Our main required text for Brahmananda Ashram / Yoga Society of San Francisco teacher training is The Fundamentals of Yoga by our Guru, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvatī, Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D. It was first published in 1959, with subsequent iterations, with a introduction from Paul Brunton, a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi who said:
”these pages abound in working methods and exercises for use by the earnest student who seeks to spiritualize himself.”
At Brahmananda Ashram, when you study the words and teachings of our Guru and Founder, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvatī (Guruji) through his texts, it is as if He is speaking directly through you.
In our teacher training, we use The Fundamentals of Yoga to walk you through the most transformative techniques of yoga and have you experience the varying states of higher consciousness in Yoga so that you may more easily share these with others on the spiritual path of Yoga.
We cover all of the chapters that include indelible guidance for a teacher of Yoga including the fundamental essence of Yoga such as the following:
Chapter 2, The Power of Suggestion: Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi
Chapter 5, Rules for the Practice of Yoga
Chapter 10, Methods for Creating the State of YogaNidra
Chapter 19, Awaken Your Kundalini
Chapter 24, Asanas - Postures - or Discipline of the Body
Chapter 30, Our Daily Business and Yoga
We apply these teachings to ourselves and practice teaching with Guruji’s methods outlined in the book to help others attain Yoga.
As Guruji famously said: “Yoga is the state where you are missing nothing.”
Fundamentals of Yoga, 2002 Edition
Fundamentals of Yoga, paperback edition