PhD in Yoga

Recently the University has introduced Phd in Yoga which is sync with Government of India that has made Yoga mandatory in schools.

Yoga is a physical activity that frequently conjures up images of lycra-clad fanatics tying themselves in knots whilst chanting “Ommmmm” - hardly a relevant activity for school children or their teachers! Be prepared to cast aside such stereotypes and open your mind as to the value of teaching yoga techniques to all children within the school environment, as you are taken on a journey through the archives.

Yoga is the Sanskrit word for ‘union’, and its aim is a balanced harmony of the physical needs, emotions and desires. Although the intellectual is clearly predominant within our Western education system, the close interdependence of mind and body is focused upon through RYE techniques. The result is the art of balanced living and improved health, because vital energies are better managed. The Patanjali Scale is an essential reference guide in this process, and six of its fundamental elements are living together (yama), cleaning the ‘house’ i.e. body and mind (niyama), straightening the spine (asana), breathing (pranayama), relaxation (pratyahara), and concentration (dharana).

Yama promotes living in peace, observing moral rules and learning to live as part of a group, as well as respecting and listening to oneself and others. Niyama aims to eliminate toxins and negativity by maintaining the health of the body and mind, and promoting positive thoughts, self-image, and good humour. The third step, asana, emphasises the importance of correct posture to prevent back pain, to discover our bodies and control movements effectively, to develop the imagination and identify with people and objects, as well as to learn to rest, be still and be active. Pranayama is about educating the breath so that an awareness of nasal breathing is achieved. Control of the breath can lead to purification, inner confidence, and an enhanced ability to resolve conflicts and monitor aggression. Pratyahara focuses on learning to relax; periods of silence and structured rest are deemed essential in order to revitalise a person, and plant the seeds of calmness and confidence. The final Patanjali step is dharana, which results in heightened concentration and learning abilities. The visual memory and other senses are developed, and ways of using the mental capacity are nurtured to enrich thinking, understanding and imagining.

Many people believe that today’s children are here to teach us about the society in which we live. Our society is too stressful, violent and fast-paced. How can stressed, overworked teachers ever hope to meet National Curriculum demands and achieve their learning objectives when their pupils are equally stressed, agitated, aggressive, overly emotional, and mentally exhausted? Through its philosophy and practices that are rooted in ancient yogic tradition RYE (Research on Yoga in Education) techniques help teachers to redress the balance between their pupils’ bodies and minds, simultaneously imparting the joy of learning and living.