Hegel Yoga
5861 S. Kyrene Rd. #11, Tempe AZ     85283    480-478-2934
Yoga Mastery Program

Yoga Sutra 1.1 ~ Atha Yoganushasanam
अथ योगानुशासनम्॥१॥
" Now, the instructions of Yoga."
Set your practice apart.
Education             Inspiration           Integrity             Acceptance
  • Your project should support one of the eight limbs of the Eight Limbs of Patanajali's Classical Yoga (to be explained in
  • Set an intention for your project, create a written project  plan with clearly stated objectives and methods for achieving the
    objectives, your target group and how you plan to execute the project.  
  • Prepare a summary of the outcome and lessons learned from the experience.
  • Example Intention: "To teach middle school children how to practice ahimsa (non-harming) toward themselves through
  • This can be done as groups within the program if desired.
  • Begin thinking of ideas for you project right away. (Who do you want to connect with the most? What you like to share? How
    do you want to do it?)
  • It needs to be competed by the end of April 2013. You will be given deadlines for submitting your intention, proposals and
    more to help you stay on track with the progression of the project. This is an opportunity to unite with the community, make
    an impact on the lives of those who participate in your project and practice karma yoga (the yoga of action). Yoga means "to
    unite" or "to yoke"

Program Objectives and Outline of Subjects Covered:

Develop a deeper understanding of human anatomy and the physiology of flexibility training, muscles mechanics. A holistic approach to learning anatomy
and functional kinesiology will be used. Expanding the knowledge of both the gross and the subtle body as taught in Yoga.

     Gross Body Functional Anatomy & Physiology:
              Skeletal System
              Skeletal Muscles
              Respiratory System
              Digestive System
              Endocrine System
              Nervous System
              Planes of Motion
              Physiology of Stretching and Muscle Contraction
              Stress Response to the Systems of the Body
          Subtle Body:        
             The Chakra System
              Kundalini Energy

  • Understand the biomechanics of strengthening, stretching and moving the body for an effective and safe practice of yoga asana
  • Learn detailed alignment of the classic postures of yoga by "breaking down" the postures one movement at a time.
  • Learn the origins of Yoga through an introduction to the classic texts of Yoga, including:
              The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
              The Bhagavad Gita
              Hatha Yoga Pradipika
              The Vedas & Upanishads
  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy
             Classical Yoga
             Vedanta Philosophy
             Tantra Philosophy
             Ashtanga (The Eight Limbs)
  • Gain a greater understanding of the breathing techniques in Yoga. (Pranayama)
  • Learn how to practice and incorporate five beginning pranayamas (breathing techniques) into your practice.
  • Customize your practice! Learn how to create sequences of postures designed for the intention of your choice.
  • Learn about the Mudras (seals) bandhas in yoga. Including hand mudras, postural mudras, and internal Seals compare and the
    paths of yoga and Compare and contrast the ancient paths of Yoga and the various styles of Yoga found in America. Understand the
    intention and benefit of each.
  • Learn the basics of Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga that includes diet and daily habit guidelines that support a Yogic lifestyle.
  • Introduction to the Language of Yoga and chanting: Sanskrit grammar, pronunciation, significance in Yoga and chanting
  • Distinguish between concentration and meditation, learn various techniques and traditions of meditation and how to begin a
  • Introduction to the mythology of Hinduism and how it relates to a contemporary Yoga practice in America.

    1.       The Heart of Yoga, Desikachar (Includes Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras)
    3.        Yoga for Wellness, Kraftstow
    4.        Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar
    5.        Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff (Second Edition)
    8.       The Bhagavad Gita, translation by Eknath Eswaran
    9.        Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Classic Guide for the Advanced Practice of Hatha Yoga,  Yogi Swatmarama (any translation)

    1.    Weekly reading assignments with study guides.
    2.    Ten Journal Entries (electronically submitted, you will be given topics or statements to reflect upon in your entries)
    3.    Class Reflection Sheets.. Three total, must be completed prior to observation of classes.
    4.    Study Guide Completion:  Total (These will be the basis for the Philosophy Take Home Final Exam)
    5.    Presentations:
  1.       Choose two of the Hindu Deities and give a presentation about the history & symbolism of each
  2.       Present to the group on two assigned chants (mantras) found in Yoga. Include the significance and history of each.
  3.       Present to the group on an assigned chakra of the body
    6.    Projects:
  1.       Create a personal mission statement
  2.       Design and conduct a "Unity Project" with the community of your choice. (To be explained further)
  3.       Create five asana (postures) sequences for yourself with specific intentions.
    7.   Observe three Yoga classes with a summary of your observations submitted.*
        *At least one observation must be at Hegel Yoga. Teacher signature required from any observations by the observed teacher.
    8.   Complete the in class written anatomy exam. (Pass/Fail required with >74%) Can be repeated until the 75% is reached.
                          9. Complete the written take home final philosophy exam (Pass/Fail  required >74%) Can be repeated until the 75% is reached.

    A project designed to extend the philosophy of yoga off you mat and into an area of your choice. You will plan and design a project to be conducted
    within  your family or community that applies or demonstrates one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga in a service project of your choice. You will have clear
    guidelines and assistance along the way. This can be done with a partners in the program or individually. A summary of your project with pictures
    to document  will be due on the final class. Yoga means to "yoke" or "to unite". The goal of this assignment will help you to take the knowledge
    learned in the program and "unite" with your community in a creative format of your choice.

Repeating the program or a portion of the program is allowed one time at no extra charge; unlimited yoga not included if repeating any portion of the
program. Anatomy exam may be retaken until the required 75% passing grade is achieved.

Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the program is all requirements have been met.

For Those Ready to Embrace and Commit to a Deeper Level of Practice

    Am I ready to deepen my practice?  Do I have to change myself or adopt different beliefs?

    It is not necessary to change your belief system or have an advanced asana (posture) practice to begin delving deeper into the teachings of
    Yoga.  Yoga will support and enhance whatever your belief system is by helping you to become more present and aware in every aspect of
    your life.  You will begin to recognize and gain greater understanding to the unchanging part of yourself that longs for a deeper connection to
    the life around us. The colors of life already surrounding you will begin to brighten. A  sense of clarity and purpose will begin to develop in
    life. The knowledge revealed to the seers of India is there for everyone to access, Yoga is simply a method to uncover this knowledge for

    What is the difference in the Yoga Mastery Program and a Teacher Training Program?

    Many of the people who take teacher training do not intend to teach, or find they do not want to teach as they move along in their studies.  
    Falling in love with Yoga and being intrigued to learn more does not mean you have to teach Yoga.  The teaching of Yoga is very different
    from practicing it.  The skills to teach Yoga are not required to deepen one's practice. A group of students who do not want to teach may drop
    out of a teacher training program when if comes time to face the class. They will receive less benefit from a traditional teacher training
    program when it comes to practice teaching, it is possible that a sense of failure or incompleteness will result if the student does not
    complete the program or feels as if they did not succeed. Why pay for teacher training when you do not have to? The Yoga Mastery Program
    content will be pertinent to every student from beginning to end of the program.  The content will not be less than a teacher training program,
    it quite possibly could be much more by focusing entirely on yoga techniques, history, philosophy and anatomy. The knowledge gained,
    personal growth and the experience of the program can enrich your life, bring peace and contentment.

    What will I learn in the Yoga Mastery Program and Anatomy Program?

    The Yoga Mastery Program will offer all of the same content that a Teacher Training Program will without the teaching methodologies and
    practicum. The standards set for the Yoga Mastery Program are same standards set by the National Yoga Alliance for 200 HR Teacher
    Training Programs in regards to asana (posture) techniques, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, ethics, lifestyle practices, chanting
    (mantra),  pranayama and meditation.
    The Mastery program is divided into four modules that last 6 months.
    Contact the Studio to Apply for the Next Yoga Mastery Program Beginning Jan 10, 2015

    The Yoga  Anatomy Program is a  rigorous program that will teach you about your own anatomy and physiology
    beginning from the innermost canal of the long bones of the body, the Haversian Canals, and working outward from there.
    We will work one system at a time through the body, toward the subtle layers of energy that surround our body and are described in Yoga's
    classical texts. All of this will be related to the practices of Yoga and meditation. No anatomy experience is needed. Click the link above for
    more information on upcoming Anatomy programs this Fall.

    "Know Thyself"  ~ Plato

    Greater understanding and realization of the Self, and the reduction of suffering that follows, is the root intention of a full practice of Yoga. In
    the Yoga Mastery Program we will begin to know ourselves from the inside out  beginning with the gross anatomy of the body and moving to
    the more subtle, and less visible, parts of the body that are taught in Yoga.  The body is often said to be the gateway to the mind, this
    gateway will be the starting point to an adventure of the Self that could change your life, uncovering what is already within you and allowing it
    to shine brightly.