A Dimensions of Yoga module

Fuelled by each participant’s own intention and commitment, grounded in a living tradition, the new Dimensions of Yoga modules support a personal journey towards yoga as a way of life.

This module of the Dimensions of Yoga looks at Hatha Yoga in a systematic in-depth way that is closely aligned with yoga’s rich tradition but also takes into account the pressures and distractions of living in today’s world. With a straightforward light touch to both theory and practice, Hatha Yoga: body, breath energy will unfold in a balanced way, according to the Satyananda system of yoga.
This is one of two Dimensions of Yoga modules, the other being Raja Yoga: Eight steps to self Understanding.The Dimensions of Yoga modules are designed to be both standalone and complementary and may be undertaken in order.
The Dimensions of Yoga modules are also the foundation for the course Yoga Instructor in the Satyananda Tradition, to be offered for the first time in 2019.


11th to 18th Jan – residential week at Rocklyn Ashram
19th Jan to 4th Apr – home practice and study
5th to 7th Apr – concluding residential weekend at Rocklyn Ashram.


(Additional discounts for enrolment as a second module)


Fulltime immersion option:
Includes additional 11 weeks living at Rocklyn Ashram $1200

Apply here:

Purification, firmness, steadiness, patience, lightness, inner perception and non-involvement are the seven sadhanas… Through shatkarma, purification of the body is achieved; through asanas, firmness, through pratyahara patience is achieved. Through pranayama, agility or lightness is achieved; through meditation, self realisation; and through samadhi, non-involvement, or detachment, and, undoubtedly, liberation are achieved.
verses 9,10,11, Gheranda Samhita,commentary and translation by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Yoga Publications Trust, Munger 2012
 Course content and approach:
  • Closely follows classic practices and texts such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita, rarely taught in Australia, and delve into aspects of the new Hatha Yoga Conversations series.
  • Includes material on prana, chakras, nadis, as well as how to make hatha yoga practice an important aspect of lifestyle.
  • Carefully explores Hatha Yoga as a systematic progression, working with body, breath, energy and mind, building an understanding of how it can be used to manage a full range of life situations, and be a foundation for all other branches of yoga.
  • Everything is viewed through the prism of developing and perfecting a regular personal practice (sadhana)

Starting simply with practices according to the capacity of each participant, this course will provide an overview of the hatha yoga practices including:


  • shatkarmas (cleansing practices)
  • asanas,
  • mudras and bandhas,
  • pranayama
  • pratyahara, and creating a quieter mind, (from a hatha yoga perspective).
  • There will be an emphasis on why hatha yoga is an essential set of tools for any serious yoga practitioner.
  • After completing this course you will have a toolkit to take with you throughout your yogic life.


Perfection results from practical application. Without practicing how can it happen? …
Chap 1 verse 64 Hatha Yoga Pradipika,
commentary and translation by Swami Muktibodhananda, Bihar School of Yoga , Munger, 1998

 Home Practice and Study:

  • a small amount of reading each week.
  • a practical “yoga with attitude” type component, which is a matter of integrating practice into daily living.
  • a tiered daily practice that will have levels of complexity and duration depending on the experience, needs, and time availability of the individual student.
  • there will be recordings of pranayama practices, Yoga Nidra and meditation practices tailored specifically for this course.

Your teachers:

  • Swami Vimalratna is known internationally for his work as a yoga course developer, including the development of Yogic Studies and Teacher training courses,  and as complier of the book Yoga with Attitude.
  • Swami Atmamuktananda, Acharya of Rocklyn Yoga Ashram, senior yoga teacher with a unique grasp of yoga with extensive experience and skills and the ability to clearly and simply communicate the value of yoga as a way of life.
  • Swami Atmamuktananda and Swami Vimalratna, with a twenty year history of working together as a team, have previously collaborated on many projects including Rocklyn’s well known Living Consciously courses and the home practice kit (book and CD) Introduction to Yoga Asana and Pranayama.

See the about page for further information on the tradition.

Who is it for?

  • The program is for someone who either has, or intends to make, a serious commitment to yoga as a sadhana and lifestyle.
  • The course will cater for a range of levels of experience.
  • Yoga teachers will gain new information and perspectives assisting professional development.
  • Serious beginners, or those who wish to renew their commitment to practice, will have the opportunity to thrive.
  • This course will delve deeper into this one branch of yoga than a general yogic studies courses, and will utilise common sense incremental options so that each practitioner can move forward at their own pace.
  •  It will include reflective tasks which may be seen as light assessment tasks, but these are primarly learning tasks. Having completed these tasks, and the course, there will be a certificate of completion.
  • Hatha Yoga: body, breath, energy is a foundation module for those seeking to go on to become Yoga Instructors in the course Yoga Instructor in the Satyananda Tradition.


  • Rocklyn Yoga Ashram, near Daylesford, Victoria for the residential components.
  • Either by distance for the 11 week home practice and study component
  • or stay on for the 11 weeks at Rocklyn Ashram.
  • The experience in the ashram will provide an additional level of support and provide unique understanding of the culture of yoga lifestyle.

About Rocklyn Yoga Ashram:
Rocklyn is run as a traditional ashram with simple accommodation and vegetarian meals made with ingredients from the extensive vegetable garden. Time in the ashram will bring the experience of additional traditional practices such as havan (fire ceremony) and kirtan (music with mantras), and a small amount of time each day engaged in everyday ashram activities such as assisting prepare meals, cleaning, or helping in the garden. See Rocklyn Yoga Ashram’s website for further information.

What is included?
Fees will include the week long residential and final weekend, classes and theory sessions, meals and accommodation, the home study and practice program, a manual, resources and website access, and regular access to a senior teacher throughout the home practice period.
Living at Rocklyn during the duration of the whole course will be an additional $1200.
Texts are an additional cost and may be purchased at Rocklyn Ashram:
Asana Pranayama Mudra and Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Gheranda Samhita by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
Hatha Yoga Conversations series

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Or, if you are ready for this adventure, apply here:

“Contrary to the popular belief that hatha yoga is only the practice of physical asana and nothing more, it is an important aspect of yoga. Hatha yoga is like the primary class to which you get yourself admitted before you can continue your study in higher classes. Admission to yoga takes place through hatha yoga; it does not take place through dhyana or meditation. Admittance in the yogic journey does not happen through kriya yoga or kundalini yoga.”

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Yoga in Daily Life