What is Yoga?

"Unfortunately in the western part of the world, if you utter the word “yoga,” people think you must twist yourself out like rubber bands or stand on your head. Yoga is not an exercise form. The word “yoga” means union. Today, modern science has proved that the whole existence is just one energy. So if all this is one energy, why is it that you are not experiencing it that way? If you can break the limitations of the illusion that you are separate, and begin to experience the oneness of the existence, that is yoga. The religions of the world have always been talking about God being everywhere. Whether you say God is everywhere or everything is one energy, is it any different? It is the same reality. When it is mathematically deduced, we call it science. If you believe it, we call it religion. When you find a method to get there, we call it yoga." - Sadghuru

What is Classical Hatha Yoga?

Classical Hatha Yoga comes from an ancient yogic tradition which has been maintained in its full depth and vibrancy for thousands of years. This is the system of yoga that is taught in the Isha Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program.

How are AlivenYoga programs different?

Unlike drop-in yoga and fitness classes, these programs are designed to teach you yogic practices that you can do on your own after the program is over. This means that the program structure, teaching methodology and class atmosphere may be different from what you are used to. For instance, each program is usually multiple classes and uses a combination of videos, explanations and guided instructions to teach the practices. We also do not allow music, mirrors, props, or talking and touching during demonstrations and practice. This helps shift the focus inward so that you become more in tune with your body, breath and inner experience. And after you complete the program, the practice is yours to help you lead a more healthy, balanced, and joyful life.

What if I'm not very flexible?

No problem! Yoga is not about twisting yourself into impossible asanas/postures. It is about consciously using everything - including your mind, body, and breath - to transform the way you experience life. (Source).

What workshop should I start with?

Upa-yoga - If you're new to Classical Hatha Yoga, or yoga in general, this is a great place to start. It consists of 10 simple yet powerful practices which activate the joints, muscles and energy system, bringing ease to the whole system.​ This is a low-intensity process that involves gentle movements, asanas, and a breath meditation. After you complete the workshop, it will take you about 30+ minutes to do the practices on your own. Angamardana is a powerful fitness system rooted in yoga. It consists of 4 dynamic sets of processes that invigorate the body and help you reach peak physical and mental health. This is ideal for people who want to experience the ultimate yoga workout without the use of fitness equipment.​ This is a high-intensity process that involves using the body's momentum to build strength and fitness and improve flexibility. After you complete the workshop, it will take you about 45+ minutes to do the practice on your own. Surya Kriya is a powerful yogic practice of tremendous antiquity, designed as a holistic process for health, wellness, and complete inner well-being. Traditionally available only to select groups of yogis, Surya Kriya is being offered as a comprehensive spiritual practice that is ideal for the hectic pace of today’s world. This is a medium-intensity process that involves slow, gentle movements, asanas and breathing patterns. After you complete the workshop, it will take about 30+ minutes to do the practice on your own.

What is the Isha Foundation?

The Isha Foundation is dedicated to raising human consciousness, and fosters global harmony through individual transformation. Founded and guided by Sadhguru, the foundation offers a variety of programs that provide methods for anyone to attain physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Supported by 7 million volunteers in 300 centers worldwide, Isha Foundation’s activities address all aspects of human well-being. From its powerful yoga programs for inner transformation to its inspiring projects for society, environment and education, Isha activities are designed to create an inclusive culture that is the basis for global harmony and progress. Over the last three decades, Isha Foundation's activities have touched the lives of over 200 million people.

Who is Sadhguru?

The Isha Foundation was founded by Sadhguru - a yogi, mystic, and visionary - rooted as deeply in worldly matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom. Named one of India's 50 most influential people, Sadhguru's work has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs. Sadhguru is an internationally renowned speaker and bestselling author and has been an influential voice at major global forums including the United Nations World Headquarters and the World Economic Forum, addressing issues as diverse as socioeconomic development, leadership and spirituality. He has also spoken at leading corporations and educational institutions in the U.S., UK, and India.

What is the Isha Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program?

The Isha Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program is an intensive 21-week residential program offered at the Isha Yoga Center in Southern India. The program includes 1750 hours of training covering over 60 unique modules of Classical Hatha Yoga. It is an unparalleled opportunity to explore a yogic tradition which has been maintained in its full sanctity and vibrancy for thousands of years. This program was developed by Sadhguru, the founder of the Isha Foundation, to help revive this ancient science and make it available to every individual.

How can I best prepare for Classical Hatha Yoga?

The following guidelines helps create the right atmosphere: Attendance Once you start a program, it is required that you stay and attend all classes. Coming on Time Please arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins. This will give you enough time to sit down, relax and let your system settle. Clothing It is best to wear organic cotton. Synthetic material should be avoided if possible. Empty Stomach Guidelines will be sent via email after program registration. Shower It is best to shower with cold water (ie slightly colder than room temperature) before you practice on your own. No mirrors, music, props, or speaking and touching during asanas This shifts the focus inward so that you become more in tune with your body, breath and inner experience.

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