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YS-02. Yoga Studies Developing Certificate 1

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‘In the performance of asanas, two avenues or paths are involved. One is the evolutory, expressive or exhibitive path, taking the self towards the body, towards the pores of the skin, towards the periphery. The other is the involutory, intuitive or inhibitive path, where the vehicles of the body are made to move towards the self. The union of these two paths is the divine marriage of the body with the soul and the soul with the body. It is meditation’.

Iyengar BKS. Tree of Yoga, The fruit, p 67

Yoga Studies is a practise-based learning program for students who want to delve deeply into yoga. 

Developing 1 is the second of our certificates and is to be attempted on completion of Foundation Certificate. Students are automatically enrolled into two Yoga Vidya subjects each term and move at a self-directed pace through four levels of certification. Each certificate covers part of the asana syllabus developed by Yoga Mandir and participants are guided by the Yoga Sadhana booklet. Click on the link to purchase a copy. 

Certificate 1 covers the Foundation Level Syllabus; the next two certificates cover the Developing Level Syllabus, and the final certificate covers the Established Level Syllabus. Students may complete part or all of the program.

Completion of any part of the program may become an integral part of the preparation for Teacher Training at Yoga Mandir if that becomes the path you choose.   For more information on the Teacher Training programs click on this link.

Developing 1 Summary

Yoga Studies is a practise-based learning program for anyone who wants to delve deeply into yoga.  Developing Certificate 1 covers two terms (20 weeks) and involves:

  • Weekly class attendance (studio or virtual)
  • Monthly study group sessions
  • Individual feedback and guidance as you experience and perceive the world within and around you through a practise of yoga
  • Lifetime access to study resources on Yoga Vidya
    • Philosophy and Yogasana subjects:
      • T-Ph06 Evolution/Involution
      • Y-01. Niyama
    • Yoga Vidya Pranayama subjects:
      • P-04. Viloma lying
      • P-05. Bhramari

Reading list

The following books are required for reference throughout your study:

  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by BKS Iyengar
  • Path to Holistic Health by BKS Iyengar
  • Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  • Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
  • Yoga a gem for women by Geeta Iyengar

Further reading

  • Yoga the Iyengar Way by M Mehta
  • Iyengar Yoga for healthy aging by R Keller

These books are available through

At Yoga Mandir we provide weekly virtual and studio classes; flexible online practise-based courses; monthly study group sessions and individual feedback and guidance as you experience and perceive the world within and around you through a practise of yoga. As you develop knowledge of what yoga means to you within this non-teaching program, create a pathway to further studies and adopt the principles of yoga into your practise with the guidance and support of highly experienced staff at Yoga Mandir.

‘As a well-cut diamond has many facets, each reflecting a different colour of light, so does the word yoga, each facet reflecting a different shade of meaning and revealing different aspects of the entire range of human endeavour to win inner peace and happiness’.

Iyengar BKS, Light on Yoga, p2.
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