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Universal Yoga with Guruji Andrey Lappa & Raj Patra

Level 2 training dates:

  • January 25 - February 3: 8 AM to 6:30 PM
  • February 4 - 5: 8 AM to Noon
  • Exam for certification: February 5, 3-6 PM, cannot be rescheduled

What is Universal Yoga?

Universal Yoga is a multi-faceted yoga system with the goal of spiritual growth and liberation. To achieve this goal, Universal Yoga employs traditional yogic methods and techniques, from the rich philosophical heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Tantra, and combines with modern science. The system is suitable for any practitioner seeking to become conscious of and liberated from their behaviors and individual patterns. This individual evolution is used to influence change within and then in the individual's surrounding environment. The goal of this micro- and macro-change is to inspire all beings towards karmic liberation: enlightenment. Universal Yoga is complex, but at the same time very simple.


“Yoga is strength, balance, and unification.” This is the essence of what Guruji Andrey Lappa, a Ukrainian Yoga Master and a self-realized Vajrayana Buddhist, has explained yoga to be. A world-renowned teacher, who's life’s work has been to study and teach yoga philosophy and techniques, Guruji Lappa has spent most of his life in India and Nepal training with B.K.S. Iyengar, Patthabi Jois, Desikachar, Bhagavan Sri Rajnish, and also remote Himalayan yogis. Dorje Lappa is trained in Kalarypayat (an ancient Indian martial art), Bharata Natyam (an ancient style of Indian dance), Zyong-Shin and Viet-Vo-Dao (ancient Vietnamese martial arts), and in Karate. Currently, Guruji Lappa lives in Nepal and travels the world teaching external and internal practices of Universal Yoga. Guruji Andrey Lappa’s disciple, Raj Patra is the co-founder of Yoga for Life. Find out more.

DETAILS OF level 2 training PROGRAM:

The Level 2 training will teach you to master Mandala Sequencing techniques, along with incredible personal practices and Kriyas. Guruji Lappa’s Universal Yoga program is a Yoga Alliance Accredited 300-hour advanced program and successful participants (who already has a 200-hour credential) can receive a 500-hour certification. The coursework will be co-taught with Raj Patra. 

Prerequisite: Level 1 coursework completion, or equivalent education from senior Universal Yoga teachers.

Tuition: $1,800. An additional $100 is required for examination, grading, and certification process for each level.

Curriculum: In Level 2 training program you'll experience Static Passive-Active restorative, and Active-Active Partner yoga, Tantrik Hatha Yoga (Asanas as Mudras), self-teaching techniques, and much more. In addition, you'll learn Level 2 Shiva Nata, the Dance of Shiva.

Detailed topics taught by Andrey Lappa and Raj Patra include:

• History of Himalayan Vinyasa and essence of the methods of Vinyasa
• Reasons for Vinyasa’s popularity in modern society
• Energetic Vinyasas
• Vinyasas through changing of support
• Preparatory Vinyasas
• Psycho-energetic Mandala - Principal Longitudinal, Transverse and Twisting Vinyasas
• Vinyasas - Links and Circular Vinyasas
• Specialized non-Maximum and Maximum Vinyasas
• Inter-level Single-directional and Multi-directional Vinyasas
• Inter-level Circular and Twirling Vinyasas
• Levels of Vinyasas complexity
• Realization of existing Vinyasas and creation of new Vinyasas
• Naming of new Vinyasas in Sanskrit
• Use of ©Shiva Nata movements as Vinyasas linking Asanas
• ©Shiva Nata — ©Dance of Shiva explanation of 2nd level techniques
• Energetic balancing making influence at Marmas with Asanas
• Schemes of training sequences
• Multi-dimensional models of training sequences
• Digital balancing of training sequences
• Mandala Yoga method
• Sama Vritti and Visama Vritti Vyanayamas
• Preparatory Pranayamas
• Pranayamas based on characteristics of the breath
• Pranayamas based on the secondary factors of the breath
• Pranayamas combinations
• Hierarchy of Pranayamas complexity
• Ties between Pranayamas, Vinyasas, levels of complexity, Rasas and state of consciousness
• Bandhas and Mudras, energy micro-orbits and macro-orbits
• Goals of Asana practice in Tantric Hatha-Yoga
• Asanas as Mudras, generating complex psycho-energetic conditions
• Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi practice
• Correspondence of the yogic moral rules – Yama and personal discipline rules – Niyama with human shells
• ©Universal Yoga sub-styles
• Examples of training sequences, based on physical body structure, psycho-energetic structure, elemental qualities of Chakras, Kundalini movement, law of perception and consciousness reactions
• Creation of training sequences based on interrelations between groups of muscles. Minimum time – maximum effectiveness
• Exercise groups for training sequences alternation
• Ancient aims of Yoga and modern methods of their achievements. Provocation of needed changes through control on self-acting body reactions
• Use of knowledge about structure of human beings for creating individual training programmes, harmoniously supporting and compensating social activities
• Methods of training sequences creation - individual orders of mini-sequences examples
• Modifications of Asana practice with Partner
• Examples of Passive-Active and Active-Active partner practices
• History of Yoga, different lineages, schools and methods
• The essence and the goal of authentic yoga on the basis of ancient texts
• Sutras of Patañjali and Hathayoga Pradipika
• Hierarchy of the sentient beings
• Goals of life of the regular man and yogi
• Karma explanation
• Similarity and differences between Hindu's and Buddhist's yoga
• Castes and Varnas
• God and Emptiness
• Moksha and Dharma — methods of spiritual liberation
• Cultural differences between Eastern and Western countries
• Role of the teacher in Yoga for the success in personal practice

Working with Andrey is a head rush, in part because of the brilliance of his intellect and the sheer inventiveness of what he is doing.
— YogaChicago, 2001
Andrey Lappa pose
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