Continuing Education for Youth
Be an Accomplished International Yoga Master
Continuing Education - Yoga Professional Master Course 2021 Entry for Youth
Teaching & Training
Students are required to follow taught modules to the equivalent of 12 modules each year. All modules in this YPMC Year One are assessed.
An overall percentage mark is awarded for each module, based on the marks awarded for individual assessment items within the module. The TYOGA YPMC Certification may be awarded at Distinction, Merit or Pass level in accordance with the standards of assessment set by the 'Academic Board' of TYOGA at TYOGA.
The TYOGA ‘Yoga Professional Master Course’ is designed both as an end qualification in itself and also as a platform preparing students for more advanced yogic teaching and practices.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Students will learn how to assess data and evidence critically, locate and synthesise source materials, critically evaluate conflicting interpretations and sources, use research resources and other traditional sources.
Subject specific skills, for instance, text analysis, comparative investigations, interpretation of yogic-historical evidence, familiarity with the study of the traditions of yoga as a field of critical enquiry in its various regional and historical contexts.
Aspects of yogic literature in the study of yoga with its manifestations in philosophy, religion, iconography and history, as well as the impact of these traditions on religious societies.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
Students should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence, and to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
Students will develop the capacity to discuss theoretical and epistemological issues in an articulate, informed, and intellectual manner.
Students will learn to become precise and critical in their assessment of scholarly arguments and to question interpretations, however authoritative, in order to reassess evidence for themselves.
Students will learn to present complex theoretical arguments clearly and creatively.
Students will acquire both theoretical and regional expertise in order to develop and apply self-reflexive approaches to the issues raised by the cross-cultural study of yoga traditions.
Subject-based practical skills
The programme aims to help students with the following practical skills:
IT-based information retrieval and processing
Independent study skills and research techniques
The programme will encourage students to:
Write concisely and with clarity.
Effectively structure and communicate ideas (oral and written).
Explore and assess a variety of sources for research purposes.
Work to deadlines and high academic standards.
Assess the validity and cogency of arguments.
Make judgements involving complex factors.
Develop an awareness of the ethical complexity of representational practices.
Question the nature of social and cultural constructs.
A prerequisite for reaching the goal is a firm decision to follow the spiritual path lifelong, to be patient and persevere with the daily practice, to have faith in the Master, and to trust in the path you have begun. The Master offers spiritual power, direction and assistance, but it is your own individual endeavour that will bring the words of the Master to realisation.
For everything that we would like to do in life there are three things to consider. First, we need to ascertain our present starting point and accept this; second, we should be clear about the goal we want to reach; and, third, we must decide on a path that will lead us to this goal.
Once the goal has been decided upon one does not think of the effort required for the journey ahead. With patience and concentration all difficulties are overcome and one reaches the chosen goal.
Though it is important to be clear about your goal, this fact doesn’t mean that you have already reached it. This can be a fatal mistake. Some people think: “I believe in God and have found my personal God, therefore I have reached my goal.” This conclusion is false. It means that we have recognised the goal intellectually, not that it has been realised in our consciousness. When the latter is the case we experience realisation; and then we are no longer the same person as before. We have gone through many experiences and have matured through them. And the goal has also changed and turned out to be far more magnificent than we could ever have imagined.
When singers practise a song, inwardly they have a vision of how it should sound. They work hard training and polishing their singing until the song matches the vision, or excels it. It is the same with a painter, writer, sculptor or architect. At first only the idea or vision exists in the mind. A long, tiring creative process is required until a work of art is produced from it, manifesting the inner blueprint.
Obstacles and setbacks belong to every path. They are the trials that we have to go through. Some grow with the difficulties and become stronger, others begin to doubt and give up. Only those who stand firm like a rock in the breakers of life will realise their goal.
Recognise your goal and work with determination and concentration towards it. One day you will come to the end of the path and immerse yourself in the Infinite. When you have reached the goal you will recognise how wonderfully and perfectly God has arranged everything. By then you will have developed so many inner powers and willpower that the difficulties and obstacles that once loomed up huge and mighty like mountains, now look like minute grains of sand that you can brush away with a flick of your hand.
“True art is to pull an elephant through the eye of a needle”.
One day the puffed-up “elephant” of our ego will become so small that it can be pulled through the eye of a needle without resistance. This is precisely the task that we need to accomplish.
Our life can be compared to a river that flows between two shores. On one shore we find suffering, pain and disappointment, and on the other happiness, joy and harmony. But generally we flounder helplessly in the waves of existence and are tossed from one shore to the other by our destiny. The Master is the bridge that raises us above the course of our destiny and leads us from the shore of sorrow to the shore of bliss.
A Science of Body, Mind, Consciousness and Soul
To live in harmony with oneself and the environment is the most important aspect for a human being.
The result: more and more people suffer from physical and mental tension where stress, anxiety, insomnia, have become a way of life. This is why methods and techniques for the attainment and improvement of health, as well as physical, mental and spiritual harmony, are of great importance.
Regardless of age or physical constitution, this system opens the classical path of Yoga to all. In developing this system to accommodate the needs of today’s people, much consideration was given to the conditions within modern society, without losing the originality and effect of the ancient teachings.
Yogam has a holistic effect and brings body, mind, consciousness and soul into balance. In this way Yogam assists us in coping with everyday demands, problems and worries. Yogam helps to develop a greater understanding of our self, the purpose of life and our relationship to God. On the spiritual path, Cittarr Yogam leads us to supreme knowledge and eternal bliss in the union of the individual Self with the universal Self. Yogam is that supreme, cosmic principle. It is the light of life, the universal creative consciousness that is always awake and never sleeps; that always was, always is, and always will be.
Many thousands of years ago in Southern India, Cittars (wise men and saints) explored nature and the cosmos in their practices and meditations. They discovered the laws of the material and spiritual realms and gained an insight into the connections within the universe. They investigated the cosmic laws, the laws of nature and the elements, life on earth and the powers and energies at work in the universe - both in the external world as well as on a spiritual level. The unity of matter and energy, the origin of the universe and the effects of the elementary powers have been described and explained in the Vedas. Much of this knowledge has been rediscovered and confirmed by modern science.
From these experiences and insights a far-reaching and comprehensive system known as Citta Yogam originated and gave us today valuable, practical instructions for the body, breath, concentration, relaxation and meditation. The practices that this Cittar Journey offers have therefore already proven themselves over thousands of years and have been found to be helpful to many people who have evolved to be great Cittars through time.
The system “Cittar Journey” is taught now being taught at Chidambaram. It is suitable for all age groups - it requires no “acrobatic” skills and also provides the unfit, as well as handicapped, ill and convalescent people, the possibility of practicing Cittar Yogam. The name itself indicates the greatness of this practice and teachings for use in one’s daily life.
Positive thinking, perseverance, discipline, orientation towards the Supreme, prayer as well as kindness and understanding, form the way to Self-Knowledge and Self-Realisation.
The main goals are:
Self-Realisation or realisation of the Divine within us
These goals are attained by:
Love and support for all living things and beings
Respect for life, protection of nature and the environment
A peaceful state of mind
Full Cittar diet
Pure thoughts and positive lifestyle
Physical, mental and spiritual practices
Tolerance to all
The health of the body is of fundamental importance in life. An even greater factor in the maintenance of good health is the food we eat. What we eat influences both our body and psyche - our habits and qualities. In short, the food we eat has an effect upon our whole being. Food is the source of our physical energy and vitality.
In general, we are led through life by the mind and senses, rather than having these under our control. However, to gain control of the mind, we must first place it under inner analysis and purify it. Negative thoughts and fears create an imbalance in our nervous system and through this our physical function. This is the cause of many illnesses and sorrows. Clarity of thought, inner freedom, contentment and a healthy self confidence, are the basis for mental wellbeing. That is why we strive to gradually overcome our negative qualities and thoughts and aim to develop positive thoughts and behaviour.
Cittar Yogam offers numerous methods to attain mental wellbeing: Bakthi yogam practice, the observance of ethical principles, the keeping of good company and the study of inspiring texts to purify and free the mind. An important tool in self-investigation and self-knowledge is the technique of ‘Self-Inquiry Meditation,’ a step-by-step meditation technique of Self-Analysis. In this meditation practice you come into contact with your subconscious, the source of your desires, complexes, behavioral patterns and prejudices. The practice guides you to become acquainted with your own nature - as we are and why we are so - and then beyond self-acceptance to Self-Realisation. This technique enables you to overcome negative qualities and habits and helps you to better manage life and your journey.
Social health is the ability to be happy within oneself and to be able to make others happy. It means to nurture genuine contact and communication with other people, to assume responsibility within society and to work for the community. Social health is also the ability to relax and experience life in all its beauty.
One of the growing problems of our times is drug and alcohol addiction amongst a few others that affect peoples lives. It is a clear sign of social illness. Cittar Yogam can assist in overcoming this illness and grant people a new, positive aim and purpose in life. The importance of keeping good, positive company has a great influence upon our psyche, as such companionship molds and forms our personality and character. Positive company is of great importance in spiritual development.
Cittar Yogam is working for ourselves and for the benefit of others. To do valuable and constructive work for all. To preserve nature and the environment and work for peace in the world.
To practice and teach Cittar Yogam means to be active in the most positive sense and to work for the welfare of all of mankind.
The Hidden Powers in Humans
Humans are the most highly evolved of all living beings, and thus have the unique intellectual capacity to resolve the problems and overcome the difficulties that confront them within their environment and their destiny. Therefore, we are the only creatures on earth that are in a position to comprehend the course of events and their inter-relationship, and to feel sympathy and understanding for others. However, innately, there also exists an even more wonderful and miraculous potential, the existence of which is hidden from most of us. As we begin to activate this inner energy source we can utilise these dormant powers for our own well-being and for the blessing of the whole world.
Through Cittar Yogam we are able to awaken these inner power centres and make them accessible. With the help of these dormant energies it is possible for us to achieve what we so dearly desire; a purposeful existence living in peace, harmony and happiness. Through these power centres we get in touch with the spiritual powers in the cosmos and recognise our original nature, our true Self.
Cittar Yogam teaches us to live in unity and harmony, with tolerance and respect for all living beings in the natural world.
Yoga is more than just a system of physical exercises - it is a science of body, mind, consciousness and soul. It is the source of all wisdom. Cittar Yogam makes it possible for every human to discover the real purpose of life and their own true nature. Those who have recognised and experienced their own inner truth will never again wage war or use force against others.
Cittar Yogam leads us to an understanding of our oneness with all living beings and the whole of creation. We learn that every injury we inflict on another inevitably comes back to us; that every positive action and every positive thought brings happiness to others as well as to ourselves.
All living beings on this planet are of divine origin, and therefore each form of life should be shown great respect.
“Love each and every living being at least as much as you love yourself.”
The mightiest power in humans is the power of thought. It is time for us to finally learn to employ our intellectual energy for the benefit of the world, rather than being the cause of its destruction. The path of Cittaa Yogam helps us to unearth the valuable treasury of knowledge buried within us and put it to good use. Through this each one of us is able to contribute something worthwhile to the planet and its recovery, and shape the future so that we humans can continue to live on this earth.
The aim of your life is to serve people through Cittar Yogam. Your mission is to reawaken within humans the belief in God, and respect and love for His creation. This includes all living beings. Dedicated your life to this task.
In an endeavour to make the ancient, traditional science of Cittar Yogam available to people of all ages in this modern world, Cittar Yogam is a systematic method of practice from the authentic traditions of the Cittars.
As it can be fully integrated into your daily life it has become known as:
The System “Cittar Journey.”
Cittar Yogam is as old as the Universe itself and represents the principles of truth, love and consciousness, forming the “building plan” of the whole Universe.
Professor Tiru. Amal Xavier Raj, PhD
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