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The course offers full-time guidance from Dr. Kumar who provides the transformative teachings of Yoga Darshana through ten days of guided meditation in ‘noble silence’. Drawing on thousands of years of profound teaching, Dr. Kumar opens hearts and minds to experience peace, compassion, and connectedness. Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, this course will take you through the advanced stages of practice as outlined by the sage Patanjali. Patanjali, a great Yogi who lived in India around 100BC is the author of the Yoga Sutras that teach the path to unbind the mind from suffering. Patanjali teaches a systematic method to achieve this goal, identical in essence to the path taught by Buddha. In the Yoga tradition, the absorption of pure knowledge from a teacher who embodies and lives the values of yoga is vital for an aspirant’s development. Dr. Kumar draws on his own vast experiential and theoretical knowledge of yoga to guide us through every step of the technique. The teaching is dynamic and responsive to the student group.
The meditation is practiced in a group and guided by Dr. Kumar. Each meditation lasts around one hour and is followed by relaxation and a herbal tea break before the next session begins. Usually, six meditations are practiced per day, beginning early in the morning as the sun is rising. Chairs and meditation cushions are available. After breakfast and lunch, there is a period for rest before the next meditations begin. Gentle yoga is practiced throughout the course. The course includes talks by Dr. Kumar that clarify the theory underlying the practice and discuss the path of dharma, illustrated with stories, anecdotes, and analogies that teach us how we can apply these teachings to daily life. Please click here for a video excerpt.
For the duration of the course, all students maintain ‘noble silence’. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within, rather than in the outside world. The silence allows one to sink into a deeply peaceful state of mind and most people find that being in silence comes to vary naturally once the meditation begins.