Yoga Vidya: Yogic knowledge
Take a journey with us into the heart of yoga through practice-based study …
The word vidya means knowledge or wisdom. Yoga Vidya is a source of knowledge about yoga. For over 10 years we have been delivering subjects to students for independent study. These subjects have remained embedded in courses and have required enrolment. Over the coming months we intend to migrate our subjects to this new platform and open all our subjects to individual enrolment so that student who have a passion for the subject can follow their interest and delve deeply. This includes … 7 asana categories, 8 teaching subjects, 27 Philosophy subjects, 17 Pranayama subjects, 12 Yogasana subjects, The migration will require a review and rebuild of around 70 subjects and will happen systematically over the coming years. We expect this to become a resource for teachers and students for decades to come. Please watch this space
YOGA SADHANA BOOKLET
This downloadable PDF is provided as a comprehensive reference document for maturing Yoga practitioners (sadhakas) who have a firm grounding in asana techniques and are seeking to strengthen their home practice.
It outlines the key philosophical concepts that underpin the practice of Yoga, whilst also providing guidance on how to go about establishing and deepening a home practice over time.
Objective knowledge and subjective experience
‘Knowledge has two facets. One is objective and the other subjective. Objective knowledge is based on speculation, thinking and analysis, whereas subjective knowledge is to verify the objective knowledge with experience. Subjective knowledge comes through practical experience and objective knowledge is earned through theoretical study. Yoga is both a practical as well as a theoretical subject ... One puts this objective knowledge or the acquired knowledge into practice, so that one experiences the reality of the objective knowledge’ BKS. Iyengar
Yoga Mandir understands that yoga is learned through a practice and Yoga Vidya is our study platform for students who wish to delve deeply into the subject to inform their practice.
I have been travelling to India for over 35 years to study with my teachers and yet the journey of yoga is one of independent practice. What we need is the input of teachers who have lived a life in practice and who understand its demands and benefits.
The history of Yoga is that it is taught from teacher to student (guru to sisya). Our subjects are taught by a teacher, who had a teacher, who had a teacher. We trace our lineage through Prashant Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, BKS Iyengar, TKV Krishnamacharya back to Patanjali. We offer audio, video and written material of this lineage wherever possible in our subjects so that you too can follow this lineage.
Over more than 40 years of yoga practice I have learned that students bring yoga into their lives when they understand the subject more fully. Having a practice of asana is not enough to get you to the mat each day or to sustain your interest.
Yoga is a quest to understand oneself and the world around us. It truly is a search for meaning