Mindful Sadhana and Self-Development

A 100-hours online certificate course geared for European/UK and Indian students
with Nirmala Chaitanya
Dates: To be confirmed (3 weeks, Mondays to Saturdays)
email [email protected] for more information

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.
  • 1,200 USD 1,000 USD (with Coupon Code BEMINDFUL)
  • for students outside India
  • 30,000 INR 20,000 INR (with Coupon Code BEMINDFUL)
  • for Indian students, resident in India

To make the course accessible to all who may be experiencing financial constraints at present due to Covid-19, we have enabled a coupon code. The code BEMINDFUL when entered at the time of registration will reduce the course fees to 20,000 INR and 1,000 USD respectively.

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

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
  • Classes will be conducted on Zoom app. Please download latest version to your device and create a Zoom account.

Schedule

Activity Duration
(in minutes)
Indian Time
(IST)
UK Time
(BST)
Europe Time
(CEST)
Pranayama 30 mins 06.00 – 06.30
Meditation 30 mins 06.30 – 07.00
Break 30 mins 07.00 – 07.30
Asana Practice 60 mins 07.30 – 08.30
Break 120 mins 08.30 – 10.30
Positive Thinking & Writing* 60 mins 10.30 – 11.30 06.00 – 07.00 07.00 – 08.00
Optional Time with teacher 30 mins 11.30 – 12.00 07.00 – 07.30 08.00 – 08.30
Break 30 mins 12.00 – 12.30 07.30 – 08.00 08.30 – 09.00
Workshop / Lecture* 120 mins 12.30 – 14.30 08.00 – 10.00 09.00 – 11.00
Break 180 mins 14.30 – 17.30 10.00 – 13.00 11.00 – 14.00
Asana Practice 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
Break 30 mins 19.30 – 20.00 15.00 – 15.30 16.00 – 16.30
Asana Practice 90 mins 20.00 – 21.30 15.30 – 17.00 16.30 – 18.00

Timings given are in:
BST (British Summer Time, GMT +1)
CEST (Central European Summer Time, GMT +2)
IST (Indian Standard Time, GMT +5:30)

*Please note that the schedule has been developed with suitable timings for both Europe/UK and India. The classes in bold (and with a *) MUST be attended by all students. Additionally, each student must complete AT LEAST one Asana Practice, one Pranayama session, and one Meditation session per day in the timing that works best for the student. It is recommended and encouraged that students attend more than the minimum number of sessions if possible. The 1.5-hour Asana Practice session will involve a little longer holding time of the asanas to further develop this aspect of the practice.

*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.

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 hour
    • 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 3.5 hours maximum
  • Optional Time with teacher (to discuss concerns, questions, additional coaching) .5 hours

Total = 6 hours daily minimum (+ .5 hours optional time with teacher, on appointment, to ask questions or discuss personal practice)

Certificate of Completion:

  • Yes, sent electronically. Attendance at a minimum of 100 hours over 3 weeks (or roughly 6 hours daily) is required in order to receive a certificate

Course fees

  • 1,200 USD 1,000 USD (with Coupon Code BEMINDFUL)
  • for students outside India
  • 30,000 INR 20,000 INR (with Coupon Code BEMINDFUL)
  • for Indian students, resident in India

To make the course accessible to all who may be experiencing financial constraints at present due to Covid-19, we have enabled a coupon code. The code BEMINDFUL when entered at the time of registration will reduce the course fees to 20,000 INR and 1,000 USD respectively.