Harmony Yoga trainings are oriented towards developing a personal Yoga practice informed by the philosophy of classical Yoga with an emphasis on spiritual development.
“The common goal of all Indian sciences is the emancipation of the individual soul (atma or jiva), and Yoga is no exception to this rule. This emancipation is called liberation or moksa. Released from the cycle of rebirth (samsara), the individual soul (atma or jiva) reaches its supreme condition.”
“Liberation is the attainment of a purely spiritual status which is beyond the limitations of space and time, a status of perfect peace, tranquillity and equanimity.”
Sri T.K. Sribhashyam
Krishnamacharya’s Yoga has been described by his students as Sattvic Yoga. Harmony was a word I chose as it carries some of the meaning of the word Sattva. The development of Sattva is essential to the process of Yoga.
“Sattva Guna alone corresponding to equilibrium can enable the mind to reflect consciousness. Therefore, the predominance of Sattva is absolutely necessary for spiritual development.”
Sri T.K. Sribhashyam
A regular daily practice is required to bring about a gradual transformation of our whole being. You can begin with a short daily practice of about twenty minutes and this can be gradually increased over time. Lifestyle, attitudinal and dietary changes are required as part of the process.
“With two to three hours of daily practice following all the rules and restrictions, one begins to see appropriate benefits well within a year.”
Sri T. Krishnamacharya
“A Yoga student must have their own practice. You won’t make progress if you don’t practice at home.”
Harmony Yoga Courses
These four courses run over a two year period. They must be completed in order as the knowledge and practice progressively builds up.
Viniyoga is mentioned in Yoga Sutra 3:6 as ‘application by stages’. One can move onto the next stage only when the first has been mastered, Yoga proceeds in stages.
“If he has not mounted the previous step, he cannot get on to a higher one.”
1) The Yoga of Sri T Krishnamacharya – Introduction
This is the Harmony Yoga introductory course. It is a two day course introducing the main principles and methods of Sri T Krishnamacharya’s teachings and an introduction to Ayurveda, Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta and the classical goals of Yoga.
2) The Yoga of Sri T Krishnamacharya
It is a nine day course covering the main principles and methods of Sri T Krishnamacharya’s teachings and an introduction to Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta, the classical goals of Yoga and the integration of these philosophies and practices.
3) Complete Vinyasa Krama Yoga: 9 Day Intensive.
This worksop will cover the complete spectrum of Vinyasa Krama Yoga as taught by Srivatsa Ramaswami. All the asanas, vinyasas, mudras, bandhas and pranayama will be taught as well as the theory of Hatha and Raja Yoga.
4) Vinyasa Krama Yoga: 5 Day Sadhana
For Students who have completed two The Yoga of Sri T Krishnamacharya workshops and the Vinyasa Krama Yoga 9 day Intensive this is an opportunity to go through all the asana sequences, mudra practices and pranayama techniques in a systematic way to develop and enhance your practice and refresh your knowledge. Guidance on developing a personal practice including sample daily sequences will be included.
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After completion of these four courses you will be able to apply for personal training with Stephen. For these lessons you will need to travel to Scotland.