Distance Education: Basic Yoga Sadhana Training
8 months, 6 modules, 200 hour level.
Registration fee $54 plus Course full fee $1300 or Payment option of 5 monthly instalments of $280
(plus $54 registration fee)

This course is based on the Yoga Sutras presented by Sri Patanjali Maharishi and provides practical guidance on the application of the sutras in everyday living. It is a Practitioner’s Course which primarily aims at providing basic knowledge and experience needed to improve the quality of one’s life. As a qualified practitioner it acts as an introduction to the field of teaching Yoga techniques, and is therefore classed as an introduction to teaching and not a teaching qualification.

The course consists of six modules to be completed within six to nine months to provide a greater understanding and experience of the first four limbs of Astanga Yoga, known as Bahiranga Yoga.

Each module is accompanied by a questionnaire sheet and study manuals. Questionnaires are designed to allow students to test their knowledge and stimulate dialogue between student and the tutor / mentor to promote independent thinking.

Module One
Part One: NAMASTE & GUIDELINES

An introduction to the Integral Yoga Academy of Australasia providing background information about the Academy and the type of material being presented. It gives a simple outline of the nature of Yoga disciplines and the impact. Also included is the easy application of the ethical and moral safeguards of Yoga and how eight forms of Yoga are amalgamated into one straightforward practice.

Part Two: FLEXIBILITIES
Physical and mental safeguards when exercising; safe step-by-step guide for all ages and fitness levels for stress-free mobilisation of the body joints with quick reference chart to simplify practice; anatomy, physiology and bone nutrition.

Part Three: MANTRA, YANTRA & MÛDRA
An introduction to Mantra and Sanskrit pronunciation using text reference; introducing Yantra Yoga, a form of spiritual colour therapy; introducing the language of Hastha Mûdra, the art and language of mood creation using hand gesture.

Module Two
Part Two: YOGA THERAPY FOR THE SPINE

The functional importance of the spine in Yoga disciplines; total spinal health incorporating anatomy, physiology, nutrition, therapies, postural work; foot massage and chiropractic guides; self-testing spinal mobility, also included is a detachable quick reference chart; detailed instructions for spinal exercising, toning and realigning from the base of the skull down with detachable quick reference chart; deep relaxation technique; guided practice schedules.

Part One: PROBLEM SOLVING
Simple physical and mental stress removal techniques; investigating the nature and causes of stress; Karma and meditation.

Module Three
Part One: SÛRYA NAMASKAR (Salute to the Sun Exercise)

Sûrya Namaskar is an internationally famous physical and devotional exercise with a sun energy focus; it acts as a shortened substitute flexibility / asana routine for those occasions when there is insufficient time to follow the more extensive yoga routines; detachable quick reference charts are included with the Mantras specific to each of the 12 postures in the routine; each movement affects one or more of the major psychic centres in the body; Sûrya Hastha Mûdra, a special sun gazing eye-strengthening exercise is also given.

Part Two: VEDAMATA GÂYATRI
Mantra Yoga of the famous Gâyatri Mantra; the story of Vedamata Gâyatri; Yantra Yoga featuring a series of Yantras associated with the sun.

Part Three: YOGA SUTRAS
This is a simplified interpretive translation of the classical work on yoga originally written by Sri Patanjali Maharishi over two millennia ago. This forms the base structure of the training programmes of the Integral Yoga Academy.

Module Four
Part One: CLASSICAL ÂSANA

How the “exercise” system of yoga is used to balance hormones, generate benign neurochemicals, heal the body and remove psychophysical stress; each postures is described according to its individual function and how these asanas are put together in sequences to promote good health and happiness; details of how to do postures; the fourfold classification of the different forms of Yoga Âsanas; how the asanas affect the psychic centres of the body;
special Hand Mûdras to make yoga breathing easy; deep relaxation to tone up the whole body and the nervous system; training programmes with detachable quick reference charts.

Part Two: THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
This provides an outline of the anatomy, physiology and nutrition of the endocrine system; the association between specific postures and endocrines; the relationship between the endocrines and the Chakras.

Module Five
Part One: PRÂNÂYÂMA (Yoga Breathing Exercises)

Anatomy and physiology of the lungs and the mechanics of respiration; easy ways to control respiration using special yoga hand gestures (Hastha Mûdras); therapeutic postures to improve breathing; postural drainage to remove fluid from the lungs, especially helpful to asthmatics; different techniques that are applied as part of yoga breath-controls; special muscle contractions or “Bandhas” used to direct energies in the various body and vital energy systems; the technique of the Full Yoga Breath.

Specific types of modification to make yoga breath-controls fully individually effective; fourteen of the basic forms of Classical Yoga Breath-Control Techniques; the five major energy-flow systems in the body; how to control the energy-flow systems using Yoga Breath
controls, and special hand gestures (Hastha Mûdras); how these controlled energies can be applied to improve physical and mental well-being.

Module Six
Part One: ÂSANAS TO EXTEND THE BODY

The nature and function of extension postures; helpful and unhelpful facets of these postures; using a wall as an aid to correcting posture; balancing postures; safe and unsafe ways to do the postures; quick reference chart; anatomy, physiology and care of the muscles; causes of muscle damage; the R.I.C.E. method for treating injury; nutrition for the muscles.