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About IndeaYoga Practice

The Yogacharya has designed a number of series and sequences for his students, based on his own personal extensive study and experience with the effects of asana sequences from his own practice and observations from teaching over the last 21 years. IndeaYoga provides sequences for beginners, intermediate as well as advanced practitioners.

At IndeaYoga, we believe in an educative approach, where our students comprehend the technical aspects and philosophy of Yoga, rather than depend on the physical push to advance.

Beginner Series

The IndeaYoga Beginner Series is a set of asanas and practices sequenced by the Yogacharya for those who are completely new to yoga asana practice, people with health issues and aged individuals. The series prepares the practitioner for the IndeaYoga Preparatory Series and other sequences. This set of basic practices establishes a firm base and is suitable for everyone. It creates physical awareness and reduces rigidity of the joints and muscles, as well as develops an aware breathing pattern.

Preparatory Series

Developed by the Yogacharya to train practitioners to advance comfortably towards the Foundation Sequence (for Hatha practice) and Primary Series (for Ashtanga Vinyasa), the Preparatory Series improves overall flexibility, develops all-round freedom of movement and relaxes the breath. Each asana here is carefully designed with intent to open up the body for the Foundation Sequence and Primary Series. Once the student is comfortable with the Preparatory Series, he or she progresses into the next level of practice.

The Foundation Sequence

The IndeaYoga Foundation Sequence is designed, for Hatha Practitioners, to maximize the benefits attained from each session of practice. The series includes the famous and ancient Vinyasa practiced by several schools of yoga, the classical Surya Namaskara or the “Sun Salutations”. The Foundation Sequence is more a slow, static and a stable practice; it improves strength, balance and overall flexibility. 

Vinyasa Primary Series

Built for Ashtanga practitioners; a dynamic, intense, free flowing set of asanas that instills strength, balance and a sense of rhythm. It involves moving through the intricate sequence asanas with the power of rhythmic inhalations and exhalations. The term Vinyasa means to arrange in a special way; asanas are arranged in an appropriate fashion and the practitioner transitions through each posture with synchronised breathing.

Mysore Style Classes

The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga, which originated here in the southern Indian city of Mysore. The following characteristics are unique to Mysore Style practice:

  • The class is not “led” as a group, rather instruction is given on a one-to-one basis; each student has an individualized programme.
  • Students practice their own sequence of asanas at their own pace.
  • The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments and verbal instruction.

At IndeaYoga, students learn the fixed order of asanas using a specific movement-breathing technique called Ujjayi breath. Each student is given a yoga routine according to one’s ability. Newer and beginner students tend to have fewer asanas, and we encourage them to repeat each asana a number of times in a practice until we believe the student is strong and comfortable in that asana and ready to move to the next.

As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional asanas are given to the student. In general, the next asana in the sequence should be added/taught/learned only after obtaining stability in one’s last asana. The sense of the word “given” in this context comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice (abhyasa). In the West, people are accustomed to learning a lot of asanas all at once – such as in a typical modern “led” yoga class. Asanas are given, one by one in a sequential order.  

Our teachers are trained to keep track of what every student is doing with a quick glance. However, if students attempt something out of sequence, the teacher is less able to help in the appropriate way. If a student has difficulty with a particular asana, the teacher can offer a modification that is consistent with the intention of the practice. We believe every student is an important asset to us.

Teacher Training Courses

The Teacher Training Courses at IndeaYoga are for serious practitioners who intend to teach yoga or for those who simply are seeking to deepen their knowledge. The courses engage the students 6-8 hours per day and require complete dedication on the their part. The intensity of the course significantly alters how one perceives yoga. It encompasses asana practice, teaching methodologies, technique classes, teaching practice, philosophy, anatomy, meditation and pranayama, and chanting sessions. The courses are offered in two variants: Hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga.

Hatha Yoga

It is the practice of a set of physical exercises (known as Asanas or postures), and sequences of Asanas. Hatha Yoga helps understand the mechanics of the body and drive one's energy in specific directions. Designed to open the many channels of the body, it eases the process of human growth. Hatha practices are known to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation. Most forms of yoga asana practices including Iyengar style, Ashtanga Vinyasa, power yoga, Sivananda Yoga etc. are enclosed under the umbrella of Hatha Yoga.

At IndeaYoga, the Yogacharya has dedicated years of personal research and study to develop different sequences of Hatha practices. These sequences improve alignment of the body, enhance balance and strength, and develop harmony within your system. IndeaYoga Hatha practices and sequences not only focus on the physical body but also build balance in the pranic system.

Ashtanga based Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa yoga is a series of yoga poses that are interconnected in an intelligent manner and that bring maximum benefits to the practitioner. It increases flexibility in the body and renders the muscles supple. Vinyasa adds rhythm to our practice that reflects on our breathing pattern in a positive way. It is a dynamic manifestation of yoga that is vigorous on the body and yet can have soothing effects on the mind. Vinyasa is known to lift the mood of the practitioner and hence is excellent for depression and other mental conditions.

Yogacharya Bharath Shetty has diligently prepared the Vinyasa series and sequences at IndeaYoga. Being associated with yoga for decades, his profound knowledge becomes evident in all of his teachings and dealings with the students.

The following characteristics are unique to Mysore Style practice:

  • The class is not “led” as a group, rather instruction is given on a one-to-one basis; each student has an individualized programme.
  • Students practice their own sequence of asanas at their own pace.
  • The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments and verbal instruction.

At IndeaYoga, students learn the fixed order of asanas using a specific movement-breathing technique called Ujjayi breath. Each student is given a yoga routine according to one’s ability. Newer and beginner students tend to have fewer asanas, and we encourage them to repeat each asana a number of times in a practice until we believe the student is strong and comfortable in that asana and ready to move to the next.

As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional asanas are given to the student. In general, the next asana in the sequence should be added/taught/learned only after obtaining stability in one’s last asana. The sense of the word “given” in this context comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice (abhyasa). In the West, people are accustomed to learning a lot of asanas all at once – such as in a typical modern “led” yoga class. Asanas are given, one by one in a sequential order.

Our teachers are trained to keep track of what every student is doing with a quick glance. However, if students attempt something out of sequence, the teacher is less able to help in the appropriate way. If a student has difficulty with a particular asana, the teacher can offer a modification that is consistent with the intention of the practice. We believe every student is an important asset to us.

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