Yoga Vidya: Yogic knowledge

Take a journey with us into the heart of yoga through practice-based study …


Our subjects

Watch this space for an expanding range of subjects as we migtate material from our previous site.
We offer a broad range of experiential subjects.

Class Archive

For students wishing to follow recorded classes we have a range class archives in Asana and Pranayama.
A monthly subscription to our live streamed classes delivers access to home practice material also.

Home Practice Programs

View our programs for students wishing to develop their practice independent of the classroom

Yoga Vidya

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

Alan Goode - Yoga Mandir Founder

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

What Our Students Have to Say

Yoga Mandir is a community of yoga practitioners with sound and excellent teachers in an Academy of people working towards greater balance, harmony and strength in themselves and we take this out to bring positive energy to the world from.
KB
From Canberra
Yoga Mandir is about helping me to pay attention to my body, mind and breath which benefits all part of my life
AH
From Canberra
Yoga Mandir is a safe haven to learn and Practice yoga, inspiring me to be more at peace with myself and surroundings. A place I can be true to myself- like another family.
CC
From Canberra
Yoga Mandir is my space where I come to exist, on the mat (like a room really) and I don’t really notice others in that room. But mainly it’s a place where I challenge and notice the chatter in my head- to disagree with the chatter, acknowledge and hopefully ignore it. And more and more I do this in my everyday life. Yoga Mandir has helped me to recognise and understand that chatter.
SB
From Canberra