Students may enrol in the Practitioner programs after completing the Institute's entry level program: Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Methodology.
Practitioner programs are divided into levels that reference Yoga epistemology.
- Foundation practitioners learn how to practice asana (postures) such that the asana becomes yogasana: an instrument for self study and meditation.
- Developing practitioners use a diversity of asana to engage svadhyaya (self study) at the layer of manomaya kosha (mental emotional body).
- Established practitioners examine the subjective nature of perception. They are confirmed in their knowledge that Yoga is a contemplative science underpinned by experiential learning.
- Maturing practitioners use complex sequencing to facilitate the surrender of ego. Practice increases compassion and humility as the enormity of the quest to cleanse perception is recognised. Practitioners are maturing ethically as their respect and devotion to practice as a contemplative science grows.
- Introducing Sadhana program is completed in one term of 10 weeks and can be undertaken in any term. Introducing Sadhana aims to deliver the building blocks for a self directed practice and can be conducted alongside your enrolment in Yoga Mandir courses as an internal student or externally where you are independent of the school and work on your own using the audio class recordings.
- Sadhaka Program is for experienced students who wish to deepen their understanding and practice of Yoga and/or who may be contemplating the Preliminary Teacher Training program at Yoga Mandir.
Practitioner programs have three components:
- Yogasana coursework
- Pranayama coursework
- Led practice
Coursework for both yogasana and pranayama is characterised by instruction and application. The syllabus guides students through yogasana, pranayama and Yoga philosophy such that Yoga is engaged as a contemplative science.
The practice of yogasana is a practice of asana (Yogic postures) with the intention of asana being a tool of self study. Courses in yogasana integrate Yoga science and philosophy within the discipline of asana. Students explore the potency of asana as instruments of self study; learning where to look for and how to examine the undercurrents of their unconscious.
Pranayama is defined as the Yogic art of breathing. Pranayama is introduced in the lying down position and is developed over consecutive weeks and months. Students remain practising in the lying down position for many weeks before learning the art of sitting. In both lying down and sitting work, progression in awareness is gradual with emphasis on the capacity of students to study the quality and texture of their breath within the different pranayamas. Pranayama facilitates subtlety in perception and requires a letting go of the characteristics associated with 'doing' and 'achieving'. It teaches practitioners to surrender into a state that is less about 'doing' and more about 'being'.
Led practice moves students from a focus on instruction to an environment where they can refine their capacity for observation, integration and concentration. In these sessions the asana names are called with the practice leader presenting but there is no instruction. To enrol in a Led practice students must also be enrolled in a Yogasana course. Students enrolled in 2 Yogasana courses per term can enrol in a Led practice without additional cost. Credit is given via a coupon which is applied to your total bill at final check out. For those attending one course per term the cost of a Led practice enrolment is $130 per term.