Goal of education: “Realization of mind- body connection”. This can be learned at 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (YTTC), Rishikesh Yog Sansthan, Rsshikesh, India. Yoga students come from the United States, United Kingdom, Russia and many other countries visit Rishikesh, the source of Yoga knowledge. Rishikesh Yog Sansthan Yoga Teacher Training Course that is 300 hour Yoga TTC is based totally on the traditional techniques from Gheranda Samhita, Iyengar yoga, Pattabhi Jois and the Taittiriya Upanishds. Not only the physical involvement, Drishti or awareness points allow the actual Meditation or inward journey. This way of learning improves the strength, endurance capacity, coordination and balance. These sequences will reduce the stress. This link of mind and body is the common concept of 300 hour TTC and this is derived from Bhagavad gita. Recognition of Prana and reaching its balanced state is the other challenging part of daily routine. This can be achieved by improving oxygenation, purification and realization of both phases during practices. The Pranayama of different types will be discussed for diseases and climatic condition which makes the easy path of recovery. The students will be experiencing the effects of these Yoga therapy practices at the physical level and will be allowed to implement on the pear student. Sattvic diet patterns as a daily routine also make the students to understand the health in their hands. “Reduce the thoughts” by focussing and defocusing techniques or dynamic practices or Mantra chanting or imagery techniques is the essence of this course. So well-being can be experienced at every session. This improves the awareness on involuntary parts like cardio-respiratory system. This synchronization of mind and body makes the person ready to do the Asana. Advancement of Pranayama with Kumbaka and Bandhas, allows a person to experience the silence or thoughtlessness easily. Observing the sequence of events at each part of the body and mind in tune with the reality is the another concept of 300 hour Yoga TTC at Rishikesh Yog Sansthan. As an ancient wisdom, Vedas and their chanting will also help the growth of spirituality of students and the daily stress. Attending lectures, participation in group discussion, preparing seminars, a documentary of assignments, attending Satsang and the self-assessment process will help the student to move in a yogic lifestyle. Once in a week the advanced “natural and active cleansing techniques” improve the strength and endurance of involuntary parts of the body. This will improve the awareness of involuntary organs, the detoxification process which will reduce the imbalances of Prana and metabolism. The whole program makes the learner understand his or her own emotions, take them towards the state of “emotional purification and emotional culturing”. Hence this course will “shine up the student’s experience”. The yoga therapy subject deals with the modern and Yogic understanding of any disease can guide the student to plan Yoga therapy at any stage of the disease. This is how the student’s profession can be guided at Rishikesh Yog Sansthan. . This is the way the students from 300 hours program becomes a researcher and the model for the new students. Since this is an advanced teacher training program, the basic eligibility itself is the knowledge about the yoga through 200 hour TTC from any part of the country or at Rishikesh Yog Sansthan.
Rishikesh Yog Sansthan Concepts for 300 hour TTC: This school allows the students to undisturbed yogic life according to Hatha Yoga Pradipika;
- Matha or School: Rishikesh Yog Sansthan is a sacred place because of the Sages efforts after Lord Shiva. This school allows the student to live alone in a small room which is free from disturbances of ordinary people and pollution.
- Gurukulam or Residential TTC will allow the easy learning process. This will avoid the disturbance of daily situations of job and family will help in maintaining the gained energy according to Hatha Yoga Pradipika -13.
- Sandhya Vandanam: Looking at Sun in the morning & evening while practicing makes the bio-energy effortlessly and helps in spiritual growth according to Yajur Veda-
- The concepts from Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras are another methodology used in Yoga therapy. The research of modern era and the ancient stories also helps the student for the better understanding of a normal person, disease, and its yoga treatment.
- Sattvic Diet or Moderate diet according to Hatha Yoga Pradipika -57, 58, Bhagawad gita-6 and Ayurveda. As mentioned in Hatha Yoga Pradipika -1.63, these kinds of food habits will nourish the dhatus like plasma, blood, muscles, fat, bones, bone-marrow, nerves and semen.
Rishikesh Yog Sansthan Teaching, Learning and Evaluation methods:
Quiz: The students will be allowed to make and participate in quiz
Mono acting: This helps to learn the Sanskrit names or medical terms of human body and of Yoga practices easily.
Skits or Drama on Philosophy: These will help to experience the emotional, social, environmental situations of sacred people. Like Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Krida Yoga, etc.
Drawing: This will improve the attention, concentration and in-depth understanding of the subject. This will pull the weak knowledge students also into the group.
Yoga for Kids: Different way of sequencing the practices for kids is a challenging task. Here come the using Krida yoga tools in the class room itself and making others students satisfied with those practices.
Yoga for Patients: This will allow the student to plan less duration, much emphasis on Pranayama, Meditation and relaxation techniques with simple Kriya techniques.
Yoga for Social Events: This will make the student to plan the small duration, safe and generalized practices.