the colours violet, indigo or deep blue. Ajna Chakra is the centre of intuition, responsible for clarity, inner wisdom, insight and clairvoyance.
Day 4 : 4 Puruṣārtha & 4 Ashrama & Sahasrara Chakra Dharana
13 January (Sun): 09:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Puruṣārtha literally means an "object of human pursuit". It is a key concept in Hinduism that refers to the four proper goals or aims of human life. The four puruṣārthas are Dharma (righteousness, moral values), Artha (prosperity, economic values), Kāma (love, desires, psychological values) and Mokṣha (liberation, spiritual values). All four Purusharthas are important but in cases of conflict, Dharma is considered more important than Artha or Kama in Hindu philosophy. Moksha is considered the ultimate ideal of human life.
Ashrama (āśrama) is one of four age-based life stages discussed in ancient and medieval era Indian texts. The four ashramas are: Brahmacharya (student), Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (retired) and Sannyasa (renunciation). The Ashramas system is one facet of the Dharma concept in Hinduism. It is also a component of the ethical theories in Indian philosophy, where it is combined with four proper goals of human life (Purusartha) for fulfilment, happiness and spiritual liberation. Each Ashrama stage places different levels of emphasis on the four proper goals of life, with different stages viewed as steps to the attainment of Hindu philosophy’s ideal called Moksha.
Sahasrara (Sanskrit: सह ार) or Crown chakra is the top-most chakra in the subtle body, located in the crown of the head. This is the highest spiritual centre and the state of pure consciousness, within which there
is neither object nor subject. The chakra is symbolised by a lotus with 1,000 multi-coloured petals and the diety is Kaala Bhairava. Sahasrara Chakra is the crown that is just above the head and establishes our connection to the cosmos in addition to the energetic effect on our entire system.
Shiva : Science of Soul; Dvaita and Advaita & Chakra System
Shiva is also known as Adiyogi, regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts. At the highest level, Shiva is regarded as formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute Brahman, and the primal Atman (soul, self) of the universe. Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome depictions. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash as well as a householder with wife Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya. In his fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. The main iconographical attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, his sacred ash-covered body and blue throat, riding on the bull with the serpent around his neck, the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the trishula as his weapon, and the damaru.
The Trimurti is a concept in Hinduism in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer or transformer. In Yajurveda, the duality of Shiva's fearful and auspicious attributes such as two contrary sets of attributes for both malignant or terrifying (Sanskrit: rudra) and benign or auspicious (Sanskrit: śiva) forms can be found. Shiva is the both the source and the destination; creation and dissolution; light and darkness; beginning and end; purusha and prakriti, atman and brahman all together. The term Shiva also connotes "liberation, final emancipation" and "the auspicious one".
Adi Sankara, an Indian philosopher who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic school of Vedanta), advocates that the creator is not the ultimate reality and indeed "I am God" is the supreme truth, the pursuit of self-knowledge is spirituality. Advaita refers to its idea that the soul (true Self, Atman) is the same as the highest metaphysical Reality (Brahman). Advaita Vedanta emphasises that moksha (liberation) is achievable in this life in contrast to other Indian philosophies that emphasise Videhamukti (moksha after death). Advaita Vedanta believes that moksha is not something that can be acquired or reached. Ātman (Soul), the goal of moksha, is something that is always present as the essence of the self and can be revealed by deep intuitive knowledge which destroys avidya (ignorance), psychological and perceptual errors related to Atman and Brahman, and is obtained through three stages of practice – sravana (hearing), manana (thinking) and nididhyasana (meditation).
Chakra (wheel or circle) is any centre of subtle body believed to be a psychic-energy centre. Chakras are believed to be part of the subtle body, not the physical body, and connected by energy channels called Nadi. "Shat-Chakras" refer only to the chief six Chakras such as Muladhara, Svadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha and Ajna. Sahasrara Chakra is the chief of all the Chakras and is situated above all the Chakras. All chakras have an intimate connection with this centre.
The Chakras are considered to be meditation aids, wherein the yogi progresses from lower Chakras to the highest Chakra blossoming in the crown of the head reflecting the journey of spiritual ascent. The Chakras are visualised with an energy god residing dormant in the chakra with an aim to awaken it within. Chakra meditation can energise the kundalini energy and when the feminine Kundalini Shakti rises, it breaks through 3 knots (granthis) to discover and realise the Shiva within. When it unites with the masculine Shiva, the yogi achieves self-realisation and a state of liberating samadhi is attained.
FULL 25-Hour Programme:
25-Hour Yoga Alliance Accredited CET:
Yoga Within – Walk the Inner Path
5 & 6, 12 & 13 January 2019
Total 25.0 hours (24 contact hours, 1 non-contact hour)
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25 Hour Yoga CET: INNER YOGA & SHAT CHAKRA MEDITATION
5 & 6, 12 & 13 January 2019
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12.0 hours per weekend
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25 Hour Yoga CET: INNER YOGA & SHAT CHAKRA MEDITATION
5 & 6, 12 & 13 January 2019
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