Mindful Sadhana and Self-Development

( Online Course )

A 100-hours ONLINE certificate course, geared for European/UK and Indian students with Nirmala Chaitanya

Learn to more deeply integrate philosophy and self-reflection in your yoga practice.

The course is divided into three separate 6-day Modules, Mondays to Saturdays where the practice and philosophy are explored at different levels.

  • Module 1: Physical – September 27 to October 2, 2021
  • Module 2: Energetic – October 18 to 23, 2021
  • Module 3: Subtle – November 8 to 13, 2021

The course modules may be attended separately, however all three modules must be completed to obtain a certificate.

An intensive 3-week course inviting you to go further and to go deeper in your practise by paying more attention.

  • How to understand yourself better through your practice.
  • How to develop a consistent practice of yoga at home.
  • How to integrate the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta into your practice and life.
  • How to understand the more subtle effects of hatha yoga on the body and mind.
  • 400 USD per module or 1,000 USD for all 3
  • for students outside India
  • 7,500 INR per module or 18,000 INR for all 3
  • for Indian students, resident in India
Indian registrants:
Click here to register for Module 1.
Click here to register for Module 2.
Click here to register for Module 3.
Click here to register for All 3 modules.
Overseas registrants:
Click here to register for Module 1.
Click here to register for Module 2.
Click here to register for Module 3.
Click here to register for All 3 modules.
Got Questions? Sign up for AMA session 11th Sep, 11.30 am

Is my yoga practice working? Where am I in the practice?

New yoga practitioners often focus their attention on teaching yoga, before they have had a chance to fully develop their own sadhana, or spiritual practice. To practice authentically requires time, patience, and self-observation. On the other hand, self-observation does make one a better yoga teacher.

What motivates me? What are my fears?
Where am I holding back in life? What do I really want?

In this course we will focus on developing the practice, learning how to gauge the effects of the practice, to better understand the practice, and to use the practices effectively to turn the focus deeply inside. Ultimately, we will use the practices and philosophy to understand ourselves better, at the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.

The course incorporates:

  • Asana: Practice of asanas & variations; study of symbolism of hatha yoga
  • Pranayama: Steady progression of pranayama practice for stress relief, health and mental balance
  • Meditation: Meditation instruction and guidance, talks
  • Hatha & Raja Yoga Workshops: Deep understanding of the effect of the practices on the physical, energetic, and subtle bodies.
  • Swadhyaya/Self-Study: Daily self-reflection through study of Vedanta philosophy, and positive thinking
  • Creative Writing Exercises: Designed to make connections between the thoughts and the practices, discover the nature and quality of the thoughts, and to better understand what we want

Who is it for?

  • Intermediate level students or yoga teachers wishing to deepen their understanding

Prerequisites:

  • Beginners Level 1 and/or at least 6 months of regular yoga practice, OR 2-week Yoga Vacation at one of our ashrams, OR Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) in any tradition
  • Sincere interest in learning and willing to commit to the entire course schedule

Schedule

Activity Duration
(in minutes)
Indian Time
(IST)
UK Time
(BST)*
Europe Time
(CEST)*
Positive Thinking & Writing 90 mins 10.00 – 11.30 05.30 – 07.00 06.30 – 08.00
Break
Workshop / Lecture 120 mins 12.30 – 14.30 08.00 – 10.00 09.00 – 11.00
Optional Time with teacher 30 mins 14.30 – 15.30 10.00 – 11.00 11.00 – 12.00
Break
Asana Practice – Variations 60 mins 17.30 – 18.30 13.00 – 14.00 14.00 – 15.00
Pranayama 30 mins 18.30 – 19.00 14.00 – 14.30 15.00 – 15.30
Meditation 30 mins 19.00 – 19.30 14.30 – 15.00 15.30 – 16.00
Asana Practice – Meditative 60 mins  19.30 – 20.30 15.00 – 16.00 16.00 – 17.00

Timings given are in:
BST (British Summer Time, GMT +1)*
CEST (Central European Summer Time, GMT +2)*
IST (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30)
*These times change after October 31, 2021

Please note that the schedule has been developed with suitable timings for both Europe/UK and India. The classes in bold MUST be attended by all students. Additionally, each student must complete either the Asana Practice with Variations or the Meditative Asana Practice each day. Attendance will be taken in all sessions and students must be in attendance for a minimum of 100 hours over the 3-week period to qualify for a certificate.

Total = 5.5 hours daily minimum (+ .5 hours optional time with teacher, to ask questions or discuss personal practice. Optional time with teacher must be attended at least once per module to complete hours for certificate.)

Daily Components:

  • Pranayama Practice .5 hours
  • Meditation Instruction & Practice .5 hours
  • Workshops/Lectures 2 hours
    • Topics include:
      • 3 Bodies: Anatomy, Chakras, Karma & Reincarnation
      • Raja Yoga, Meditation, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama
      • Symbolism of the Hatha Yoga Pratices
      • Sanskrit & Chanting (Shanti Mantras & Guru prayers)
      • Vedanta (Study of Sadhana Chatushtaya: Viveka, Vairagya, Shad Sampat, Mumukshutva)
  • Positive Thinking & Creative Writing 1.5 hours
    • Encourage daily reflection, writing exercises, and journaling in order to understand what I want and how I feel; based around Vedanta philosophy and themes in Sadhana Chatushtaya
  • Asana Practice 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum
  • Optional Time with teacher (to discuss concerns, questions, additional coaching) .5 hours

Certificate of Completion:

  • Yes, sent electronically. Attendance at a minimum of 100 hours over 3 weeks (or roughly 5.5 hours daily) is required in order to receive a certificate

Course fees

  • 400 USD per module or 1,000 USD for all 3
  • for students outside India
  • 7,500 INR per module or 18,000 INR for all 3
  • for Indian students, resident in India