ÁMIA – Ánanda Márga International Academy, formerly known as ÁMYA – Ananda Márga Yoga Academy – was started by ÁMGK in 2007 in Singapore and welcomed its first students in 2008. It was registered under the Ministry of Education / Committee for Private Education in the Year 2010. To date, more than 150 people from several nationalities have graduated from the Yoga Teacher Training Courses conducted by AMIA.
In addition to the Yoga Teacher Training, we are planning to offer the following future new courses.
Future Economics, based on PROUT – the Progressive Utilization Theory
Meditation for Higher Consciousness
Microvita – a new science
Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (totally in Chinese language.)
Degree Yoga Teacher Training Course
Yoga for Health
Yoga and Organic Farming
For every batch of students, in whatever course AMIA conducts, the synergy created during the course is unique and rewarding for all.
Below are the details of our most recent course. The next course to be offered by AMIA, the Yoga Teacher Training Diploma Course, will start on the 2nd June 2021.
The 2021 Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Course in Yoga Science
The Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Course in Yoga Science, Practices, and Lifestyle started on 11 January 2021 and ended on 23 April 2021. By the end of May, the last assignments of the students will be over and the Diploma Course will start on June 2. The Certificate program offers six modules for a total of 216 contact hours. They are:
M1 Yoga History is presented partly through studying biographies of famous yogis and yogic lineages and traditions, and partly by studying different famous yogic aphorisms, concepts, and definitions from different yogic schools.
M2 Yoga Science: From systematic observations and experiments, Yogis learn and deeply understand the functions of the body and its relationship with the mind. In this module, we study Glands, Cakras, and Kuńd́alinii; internal and external Yantras; the use of Mantra in Meditation, and the relation between body, mind, and soul. We also study the Kośas or the layers of the mind; all of these from a scientific perspective.
M3 Yoga Anatomy and Physiology: This module gives the students a scientific and practical understanding of how the body and mind work and relate to each other. In Anatomy we study the body’s physical structure related to yoga practices; and in Physiology, we learn how the organs, the metabolism, the breathing, etc. work in relation to ásanas and other yogic practices.
M4 Yogic Lifestyle: The objective of this module is to give the student a deeper understanding and insight into the different practical Yogic Lifestyles. It offers practical ways to become a modern yogi. We present a newly interpreted Aśtáuṋga Yoga of Pataiṋjali, that is, Yama, Niyama, Ásana, Práńáyáma, Pratyáhára, Dhárańa, Dhyána, Samádhi. We also present some of the Points for a Successful Life of Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti.
M5 Teaching Methodology and Professional Ethics trains students to become good and confident teachers through public speaking exercises. We will also look into the qualities of a teacher and methods to assess their students’ needs. We learn public speaking; teaching styles; the role of demonstration and observation; faculty of knowledge; communication process; personal and professional ethics of yoga instructors.
M6 Yoga Philosophy offers a broad and deep understanding of Yoga and Tantra philosophy.
Yogic Practices includes seventeen Ásanas from the book Carya Carya Part 3 by Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti. For each and every ásana we do deep analysis, taking into consideration physical, mental, and spiritual benefits; involvement of the muscles, organs, nerves, glands, and cakras; the modifications, the contraindications, and safety in and out.
In my experience with every course, the students bring to the YTT course their personal fragrance of life. They always bring something unique, originality, and a lot of surprises. In this April 2021 YTT course that just ended, the students brought the most innovative and creative series of warm-up sessions; elegance, grace, joyful and also strength were remarkable. The creative flow was also documented with short video clips.
The teaching methodology and professional ethics module was not just a module for them; they applied it in every class at an increasing rate to the level of excellence.
The use of technology was also applied, for the first time, we had a student attending one module online. Yes, we are allowing students to register module by module and to attend the registered module via web conferencing. During the weekend’s sessions, we had meals together and for every meal, there was very tasty and elegant food prepared for the delight of the palate and the eyes.
In the weekend modules, we had group examination sessions that helped students to bond even better. The professional roles and experiences of the students in their private life were reflected in the YTT course. Some of them are interested in becoming yoga teachers. Some are not and took the YTT course for their personal knowledge and to add more experiences in their personal life. I express many thanks to Angelene, Carlyn, Eugene, Carine, Balakrshanan and Lina who attended this YTT Certificate Course.