Quarter 1 Month 2
In the course of your studies you will sometimes need to access the recordings out of numeric sequence. Attached are the five month two recordings for your convenience.
Asana as a Symbol of Life's Transformation
Guided Asana Practice and Breathing
Basics of Teaching
Asana Pronunciation Guide
Asana Pronunciation Guide
Notes on Practice
Attached as a resource is the PDF document "Q1 M2 Notes on Practice." It continues the teaching of yoga theory and practice. Here, you will learn how to integrate and structure new postures into your practice each month. A second Notes on Practice section discusses how to understand movement, action and stillness in the practice of hatha yoga.
Reading Assignment - Notes on Practice
Please read and study the PDF document "Q1M2 Notes on Practice". Please review the Notes on Practice each week during month two. We recommend that you read the notes on practice for month two and review the definitions of terms and actions from month one, before studying the new month two asanas. The reasons for this are twofold. First, we will begin to use more technical terms in month two to describe the body, its movements, and actions. Reviewing the necessary terms will save you time and make the instructions easier to understand. As you progress in your career as a teacher you will find these detailed descriptions to be very valuable. Secondly, the notes on practice for month two discuss how to integrate and structure new postures into your practice each month.
Asana Practice - Standing Postures
The asana section for the second month builds on the warm-ups covered in month one and introduces six new asanas. We have included a PDF of the month two asanas as a resource for this section. In addition, you will find recording 7," Guided Asana Practice and Breathing," which will guide you through this month's asana practice. We have also included the "Notes on Practice Lined Pages" document, including a photo of each asana, that you can print out and use if you wish to keep your own personal notes on the poses. Here are snapshots of the new asanas you'll learn in month two.
(Click on the images for full size and gallery version.)
Reading/Listening/Practice Assignment - Standing Postures
Please listen to recording 7," Guided Asana Practice and Breathing," and use the PDF begin studying and practicing the new month two asanas.
Guided asana practice and breathing
Theory and Philosophy - Recording 5 Asana as a Symbol of Life's Transformation
In this recording, Goswami Kriyananda explains how hatha yoga relates to an essential part of his teachings, "all is change." We have included both the recording and an outline as resources for this lesson.
"If we've prepared ourselves while our bodies and minds are young,
we do not grow old, we grow up. But life is still a constant pattern of
change and our ability to adjust, adapt and acclimatize to those changes."
- Goswami Kriyananda
Please listen to recording 5, "Asana as a Symbol of Life's Transformation." Use the outline provided as you listen to the recording.
Please read and study chapter one, pages 1-21, of The Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga.
Illustration: Drawing of the chakric system by Swami Mayananda (Rebecca Romanoff)
Theory and Philosophy - Yama
The theory and philosophy section for month two focuses on the practice of Yama, the restraints. Yama is the first of the eight limbs, which comprise the classical yoga system. The PDF which is attached as a resource provides a detailed explanation of yama.
from the text:
"Certain behavioral qualities can create distress in our lives and in the world around us when they are not wisely exercised. Therefore it is important that we learn techniques to control them. Yama (conduct which is controlled) and niyama (conduct which is cultivated) are guidelines that help to make our human experience harmonious and joyful."
Please read and study the PDF "Q1 M2 Theory and Philosophy - Yama."
Teaching Skills - Recording 6 The Basics of Teaching
Attached as a resource is recording 6, "The Basics of Teaching" by Goswami Kriyananda. It is part of this month's Teaching Skills section.
from the recording:
"The purpose of teaching is to heal people by removing their root cause
of pain and suffering. I don't think people learn through pain and suffering.
We should encourage people to learn through joy and happiness. Just living
and breathing there is a joy in life."
Please listen to recording 6, "The Basics of Teaching."
Reading Assignment - The Breathing Book
Please read and perform the exercises on pages 16-36 of The Breathing Book.
Yoga Techniques - Alternate Nasal Breathing
Practice Assignment - Yoga Techniques - Alternate Nasal Breathing
Please read and study the PDF "Q1 M2 Yoga Techniques - Alternate Nasal Breathing," then begin practicing the technique.
Reading Assignment - Yoga, The Iyengar Way
In Yoga, the Iyengar Way, read pages 18-19, 26-27, 47, 81 and 90.
Sanskrit Asana Pronunciation Guide - Recordings 8A and 8B
Attached as resources are a Sanskrit pronunciation guide and recordings 8A and 8B. These will help you to learn and use the Sanskrit names for postures if and when you choose to.
Knowledge of the Sanskrit names for each posture is not a requirement for certification. There are technical Sanskrit terms, which we want you to be familiar with, and this is why we use them consistently together with their English translation, but extensive knowledge of Sanskrit is not a requirement for certification. You need to develop your own style of communication. You need to decide whether you want to use English, Sanskrit, or a combination of the two. Much will depend on where you teach and whom you are teaching. Be yourself, be comfortable, and encourage your students to do the same.
Listening Assignment - Recordings 8A and 8B Sanskrit Asana Pronunciation Guide
Please listen to recordings 8A and 8B, "Asana Pronunciation Guide." Read the Sanskrit pronunciation guide as well.
Asana Prononciation Guide 1
Asana Prononciation Guide 2
Reading Assignment Review - Human Anatomy in Full Color
With the help of Human Anatomy in Full Color, continue to review the month one vocabulary. Use the documents "Terms and Actions Anatomy and Physiology Month 1" and "Parts of the Human Anatomy Month 1".
Assignments- Asana Practice
Please complete the following assignments and submit your responses.
Asana Practice - Benefits of the Standing Postures
We have included as a resource in this lesson a list of 15 benefits of standing poses. We will provide a number of similar lists for other types of poses you will be studying.