Personal Development Courses

Foundation Course I

This course is designed for those students wishing to explore yoga in more depth than a weekly class may typically allow. It can be undertaken purely for personal development and interest or as a first step towards yoga teacher training.

The course gives an introduction to the authentic yoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar. It will cover āsana, prāṇāyāma, meditation, sound and chanting and basic yoga philosophy.

By the end of the course you will:

  • have an awareness and appreciation of the teachings of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar 
  • have a basic knowledge and understanding of the history of yoga 
  • have an overview of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra and its importance as the key yoga text 
  • be aware of a range of āsana and be able to practise them appropriately
  • have knowledge and understanding of some prāṇāyāma techniques and be able to practise them appropriately
  • know the definition of meditation (YS III, 2) and have explored meditative practices 
  • be able to plan a simple personal practice
  • have explored and experienced the role of sound in yoga 
  • know the definition of mantra and have practised some mantra 
  • be aware of some basic principles of āyurveda
  • be aware of the basic rules of Sanskrit pronunciation and be able to pronounce key Sanskrit terms from the course