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Phi­los­o­phy and pur­pose of yoga. The human image of the yogi. His­to­ry of yoga. The paths, the main direc­tions and mas­ters of yoga.

Hatha yoga as dis­ease pre­ven­tion, as a tool for over­all well­ness and stress man­age­ment, as a method for ther­a­py and heal­ing, as a means to devel­op psy­chic abil­i­ties, as body-ori­ent­ed psy­chother­a­py, as a spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­pline.

Karanas (preparation exercises)

Sen­si­tiv­i­ty train­ing and devel­op­ment of body aware­ness, warm-up exer­cis­es, eye exer­cis­es, sun salu­ta­tion.


Clas­si­cal deep relax­ation, relax­ation tech­niques for every­day life, auto­genic train­ing based on Schultz, relax­ation train­ing based on Jacob­son, mod­ern stress sci­ence and stress man­age­ment.

Asanas (yoga postures)

Learn­ing and expe­ri­enc­ing dif­fer­ent meth­ods with dif­fer­ent goals, learn­ing to per­form the asanas. Yoga Vidya series of 12 basic pos­tures, asanas for relax­ation, yoga for the back, com­par­i­son of yoga with oth­er body­work sys­tems. Yoga, sports, phys­i­cal fit­ness. Asanas and phys­i­o­log­i­cal research. Yoga body-work: Asanas for phys­i­cal fit­ness with very chal­leng­ing vari­a­tions. Asanas for the awak­en­ing of life force: long hold­ing of the pos­tures with focus on chakras, spe­cif­ic breath­ing tech­niques, mantras, band­has, mudras.

Pranayama (breathing exercises)

Breath­ing tech­niques for dai­ly life, breath train­ing, sim­ple pranaya­mas to relax and recharge, advanced pranaya­mas from the Hatha Yoga Pradipi­ka: Samanu, 8 kumb­hakas, band­has, mudras.

Kriyas (yoga cleansing practices)

Shatkriyas accord­ing to the Hatha Yoga Pradipi­ka: Tratak (eye cleans­ing), neti (nasal cleans­ing), kapal­ab­hati (lung cleans­ing), dhau­ti (throat and stom­ach cleans­ing), nauli (intesti­nal cleans­ing), basti (colon cleans­ing), shank prak­sha­lana (cleans­ing of the entire diges­tive tract).

Physiology and health

Human body in rela­tion to the yoga exer­cis­es: mus­cle-/skele­tal sys­tem, res­pi­ra­to­ry sys­tem, diges­tive sys­tem, ner­vous sys­tem and endocrine sys­tems, phys­i­o­log­i­cal effects of yoga exer­cis­es, move­ment phys­i­ol­o­gy.

Health teachings

What is health? Caus­es of dis­ease. Healthy lifestyle: holis­tic life. Effec­tive yoga home recipes to over­come dis­eases such as colds, hay fever, headaches, aller­gies, diges­tive prob­lems.

Yoga as therapy

Still healthy in old age. Heal­ing through men­tal train­ing. Sport train­ing meth­ods.


Nat­ur­al nutri­tion of mankind. Rea­sons for a veg­e­tar­i­an diet. Three gunas accord­ing to ayurve­da: spir­i­tu­al and ener­getic effects of the diet. Nutri­tion for advanced hatha yoga prac­tice. Fast­ing. Becom­ing and stay­ing slim. Spe­cial diets: raw food, healthy whole food.

Ayurveda (Indian medicine)

Intro­duc­tion to ayurve­da (vata, pit­ta, kapha). Caus­es of dis­ease. Heal­ing on basis of a type relat­ed diet and lifestyle. Hatha yoga from the per­spec­tive of ayurve­da.

Tantra & Kundalini yoga

Energy training

Shi­va-Shak­ti phi­los­o­phy. Astral body: prana, nadis, chakras, kun­dali­ni, astral worlds, ghosts and life after death. Help for the dead. The open­ing of the chakras. The awak­en­ing of the kun­dali­ni: meth­ods, expe­ri­ences, risks, pre­cau­tions. The tech­niques of Kun­dali­ni yoga: Mantra, laya, yantra, nada, hatha yoga. White, red and black tantra. Sex­u­al­i­ty and part­ner­ship.

Raja yoga

Mental training and meditation

Ful­ly using the human psy­che: the uncon­scious, con­scious, super­con­scious. Thought pow­er and pos­i­tive think­ing. Mind con­trol: Mind as the cre­ator of des­tiny. Per­son­al­i­ty devel­op­ment. Self-knowl­edge and Self-real­iza­tion. Devel­op­ment of mem­o­ry, will pow­er,
con­cen­tra­tion, cre­ativ­i­ty and intu­ition. Devel­op­ment of telepa­thy. Deal­ing with feel­ings and emo­tions. Con­tact­ing the high­er Self: What do I real­ly want? Affir­ma­tions and visu­al­iza­tion. Charis­ma and per­son­al appear­ance. How to over­come bad habits. Yoga Sutras of Patan­jali. Lev­els of con­scious­ness. Expan­sion of con­scious­ness. Raja yoga and mod­ern brain research. Com­par­i­son of Indi­an and West­ern psy­chol­o­gy.


Con­cen­tra­tion tech­niques. Apply­ing aware­ness in our dai­ly lives. Mantra med­i­ta­tion, tratak, chakra med­i­ta­tion, ener­gy med­i­ta­tion, mind­ful­ness, expan­sion med­i­ta­tion, abstract med­i­ta­tion, cre­ative visu­al­iza­tion. Stages of med­i­ta­tion. Over­com­ing obsta­cles in med­i­ta­tion. Expe­ri­ences in med­i­ta­tion. Sci­en­tif­ic research into med­i­ta­tion.

Karma yoga

Yoga of action

Kar­ma, the law of cause and effect. Dhar­ma: right action. Ethics in dai­ly life. Ahim­sa: non-vio­lence and liv­ing non-vio­lent­ly. Swad­har­ma and swaru­pa: The art of mak­ing the right deci­sions. Self­less ser­vice and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty. Get­ting along bet­ter with oth­ers. Deal­ing with dif­fi­cult peo­ple. Talk train­ing. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion train­ing. Improv­ing rela­tion­ships with oth­ers. Win­ning friends. Fam­i­ly and part­ner­ship. The path of absti­nence. Sim­ple liv­ing — big think­ing. Eco­log­i­cal aware­ness and social involve­ment.

Bhakti yoga

Contact with the Divine

Emo­tion­al train­ing. Feel­ings and emo­tions. The mir­a­cle of love. What is God? Expe­ri­ence of the Divine. Con­nect­ing with the Divine. God in dai­ly life. Prayer. Hin­du mythol­o­gy. Kir­tan: mantra chant­i­ng. Rit­u­als: arati, puja, homa. Pos­si­bil­i­ty of mantra ini­ti­a­tion. Guru and dis­ci­ple. Chris­t­ian, Jew­ish and Islam­ic mys­ti­cism.

Jnana yoga

The yoga of knowledge

Kar­ma: the law of cause and effect. Rein­car­na­tion: death, life after death, rebirth. Clas­si­cal writ­ings of Hin­duism: Vedas, smri­tis, iti­hasas, puranas (a short expla­na­tion). The main scrip­tures of yoga: Upan­ishads, Bha­gavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipi­ka. The phys­i­cal, astral and causal body. Stages of spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment (7 bhu­mikas). Cos­mol­o­gy and cre­ation. Time, space and causal­i­ty. Vedan­ta: Phi­los­o­phy of the absolute. Who am I? What is real? What is con­scious­ness? What is hap­pi­ness? The Self as knowl­edge and bliss. Mod­ern physics and vedan­ta.

Yoga class didactics

Basic prin­ci­ples of teach­ing yoga. Per­son­al­i­ty and inner atti­tude of the yoga teacher. Voice train­ing. Struc­ture of a yoga class. Struc­ture of yoga cours­es and cycles: begin­ner cours­es, inter­me­di­ate cours­es, advanced cours­es, open class­es. Yoga for the back. Cor­rect­ing pos­ture through yoga. Sub­tle and effec­tive forms of indi­vid­ual cor­rec­tion. Tools in yoga. Yoga for preg­nan­cy. Yoga for kids. Yoga for seniors. Pos­si­bil­i­ties and lim­its of yoga ther­a­py. Yoga teacher — job and voca­tion.