Pragya – Invocation of Awareness 200-Hour Teacher Training with Aarya Kuldeep
15 August–19 November World Trade Centre & Starstreet Precinct
Based on the modern context, this yoga teacher training is a structured programme consisting of fundamental yoga knowledge. Participants will take on a transformational journey, comprising ancient techniques (Hatha Yoga) and rich knowledge. The process of understanding will form a solid foundation for practitioners.
This training reinforces a practitioner's awareness on the foundational elements of yoga through experiencing and revisiting (subject). Yoga traditions and the pedestal elements of yoga will in introduced in chronological order. The synergy between ancient spirituality and modern science is the highlight of the training; all sharing will be grounded in credible and verified sources.
In these 200 hours, through a combination of digital methods and practical exercises, you will learn Aarya’s ideas on spirituality which casts an emphasis on science. The physical, mental, philosophical and spiritual components of yoga will be broken down into comprehensible modules. Entry level practitioners can establish a correct and safe foundation for their lifelong practice; relatively experienced practitioners will obtain inspirations to overcome bottlenecks.
This training introduces the history, culture and traditions of yoga in a systematic manner. It will be most rewarding for participants to try to be receptive, dedicated and open-minded to knowledge that they don’t usually come across.
Participants will get in touch with yoga under an authentic school of thought and be well-equipped to continue an all-rounded, holistic yoga journey. Upon training, practitioners will gain clarity and be refreshed to continue their journey.
Yoga Alliance Accredited School
PURE Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Our teacher training programmes and teachers are internationally accredited, have exclusive recognition and qualify for the 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification.
Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training programmes in the U.S. and globally. Graduates of our programme are automatically eligible to register as a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. Becoming a RYT means having a higher profile and gaining international recognition as a yoga teacher, attributes that many hiring studios look for.
We offer this training in an effort to grow our community of committed yoga practitioners, empowering those who demonstrate dedication to a personal practice, by sharing the knowledge, skills and tools we have learned so they too can start teaching yoga.
We intend to guide trainees toward a healthy self-confidence, while at the same time invoking in them a sense of humility and excitement, knowing that they are at the beginning of a long journey.
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1. History, origin and purpose
i. Yog origin, epics, concepts in different culture and religion.
ii. Yogic paths
iii. Yogic traditions
iv. Yogic philosophy
v. Yogic literary review and key learnings
vi. Yogic misconceptions
vii. Yogic etymology – proper pronunciation, meaning and significance
viii. Yog in modern age
ix. Concepts of spirituality
2. Yogic applications
i. Yogic Dincharya – yogic concepts of lifestyle, diet and nutrition
ii. Ayurveda – ancient Indian medical system
iii. Chakra – energy centres of the body
iv. Panch Kosh – five layers of awareness
v. Prana – life force energy
vi. Sharir trayam – the three bodies
vii. Vedic symbols and their importance
3. Yogic practices
1. Kriya – cleansing
2. Yogic Vyayam – joint movements
3. Mantra – vocal cords and chanting
Yogic asana – postures
4. Classifications – levels
5. Alignment, universal cues
6. Modifications – props, intensity
7. Principles – counter pose
9. Precaution and safety
Pranayama – breathing techniques
10. Eight classical breathing techniques
11. Guru mantra – Mantra for masters
12. Dev mantra – Mantra for deities
13. Mantra in yogic practices
Santulan - Equilibrium
14. Mudra – lock of energies
15. Bandha – energy locks
16. Dhyan – Meditation (Savita Dhyan, Amrit Varsha Dhyan)
17. Deep Relaxation – Yog Nidra, Naad Yog
4. Human anatomy and physiology
i. Human anatomy
ii. Human physiology
5. Yogic sharing – virtues
i. Qualifications and responsibilities
ii. Role of the teacher and practitioner
iii. Lesson planning and terminology
iv. Educational tools of yog teaching
v. Soft skills
vi. Class management
vii. Yog and value education
viii. Hands-on adjustments – ethics, importance and decorum
i. Written test
ii. Verbal test
v. Behaviour and attitude
Part I: 15 August–17 September
World Trade Centre – Causeway Bay
Part II: 17 October–19 November
Starstreet Precinct – Wan Chai
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00am-9:00am
7:00am-7:30am Stuti – Mantra and chanting
7:30am-9:00am Abhyas – Asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha practices
Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00am-5:30pm
9:00am-9:30am Stuti – Mantra and chanting
9:30am-11:00am Abhyas – Asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha practices
11:15am-12:15pm Shiksha – Philosophy
12:15pm-1:45pm Lunch break
1:45pm-4:00pm Vidya and Satsang – Discussion on concepts, teaching, life learnings
4:00pm-5:30pm Abhyas – Evening practice, Q&A
Students who are interested in participating should bear in mind that this will be a physically and emotionally demanding programme. It will require strong commitment and personal sacrifice, as well as the support of the student's primary support network.
Interested students must:
Aarya is a PhD research scholar and experienced yoga teacher with almost 10 years of teaching abroad experience. Aarya began practising yoga at the age of three. After working in the animation industry for a few years in his early career, he felt an inner calling and believed there is a greater purpose in life, to help others through the education of yoga. He then returned to school and received his master’s degree in Yogic Science and Human Consciousness from Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya in Haridwar, India, and won several medals in state, national, and international yoga competitions. He has since been sharing his passion and knowledge in yoga in different parts of the world, including India, Vietnam, and now Hong Kong.
Aarya takes a holistic approach in his teaching with a focus on fundamentals. He aims to help students find balance in life to achieve overall physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, both on and off the mat.
He emphasises the importance of yoga traditions and integrates yoga philosophies and modern science into his classes to cultivate and strengthen his students’ awareness. He also incorporates pranayama and meditation in his teaching to promote the importance of having a comprehensive practice. With constant practice, he trusts that everyone will be able to focus inward and enhance self-awareness, which will lead us to become a better version of ourselves.
Aarya feels very grateful to have studied under revered philosopher, seer, and sage Pt. Sriram Sharma Acharya. The most valuable life lessons that he learned are the importance of observation, dedication, passion, consistency, authenticity and always keeping an open mind – in both his self-practice and teaching.
Aarya’s classes are known to be traditional based but with a modern touch. He adopts a fundamental-first and alignment-focused approach in his asana teaching. Together with his ability to quickly identify his students’ strengths and body structures, he provides precise pose breakdowns and variations to suit all levels of practitioners. He hopes his teachings and sharing can empower each and every one of his students to reach their full potential. He sees his students’ growth, both on and off the mat, as his biggest driving force.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
- PhD research scholar in Yoga
- Certified Yoga Teacher, Quality Council of India, 2017
- Master's degree in Human Consciousness and Yogic Science, Dev Sanskriti University, 2016
- Certificate in Yoga and Holistic Health, Indian Association of Yoga, 2016
- Certificate in Yoga for Middle Aged, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), 2015
- SGFI State Yoga Championship judge, 2015
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