Week 3 in Rishikesh, India

Week 3 Yoga Teacher Training – Rishikesh India I have learned so many things during this Yoga Teacher Training (thank goodness because I’m in class from 7am each morning until 7 or 7:30pm each night 🙂 ). How do I stay on one topic?? So here is fair warning – I may wander and chat about a few topics this week. The major thing I have learned is that Yoga is a lot more than just the asanas (postures). It is the path to self realisation (albeit slower than NLP, Time Line Therapy(TM) and Hypnosis). Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are the basis of yogic techniques and serve as a framework for integrating yoga into daily routine for a healthy and worthy life. According to the Yoga Sutras there is an eight fold path of Yoga. Yama – social disciplines of ethical living Niyama – Individual disciplines of healthy living Asana – physical yoga poses Pranayama – awareness of one’s breath Pratyhara – control over senses Dharana – deep concentration Dhyana – deep meditation Samadhi – enlightenment Yama – social disciplines of ethical living include:a. Ahimsa – non-violence or non-harming (unless in self defence) b. Satya – Truthfulness; honesty c. Asteya – non-stealing d. Brahmacharya – sexual restraint; marital fidelity e. Aparigraha – non accumulaton of wealth (material possessions) Niyama – individual disciplines to healthy living (create positive environment internally)a. Saucha – cleanliness (physical; mental and environment) b. Santosha – contentment (being grateful) c. Tapas – intense self discipline and willpower d. Svadhyaha – study of self; self reflection e. Ishvara Pranidhana – dedicating and devoting ones work to higher purpose...