Yoga Therapy Australia
Personal Practices for Individual Needs
FROM FOUNDATIONS COURSE PARTICIPANTS
FROM POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA PARTICIPANTS
FROM STUDENTS OF SARASWATHI VASUDEVAN
FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE A REGULAR YOGA THERAPY PERSONAL PRACTICE
“Astoundingly, rich deep and inspiring”
“The best course I have ever done”
“A wealth of information .... inspirational and humbling”
“Excellent integration of theory and practice”
“Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!”
"Simply Fantastic. I feel very very fortunate to be part of this training and to have this type of teaching available in Australia"
"The case studies are a fantastic learning tool .. I will be going home from this module  with a lot more confidence to assist others"
If I have been able to have any insight in yoga therapy, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of a giant in the field – Doctor NC. He is not just a medical doctor, a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist of 20 years standing, he is also a gifted teacher and communicator, indeed an acharya.
Just came off the Module 2 retreat - absolutely fantastic. If you're interested in yoga as therapy I strongly recommend this diploma.
Unlike anything you have studied before in Yoga, uniting western medicine and eastern philosophies it compliments therapy on all levels. This course is a must for anyone interested in a safe and effective therapy which is accessible to everyone.
What differentiates this Yoga Therapy Course from other teachings I have experienced, is that it redefines what is unique and special (indeed magical) about yoga. Whilst many other schools of thought in yoga over the past 20 years or so have been moving more and more towards a method of practice and teaching which is very physically based, this course harks back to a more classical basis of knowledge. Those who have had a very 'alignment' based practice, and whose understanding has its foundations in almost a physiotherapy style model of yoga may find these teachings confronting at first, as I did. However, what I have come to understand is that this method does not have as its primary focus the stretching and strengthening of the muscles; it instead uses more subtle and natural movements, which ultimately work at the level of prana.
The results of any practice must be the final yard-stick by which it is judged; and since committing to this style of practice, I have to say that I have experienced profound improvements in my level of energy, a lessening of severity of my various symptoms of disease and injury, and a clearer state of mind. Others students on the course have reported dramatic improvements in their health, far beyond what has been experienced with other modalities of healing. The depth of understanding, and the genuineness and integrity of the teachers is beyond question.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in developing a deeper understanding of the ancient art and science of yoga, and who values the integrity of the classical knowledge that has been passed down to us throughout the centuries.
At the time of Kaliyuga. A time where all our fundamental values are
upside down. A time where our main supports are challenged : processed food,
familly structures falling apart, holistic health at least half healthy, to
say the least. A time when we need be awake like snakes but are
unfortunately sleeping like moles.
A time where confusion has taken over. A time where it is difficult to identify what is right from what is wrong. Who can stay balanced in this general atmosphere? It would be almost unhuman to remain happy in such a kaliyuga context. As philospher and writer D.H Lawrence used to say : «Today, it requires more courage to live than to die»
Teaching Yoga in today’s context is surely seducing but indeed a courageous act. By saying “teaching yoga”, I don’t mean the revisionist and narcissic form of yoga which limits itself to the streching of our connective tissues once or twice a week. No, I mean the ancient and humble form of Yoga which is teaching and living life from your heart while constantly facing our deep fears, false identity, hatred and so on. A journey to set our heart free to start Living! To be Awake! A journey to harmoniously link with our heart and consequently link with the bigger picture: the universe which includes all beings.
This requires the humility of a child, the courage of a tiger, and the knowledge and lifestyle (although unconventional) of the ancient yogis.
Firstly, this requires at least appropriate diet, our first medicine. Secondly, this requires an appropriate life style which gives us time to meditate, to practise, to think, to read, to link with others. Thirdly, this requires appropriate company, chosen by, at the very least, moving away from “evil”.
In today’s context, these things require courage, humility and effort.
I strongly believe that Saraswathi is a true representation of yoga in this form.
Marc Beuvain, France,
Yoga Teacher Trainer & Therapist, www.marcbeuvain.com
Attending all of the many courses and training programs that you have
facilitated Saraswathi have left me feeling uplifted, inspired, educated and
humbled by your abundant and gentle way of sharing your knowledge.
Saraswathi your open heart and sensitive strength leads your audience on a
journey of further self-discovery. I have learnt so much from having
attended the yoga teacher training courses with you in Melbourne and
Chennai, and from our many private classes and conversations. I particularly
love the way you bring the Yoga Sutras alive and make them appropriate to
our modern times. Your ability to hold a space for each person in a large
group, to create clarity, to guide with comprehensible structure and honesty
are all powerful and filled with meaning to me. Your sensitive, light
hearted, compassionate and reflective ways of teaching have increased my
personal and professional abilities to go deeper into love, gratitude,
compassion, reflection, understanding and acceptance. Thank you for your
Yoga teacher and Therapist, Sydney, Australia
Saraswathi Vasudevan is a rare individual. She consistently combines her
vast wealth of practical knowledge and profound humility with a great
sensitivity to the needs of each student.
As both a seasoned healer and Yoga educator, she has a knack for effortlessly drawing the best from each person, whether it be a higher state of health, or a greater understanding of that which is being studied.
Yoga is a process of self-care and self-empowerment. Saras’ unique ability to make her students feel as though they themselves are the source of their own health and wisdom makes her a true Yogi and extraordinary Yoga Teacher.
To be in her presence is to experience the embodiment and the spirit of this timeless healing art. To study with her in any possible context should be high on any serious student of Yoga’s list of priorities.
Robert Birnberg Yoga Therapist and Educator
Los Angeles, California, USA
For many more testimonials visit www.yogavahini.com/testimonials.html
In September 2009 I was diagnosed as having hyperthyroid Graves disease. In
allopathic medicine the condition is classified as incurable with treatment
options of surgical removal of part of the thyroid, long term medication and/or
radioactive iodine treatment. After I commenced practicing a yoga therapy
practice prescribed for me by Dr NC In May 2011 I experienced a rapid
improvement in my condition. My condition had been slowly improving under the
guidance of an ayurvedic doctor and from the modifications I made to my yoga practice, but the practice
devised by Dr NC accelerated the healing to the point that I now have normal
thyroid function and am free of Graves disease.
Anna Nolan, Nov 2011
I am 73 years of age, extremely active and almost religious in my
practice of the yoga therapy program that Dr NC gave me in November 2011.
Although I have been practicing yoga for 10 years, I still can’t believe how
well this program is working! The major improvements I have noticed are in
my overall flexibility, a significant strengthening of my midsection and
legs, improved digestion, increased stamina and marvellous mental wellbeing,
All this in a matter of four months!
Roger Marriott, Feb 2012
Feedback!!!! Simple yet profound!! I haven't missed a day and am loving my practice so much!! I have even maintained it at 11.30pm after a evening out. The most amazing thing was that within a week people were asking what I had done differently. So thank you!
Thank you! Thank you! for removing the obstacles to my practice of yoga and setting profound change in process.
I am thrilled to be part of YTA and your future endeavors. A big namaste to Saras and Dr NC. I can't express my gratitude enough with words; only through maintaining my practice and allowing the results to demonstrate the profound change that can be achieved when following an individual practice tailored to ones needs. Of course from an established practitioner and professional therapist.
I've been practising specifically prescribed (by Dr NC) yoga exercises for my chronic auto-immune condition
for nearly 2 years now. The enormous benefits show in a greatly improved quality of life.
Yoga therapy has really turned my life around!
I have noticed a lot of difference with doing my personal practice from
Dr NC – I have a lot more energy, I am sleeping better, my back is stronger
but not so tight, there is less pain with the arthritis in my body and my
breathing is definitely much improved!
Practice is going really well! Such a simple process with such profound
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