Abhyasa (practice) and Vairagya (detachment), the two pillars of growth provide by Patanjali (ancient yoga master) forms the cornerstone of our yoga training and guidance.
Abhyasa – practice and vairagya – nonattachment are the two basic interrelated sensibilities to remain steadfast on the path of yoga with sure success. Abhyasa or practice means to be perfectly fixed in our effort. Under Yoga training and guidance, practice constitutes the persistent effort in the training of asana or pranayama or bandha or meditation or all of these along with self study towards attaining a peaceful mind. Non-attachment is the key to withdrawal of effort and letting-go ourselves into the heart of practice, opening the possibilities of greater calm, health and happiness.
Together with practice and non-attachment we strive to reach the best practical understanding of Asana, Pranayama, Dharana and Dhyana, so that the students not only gain strength and flexibility but also find their way to inner subjective teacher as infinite source of knowledge and wisdom. In addition, expert teaching methods and techniques not only help yoga teachers to hone their core competencies but also help them to bring out the best in their students.
Yoga provides a wonderful concept of human personality. It understands human personality in the form of five layered sheaths or bodies (Panchakosha). Yoga says that we are not just the gross physical body but have four more subtle bodies. These bodies are the gross physical body known as Annamaya kosha, the vital body known as Pranamaya kosha, the mental body known as Manomaya kosha, the next sheath is the knowledge body, known as Vijnanamaya kosha and the fifth one is the sheath of bliss or Aandamaya kosha.
Yoga offers a holistic approach of well-being by working on each body towards an integrated experience of one’s personality. The four paths of Yoga provide the platform for this integrated experience. As you advance with your training at Akshara Yoga School we will take you through the practice of each body through various Hatha Yoga techniques to give you a complete package of Yoga.
Ayurveda is derived from Sanskrit word āyu, meaning ‘life’ and veda, meaning ‘knowledge’ or ‘science’. Thus Ayurveda is the knowledge of life and longevity. Ayurveda treat and integrate body, mind and spirit through a holistic approach based on lifestyle interventions consisting of diet, herbal treatment, meditation, notional correction, dharma and physical therapy.
Yoga and Ayurveda are closely related spiritual disciplines. Both takes into account the whole individual being as a composite unit of body, prana, mind, intellect and self and addresses our entire nature along with our relationship with the natural world and universe around us. The goal of both Yoga and Ayurveda is to attain true happiness and Self-realization.
Coming to the daily practical application of Ayurveda, we have several medicinal plants in and around the school campus with their amazing health benefits. In the picture below is shown a creeper known as Giloye or Tinospora. Modern research has classified it as one of the most powerful herb on planet and rightly the ancient sages regarded it as amrita or nectar.
As you stay with us and go through the Yoga teacher training course you will get to know and consume some of these powerful herbs and feel the difference in health and wellbeing.