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RYT200 Yoga & Meditation course for teachers
Course Timeline: 12 March 2021 – 12 June 2021
This course is an opportunity for deep, holistic and experiential learning, grounded in the purest traditions and lineages, underpinned by profound explanations of the science of body and mind. Covering the progressive stages of purification, working with the physical body through asana, the subtle cellular body with pranayama practice, and all levels of the mind with meditation.
The course is suitable for those who are looking to develop their own personal yoga and meditation practice, as well as those who wish to teach. The course will be a wonderful journey for those who are seeking authentic yogic knowledge and will be rigorous and challenging in order to make maximum progress. We welcome you to join no matter what stage you are at in your journey.
“Yoga is many limbed, and is not to be confused with any form of religion. My aim is to restore the understanding of the relationship of different branches of traditional yoga so as to enable each person to make swift and effective progress”
– Dr Kumar
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The course will cover all the limbs of Yoga including meditation which is the most subtle and advanced limb of Yoga. As the great Yogi Swatmarama taught over 1100 years ago, Hatha Yoga practice is an excellent preparation for those who wish to make the journey of deep transformation of the mind, rather than an end in itself. The methodology for working with the mind is given by Saint Patanjali and Dr Kumar’s lived experience and profound understanding of the ‘Yoga Sutras’ will be at the heart of the course.
This is a rare opportunity to make a soul journey with Dr Kumar, the Guru who is grounded in the ancient traditions and the pure science of Yoga, who has explored the entire field of consciousness and gone beyond, to realise singularity, enlightenment. This journey cannot be made without the guidance of a teacher who has accomplished it.
You will complete the course with a changed perspective on Yoga and life, a deep understanding of the traditional culture and practice of Yoga, and a profound respect for the lineage of Yogis who have selflessly preserved and passed on this precious wisdom for thousands of years.
You will cultivate discernment about the various techniques of Yoga and meditation and will understand how to practice them correctly. Because of Dr Kumar’s mastery of practices from such diverse traditions, the purpose, scope and original context of each technique will be taught to a level that is not found in the world today.
Although the course is part-time, it will be powerful and in-depth. Applicants should be ready to immerse themselves deeply in a rigorous, challenging and life-changing experiential training program.
Dr Kumar’s has been leading in-person yoga teacher training courses and meditation retreats for over a decade in India and the UK, and online for the past year. Students on the online RYT200 & RYT500 Yogi Training courses have experienced how profound even the online experience of learning and meditating with Dr Kumar can be.
Testimonial from Rosemary Bennett (British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Trainer):
“Very many thanks indeed, respected Sir, for the fine teacher training course that has taken place over the last five months. Every day brought something new, a fresh topic, a new angle on something familiar. It has been inspiring and refreshing. Your limitless generosity knows no bounds as you nurture your students and do everything you can to lead us to experience Pure Consciousness for ourselves. This has not been taken for granted. We remember, it is not enough to have a good, an enlightened teacher, there also has to be a good student for learning, for progress to happen. When you have these two things, an alchemical combustion takes place. May we walk in your footsteps and be worthy of your instruction. Sincere thanks and deep gratitude.”
The journey is to live in our hearts, not in our egos, to silence the chatter of the brain and discover overflowing gratitude, kindness, compassion and unconditional love within when the mind becomes still and pure. In crystal clear waters you can see hundreds of metres depth, free from mud and the suspended particles of brain noise, reactions, emotions and stress. A bright, clear mind and a light body are attained with conservation of breath.
As Vasishta teaches Rama, without understanding the link between body, breath and mind there is no Yoga at all. The journey of the mind further dives deep down into the unconscious, to remove habit patterns of suffering by working with the DNA to change our gene expression at a root level. This requires serious practice. Observation, known in Sanskrit as Darshana is at the heart of Yoga. With the expert guidance of Dr Kumar we will learn how to be observers within. As per the traditions and lineages the technique is always transmitted by sound in the form of chanting, having practiced in the most traditional schools and original forms, the teachings from his voice and mastery of the sound of silence will tune us to experience deep peace, purification and transformation. Every scripture of yoga or spirituality was transmitted down in the form of sound. The tradition is always “as I heard”, “evam sutam” “Tvam Shrutam”, so also when learning from Dr. Kumar
Every step given by Patanjali will be practiced on this course, so students must commit to a strict code of conduct starting with Yama and Niyama. The last of the Niyama’s of Patanjali is Eeshwara Pranidhanaha, surrender to an enlightened teacher. The course will uphold this essential aspect of the Yoga tradition in order for students to gain maximum benefit. The teachings of Yoga do not exist without enlightened teachers to convey them and the teaching of the guru is transformative if the student is able to listen unconditionally and in ‘surrender’. This means putting aside one’s expectations, preferences and perceptions, previous knowledge and intellectual conditioning and just being open, keeping the mind as an empty cup to be filled with the purity of the teachings.
The course will be thorough, detailed and comprehensive yet there will be no pre-published curriculum. The course teaches us adaptability, flexibility and responsiveness. In life we never know what each day will bring, similarly it is part of the training to approach each class without any preconceived notions or expectations of what will be covered. The abundance of knowledge, insight and experience could never be anticipated.
Testimonial from a yoga and meditation teacher on the RYT500:
“A few years ago I took a short meditation course with Traditional yoga under the guidance of Dr Kumar.
I’d never met anyone from the tradition before so it was a bit of a leap of faith.
I’d suffered a back injury and knew that a regular meditation practice would help with managing the pain.
Initially I had no intention of teaching meditation but the positive changes that I was experiencing just had to be shared. My students included busy mums like me, stressed out blokes and health workers with high blood pressure.
And by teaching I was doing!
I’m now taking the online trainings with Dr Kumar and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
His teachings and practices have massively improved my health and the health of my family.
I feel I’m becoming a better person, a kinder person, a more compassionate human and this positively impacts in all of my relationships.
Don’t hesitate to sign up for this training, take that leap because it could be just what you need.”
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Course Duration: 3 Months
Course start date : 12th March 2021
Course end date : 12th June 2021
Daily classes with Dr. Kumar will be every day Monday through to Saturday, it is recommended that you watch them on the same day as broadcast.
The classes will each last around 3.5 hours and students would be required to have some flexibility as classes may go on longer at times. (If you miss a class you can catch up with that particular video when you get the time).
Classes will be broadcast live daily and then available as a recording to watch at your convenience any time afterwards. As students are in various time zones all over the world, viewing times are flexible, however if you wish to watch live it will be streamed at 5am Indian Time.
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“This is a Yogi training…unless you are a Yogi how can you become a teacher of Yoga?”- Dr Kumar
The course is suitable for those who are able to seriously commit to working deeply with Dr Kumar, following the highest level of discipline, dedication and devotion to the teacher, the lineage of Yoga and the teachings. Previous experience is not a requirement.
Every applicant will be invited to have a course orientation call/ interview prior to conformation of the booking. This will be an opportunity to clarify any questions about the course and ascertain whether the course is suitable for you.
Here are some public webcast links to view on Youtube:
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Course Duration: 3 Months
Course start date : 1st March 2021
Course end date : 1st June 2021
Daily classes with Dr. Kumar will be every day Monday through to Saturday, it is strongly recommended that you watch them on the same day as broadcast.
The classes will each last around 3 hours and students would be required to have some flexibility as some classes may go on longer at times. (If you miss a class you can catch up with that particular video when you get the time).
Classes will be streamed live starting at 5am Indian time, then they will be available as a recording to watch at your convenience any time afterwards. If possible, the best time to watch is early morning.
200 hr Certification (Yoga Alliance Accredited)
Certification is optional and you are also welcome to just attend the course for your own personal learning.
For those taking the certification, a Traditional Yoga 200 hr certificate will be issued for those who maintain the code of conduct as explained in the Joining Agreement ( sent to you on application to the course) and who complete all the required elements of the course including assignments, plus any additional points explained by Dr. Kumar in the classes.
- Watching the classes. After watching each class you must ‘Mark this Unit Complete’ on the webpage.
- 75% quizzes attempted
- Maintaining appropriate communication, including reading and responding to messages sent by the TY volunteers.
- 100% set assignments.
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- Click on take this course.
- Fill in the application form and make a payment for the course fee.
- You will be contacted by email to arrange a compulsory course orientation call and sent a joining letter.
If you have any questions or would like to take up a sponsorship opportunity that has been offered to you, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This training will strictly follow the discipline of traditional ashrams. Even though we are learning remotely in our own homes, we are responsible for our own self-discipline and will each be carefully following the code of conduct. Prior to registration, you will be sent a joining letter with further information about the course guidelines.
The first step of Patanjali’s Noble Eightfold Path is Yama and represents the resolution to give up any action that causes harm to others or ourselves by body, speech or mind. It is the foundation that enables progress in Yoga. The Five Yama are observances outlined by Patanjali:
- Ahimsa – non violence, to remove anger or hatred from the mind
- Asteya – non stealing to remove greed from the mind
- Satya – truthfulness, right speech and abstaining from gossip/ back biting to remove fear from the mind
- Brahmacharya – non sexual misconduct to remove lust from the mind
- Apaarigraha – non addiction to prevent slavery of the mind
Attitude of a yoga student ( Niyama)
The teachings of Yoga do not exist without enlightened teachers to convey them and the student -teacher relationship is central. Here is some advice to help develop the right mind-set for a student of Yoga, the traditional qualifications required for a student are as follows, these points will be elaborated in the joining letter:
- Work hard without expectation and not caring what experience is all about/ Nishkaama karma yoga and Karmaphala sanyasa yoga
- Live in the present with an open mind, accepting each moment of the teaching as it comes.
- Surrender/ Bhakti Yoga. Learn from the heart not from the head. Learn to listen without bringing the filter of subjective interpretation based on past conditioning. In order to learn we must unlearn and relearn.
- Inflammatory response is required for growth. Tarka/Vitarka. Be prepared to be challenged.
- Be patient / Sahana and Samyama: If you don’t understand something be patient because learning deeply is like slow cooking, the results are nutritious and delicious. Don’t look for fast food.
- Have humility/Tvamevam Brahmasi, leave the ego at the door.
- Practice with awareness/ Sati sadhana abhyasa
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Dr. Kumar is widely recognised as an inspirational Yogi, trainer of yoga teachers and an award winning scientist. He began his yoga journey at the age of 11 years and attended more than 87 traditional ashrams, learning directly under the expert guidance of great teachers such as Satyananda Saraswathi Maharaj, Krishnamacharya and all the seven students of Sivananda, aswell as in many Himalayan traditions.
Dr. Kumar is a nuclear scientist and holds two PhDs in Chemistry and Yoga. He is also a trained Merck pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals formulation specialist. His teachings are not only limited to yoga and meditation but he has authority in science based functional and performance based nutraceuticals both macro and micro nutrition. He practices preventive and therapeutic nutrition dealing with phytoextracts to nutrigenomics and peptide based solutions for gene related problems. He is the founder of Vedic Nutraceuticals and The Yoga Healing Foundations of UK, U.S and India. He is a recipient of the prestigious Homi J. Bhabha award for innovations in nuclear science and technology.
In 1992, Dr. Kumar suffered multiple fractures in his lower spine, hip bones, and pelvic bones, and lost control over his lower torso when he had a road accident. His urethra was ruptured and he was told that he would not be able to have children and may not walk again. After a year of experiencing no progress, he began practicing yoga and started treating himself. After two years of practice, he could run, perform all asanas and also had his first child in 1994.
This was a turning point for him and he decided to devote his time besides his work to promote the correct understanding of the traditional methods of yoga for body and mind. This includes all physical yoga practices as taught by well-known teachers from whom he learned directly, including Krishnamacharya, Vishnudevananda, Satyananda Saraswati, B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. Also, mind-fitness (meditation) programs in Hindu, Tibetan and Theravada traditions, taught at a deep level with a science based approach for rapid progress. His teachings include progressive practice starting with mantra, through to the highest level mindfulness culminating in self-realisation, actualisation or singularity.
In essence, he teaches a scientific way of life for total health. He shows us how to live with absolute scientific standards from dawn to dusk. He strongly believes that subjective, perception-based living is the root cause of our problems at both a physical and mental level.
Dr. Kumar is also a practitioner and teacher of Kayachikitsa. Kayachikitsa is an ancient science focused on the treatment of physical and mental illness. He is one of only three people in the world to have been trained and currently practice in this particular system.
Dr. Kumar leads intensive training in meditation (raja yoga) theory and practice leading to profound insight and liberation. This is taught as per the Yoga Shastras and Yoga Sanhitha given by Yajnavalkya and later by Patanjali in the form of Yoga Darshana. Besides his regular yoga training courses that take place throughout the year, he teaches three immersive residential courses annually, a 10 day course in the UK, a 10 day course in India in the summer and a 15 day course in India for international students in the winter.
Dr. Kumar is a consultant trainer at Yogacampus in London. Having trained yoga teachers for the last four decades, drawing on his experiential wisdom and knowledge developed from living and learning in many different ashrams, ancient traditions and teachers, he teaches yoga for mind and body with authority. He was invited by the United Nations, International Labour Organization in Geneva, to lead celebrations for International Yoga in 2017 and 2018. Outside of reputed Indian institutions, he has also given lectures at Oxfords Brooks University, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Imperial College London and Kyungpook National University School of Medicine in Daegu-Korea.
Rather than belonging to any one school, Dr. Kumar’s teaching adheres to the genesis of yoga and its many components.
Dr. Kumar’s first teacher cautioned him to avoid being limited to the methodology of only one school, realising that each ashram preserves only a few limbs of yoga. This is something Dr. Kumar has followed throughout his life, allowing him to keep an open mind, and continuously learn and expand his knowledge, respecting all traditions.
As a child he began his formal studies at the Sivananda Ashram under Swamy Vishnudevananda. He was initiated by Swami Chinmayananda, Sachidananda & Omkarananda and later under Swami Rama and Satyananda Saraswathi. He also learned asana practice with BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar among other renowned teachers as well as unknown but equally accomplished Himalayan masters and monks. He learned powerful health rejuvenating pranayamas in Shakthi traditions of Tantra such as Prakrithika (external respiratory techniques), Vaikrithika (internal respiratory techniques) and Kevala (natural respiration). Other schools include Kaivalyadhama-Lonovala, Ananda Ashram-Himachal and Kriya Yoga traditions such as Babaji Kriya Yoga, Yogoda, Mangeshda. His theoretical studies of Hatha Yoga have explored Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Hatha Ratnavali, Gheranda Samhita, Siva Samhita, Hatha Yoga Rahasyam, Kurantaka Yoga and Kapala Kurantaka Yoga and he has translated many of these original texts for his training program.
Dr. Kumar has studied meditation in Hindu, Yoga, Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist schools including monastic traditions in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and Tibet. His mastery of meditation, honouring the lineage of Patanjali is central to his teaching. He reads Sanskrit and Pali and has sourced and translated rare texts, exploring in particular the relationship between Yoga, Buddhism and Vedanta.
Yoga used to recover from an accident
Dr. Kumar’s personal experience of the therapeutic benefits of yoga inspired him to teach. In 1992 Kumar was involved in a road accident. He suffered multiple fractures in the lower spine, hip and pelvic bones. He also lost control over his lower torso and his urethra was ruptured. Having just got engaged, he was told that he would not be able to have children and may not walk again. He was airlifted to his wedding. After being bed-ridden for two years and being told that doctors had little hope for his recovery, finally he used his deep knowledge of yoga to design a systematic program of treatment for himself with asana and pranayama practice. By the following year, he was mobile and in two years he could run. He resumed practicing around 300 asanas and had his first daughter in 1994. In gratitude for the benefit he has received he has volunteered his time to teaching yoga and meditation for free to thousands of people in India and reviving the ancient system of yoga therapy, Kayachikitsa.