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Yoga means union. Union of Atman (Soul) with – Paramatman (Universal Soul). Atman can be interpreted as energy. So it is a union of individual biological energy with cosmic energy. This union may start union of body & mind, body & breath, body & consciousness in ascending order of progress. Atman (consciousness) is pure, eternal, enlightened and free. So our Yogic study begins at gross body level and ends at subtle energy-consciousness level.
One cannot state the minimum time required for learning basics of Yoga. As it depends on, what is basic for an individual. For primary body level preparation also will vary from person to person as everybody has different body composition. Body is governed by mind, intellect, Iness complex. So learning the techniques and continue the self study is the way. Since Yoga is an experiential science, one has to practice it lifelong to experience its’ depth
Yoga has its roots from Pre-vedic era as seen in Indus And Harppan civilizations. Then is the vedic era, as described in four Vedas, namely Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharvaveda. This also includes the period of Upanishadas, which describe the Yogic science in a lucid way. It is in the form of explanation of fundamental concepts by teachers to students. Then comes the classical era of Shat-darshanas i.e. Six Darshanas. These explain the philosophical views and ideas. Out of six darshanas, Sankhya Darshan is the theory of Yoga & Yoga is the practical of sankhya. These practical aspects of Yoga have been expounded by Mahamuni Patanjali about 500 years B.C. He has given us Ashtang Yoga pathway. Later comes post classical i.e. present phase of Yoga since last 2000 years onwards.
The duration of advanced Yogic study is lifelong. It is a pathway for self-perfection. It is a science of discipline. It is torch-light to conquer our short comings to deal with difficulties and obstacles. It is a stimulus to utilise our fullest potential. It is a process of continuous, uninturupted, firm, dedicated study hence unending.
For study of Ashtang Yoga (also called as Raj Yoga) we should study Patanjal Sutras. The books for study of Patanjal Sutras are
  • Patanjal Yogadarshan by K.K.Kolhatkar(Marathi)
  • Four chapters of freedom by Bihar school of Yoga
  • For study of HathYoga
  • Gherand Samhita & HathaYoga Pradipika are the text books. They are explained by Bihar School of Yoga, Kaivalyadhama – Lonavala.
  • Gnosis Medical Yoga follows Ashtang Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Mahamuni Patanjali has formulated Ashtang Yoga in 500 BC. It consists of Yama, Niyam, Asan, Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dharana, Dhyan and Samadhi. Yama & Niyam discipline our behavior. Asanas help our body structurally and functionally. Pranayam deals with energy delivery system to conserve it and use it. Dharana teaches us to concentrate consciously. Dhyana opens our windows of our mind to observe and to be in present tense (unbiased & unprejudised) Samadhi is the pattern of personality which thinks of others and others only.

    Hatha Yoga has its roots in Tantra Yoga, which is originated in prevedic era. It deals with two main streams of our life, one is pranic energy and other is power of consciousness. Opening and clearing of energy channels forms the mainstay of Hatha Yoga practices. This is achieved by a disciplined diet, sticking to principles which enhance study (Sadhak Tattavas), avoiding obstacles. (Bhadak Tattavas). Steadily reaching the higher level of consciousness is aimed by practicing awareness at shatchakras. They are located near vertebral column from bottom to top.
    Our Yoga center is helping society, to be functionally fit. Whoever comes to our Yoga center aiming at fitness has to fill a ‘Health form’. When we go thro’ it, we find his/her complaints like neck/back/low backache, acidity, constipation, lack of sleep, raised blood pressure, diabetes mellitus etc.

    In addition everybody’s lifestyle is considered in formatting of his/her Yoga Programme. For office work people, a specific Yogic Asanas sequence is advised for spine fitness. For travelling staff, entirely different sequence is suggested.

    So the ideal Yogic sequence for an individual is the one which aims at his/her functional fitness. We are supposed to do our destined/choiced work with full efficiency, which should be maintained and enhanced by Yogic study.
    Yes, our Yoga fitness center conducts multiple courses. Basic course is for new comer in the field which trains him/her to become a Yoga teacher.

    It is conducted twice a year – June to October, November to March. It lasts form of four months & is conducted in Marathi & English languages. It consists of one hour theory & one hour practical. Theory teaches the basics of body structure, function & selective diseases – disorders. It also introduces you to Yoga Philosophy, which consists of Patanjal – Yoga sutras & Bhagvatgeeta shlokas.

    We offer an Advance course which is called Medical yoga course for Yoga – teachers & Medical Yogatherpy course for Doctors. Both are designed to study the link between Modern Medicine & Yogic Science for application. Yogic Science helps human physiology to function optimaly under variable circumstances. e.g. It functions sub-optimaly under quiet, peaceful conditions & yet – prepares you to face untowardly situations with quick grasp. Yoga teachers & Doctors understand this magic effect of Yogic Science & help the society to pass on the benefit. The main focus being, Neuro-endocrinal function. The deeper understanding of conscious & subconscious activities & their control makes this subject very interesting. The “Ashtang Yoga” concept offers a predictable way to deal with today’s life style diseases.

    Our central government has standardized, Yogic Education at national & international level by its formulation under Quality Council of India. It is now under control of Yoga certification Board. The Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga is conducting these examinations.
    Yes, we do conduct short courses in Yoga for 50, 100, 150 contact hours. They are customised, as per availability of time of the student. It always consists of Theory & Practical with introduction of Yoga Philosophy.

    The theory introduces structural & functional aspects of body. It also guides you to understand the medical aspects of selective diseases and basic concept of Yoga Therapy.

    Write up is provided for all courses, for reference. After the course is completed certificate is issued.

    The practical trains you to perform basic & advance yogic postures. It also teaches you different ways of breathing. You get an opportunity to learn various types of Pranayam & practice them. The Science of relaxation, visualization and autosuggestion is taught in Shavasan. The concept of Pratyahar is introduced in Shavasan for learning & practicing.
    The basic design of our course is 1) Theory 2) Practical 3) Write up 4) Internship for self practice. The main courses are for 200 hours. Short courses or one to one courses are conducted for a single person (6 hours/day) or for a minimum group of 5, (8 hours/day).

    One to one & short courses are conducted as the students approach us.
    There is no age constraint for Yogic Study.

    Study of Yoga aims at evolution of personality. So it takes care of our behavior, energy supply, mind management, emotional stability, cognitive function. It helps us utilize our potential to the fullest extent. Asanas can be carefully selected or modified with the help of props to overcome the limitations due to age or disease. It does not become a hindrance in Yogic study.
    No, Yoga is a science, advised for evolution of personality & health & happiness of society.
    No, study of Yogic Postures form a part of it.
    To face acute stress is a Physiological Phenomenon, built in our body. But to face chronic stress, is new to our body. Yoga teaches us to deal with stress at mind & cognition level, to minimize the stress response, in chronic conditions.
    Pranayam means energy extension.
    Energy extension means availability of biological energy for long hours.
    Energy extension is achieved by conservation & efficient production.
    By definition, given by Patanjali, it is practiced after study of Yogic Postures. It is to be done by consciously altering the speed of natural breathing.
    Ashtanga Yoga is described by Mahamuni Patanjali, (2500 years BC) as study of 8 limbs, namely Yama, Niyam, Asan, Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dharana, Dhyan & Samadhi.
    After reaching the diagnosis of a case, Yogic Health Science is applied for palliative and restorative care. It is also advised as supportive line of management. This is Medical Yogatherapy.