How will you study here? Course structure and content.
How will you study here?
Even though yoga is the unified teaching, it consists of a great number of different kinds of yoga.
For example, hatha yoga is, first of all, a combination of methods, directed to work with our physical body. Pranayama yoga represents methods of working with pranaby the way of breathing and so on. Every kind of yoga is a set of different methods, which is working with one or another human manifestation.
Actually, there are as many kinds of yoga as ways a person can manifest himself or herself. All these kinds of yoga get into a single yoga teaching. Unfortunately, there are not many yoga directions available to us now. Each kind of yoga is studied in a special yoga course. Besides, many important topics and disciplines, connected with yoga, are discussed in individual courses. Each individual course is devoted to some part of yoga. So, students will study the courses presented on our site at their own speed. Courses in every part are numerated, because every following course in some way or another is based on the previous ones.
Therefore, each of the following courses should be studied no earlier than a student has finished the previous course and had got a certain number of points for the tests. Otherwise a serious misunderstandings can occur later with deeper areas of yoga. It can cause many mistakes in practice. Keep in mind that we are constantly working on all courses, making efforts to have them more complete and clear. Therefore if you had learned one course in the past, it is important to get back to get familiar with the new information. Every new step of the course will be opened only after passing the test. However, the steps that are already open will not be closed. Sometimes this added information is very essential; it can include answers to questions of many students. At the bottom of a webpage you can see when this page was last updated. All available courses, which a student should learn, are divided into some parts and cycles, for example “What is yoga?”, “Kinds of Yoga”, “Other topics". You can study the courses step by step.
Each individual course, devoted to one or another kind of yoga, consists of several steps. To complete the course it is necessary to hand in a homework.
Step of a Course
Each individual course step includes some training material (texts, video, audio), a test and other assignments provided in a Course.
The lesson material can be presented as a text, images, video or audio at the same time. The text and the video materials differ. They are about the same topic but ways of expression may differ. It is essential to study all of them as only together they
will make the picture on the studied topic more comprehensive. Tests may include questions on both video material and the text. Sometimes the emotional component is more important than the logical one. Lectures include comparisons and life
examples, which can be illustrated in videos and audios, but not in the texts. That is why it is good to listen to audios and to watch videos. So you need both: audio (video) and text version of the lesson. In some lessons audio and video can be absent.
In that case you should study only the text. It is difficult to tell how much time you will need to study each course. It depends on you. As you may want to review the text and/or video material several times before you go on. Also your home work
might take various amount of time depending on your ideas and impressions you want to share! However, we try to save your time and make each step to last up to 30-60 minutes, including the test.
Lesson material :
- Text and audio/video in the following format: .doc, PDF (Adobe Reader), Jpeg, Gif, and you can download, save, watch and print them out.
Test examines your careful retention of the course lesson material, but not your overall knowledge of the course. Questions and answer options are given to you as assistance in your learning and systematization of the subjects, in improving of your memory and attentiveness. Each test includes a certain number of questions and you should answer all questions within fixed time. The total time of the test in minutes is equal to the number of questions (1 minute per question). There is a question and multiple answer options to choose the right variant. You should answer all questions in fixed time. You have 3 attempts to pass a test. The results of a test are saved. There are some courses where students can study no earlier than they have got a certain number of points during the previous course.
How do tests help?
- We can train our abilities in memorizing and understanding of the studied material from the first try.
- We learn how to find answers to sudden questions in a limited amount of time.
- We learn how to concentrate on our current work. As a rule a test is successful, when you have got 80 or more percent right.
- It is extra review of studied material.
"Memorization" or mindfulness of yoga basics
Many very important key concepts of yoga can sometimes be repeated in different sections of our courses. Topics such as the first and the second principles of yoga, basic requirements and recommendations for the study of yoga and others will be repeated from course to course. It does not mean that we do not value your time, forcing to repeat some familiar themes many times. We consciously repeat these topics, because our long experience shows that, despite of the simplicity and clarity of certain parts of yoga, students hardly learn them and use them neither in any yoga practice nor in everyday life. Therefore, we, as it was in the best traditions of ancient yoga teachers, are forced to insist that students will learn axiomatic positions in yoga by heart and constantly repeat them. Sometimes it takes years of repetition for the hidden meaning of these seemingly obvious statements in yoga to be truly realized by a student.
How should you pass any course here?
- Have your yoga diary to make notes on the studied material.
- Select a place and time suitable for yoga studies. Remember that there is no ideal place and time, so choose the best of what you have. Don't wait!
- Prepare a pen, watch and your yoga diary.
- Record the date and duration of the studies in your yoga diary.
- Work through the material of this step, make necessary notes and comments in your yoga diary. Notes form the process of study and will help with the homework.
- Take the test.
- If you pass the test the next step of the course will be visible to you. If not, repeat the material and pass the test again.
- Thus, study all steps of the course, including additional materials, homework, etc. and follow the guidelines.
Yoga practice and online yoga courses
After completing the basic theory courses you will find practical materials to do practical exercises on your own.
First of all they will be exercises from hatha yoga and kriya yoga. So if you crave to start working with your body by yoga right now, please be patient.
You should gain at least the basic theory of yoga, which will save you from the inevitable errors in the practice. We consciously go this way. If you have studied yoga with teachers personally, not online, it would be possible to combine theory and practice at the first lesson. The teacher would watch you and make adjustments. It would be easier for you to feel the rhythm, focus on essential moments and other factors. Factor of distance learning imposes certain limitations in this regard. Thus, the logic of the courses passage is following. First you study some short, but not superficial theory, which gives the spirit of yoga. Then you learn various physical exercises of yoga. Next follows in-depth theory of yoga, which will allow you to perform more in-depth the pervious yoga exercises and reach new level. Be patient! Everything will come in due time. Remember the ancient oriental proverb: "Patience is beautiful."
Refreshing of the courses. Marks of tests and homework.
There are thousands of students from many countries using our courses. All this creates a serious load on the servers and software. From time to time we have to "clean" and “refresh” courses. Please save all your home works and other materials you find necessary on your computer or a remote disc.
Keep the course certificate as a confirmation of your successful completion of the course. If you have made a big break in training and decide to renew it, the copy of homework and certificate will allow the curators to find required information and to give you the access to the courses. Or you can ask a curator to give you the opportunity to go through the previous course once again to refresh your memory.