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TD-TM. Teacher Mentor Program

In 2021 Iyengar Yoga Australia (IYA) updated the Teachers Certification Handbook (TCH) with details of the new assessment structure. The following statement is reproduced from the TCH page 15-16 … ‘A Level 2 teacher may begin to mentor up to 2 trainees under the supervision of a Level 3 or above registered Teacher Trainer who …

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P-11. Digital Pranayama

Iyengar writes Pranayama may be broadly divided into two categories: (a) When there is no digital control over the nostrils. (b) When the thumb and two fingers of the right hand are used to regulate and control the flow of breath through the nose. This is called digitally controlled pranayama. Moreover, this pranayama is of …

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T-Ph25. Considering Samyama

‘When the contemplator and the object of contemplation become one, then the seer and the seen become inseparable and one. With the blending together of the subject (meditator) and the object (meditated upon), they become one and this is samadhi. Thus, dharana, dhyana and samadhi are interconnected and intermingled. Patanjali coins a technical term, ” …

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P-12. Anuloma & Pratiloma

‘Anu means with, along with or connected: also in an orderly succession. Anuloma, therefore, means in regular gradation, with the hair (loma = hair), along the grain or in natural order. In Anuloma Pranayama, inhalation is done through both nostrils and exhalation alternately through either nostril. Prati means opposite. This type of Pranayama is the …

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T-Ph22. Yogic Imprinting

‘Imprinting is the act of placing a set of images or experiences in the storehouse of our impressions. This body of experience allows us to access something greater than the stretches and breathing exercises. These practices are the vehicle by which we experience directly and clarify our perception’. Goode A, Yogic Imprinting, www.yogamandir.com.au It is …

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T-Ph20. What is Yoga

This subject asks – What is Yoga? It identifies that conjunction and dissociation are central to an understanding of why we practice. ‘When the seer identifies with consciousness or with the objects seen, he unites with them and forgets his grandeur. The natural tendency of consciousness is to become involved with the object seen, draw …

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P-01. Introducing Pranayama

‘In the third chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swatmarama states that as long as the breath and prana are still, the chitta is steady and there can be no discharge of semen. In time the sadhaka’s increased vigour is sublimated for higher and nobler pursuits. He then attains the state of urdhva-retas, one who has …

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P-07. Ujjayi-Sitting

In Light on Pranayama BKS Iyengar writes: ‘The prefix ‘ud’ means upwards or expanding. It also conveys the sense of pre-eminence and power. ‘Jaya’ means conquest or success, and, from another point of view, restraint. In ujjayi the lungs are fully expanded, with the chest thrust out like that of a mighty conqueror’. Iyengar BKS Light on Pranayama p.123 Having …

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T-Ph09. Vrttis & Klesas

‘The five afflictions which disturb the equilibrium of consciousness are: ignorance or lack of wisdom, ego, pride of the ego or the sense of ‘I’, attachment to pleasure, aversion to pain, fear of death and clinging to life’. Iyengar BKS, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. p.111 ‘These endless cycles of fluctuations are known …

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Sp-Sc. Specialist-Scoliosis

The Specialist-Scoliosis program is one of a series of specialist programs offered within the institute. The specialist programs are developed to assist students with specific needs to develop greater confidence in their practice and to equip them with techniques and modifications such that participation within the practitioner Yogasana courses and Led practice programs is possible. …

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Sp-NS. Specialist-Neck & Shoulder

The Specialist-Neck & Shoulder program is one of a series of specialist programs offered within the institute. The specialist programs are developed to assist students with specific needs to develop greater confidence in their practice and to equip them with techniques and modifications such that participation within the practitioner Yogasana courses and Led practice programs …

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Sp-BH. Specialist-Back & Hip

The Specialist-Back & Hip program is one of a series of specialist programs offered within the institute. The specialist programs are developed to assist students with specific needs to develop greater confidence in their practice and to equip them with techniques and modifications such that participation within the practitioner Yogasana courses and Led practice programs …

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Sp-K. Specialist Knee

The Specialist-Knee program is one of a series of study areas offered at Yoga Mandir. The specialist programs have been developed to assist students and teachers to develop greater confidence in their practice when working with specific needs.  It has also been designed to equip them with a variety of practical techniques and modifications that …

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P-10. Bhastrika & Kapalabhati

‘Bhastrika means bellows: air is forcibly drawn in and out as if using a pair of bellows. In all other types of pranayama inhalation sets the pace, the pattern and the rhythm for exhalation, but in bhastrika exhalation sets the force and the pace. Here both out and in-breaths are vigorous and forceful. The sound …

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