The following Guidelines were adopted by the Board of Directors by resolution dated May 31, 2016:
There is hereby established a scholarship fund, to which donors may contribute and to which contributions and excess funds shall be applied as may become available from time to time.
The scholarship shall be administered by the Registrar for the Yoga Training, who shall serve the function of scholarship selection committee. These are the guidelines that shall be followed by Registrar in determining who receives the assistance to attend the training:
AngelHeal Yoga Healing Ministry ("AH") scholarships are awarded as available funds permit, on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.
Applicants are awarded on the basis of need from among candidates accepted into the training.
Applicants shall certify to the truth of the financial need statements in the application, upon which AH may rely. Applicants must certify that there is no other source of funds available to pay for course fees. Applicant must state household gross income and number of persons in household. Applications will be evaluated on relative need but a candidate's income must be not more than 150% of current HHS poverty guidelines.
AH shall award scholarships in its sole discretion, as chosen by Registrar in accordance with this policy. All decisions are final. Awards may not be sold, transferred or assigned and are not convertible to cash. Awards must be used for the scheduled training for which they are granted. No deferrals are available. If a recipient fails to follow or meet AH Enrollment Agreement policies, the scholarship will be forfeit. If a recipient enrolls for a training for which he/she receives a Scholarship and fails to appear for that training, the scholarship will be forfeit and he/she will be ineligible to receive future Scholarships.
Applicants shall certify in the application, that he/she has no conflicts of interest to AH to the best of his/her information and belief, and AH may, in its sole discretion, refuse to accept any application, or cancel a Scholarship award, where an actual or perceived conflict of interest exists.
Conflicts of interest include:
a) Scholarship Candidate is a close familial relative (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece or first cousin) of an officer, agent, contractor or employee of AH, or any person on the scholarship selection committee;
b) Scholarship Candidate is a current or former employee, contractor, or director of AH;
c) Scholarship Candidate has engaged in any conduct that may reflect negatively upon AH; or
d) Scholarship Candidate, or one of his/her family members, is or was a substantial contributor to AH; or
e) Scholarship Candidate, or one of his/her family members, paid any consideration or value to any person in connection with the scholarship.
So many times this is taken as “don’t be promiscuous”, but it extends far past our normal connotation of promiscuity. The basic idea of brahmacharya is to control all physical impulses. Another way to think of this is to not let the 5 senses have control over you.
You have already begun to learn this in yoga! Every time you hold a pose longer than you thought you were capable of, when you let the sweat drip from your face rather than leave the pose to stop it, when you take each and every breath to calm the body.
And in the end, you will reach your purity, your brahmacharya!
Keep up the great work!
Jeffrey Goldberg’s Practice Tip: Introduction to Kriya Yoga
Our 200-hour yoga training includes the path of the Kriya Yoga Masters, and our advanced online training has a class on the techniques of Kriya Yoga itself. In this month’s Practice Tip, we will introduce you to what is Kriya Yoga.
As you may know, yoga practice includes eight “limbs” of practice, including yama (restraints), niyama (observances), pranayama (life-force control) and asana (perfect pose). Kriya Yoga includes those but concerns itself primarily with the higher four limbs: pratyahara (interiorization or cutting off of the senses), dharana (concentration at a single point or bindu), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (oneness with the Divine). It is an advanced series of meditation and pranayama techniques.
There are seven levels of Kriya. It requires mastery of one level before properly moving to the higher level. Most people never get beyond the first level because it requires dedicated and persistent practice to achieve mastery.
The techniques themselves work on bringing energy inward and upward towards Bindu, a point of concentration that exists in the inner world. The techniques work out the knots that block the free flow of energy up the spine, and to balance the prana and apana energies to cultivate a tranquil state. Among the goals of practice is to see the inner Light and hear the inner sound of Aum. This results in Self-realization.
If you make a donation in any amount to AngelHeal, you will get access to the Advanced Online Member Area with links to the live Kriya Yoga class and an archive of past classes. See below for the donation link.
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