Once you have been accepted and have made your deposit or paid in full, you will be sent a reading list and assignments pertinent to your particular training. If you live within commuting distance of the New York Centers, you should consider starting to take some classes to familiarize yourself with the foundational aspects of Dharma Yoga as taught daily at the Centers. If you live outside the New York metropolitan region, The Maha Sadhana Level I and II DVD’s or YogaVibes online classes are a sure way to gain exposure to Dharma Yoga. If there are Dharma Yoga Registered Teachers where you live, begin taking classes with them. If regular practice is not already a constant in your life, you might consider taking on some aspect of the practice as a way of preparing yourself for the odyssey on which you are embarking. Resting up during the final weeks before the training will ensure that you enter into it better equipped to deal with the mental and physical demands. Finally, it is recommended that you begin to diminish consumption of any meat, poultry or fish in your diet and explore a more plant-based diet to help in your preparation. A requirement of the actual program is that you keep a mostly vegan diet during the actual contact hours of the training to honor the foundational and most crucial teaching of yoga: to harm no living creatures through word, thought or deed. Additionally, this diet will help you feel better in general. Another powerful technique we will be practicing throughout the training is Mouna or Spiritual Silence. It is one of the best practices for purifying the mind as it is a respite from the constant conversation, stimulation and mental activity which are all regular features of our modern mode of existence. Mouna is a Sadhana (spiritual practice) that increases self-control. We will be practicing a modified version of this throughout the training where we ask that you only speak if necessary.
Our invitation to you is to approach the DY LOAY TT sessions as complete retreats. Try to maintain minimal contact with the outside world, only using your cell phone, computer and other wireless devices if absolutely necessary. Allow yourself to arrive free of expectations, set aside what you already know, and let yourself absorb the teachings fully. In other words, our invitation to you is to become a Yogi during our time together.