Offering an experiential collage of action and stillness, light and darkness, sound and silence, Agniyogana explores the richness of traditional Hatha Yoga teachings and the deeply connected states of heart, mind, and freedom these practices deliver to sincere truth seekers. The documentary takes the viewer on a journey through time and space to rediscover the inner dimensions of Hatha Yoga and reconnect the human spirit to the true meaning of 'yug', the connecting root of all yogas.
Beginning with a visual and aural initiation, Agniyogana then explores the key requirements of Hatha Yoga:
- Firmness of mind
- The importance of faith
- The necessity of a qualified teacher
- The benefits of moderation
- The methods to restrain the senses
- The practice of universal equanimity
Agniyogana examines the microcosm of the internal self in relation to the macrocosm of the elements, seasons, time of day, and other external forces of nature. The nonlinear narrative is woven together through commentary, wisdom and insight from those who continue to uphold and live by the ancient ways of yoga.
Agniyogana is suitable for students in Years 10 – 12 in the learning area of:
- Health and Physical Education
- Languages - Hindi and Religion
The documentary is relevant to learning in:
- Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching
- Diploma of Yoga Teaching
- Teaching of vocational courses associated with health and wellbeing
As a curriculum resource, Agniyogana expands and enriches students' understanding of the practice of yoga. The documentary allows students to become more aware and conversant about health and wellbeing and those factors that negatively or positively contribute to the physical, mental, social and emotional health of individuals.
Agniyogana allows students to consider how the traditions of Hatha Yoga can play an important part in shaping life experiences and guiding daily personal action. The documentary also provides an opportunity for students to examine the way Hatha Yoga is aligned with faith and spirituality. Agniyogana is relevant to the teaching of the Australian Curriculum General Capability – Personal and Social Capability.
The four interrelated elements in the learning continuum are:
- Social awareness
- Social management
In addition, to promoting health and wellbeing, Agniyogana can be used as a resource to teach the Australian Curriculum General Capability – Intercultural Understanding.