100–Hour Advanced Yoga Sadhana Certification
Courses begin Spring 2013 with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD,Sandra Anderson, Rolf Sovik, PsyD, Shari Friedrichsen, Kathy Ornish, and Sarah Goddard
Chakras, koshas, nadis, prana vayus, gunas, bhutas—yoga’s tantalizing descriptions of the unseen aspects of ourselves are startling and powerful. Understanding these subtle body maps and integrating that understanding into our yoga sadhana, or practice, awakens an entirely new dimension of experience and comprehension. This series is a systematic study of philosophy and practices from the Upanishads, Yoga Sutra, and Tantric Shastras designed to broaden our understanding of our own nature and the elegant practices that unfold our deepest potentials and greatest healing.
- Explore prana vayus, chakras, koshas, and Samkhya philosophy, on which all yoga and tantric practices are predicated.
- See how the body, mind, heart, senses, intellect, and intuition are related, and what practices give access to these powerful aspects of ourselves.
- Refine your asana to access the pranic body, and develop pranayama to empower and stabilize the pranic body.
- Cultivate your meditation practice to heal otherwise unreachable depths of mind.
The program includes individual consultation and guidance from senior teachers to help you customize your practice, find inspiration, and make lifestyle choices that heal and empower you at every level.
Seminars with this symbol may be taken live and/or online. eCourses will be published 6 to 8 weeks after the live seminar.
Complete six out of nine seminars (90 hours of coursework) plus a 10 hour mini–e-course, “Samkhya Philosophy: Foundations for Yoga and Ayurveda” with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Two of the six required seminars may be completed online, and coursework can be completed over 3 years. Upon completion, call the Himalayan Institute to submit your coursework, and pay the $108 certification fee. You will receive an Advanced Yoga Sadhana Certificate from the Himalayan Institute.
To Register: All seminars are Premium Member programs and require individual registration, and application for certification is optional. Please indicate your desire to enroll in the certification program when you call to register for any of the above programs. There is a $108 certification fee upon completion of the coursework to receive an Advanced Sadhana Certification from the Himalayan Institute.
Course Curriculum Program Options
- eCourse available online July 2013
- eCourse available online September 2013
May 10-12, 2013
Learn how the chakras govern our behavior, shape our emotional life, give expression to our deepest desires, and build the structure of our physical body and personality. With a blend of discussion and practice, we’ll use the wisdom encoded in the description of chakras to understand ourselves at every level, and apply yoga techniques.
July 19-21, 2013 (Register for the live event)
The distinctive practice of yoga nidra (yogic sleep) was brought from the cave monasteries of the Himalayas by Swami Rama, founder of the Himalayan Institute. It combines relaxation and meditation techniques with an unusual approach to body awareness called “Exercise Without Movement.” Benefits include deep relaxation for the heart, skeletal muscles, and nervous system.
September 13-15, 2013 (Register for the live event)
Experientially understand the body, mind, and emotions through the chakra system, and explore asana, pranayama, and bandhas through the chakras to strengthen vital energy, calm the mind, and clear, emotions.
November 15-17, 2013 (Live event registration coming soon!)
The five sheaths (koshas) delineate a startling and profound orientation to the reality of our lives. The koshas either express and give shape to the light of consciousness at our core, or obscure that brilliance and bliss. Studying these interpenetrating dimensions of ourselves provides a model and context for practice as we journey inward toward transformation.
Mystery of Inner Fire
January 24-26, 2014 (Live event registration coming soon!)
- Inner fire, governed by the manipura chakra at the navel center, is responsible for our vitality, health, and enthusiasm. Accessing this fire with yoga practice is the first step in spiritual practice and transformation. Ignite this inner catalyst and accelerate your yoga practice with specific asanas, bandhas, mudras, and pranayama to increase prana shakti at the navel center.
Breath of Life
March 21-23, 2014 (Live event registration coming soon!)
Explore the five prana vayus—aspects of prana shakti which govern all mental and physical functions. Learn how the pranas work in the body and mind and how to use asana, pranayama, bandhas, and kriyas to activate and transform the physical and pranic bodies, and open up the expansive inner world of clarity, healing, and empowerment.
Meditation on Chakras: Bhuta Shuddhi
May 15-18, 2014 (Live event registration coming soon!)
Chakras, centers of subtle energy along the spinal column, play a dynamic role in the practice of meditation. They govern regions of human anatomy, embody themes of human spiritual development, and symbolize various forces of divinity, manifesting in mantric sounds and yantric geometrics. Learn to use them as reference points in meditation practice—centers of concentration and purification.
Entering the Cave of the Heart with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
July 11-13, 2014 (Live event registration coming soon!)
The cave of the heart is the inner center where human and divine meet. Learn the tantric method of meditating on the heart chakra, and the meaning of the eight-petalled lotus and the flame that glows eternally at its center. Find freedom in the world, transform your emotions into inner longing for the divine, and see your own inherent true beauty.
Beyond the Sun and Moon
September 19-21, 2014 (Live event registration coming soon!)
Yogic scriptures describe three pivotal energy pathways along the spine. Learn to travel along these pathways during meditation and to use them as the means for turning more deeply inward. Combine your awareness of spinal energies with mantras, such as the Gayatri mantra, to uplift your mind and heart.
with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Mini-e-course with study questions
(only offered online)
Samkhya is one of the six classical Indian schools of philosophy, and the oldest formulation of the ideas of even older revealed texts, like the Upanishads and the Vedas. Yoga, tantra, and ayurveda are all rooted in Samkhya philosophy, and its concepts are essential in understanding the context for study and practice. In this mini-course, Panditji describes the major ideas of Samkhya. Study questions and notes will help you assimilate the basics and expand your grasp and application of all aspects of yoga, Ayurveda, and tantra.