The Sadhaka Program is a one year program designed for students who are looking to deepen their understanding of yoga and to develop their practice of yoga away from the classroom. The Sadhaka Program is delivered via four units that are run for 10 weeks each.
Students enrolled in the program are required to:
- Complete fortnightly modules focused on selected content from the Yoga Sutras
- Develop a self-directed yoga practice following a structured practice guide aligned to the Yoga Mandir Sadhana booklet;
- Initially students are required to complete a self directed practice three times per week, with each practice session holding a 30 minute duration. This is increased over the four units of the program so that students develop a practice of yoga that amounts to 1.5 hours per session six days per week.
The content of the four units is outlined in the following table:
|Unit 1 – Looking within||Action & Observation – Abhyasa and Vairagya. The senses. Tendencies and inclinations||Attend Foundation Practitioner Program and Led Practice (or follow audio classes and sequences provided). Focus on developing knowledge of Asana. Develop regularity and duration of practice away from the classroom|
|Unit 2 – Differentiating experience||Kriyayoga – Tapas, Svadhyaya and Isvara Pranidhana. Kosas – The Five Sheaths. The Quests||Attend Developing Practitioner Program and Led Practice (or follow audio classes provided). Continued focus on developing knowledge of Asana. Start to increase duration of practice away from the classroom|
|Unit 3 – The source of knowing||Knowledge from experience. Levels of Sadhaka||Attend Established Practitioner Program and Led Practice (or follow audio classes provided). Focus on developing timings within Asana and sequencing a practice. Continue to increase duration of practice|
|Unit 4 – Ethical practice||Astanga Yoga – The Eight Disciplines. Observances-practices-outcomes. Developing concentration||Attend Established Practitioner Program and participate in leaders program (or follow audio classes provided). Focus on planning practice sessions and the content of practices across the week. Continue to develop methods of sequencing a practice.|