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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Yoga?
There are many definitions for Yoga, but it is pretty safe to start saying that Yoga is 1 of the 6 Systems of Indian Philosophy or Schools of Thought. The wisdom of Yoga comes from a very ancient time when people were concerned about finding better modes of living and finding out about the human spirit, nature and meaning of life. Different sets of disciplines and techniques were then devised to allow people from different backgrounds and personalities to develop their bodies & minds according to their own temperaments and inclinations. The main paths of Yoga are then: Bhakti (path of devotion - for emotionally inclined people); Jnana (path of knowledge - for intellectually inclined people); Karma (path of action - for people inclined to activity); and Raja (path of psychic control - for people inclined to discipline and will power). To those four we can also add Hatha Yoga (path of physiological control - serves as preparation for the higher practices of the other paths and specially concerning to Raja Yoga).
So which Yoga do you teach?
When it comes to teach Yoga we don't need to segregate it like this. Actually it is not possible. We teach Classical Yoga what involves the understanding and comprehension of Yoga as a "Holistic Path of Self-development" and a "Way of Life" which endows perfect health at all levels: physical, mental, emotional & spiritual. This holistic approach includes a bit of all the paths of Yoga just mentioned above. The students will be guided into the diverse disciplines and techniques and eventually one can choose what suits one best.
How about Yoga styles?
There is a lot of misunderstanding about what Yoga really is nowadays. Normally when one talks about "Yoga styles" one is talking about the physiological training (Hatha Yoga) which includes asanas (postural training), pranayamas (prana/breath control), etc. Different traditions and teachers have named their methods of practice and teaching and different "types of Yoga" have emerged.
So in what regards to the physiological training we teach Yoga following the tradition and methods devised by Shri Yogendra, founder of The Yoga Institute of Santacruz, Mumbai, India. This method involves the performance of "Dynamic Asanas" coupled with a defined pattern of breathing called "Yogendra Rhythm of Breathing". This allows people from all ages and with different levels of fitness and flexibility to take up the practice of Yoga without strain or risk of injury. "Static postures" from traditional Hatha Yoga also make part of the training.
How about Ashtanga Yoga & Power Yoga?
Again one's has to be very caution when discussing "Yoga Styles" in these terms. Ashtanga Yoga actually refers to the Philosophy of Patanjali as describe in his Yoga Sutras. Ashtanga means "Eight Limbs" or "Aspects". The term was originally indicative of the philosophical system of Classical Yoga but nowadays is being used to describe a specific method of practising Yoga asanas. This method involves the practice of series of asanas in a specific sequence, where one posture is linked to the other in an flow of movement called "vinyasa". More recently the term "Ashtanga Vinyasa" is being used by people referring to this practice in an attempt to avoid confusion with the philosophical system. "Power Yoga" is nothing but a variation in the sequences of asanas according to the individual preferences of the teacher or of the practitioner.
What should be kept in mind is that these methods call for a lot of stamina, flexibility and endurance from the very first beginning of practice and are not suitable to all people. The risk of injury is also much greater. More over some people practicing these systems tend to overemphasise the physical training and forget the philosophy and other important aspects of Yoga. That's why these practices have become very popular in gyms and studios beside other systems of physical training such as weight lifting, aerobics, dance, etc, etc.
The idea here is not to criticise different methods and systems but to bring about awareness and understanding of what authentic Yoga really is. The practical training of Yoga is not only meant for the development of the physical, but also for bringing about certain mental states and modes of behaviour conducive to mental steadiness and habituation to spiritual consciousness. An athlete or an acrobat may be extremely flexible and fit but may not possess these mental qualities.
Can you be more especific regarding to which kind of training and qualification I will receive?
The Teachers Training Course (TTC) program designed by Wise Living Yoga Academy is accredited by the International Board of Yoga, India - and intend to provide strong foundation on Classical Yoga Philosophy (Patañjali Ashtanga Yoga), Lifestyle Principles (Yogachara) and Yoga Techniques (Hatha cum Raja Yoga). It will endow the Yoga Aspirants (Sadhakas) and Teacher Trainees with guiding principles for his own Personal Development & Habituation to Spiritual Consciousness and also the Didactics & Methodology for imparting Yoga Wisdom & Training to individuals of all ages without any major ailments.
Participants who complete the course successfully will receive an internationally accepted Yoga Certificate recognized by the International Board of Yoga, India - and become eligible to get registered as Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200 hour level) with Yoga Alliance USA or with the Yoga Associations of their respective countries.
How is the weather in Chiang Mai?
In theory there are 3 seasons in Thailand:
• the cool season from November to February
• the hot season from March to June
• the raining season (some want to call it the green season) from July to October
Nowadays, global warming and other factors are messing up with the weather on the planet. So it is becoming difficult to predict the weather. Last year it had been raining in December and during a big part of month of May. So you'll understand that the following information might not be 100% accurate. Usually the seasons change quite abruptly at some time during the transition months: October/November, February/March, June/July.
- During the cool season, the max. temperatures reach a comfortable 25° C, nights and early morning are cool in the city (15°), colder in the countryside (10°), possibly freezing in the mountains (ice is reported from time to time at the Doi Inthanon). Though you'll probably find it great when you walk around the city, you'll really feel the cold if you decide to ride a motorbike, then the air turns crispy and it's not uncommon to need jacket, gloves and scarf (before noon or after 6 PM). Otherwise the sky is blue, without clouds. The good thing is you don't need to turn on the air conditioned for sleeping.
Average Temperature in the cool season: High: 27°C - Low: 13°C
- During the hot season, the max. temperatures can reach 40° C and won't drop below 25°C at night. The sun is scorching, play the lizard between noon and 2PM or you'll soon take the coloration of a boiled lobster (with a burning sensation to match). Another must is to drink loads of water, 4 or 5 liters even if you don't feel thirsty (no you won't spend your time in the toilets, the water evaporates before through every pore in your skin). Local talcum powder (with cooling effect) works wonders to keep a fresh look.
Average Temperature in the hot season: High: 30°C Low: 23°C
-During the raining season, the max. temperatures stay over 30° C, evenings can be hot or cool depending if it has been raining or not. But what you lose in temperature, you gain in humidity. Raining weather usually comes in 3 to 4 day periods, and alternates with fine weather. So, during some weeks you may spend most of your time under the sun, while others will have rain. Rain comes in every form at anytime of the day and night: heavy downpour for an hour or two, small drizzle all day... better to bring your own raincoat and umbrella.
Average Temperature in the raining season: High: 31°C Low: 24°C
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