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Prepared and taught by Emil E. Wendel, as a 32-hours presentation within four to eight weeks
Note: The following program is a sample curriculum, taught at a training in 2004
  Program may be adjusted to season, day of the week and festival calendar of India
  Other course durations and specific subjects upon request
Subject Particulars
Introduction To Course Overview of the Content
The Elements of Each Lesson
Starting Prayer Gâyatrî Mantra
Definition of Yoga What, really, is Yoga?
The Bhârata Dharma Commonalities in all Indian Spiritual Traditions
The Beginnings -  
An Indian Cosmology
Shiva and Shakti as Consciousness and Power
Sound-Vibration and the Emerging Universe
Mahâpralaya: The Dissolution of the Cosmos
The Scientific View The Explosion of the Primeval Atom
and The Expanding Universe
Sages and Preceptors
The Tapasvin / The Ascetic Tradition of Yoga
The Rishis, Munis and Saints
The Historical Origins of Yoga Early Scriptural References
Issues Regarding the Oral Tradition
The Early Texts
(main pre-classic yoga sources)
The Shrutis
The Purânas and Yoga
The Epics: Mahâbhârata and Râmâyana
The Upanishads and Yoga Upanishadic Thought as Revolution
The Beauty of the Upanishads: Chanted Shlokas
Karma-Yoga The Bhagawat Gîtâ and Karma-Yoga
Some Essential Vocabulary Âtman, Brahman, Ishta, Jîva, Avidyâ, Jnâna, Citta, Cit, Mâyâ, Samsâra, Moksha
On Transformation Existence and Being
Is Yoga A Religion?
Mantras
The Background
Mantras and Their Value in Meditation
An Introduction to OM and SOHAM
Âsanas and Their Names Example: Pâshâsana and the Story Behind It
The 6 Darshanas (Viewpoints) A Very Brief Introduction to Indian Philosophy
The Two Underlying Theories of Yoga Sâmkhya and Vedânta
Elaborating on a Delicate Difference
Yoga Philosophy Assignment Discussing the Assignment
Yoga and Patanjali The Story of Patanjali
The Background of The Yoga Sûtras
The Yoga Sûtras
Elaborating on the Yoga of Eight Limbs and the Interconnection between the Limbs:
Yama and Niyama
Âsana and Prânâyâma
Pratyâhâra and Dhâranâ
Dhyâna and Samâdhi
The Major Commentaries on the Sûtras
Understanding India
The Âshramas (The 4 Stages of Life)
Rebirth, Karma and so-called Fatalism
Common Threads in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism
Kathenotheism - God in India
Jainism A Short Introduction to the Jaina Tradition and The Concept of Syadvada (only if time allows)
Stories from the Purânic Treasure Shiva and His Shakti and the Revelation of the Yogic Knowledge
Meditations on the Ultimate Reality The Indian Experience
On Rituals Essay by Sir John Woodroffe
Tantra and Shaktism
Definitions
The Connection to Buddhism
Shaktism/Shaiva Tantrism: Backgrounds
Key Features of Tantra
Mantra
Mudrâ
Prâna
Bhûtashuddhi
Yantra
Panchakosha
Siddhi
Panchatattva (The 5 Makâra)
The Tantric World of Bîja-Mantras
The Background / Working with Mudrâs
Working with Life Force
Purification of Elements
Meditation on Geometric Devices
Working with the Subtle Body
The Attainments
Wine, Meat, Fish, Parched Grain and Ritual Sex
The Sacred River Gangâ The Background (only if time allows)
Gangâ Devi and Bhagiratha
The Story of Poet Jagannâtha
Hatha-Yoga Creating the Divya-Deha
The Founders and Scriptures Matsyendranâtha and Gorakhnâtha
The Major Texts of Hatha Yoga
The Main Features of Hatha Yoga Shatkarma: The Cleansing Practices
Âsana: The Postural Tradition in Hatha
Bandha and Mudrâ: Calming Body and Mind
Pratyâhâra: Techniques of Sensory Control
Prânâyâma: The Link to the Subtle Body
Dhyâna: The Visualisation Process
The Nâtha Tradition The Contribution of Nâthas to Yoga
Mudrâ Practice Understanding and Working with Mudrâs
The Chakras and Kundalinî Terminology and Location
The Awakening of Kundalinî-Shakti
The Chakra System and its Relationship to Âsana and Prânâyâma
The Ritual of Transformation Prânapratishthâ Ceremony as Applied Ritual
Understanding Prânâyâma Background and Physiology of Prânâyâma including Essential Kriyâ-Yoga Methods
Bhakti-Yoga The Background
Revisiting The Bhagawat Gîtâ
Surrendering: Îshwara Pranidhâna
The Example of Râmakrishna
Bhajans An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Yoga and Buddhism The Life of the Enlightened One
The Dharma and Its Influence on Yoga
Tibet: Repas, Yantra Yoga and Trul Khor
Yoga and Meditation in China and Japan Commonalities and Differences in the Approach
Meditation Practice Jnâna-Yoga Meditation
Jnâna-Yoga The Path of Wisdom
Jnâna as experienced by Ramana Maharshi
Yoga As It Is Today Looking at the Yoga Tree and Its Many Branches
Short Summary of the Course The Yoga Sâdhana
Pravritti - The Outgoing Path
and Nivritti - The Path of Return
Finishing Meditating on a Poem
Ârati Pûjâ - The Ritual of Light
   
 
     
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