Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Teachers Training

The teacher training is an in-depth study and a transformation journey of the body, mind and spirit. It teaches you to be a teacher in yoga. The course is based on the traditional Gurukula system where students come to their teacher’s place to practice the course.
The teacher training course (TTC) is an intensive course that is being taught by  Sri Yogachari M V Chidananda (Ashtanga Yoga) & Sri S V VENKATESHAIAH.
The curriculum is as follows:-
  1. Asana (yoga postures),
  2. Pranayama (breathing exercises),
  3. Chanting,
  4. Mantras,
  5. Yoga Sutras,
  6. Adjustments .
There will be special classes to study teaching techniques and alignment, Which are very important for a "teacher". Students will develop their skills to teach asana, as well as to improve their own personal practice and get the right knowledge about "yoga".


  • The power of Vinyasa Flow
  • Yoga Asana: Movements, actions, alignment and energetic
  • Sequencing: Form, movement, energetic and intention
  • Hands-on Adjustments: The power of touch
  • Practice Teaching
  • Core Teaching Skills: Language, observation & ethics
  • Reading the Student: Teaching all levels and ages
  • Pranayama: The Yoga of breath
  • Meditation: Directing the mind and healing the heart


Please contact your teacher for your schedule at the time of joining the course.
The course is for 6 weeks and each week will have 6 days of practice. Sunday is off. Also if your class happens to fall on new moon or full moon day it will be a holiday.
Below would be a basic schedule.
  • 7.00 – 8.00 am          Pranayama Practice
  • 8.30 – 10.30 am        Ashtanga vinyasa –asana practice
  • 11.30 – 01:00 pm      Theoretical explanation of yoga and yoga sutras .
  • 1.00 – 3.00 pm          Lunch/Break
  • 3.00 – 4.30 pm          Special class (learning teaching techniques, alignment or adjustment, power of touching).
Additionally, TTC students will be provided few classes where they can teach primary series under the supervision of teacher. They can understand the methods and the techniques of teaching and simultaneously get the teaching experience which boost their confidence as a teacher.
After completion of TTC you will be given TTC completed certificate.

About Ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga Yoga means 8 limbs of yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Lord Patanjali has outlined eight aspects known as ASHTANGA in Sanskrit. Acquiring and mastering these skills is very much needed for health and salvation. In the ladder of spirituality the base of the ladder is humanity and the top mount of the ladder is divinity. And Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga helps to enrich the soul and to reach the divinity.
Yama, Niyama, Asana, Prnayama Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyana, Samadhi are the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga. These limbs are divided into 3 parts
External practice Indicator Internal practice
Yama Prathyahara
Niyama Dharana
Asana Dhyana
Pranayama Samadhi

Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

  1. Yama (Principles or moral code)
    Ahimsa - A principle of non-violence
    Satya - A principle of Truthfulness
    Asteya - A principle of non stealing
    Brahmacharya - Continence / Celibacy
    Aparigah - A principle of non-hoarding or non possessiveness
  2. Niyama (Personal Disciplines)
    Shoucha - Purity
    Santosh - Contentment
    Tapa - Endurance
    Swadhyaya - Self study
    Eshwar Pranidhan - Dedication
  3. Asana - (Yoga Postures / positions)
    A stable and comfortable posture synchronizing Body, Breath and Mind which helps to attain mental equilibrium
    Asana practice is the first step for the realization of self and god. There are nearly 84 lacks Asanas as much as Jeeva rashi (creatures are in this world). About 800 years ago there were 64 thousand Asanas. About 100 years at the time of T.Krishnamacharya’s guru Sri Ram Mohan Brahmachari, there were 700 asanas. Now there are about 600 asanas. Each asanas has got it own benefits and has the capacity to cure different diseases, purify a particular pulse in our naadis, can burn a specified sin and rectify a particular diseases. All asanas can be found in text “Yoga Korunta”. Asana is also called Sthira Sukham Asanam as per Patanjala resulting in calm, comfort and happiness. In Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, science of breathing is very important. Without knowing the breathing technique, one should not practice asana.
  4. Pranayama - (Yoga Breathing)
    Extension and control of breath
    Prana means life force and Ayama means to extend. Practicing Pranayama helps to avoid illness in our body and to maintain mental balance with calm. It equalizes the egoism and centralizes the mind with peace.
  5. Pratyahara - (Withdrawal of Senses)
    A mental preparation to increase the power of mind
    Prathyahara is a bridge between the external aspects of yoga and the internal yoga. At the stage of pratyahara, the consciousness of the individual is internalized in order that the sensations from the senses of taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell don't reach their respective centers in the brain and takes the sadhaka (practitioner) to next stages of Yoga, namely Dharana (concentration) and Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (mystical absorption), being the aim of all Yogic practices.[3]
  6. Dharana - (Concentration on Object)
    Concentration of mind on one object and its field
    It is said that Desha bandha chithasya Dhavana ie. Focus chitta exactly on a particular object or point is known as desha – means place.
    Experienced yogi should find that place. Dharana is the initial step of deep concentrative meditation, where the object being focused upon is held in the mind without consciousness wavering from it.
  7. Dhyan - (Meditation)
    With drawing mind from all external objects and Focusing it on one point and meditating on it.
    In Dhyana, the meditator is not conscious of the act of meditation (i.e. is not aware that s/he is meditating) but is only aware that s/he exists (consciousness of being), and aware of the object of meditation. Derived from dhyai, means concentration on the right object. Dhyana is also interpreted as the combination of Dhi (to reflect, to things to meditate, to pray etc) and Yana (journey or vehicle) which means well steered voyage of the mind to a focused object.
  8. Samadhi - (Salvation)
    State of Super bliss, joy and merging individual consciousness in to universal consciousness. Union between Jivatman and Paramatman. Union of Shiva and Shakti in Sahasrar Chakra (the top of the head). Realizing the Bramhan (pure consciousness) or Realization of God is the ultimate achievement of Human Birth.
    The ultimate aim of yoga is Samadhi or Putting together the personal soul (Jeevatama) with the supreme soul (Paramatma) It is the supreme state of wellness and happiness that every human being must endeavor to attain and divergence from it.

Programs of Ashtangayoga

The Following Courses are tought here :
  1. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
  2. Teacher Training Courses
  3. Pranayama
  4. Meditation & Mudras

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

He teaches Asanas in three stages,
  1. Primary,
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced Series (A, B, C, D).
It’s a mysore style of practice , all level of students are well come to shala . If students wants to learn intermediate series they must have practiced primary series and they are able to do well in primary series.

Teacher Training Courses

The Teacher Training Program offered here is an immersion into the deeper aspects of Ashtanga Yoga. Whether you simply want to deepen your practice or to become a teacher, this program will cover both the theoretical and practical applications.


Starts with theoretical explanation about pranayama and its methods and techniques so that students can understand pranayama in deapth We Start with Basic pranayama and further practice depends on there experience and how long they stay
Class Timings : ( Monday to Saturday)
Ashtanga vinyasa practice at 8.30 to 10.30 am .
Pranayama practice at 6 to 7.30 am .

About Chidananda MV

Mysore is the International capital of 'Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga'. Mysore has produced great teachers like Sri T Krishnamacharya. K Pattabi Jois, B N S Iyengar, Desikachary and BKS Iyengar are the followers of Sri T Krishnamacharya. These teachers were the first generation of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioners known in the last century.
Chidananda was initiated into yoga by his father Sri S V VENKATESHAIAH who himself is an accomplished yoga teacher. Sri Chidananda has been practicing yoga from last 20 years under the guidance of his father Sri S V VENKATESHAIAH and Shankar Narayan Jois and Guru BNS Iyengar who is a disciple of Sri T Krishnamacharya. He began his practice at the age of 8 and has competed in state and national level programmes been awarded various prices for it. He also has been facilitated twice as 'Best Sports Man' of the year for his yoga practice discipline, by the Mysore State Independence Committee. He Completed his Graduation in Bachelor of Science (B Sc) through Mysore University.
He began his teaching career in yoga at 16. His experience and deep understanding about postures has lead many students to practice proper asana and learn right posture without any physical injury.
He is a good teacher and his greatness lies in his dreams for others, his students. He can inspire the most ordinary learners. He explains and makes student to understand the proper alignment of postures and stresses on the fact that while practicing Ashtanga yoga, asana movement is not just enough but the breathing sequence is important.
Following are the few of his Achievements in Yogasana:
  1. 2nd place in Declamation competition in Sixteenth National Yoga Championship at Davangere (Karnataka) in the year 1991-92.
  2. 5th place in Sixteenth National Yoga Championship at Advancer (Karnataka) in the year 1991-92.
  3. 3rd place in International Krishna yoga Association in the year 1993.
  4. 5th place in International Yogasana Federation Cup Yoga Competition In 1991.
  5. 1st place in 3rd State Junior Yogasana Championship in the year 1991.
  6. 2nd place in State Level Yoga Competition held in Ashtanga Yoga Kendra nanjungud in the Year 1992.
  7. 3rd place in 2nd South zone Yogasana Championship in the year 1991 In Benglure.
  8. 2nd place in 1st State non-medalist Yogasana Competition in the year 1991 in Mysore.
  9. 1st place in 1st state senior yogasana Competition in the year 1991 in Mysore.
  10. 3rd place in 16th Karnataka Yoga Championship in the year 1996 in Gadag.
  11. 2nd place in 6th National TAE Kwon Do Championship 1992 in Mysore.