Swāsthya Darshanam-Holistic Health
This 30-hour course will offer an Indic perspective on “Health” or “Swastha”, covering the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of Human personality. The course would enable the students to dive into their inner dimensions, comprehend each of the dimensions as guided by the Upanishads.
Chairman and Spiritual Founder of Yoga Bharati and Professor of yoga philosophy in Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA), Bangalore India
Academic head and the Senior Yoga therapist of Yogabharati
Secretary of Yogabharati and the Senior Yoga therapist and a certified E-RYT 200, YACEP teacher approved by Yoga alliance
Dr. Shubha Chetan
Senior Yoga therapist and the Senior faculty member of the Shikshana Vibhaaga
Faculty in the Shikshana Vibhaaga
Dr. Mayur V Kaku
Head of Neurosurgery Department at Vasavi Hospital, Bengaluru
Upanishads look at Health as a natural state, a state of positive well being, Swāstha. The word Swāstha has two parts – Sva (Self) and stha (established). Hence, Swāstha is a state of being established in one’s own true nature. Health is not a static state but it is a dynamic reality.
In the modern age, where we think that health is a state of disease less ness , it is imperative to understand that Health is our natural state of being. In fact, our body and mind are equipped with many checks and balances and it is not an easy task to get diseases. Hence, Roga is actually an achievement!
WHO defines Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity.
This 30-hour course will offer an Indic perspective on “Health” or “Swāstha”, covering the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of Human personality. The course would enable the students to dive into their inner dimensions, comprehend each of the dimensions as guided by the Upanishads.
The idea of holistic health would be taken from the known field to the unknown. Concepts from Taittiriya Upanishad, Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Narada Bhakti sutras and many more would be taken up for contemplation and experience.
- To understand Indic perspective on Health or Swāstha.
- To learn the foundational aspects of positive Health from Upanishad, Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Narada Bhakti sutras.
- A comprehensive understanding of Health
- Understanding Health from different dimensions
- Learn to integrate these teachings in their day to day living
It is open to all who seek to deepen their knowledge and understanding about Health and get in touch with oneself in the light of the Indic scriptures. Current health issues will not be a deterrent, to those interested in joining this course. This holistic Health perspective may open new doors of healing in the participants. Any ardent seeker of truth would relate and learn from this course.
- Introduction to Concept of Health from Pancha Kosha Viveka
- Health as understood from Modern Medicine
- Streams of Yoga – Bhakti yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana yoga, Karma yoga in relation to health
- Basic Yoga asanas: Theory, Key points, limitations
- Kriyas (Yogic Cleansing practices) – Practical and theory aspects of basic Kriyas
- Pranayama – Concepts and practical
- Yogic understanding of Diet and Lifestyle
- Concepts from Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali ‘s Yoga sutras on “Mind”
- Meditation – An understanding with a practical session to experience
- Yama, Niyama for Yogic way of life- Philosophy and self-application of these principles
- Understanding the nature of Human Being and the True Self
An Essay (1500-2000 words) on the topic given to be submitted at the end of the course. Assignments would be given by the individual faculty for your learning and contemplation.
Assessment & Certification: Essay to be submitted at the end of the course for successful completion and certification.
CE with Yoga Alliance: This is a bonus for all Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) with Yoga Alliance as this course is eligible for 30 (non-contact) CE hours of Yoga Alliance.