COURSE DECLARATION & AGREEMENT
Traditional Yoga is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School (RYS500). Upon completion you will receive a 200 hour Traditional Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. This certificate is valid for a period of 2 years from the date of issue if you wish to register with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200, please refer to their certification policy, http://www.yogaalliance.org
OBSERVANCE OF YAMA
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 meditation. The Five Yama are observances outlined by Patanjali:
- Ahimsa – nonviolence, to remove anger or hatred from the mind
- Asteya – non stealing to remove greed from the mind
- Satya – truthfulness 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
In particular during the course:
- Please do not purposefully harm any insects or other living beings.
- Brahmacharya refers to only having relations with spouse or partner.
- Please refrain from intoxicants including alcohol and tobacco.
- Please do not practice any other forms of meditation that are not part of the course.
- Please do not engage in any negative on-line comments, feedback or social media posts, about the course or anything else.
- Please do not make any personal recordings or copies of course materials, videos, notes etc without permission.
- Please do not share any course materials with anyone else without permission, including YouTube video links and notes. These are given purely for your reference and not to circulate. These are given purely for your reference and circulating them with others amounts to the breaking of ‘Asteya’. If you are at home and family members want to informally watch the videos with you sometimes without taking certification that is fine but we request you to make a donation of 5000 INR or equivalent (approx. £50/$75).
- Please do not write blog posts, articles or books based on information from the course without first taking permission. Teachings should be absorbed, understood, assimilated and then passed on to students through your classes.
Thank you for your care and consideration.
Yoga supports physical and mental wellbeing and can lead to wide ranging benefits. Yoga Healing Foundation is not a medical care provider however and cannot be responsible for diagnosing, examining, or treating individual medical conditions of any kind, or in determining the effect of any specific course activity on a medical condition. When you engage in yoga practice please do so with awareness of your individual physical fitness and participate at a level that is appropriate for you. When practicing yoga, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating and assume all risk of injury to yourself. Please continue with any prescription medication during the course.
The teachings of Yoga do not exist without enlightened teachers to convey them and the student -teacher relationship is everything. Even though the course is online this is still very relevant as consciousness has no barriers. The attitude of a student is of paramount importance when taking a course of this nature. This is for your own benefit and in respect for the Guru and great lineage of enlightened teachers who have preserved these teachings. Each student should conduct themselves with great care and caution during the course. 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:
1.Work hard without expectation/ Nishkaama karma yoga and Karmaphala sanyasa yoga: Do not come with any preconceived notions of what ‘should’ be taught. Dr. Kumar will teach what we need in order to become Yogis, not what we think we need or want. A Karma Yogi appreciates and has gratitude for everything they receive, and accepts challenges smilingly.
2. Live in the present with an open mind, accepting each moment of the teaching as it comes. This will enable you to get maximum benefit from the spontaneous and dynamic way in with Dr. Kumar teaches. A Guru is a clean water pipe through which the water of the teachings flow, Don’t look for a set package or timetable of teaching that would block that flow, just drink the water and trust that it will nourish and purify you.
3. Surrender to the Guru/ Bhakthi Yoga: Learn from the heart not from the head. Learn to listen without bringing the filter of subjective interpretation based on past conditioning. Just absorb without putting an intellectual filter of preconceptions and previously learned notions. In order to learn we must unlearn and relearn. As Shankaracharya says, once you have used right discernment to choose an enlightened teacher, then that is it. What the Guru teaches should not be questioned. The student is at the lotus feet of the Guru. If you trust your own perception more than the Guru’s teaching, then why go to a teacher in the first place? This is ingrained in the traditions. Please only practice the yoga and meditation that has been taught by Dr. Kumar, discontinue other practices during the course.
4. Inflammatory response is required for growth. Tarka/Vitarka: A true Guru is not a pleaser and is prepared to shake us out of our conditioning even though it is very difficult. A much easier option for a Guru is to only say what we like and avoid saying thing that we don’t like, but with this approach we would never progress. Be prepared to go out of your comfort zone. The path to enlightenment takes courage, faith, resilience and dedication. If something being taught triggers a strong emotion in you, that is an opportunity to observe the reaction and learn more about your own unconscious mind. If something has triggered you (perhaps because it challenges your prior learning, perceptions, cultural values or views) don’t create a conflict in your mind or dwell on it, just think ‘I don’t yet understand this’. Live in the present and stay open-minded. A Yogi has a much broader perspective, greater insight and sees many subtleties of reality that we miss.
5. 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 tasty. Don’t look for fast food. If you have questions try to wait, you may find they are answered in another class or you may realise that they are no longer important or necessary. Stay calm and quiet and reflect on whether it is really a worthwhile question or just an intellectual one. If it is a valid question you can ask a course volunteer.
6. Have humility/Tvamevam Brahmasi: The teaching and the entire course is being given freely and generously by volunteers at a very low charitable rate and what is being given is immeasurable. Please make your own notes. Please do not ask for more or extra. Any additional course materials or notes that are given by volunteers, should be considered as an added bonus, not to be expected. Please bear with any technical glitches or other course issues that arise, everyone is working very hard to ensure things go smoothly but this can never be 100% guaranteed.
7. Practice with awareness/ Sati/Sadhana /Abhyasa Please approach your Yoga practice with awareness of your individual physical limits and go at a pace that is appropriate for you. Participating in all postures is nor compulsory for certification. (Please continue with any prescription medication during the retreat. The Yoga Healing Foundation is not a medical care provider so if necessary you should seek medical advice from your usual sources during the course.)
The course is not a commodity and the value of the teaching is immeasurable. For this reason those graduating from the course do so with a deep sense of gratitude and respect. The course fee is a gesture of gratitude, not an exchange for the teachings. For this reason if you leave the course dissatisfied or not feeling grateful for the teaching, we prefer to reimburse your course payment. Refunds will only be given to those who complete the entire training and the assessments and request one at the end of the course, they will not be given before that. We encourage you to read the course description carefully and watch the recommended webcasts and clips to ensue that you are suitable for this training before joining.
Review Policy:In the Yoga tradition, the relationship between guru and students is sanctified. The teaching is not a service or product and the student is not a customer. For this reason it is highly inappropriate to write any feedback, reviews or public comments about the training or the teacher whether positive or negative unless invited to do so. This is against the tradition and anyone who breaks this code of conduct will not be granted a certificate and may be asked to withdraw from the training.
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