Immersion Curriculum

There are 2 required textbooks:

Anatomy and Asana – Preventing Yoga Injuries by Susi Hately-Aldous
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar

Recommended reading:

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope


  • Asana – history, philosophy, psychology and alignment
  • Pranayama – theory and practice of a number of different techniques
  • Meditation – theory and practice of a number of different techniques
  • Bandhas – application to pranayama and asana
  • Kriya – cleansing practices

Anatomy & Physiology:

  • Western approach – musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems
  • Eastern approach – chakras, nadis, 5 koshas, 3 bodies

Philosophy & Ethics

  • History of Yoga
  • Benefits of Yoga
  • Paths of Yoga – bhakti, karma, jnana, raja, tantra
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The spiritual path

Other Topics:

  • Chanting/Mantra
  • Introduction to Sanskrit
  • Common injuries – treatment and prevention
  • Spiritual/Yogic texts – intro to the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Vedas, Puranas
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