Sadhaka Program

The Sadhaka program has been designed for students who are looking to deepen their understanding of yoga and to develop their practice of yoga away from the classroom.

The Program is available to both internal and external students, internal students being those who are available to attend Practitioner Yogasana Courses and Led Practice at Yoga Mandir, and external students being those who are located away from Canberra or who cannot attend Practitioner Yogasana Courses at Yoga Mandir. 

Any student who has an established relationship with a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher should consult with their teacher prior to applying for this program.

Program Content and Structure

The Sadhaka program is delivered via four units. The timing of each unit aligns to the Yoga Mandir terms.  Each unit is aligned to Yoga Mandir’s Practitioner Program to give participants structure in developing their practice and deepening their understanding of the subject of yoga.  Students enrolled in the program will be required to:

  • Complete fortnightly modules focused on selected content from the Yoga Sutras
  • Develop a self-directed yoga practice following a structured practice guide aligned to the Yoga Mandir Sadhana booklet;
  • ​Initially students are required to complete a self directed practice three times per week, with each practice session holding a 30 minute duration.  This is developed over the four units of the program so that students develop a practice of yoga that amounts to 1.5 hours per session six days per week.
  • ​Attend Practitioner Yogasana Courses each term, as outlined in the table below, or, for external students follow weekly Practitioner Yogasana class audio recordings
  • Attend Led Practice, or, for external students follow the led practice sequences each week
  • The content of the four units is outlined below:

Unit

Content

Practice Development

Unit 1 - Looking within
  • Action & Observation - Abhyasa and Vairagya
  • The senses
  • Tendencies and inclinations
  • Attend Foundation Practitioner Program and Led Practice (or follow audio classes and sequences provided)
  • Focus on developing knowledge of Asana
  • Develop regularity and time spent on the mat away from the classroom
Unit 2 - Differentiating experience
  • Kosas – The Five Sheaths
  • Gross and subtle senses
  • Identifying consciousness
  • Attend Developing Practitioner Program and Led Practice(or follow audio classes provided)
  • Continued focus on developing knowledge of Asana
  • Start to increase time spent on the mat away from the classroom
Unit 3 - The source of knowing
  • Kriyayoga – Tapas, Svadhyaya and Isvara Pranidhana
  • Knowledge from experience
  • Levels of Sadhaka
  • Attend Established Practitioner Program and Led Practice (or follow audio classes provided)
  • Focus on developing timings within Asana and sequencing a practice
  • Continue to increase time spent on the mat
Unit 4 - Ethical practice
  • Astanga Yoga – The Eight Disciplines
  • Observances-practices-outcomes
  • Developing concentration
  • Attend Established Practitioner Program (or follow audio classes provided)
  • Focus on planning practice sessions and the content of practices across the week.
  • Continue to develop methods of sequencing a practice. 

The courses noted in the table above are included as part of the content and cost of the Sadhaka program.  Internal students may also choose to enrol in an additional Yogasana Course as appropriate to their practitioner level and attend an additional led practice session.  External students may choose to attend a yoga class available in their local area, or, for students who do not have classes available an additional audio recording will be provided.  As the Sadhaka program is aimed at helping students develop their own yoga practice, away from the classroom, all students are encouraged to consider if attending classes beyond the one additional class is of benefit to their enrolment within the Sadhaka Program.    

Course Allocations for Internal Students

Each term internal students will be allocated to Practitioner Yogasana Courses and Led Practice. The following table provides a summary of the sessions that students may allocated to across the Program.   Allocations are subject to change in the event, for example, that the Yoga Mandir timetable is changed. 

Unit 1 Term 1

Unit 2 Term 2

Unit 3 Term 3

Unit 4 Term 4

Practitioner Program Allocation

Foundation Yogasana Course

Developing Yogasana Course

Established Yogasana Course

Established Yogasana Course

Led Practice Allocation

Foundation Led Practice

Developing Led Practice

Led Practice allocation

Led Practice allocation

Current Cost per Term

Internal Students

The cost of $500 includes allocation to 1 Practitioner Yogasana course and 1 Led practice allocation within Yoga Mandir’s Practitioner Program each term. Additional enrolments are paid for separately.

External Students

The cost of $310 includes audio class recordings to support your self-directed practice. 

Payment is always made per term.  Internal students will be asked to register and pay for the following by Week 9 of the previous term so that allocations can be finalised. 

Expressions of Interest for Enrolment in Sadhaka Program

January Intake

Expressions of Interest for Enrolment in the Sadhaka Program for must be received by 15 November each year.  Expressions of Interest should be made in writing and include a details of the applicants Yoga background, including details of Iyengar Yoga experience and their teachers, their health and family situations that may support or hinder their enrolment. Please use the Expression of Interest Template below

Places in the program are offered by 1 December each year and payment is required by 10 December. 

For further questions about the Sadhaka Program please contact the Yoga Mandir office. 

Mid-Year Intake

Yoga Mandir is offering a second entry point into the Sadhaka program to allow student to commence in the program midyear.  The midyear intake starts in Term 3 of the Yoga Mandir Year and students continue in the course over 4 consecutive terms.   Expressions of Interest for the Mid-Year Intake must be received by 25 June, successful applicants will be asked to enrol by 3 July.  

Introducing Sadhana

The Introducing Sadhana Program is suggested for students who are considering submitting an Expression of Interest in a future offering of the one year Sadhaka Program. 

The Introducing Sadhana Program is targeted at anyone who would like to gain further understanding of the time required to complete the one year program or would like to explore how they may start a self directed practice of yoga. The Introducing Sadhana Program is a single term enrolment.  

 

Program enrolments

To enrol in a program, press the associated "Book now" button. Your registration will be submitted during the checkout process.

Title: Internal Sadhaka, January Intake. Unit 4
Commencement date: Monday, 14 October 2019 - 8:00am
Duration: 10 week
Price: $500.00
Teacher: Alan Goode
Title: Internal Sadhaka, Mid-year Intake. Unit 2
Commencement date: Monday, 14 October 2019 - 8:00am
Duration: 10 week
Price: $500.00
Teacher: Alan Goode
Title: External Sadhaka, January Intake. Unit 4
Commencement date: Monday, 14 October 2019 - 8:00am
Duration: 10 week
Price: $310.00
Teacher: Alan Goode
Title: External Sadhaka, Mid-year Intake. Unit 2
Commencement date: Monday, 14 October 2019 - 8:00am
Duration: 10 week
Price: $310.00
Teacher: Alan Goode