Rajiv B Deo The Certificate Course in Yoga

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The Certificate Course in Yoga

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Yoga as an alternative exercise regime has become very popular worldwide. But Yoga is way beyond just a form of exercise. Also, the need for understanding Yoga in an objective way has phenomenally increased. To a modern age student, traditional literature available on Yoga appears to be lacking in many ways. This book attempts to partially fill those gaps. This certificate course in Yoga has been designed to bridge the gap between traditional texts on Yoga and modern psychology including life sciences. Aim of this course is to develop requisite confidence for integrating and implementing Yoga in daily life. On undergoing the course one can develop a strong conviction about the Yogic principles. Professionals can apply Yogic principles to provide therapeutic advice on most of the life style induced problems like high blood pressure, back pain, insomnia, constipation, migraine etc. in addition to obesity, diabetes and cancer just to mention a few. Chapter 1 of this book shares the complete detailed syllabus of all the courses included in this certification course. Chapter 2 gives a 30,000 feet bird's eye view of Yoga and Yogic practices. Chapter 3 of this book covers the human body cleansing processes prescribed in Yoga with specific focus on maintaining health and fitness. Some very important Shuddhi kriyas included are Tratak, Kapal Bhati, Dhauti, Nauli and Basti. Chapter 4 deals in detail the topic of Asana, Bandha and Mudra. Asanas or postures or static body positions are important in Yoga as they ensure circulation of important vayus (energy streams) within the body. Asanas act as lymphatic pumps in the body. Bandhas & Mudras fine tune the concept of Asanas as an energy regulator further. Connection of breathing patterns with the psychological states of human mind has been strongly established by modern science. Mastering Pranayama (control of prana) opens doors for integrating mind and intellect with the body. Chapter 5 explains the Pranayama in greater details. Consider Yoga as an iceberg where a very small portion of it is visible to us above the water. That portion is called Bahirang Yoga or external Yoga. Pratyahara separates Bahirang Yoga from Antarang Yoga or internal Yoga. Pratyahara acts as a fulcrum point separating Antarang Yoga from Bahirang Yoga. Mastering Pratyahara needs a lot of Sadhaana (Practice). Many students of Yoga move back and forth many times between different steps in Bahirang Yoga as they find it extremely difficult to cross the Pratyaahara stage. Chapter 6 states Author's current understanding of Pratyahara in depth. Dharana, Dhyaana and Samaadhi are the three building blocks in Antarang Yoga. Mastering them ultimately leads the Yoga Sadhaka (student) into the final integration state - a perfect union of body, mind and intellect. Chapter 7 delves into the secrets of Antarang Yoga. Teaching Yoga as a subject is quite difficult as Yoga is an experiential science. Teaching is a science and an art in itself. The Yoga teacher is a critical component very much in demand (currently in short supply) in the global process of embracing Yoga in modern life. Chapter 8 covers most of the aspects of teaching Yoga. Any science if not applied becomes useless. Yoga is no exception. Major application of Yoga in modern society is in the area of providing specific therapeutic treatments to people suffering from different physical and mental diseases. Yoga therapy is an emerging professional domain focusing on the same. You will require deeper understanding of Modern Psychology and Life Sciences to position and evangelize "Yogic" solutions to the suffering people in the society. Chapter 9 & 10 open doors to applying Yoga Therapy in everyday life.

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I was introduced to Yoga at an early age by my parents. I continued to practice Yoga regularly during my stay in IIT Bombay from 1971 to 1976 and from 1977 to 1979. Integrating Yoga in daily life became a challenge when I started my professional career after IIT days. Interest in Yoga was re-ignited when I moved to Pune in 2012. Recently, I completed a rigorous 4 months certificate course jointly conducted by Kaiwalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala and University of Pune, Pune.
Tell us what motivated you to write these books?
Lack of a concise text book for certification in Yoga was the primary motivation for writing the book. The Yoga course I did, consisted of five subjects but an integrated view of all five subjects was missing. After completing the Yoga course, I travelled to Seattle, USA to spend some time with my family. In Seattle, I got required thought space and spare time to focus on writing this book. Createspace of Amazon provided me with an excellent platform to publish my book and to make it available to the global audience in shortest possible span of only 4 days.
Did you face challenges while you were writing your book?
Writing the book is very similar to managing a multi-resource project. Overcoming writer's block was the greatest challenge. Keeping yourself motivated to write on a daily basis is another. For maximum impact, I wanted to keep the original references from Traditional texts in Devnagari script. Kindle edition of the book could not uploaded because the Kindle platform does not support multiple scripts in a single book. I could finish writing and publishing this book in 10 weeks. I feel that, getting an able reviewer to review the book during the writing stage, is still a challenge. The book could have been ten times more valuable if I had overcome that challenge.
Where did you get your information or idea for your book?
I referred to the traditional texts on Yoga while writing the book. The thought chains were developed into sentences, paragraphs and chapters. Mindmaps, Figures, and diagrams used in the book were drawn using open source software. Today, so much information is available on the Internet on Yoga, but authenticity of that information is doubtful. Yoga being an experiential science, I have tried to share my own experiences, reflections and insights in the book.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while you were writing the book?
I never thought earlier in my life, that I would be writing a book on Yoga. Most of my professional experience has been in the area of leveraging computer hardware and writing systems software. I realized while writing the book, that the Asanas are nothing but test cases designed by our Sages for assessing human capabilities and the eight steps in Yoga actually depict spiral model of human development. Based on this learning, I am now writing my next book on "Application of Yoga in Robotics".

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Rajiv B Deo has 36 years of professional experience to share.
 
Rajiv has earned B.Tech. & M.Tech. degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Rajiv has participated in a Executive Development  Program conducted by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2005 on Competitive Strategy. Rajiv is also a Certified Information Systems Audior (CISA) certified by ISACA, USA in 2002.
 
Rajiv has completed a Certificate Course in Yoga (CCY) in 2014 from Kaiwalyadham Institute of Yoga, Lonavala in affiliation with University of Pune, Pune.
 
Rajiv's areas of interest are Business & Productivity, Creativity & Innovation, , Big data, Analytics, Electronics, Internet of Everything, Finance & Investment, Health & Fitness, Astrology, Music and Yoga.
 
Rajiv regularly speaks at International Conferences on Startup Innovation, Knowledge & Wisdom, Life Blueprinting and various topics on latest Technology.

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