Celtic School of Yoga Draft Module Curriculum
Immersions 108 Hours

(Immersion 1, 2, 3 – 33-36 hours – 5 days – 7 hrs day - 100-108 hrs)


1. Practical Philosophy—Conversation and Community
(10 – 15 hours per immersion)


Why Now—Practical Non-Dual Philosophy
• The Aisling (Vision, Dream)
• Tantric Darshan (Vision, View)


Yoga in the Celtic World
• The Indo-European Connection
• Three Main Currents of Modern Yoga


The History of Yoga in India
• Classical Yoga (Patanjali)
• Vedas
• Uphanishads / Creation myth of Ireland
• The Bhagavad Gita
• Advaita Vedanta (Shankara)
• Tantra (Abhinavagupta)
o Metaphysics, Cosmology
o Non-Dual view of the Absolute


The Many Paths of Yoga
• Bhakti—Heart
• Jnana—Mind
• Karma—Body
• Yoga of the Forest
o Tattvas, Elements


Approach of the Celtic School of Yoga
• Celtic and Tantric Vision of Life Force
• Honouring the Deep Feminine
• Community – Gathering Santsang and Kula
• Celtic Wheel of the Year – The Dance of the Sun, Moon and
Earth
• Rhythms and Cycles of Being – Somatic Intelligence
• Sacred Space
• “Sacred” Sites
• The Discovery of Ritual and Creating Sacred Space
• The Yoga of Wandering—The Imrama
• The Yoga of Dreaming
• Poetry, Myth, Song• Mantra


2. Asana—A Dance with Breath
(15 to 20 hours per immersion)


Asana Syllabus
• Anusara Poses
• The Yoga of Hazelwood Sequence
• Playground Medicine Poses
• Immersion 1—Yoga from the Hazelwood Sequence—
Basics
• Immersion 2—Yoga from the Hazelwood Sequence—
Basics and Expanding
• Immersion 3—Yoga from the Hazelwood Sequence—
Basics and Expanding


Alignment and Technique
• General Forms of the Poses
• Principles of Alignment
o Three Primary Principles
o Two Secondary Principles —Inner and Outer Spiral
o Seven Loops
o Principles of Movement
• General Principles for Classes of Poses
• Form vs. Alignment; Movement vs. Action


Restoring the Rhythms of Power
• Restorative Poses
• Basic Therapeutic Application of the alignment principles

 

3. A Song of Breath

(3 to 5 hours per immersion)


Preparations for Pranayama
• Simha Mudra
• Bhrama Mudra


Focus on Breath
• Introduction to Pranayama
• Natural Breath
• Basic Pranayama (1:2 ratio)
• Ocean Breath
• Alternate Nostril Breath


Bandhas
• Introduction to Pranayama
• Natural Breath


Focus and Meditation
• Three types of Tantric Meditation
• Centre Channel Meditation


4. Learning to Know Ourselves—Experiential Anatomy
(2 to 5 hours per immersion)


Basic General Anatomy
• General Organisation of the skeleton and major bones.
• Main Muscles and Joints of the upper torso, shoulders, arms and
• hands
• Main Muscles and Joints of the low back, hips, legs and feet
• Over view of the main muscles of head, neck and spine.


Basic Metaphorical Anatomy
• Kundalini
• Nadis
• Prana (Life Force)
• Chakras, Koshas (Energetic Centres and Subtle body layers)
• Doshas (body types related to elements
• Cursory overview of Ayurveda
• Studentship related to Doshas and Elements


5. Living our Yoga—Spiritual Activism and Cyclical Awareness


6. Ethics and Boundaries