IRPY : Introduction

The originality of the training is based on the participation of the students who will themselves be placed in the situation of researchers. It will develop their creativity in order to create a "new yoga" that they will then be keen to develop in their lives as "total Man" and as a transmitter of what they have learned. The training does not offer a rigid yoga, but everyone will have the opportunity to use the creative abilities that exist within themselves, often without their knowledge. It is only about making manifest what is hidden in each individual so that the personality expresses itself in its totality. This is accessible to all.

Each year, a research axis will be chosen. For example:

  • The 5 elements that constitute the body (earth, water, fire, air, space) experienced in specific postures or sequences;
  • Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra and in particular in the second chapter:
  1. sthira sukham āsanam (II-46) "the posture is firm and relaxed";
  2. prayatna-śaithilya-ananta-samāpattibhyām (II-47)
 "thanks to the relaxation of effort and the contemplation of the infinite";
  3. tato dvandva-anabhighātaḥ (II-48) " then we are no longer troubled by pairs of opposites";
  • The effect of mantras in the preparation and holding of postures and in the sun salutation;
  • The effect of waves emanating from the infinite on body cellsand the vibratory effect of states of beings;
  • Other themes will be proposed.

 Participants in the training will produce a document at the end of each year describing their personal experience in relation to the research axis of the year.

asmād yogī bhava-arjuna

therefore, become a yogi, O Arjuna

Kṛṣṇa, Bhagavad Gītā (6-46)


Over the past three years, the CVR has launched a research project on yoga under the theme: The Universal Vision in Yoga Practice. This research is open to all in order to share as widely as possible the various visions of yoga and move towards a common vision, that of Universal Yoga.

To intensify this action, the CVR created in 2018 an Institute of Research and Practice of Vedic Yoga at the University of Man, which has for ambition to stimulate this reflection and to share it directly, in a spirit of openness, with anyone wishing to commit themselves, to pursue their path of transformation through yoga and to transmit yoga from their deep being.

Vedic Yoga

Yoga is one, there are different practices. No yoga can claim to be better than another. In a suffering world all these debates are sterile, the goal of yoga is to give back to our contemporaries a structure, a "spinal column" on which they can rely in their daily lives.

All "yogas" have the same origin, it is "The Yoga". It comes from the Vedas. These ancient Indian texts describe yoga in all its aspects, both physical and spiritual. They have been transmitted in Sanskrit by oral tradition and later in writing, since 2000 to 3000 B.C. to the present day. The teaching given by the Vedas has been developed in the Upaniṣad

In contemporary society, authentic yoga has its full place. It comes from the sages of ancient India, but it is not a repetition of an ancient yoga. It is the permanent creation of a yoga adapted to today's society, to people's needs, in a perpetually innovative spirit, a yoga that is an actual translation of what the elders have discovered.

The Institute of Research and Practice of Vedic Yoga

For both individuals and society, it is urgent that yoga teaching finds its place in contributing to building a new balance. Transmission is an essential subject. It requires that the one who transmits has gained its principles during a complete training and that he has experienced it for himself by living his training as a path of transformation.

This is why this institute includes a Vedic yoga training. It is an original training in which the students themselves will participate in the research by making their own discovery of the effect of postures, mantras, prāṇāyāma, meditation, etc... on the psycho-physical system. This could, for example, be materialized by writing an end-of-year report and choosing a subject for the final thesis.

The word yoga is taken in the literal and original sense: union. Union of body and mind, union of theory and practice, union with oneself, union with others, union with nature, union of Western and Eastern traditions, union with the Universal Source.

This training is inspired by the teaching of Swami Vivekânanda for whom the yogi is the one who expresses excellence in all dimensions of her/his personality. The total Man is the one who is able to elevate her/ himself to become a yogi. This is what Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad Gītā (6-46) " asmād yogī bhava-arjuna", " therefore, become a yogi, O Arjuna".

We will practice the approach to yoga described by Patañjali, a spiritual scientist. He describes the ideal vision of yoga, which he develops in a scientific way. It does not only deal with the physical aspect, but rather with the psycho-physical entity as a whole. He describes total development to bring students to experience the state of "total Man"- in all its aspects: body, soul, mind.

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"The purpose and objective of all training is to help Man to develop her/himself. We have only one method of acquisition. From the least evolved Man to the most enlightened yogi, all must use the method of concentration.
This is the same for all cases, in that of the teacher in front of the blackboard, of the students in front of their books, of all those who seek knowledge."

The Total Man according to Swami Vivekânanda

In his teaching Swami Vivekânanda considers that humanity must progress as a whole. The model he proposes for world culture is unity in diversity, not uniformity. He explains that each individual must rise to the highest ideal, to her/his totality and excellence. This path begins where everyone stands in their development. Yoga is a guide for everyone to do the best they can in order to achieve their personal ideal.

The training will support everyone in their efforts to achieve their highest ideal. It calls for a transformation of the being towards what is best to heal all the aches of life. The basis of this teaching is built on the goodness that resides in everyone. It is yoga that makes the human being, empowering him to be physically, intellectually and spiritually strong.