Payammehr Cyclic-Yoga Wellness Center (Iran and Canada) (CYA–RYS Gold Member)

  • E-mail: mayamachawe@gmail.com
  • Phone: +982188699810, +982188696325, +16475715306 (Canada-Toronto Division)
  • Address: 30 Abbasi Anari St., Darya Blvd., Saadatabad
  • Location: Tehran (and Toronto), Tehran Iran
  • Website: https://www.cyclic-yoga.com
  • Service Offered: Raja yoga, Cyclic yoga, Asana, Teacher Training Courses, Ayurveda, Pranayama
  • Type of Certification Granted: Cyclic Yoga, Yoga Alliance International
  • Years in Operation: 35
  • Date Joined: February 09, 2017

School Info

Payam-e-Mehr wellness center is a joint yoga and psychological center with the high standards of practice, multi-range activities, always pioneer in setting standards of teaching, training and practice and not precedent.

It was established by an Indian yogini Maya Machawe (Soheila Ahmadi) (https://ir.linkedin.com/in/maya-machawe-98a06977) born to a yoga teaching tradition and her husband Saed Ahmadi (https://ir.linkedin.com/in/dr-saed-ahmadi-3414356a) a psychologist and a university professor with Ph.D. in 1997 in Tehran, Iran. Payam-e-Mehr wellness center has been licenced by following authorities of Iran. (http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/ payammehr/licenses)

 Sport for All Federation of IRI
 Iranian Psychology and Counseling Organization
 Iranian Youth Organization
 Cultural Ministry of IRI

The founders jointly developed a style of yoga teaching school namely Cyclic Yoga since 1984. Cyclic Yoga is an art of sequencing yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Kriya techniques to maximize the benefits and to energize body and mind. Its applicability has been the subject of various research projects for years in the scientific work of us in collaboration with universities and health programs in hospitals.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of individuals and the society and to introducing and spreading authentic yoga for this benefit. For this purpose we have developed a site www.cyclic-yoga.com, and published several books in Persian, one specifically under the title of Cyclic Yoga. We have written numerous articles on the subject matter and delivered many lectures on the Cyclic Teaching style of yoga and trained the trainers for many years.

For more information please visit our website: https://www.cyclic-yoga.com

Course Outline

Our Classes
a. Yoga Courses and Workshops

Ethics of yoga
o Yama Workshops with 5 titles of: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha (http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/articles#Yama_Niyama)
o Niyama Workshops with 5 titles of: Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Swadhayaya and Ishvara Pranidhana
(http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/articles#Yama_Niyama)

Asana Classes
Designed for four separate skill and preparedness levels of practice namely: Primary, Intermediate, Advanced and Cyclic.

Primary Level: The initial phase is to learn how to go through the correct form of selected asana as well as getting familiar with the benefits and limitations of those poses. This level of training course encompasses couple of simple movements to prepare the body for going through the key yoga asanas. During this level the body will get rid of its tensions, all joints and tendons will gain required flexibility to move on through the next levels. Muscles of the abdomen, legs and back will gradually become powerful enough to perform yoga poses.

Intermediate Level: The second step is to learn how to create correct contraction and stretching in a target muscle group and also getting familiar with new circumstances imposed on the body in each yoga posture. Concentrating on the muscular contraction and stretching, students will also learn the most important points about moving the body through each asana during the second level.

Advanced Level: The third phase is dedicated to increase the duration of pause in each asana as well as to improve general flexibility of the body. In this level students acquire profound knowledge about yoga asanas.

The Cyclic- Yoga Courses: When the student is able to stay at each asana for more than 30 seconds using correct alinement techniques, he or she is ready to commence practicing the cycles introduced in Cyclic Yoga style.

Pranayama Courses
Designed in three Primary, Intermediate and Advanced levels: (http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/articles#Pranayama)

Primary Level: In this level students become familiar with physiology of breathing including various phases of breathing such as abdominal, intercostal and clavicular and learn the “complete” breathing techniques.
This level also encompasses simple movements to prepare the body for complete and deep breathing going through the key methods of Kriyas and Mudras.

Intermediate Level: The second step is to learn and concentrate on various types of pranayama.

TYPES OF PRANAYAMA
Offloading lungs with strokes Vibrating sound Increasing the capacity of lungs Cooling and anti-anxiety Digital pranayama Disciplinary pranayama Power rising pranayama

Kapalaphati
Ujjaee
Viloma
Sitali
Suryabhedana
SamaVrtti
Plavini

Bhastrika
Brahmari
Anuloma
Sitakari
Chandra Bhedana
Vishama Vrtti
Murchha

Pratiloma
Nadi Sodhana


Advanced Level: The third step is dedicated to learn the techniques of retaining of breath or Kumbhaka and increase the duration of pause with the help of Bandhas. Students will also learn the most important points about the subtle body anatomy such as Kosha, Chakra and Nadi concepts.


Pratiyahara Course in two levels

Level 1: This course familiarizes the student to concepts of Withdrawals and Fluctuations.
Introducing five withdrawals:
1. From tamsic foods
2. From tamsic thoughts
3. From tamsic deeds
4. From tamsic emotions
5. From tamsic lifestyles

Exploring and witnessing the five fluctuations of mind:
1. Pramana: Right knowledge
2. Viparya: Wrong knowledge
3. Vikalpa: Imagination
4. Nidra: Sleep
5. Smriti: Memory

Level 2: In the final stage of Pratyahara he or she learns how to uncolored mind and observe silence.

Yoga Nidra Course (http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/articles#Nidra)

Practice of Yoga Nidra is designed as a guided relaxation technique to achieve peaceful mind. This course utilizes physical and psychological applications of Yoga Nidra and covers at least five to ten techniques. These practice skills the practitioners to lead their body and mind to a complete and deep relaxing state.



Courses for Better Concentration and Meditation
In these courses we offer various methods to develop concentration and mindfulness. We cover the following stages and methods of meditation:

• Stages of Meditation:
 Savitarka
 Nirvitarka
 Savichara
 Nirvichara

• Meditation Techniques
 Silent Meditation
 Grazing Meditation
 Guided Meditation
 Mantra Meditation
 Breathing Meditation
 Mindful Meditation

Course on the Psychology of Yoga
The content of this course includes but is not limited to:

 Understanding inner self
 Layers of mind and brain
 Layers of consciousness
 What is Pure Awareness?
 What is Samskara?
 Obstacles in the Path of Yoga and technique to overcome them
 The Ultimate Bless [Keyvalya]


Teacher Training Course for Cyclic Yoga Style
We offer the 300+ hour’s Teacher Training Programme for Cyclic Yoga style which covers training as well as practice teaching. The requirement for this course is the participant must have at least three years of experience in learning and practicing yoga.

Yoga Sutra Master Course
(http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/articles#Sutra)
The sessions of yoga sutra master course provides an in-depth look to philosophy of yoga. It helps the practitioner to connect with the spirit of yoga and to learn how to master their body and mind.

Introductory Course to Ayurveda
(http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/ayurveda)
Good health is a powerful tool for self-exploration. We provide the rules of Ayurveda to help a person to eradicate the root causes of dis-ease and empower personal resistance.

Course on Yoga Therapy
This package is provided mainly as a group therapeutic yoga classes or if required as a private therapy sessions. The participants are provided by guidelines for healthier life style, easing the symptoms, number of therapeutic yoga cycles, as well as mind, body and spirit integrated healing plan.

Karma Yoga Course
(http://www.cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/articles - Karma_Yoga)
This programme is designed to explore values and approaches to support harmonious personal and social life. Practitioner of karma yoga learns to develop selfless services, humanitarian behaviour, tolerance and love for all beings. We also provide opportunities to put the teachings of karma yoga into practice.


Nada and Mantra Yoga: Training and Practice
Nada Yoga offers knowledge about the three stages of ultimate Nada and four stages of Shabda. The practical side of nada is mantra. Therefore, a practitioner learns the correct pronunciation of certain mantras and how to chant it in due number, place and time.

Kids Yoga
Kids Yoga aims at empowering children through movements and games with lifelong skills that will help them physically and mentally to live a better life.

Program for Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal Yoga is designed to make labor easier and facilitates a healthy pregnancy. Practicing certain asana cycles during pregnancy can improve overall mood and boosts energy levels. Moms are trained to learn pain management through yogic breathing.

Yoga for Mother and Child
We also support moms in post-pregnancy recovery and train them to adapt healthy babies.

Hasya Yoga Course (http://cyclic-yoga.com/lang-fa/reference/articles#Hasya_Yoga)
A Hasya Yoga session starts with simple yoga cycles. Then continues with “laughter yoga practices” and ends with yogic breathing and mudras or sometimes with relaxation or meditation. Participants are also skilled with various tension reduction and coping techniques.




b. Our Psychology Workshops (www.payammehr.org)

1. Stress Management (http://payammehr.org/Services/StressManagement.aspx)
This workshop contains

 Time management
 New ways of thinking
 Yoga Cycles
 Problem solving skills
 Stress reduction skills
 Relaxation techniques


2. Healthy Marriage Program (http://payammehr.org/Services/MarriageProgram.aspx)
This workshop contains

 Appropriate communication skills
 Ways for long- term marital success
 Understanding spouse’s emotional needs
 Yoga Cycle
 Problem solving skills
 Approaches to grow intimacy

3. Boosting Self-esteem (http://payammehr.org/Services/EarnSelfEsteem.aspx)
This workshop contains

 Self-analysis
 Self-processing
 Self-hypnosis
 Yoga Cycles
 Proper way to express emotions
 Build confidence

4. Coping with Depression (http://payammehr.org/Services/CopingDepression.aspx)
This workshop contains

 Change in life-style
 Yoga Cycles
 Tips to control mood
 Ways to solve sleep problems
 Daily relaxation practice
 Tips for healthy diet

5. Coping with Anxiety (http://payammehr.org/Services/CopingAnxiety.aspx)
In this workshop you will gain…

 Change in life style
 Coping strategies
 Yoga classes
 Five ways of relaxation
 Tips for healthy diet

6. Relaxation Technique
This workshop contains
 Getting familiar with unconscious mind
 The body-mind relationship
 Deep breathing techniques
 Self-hypnosis
 Yoga Nidra techniques
 Relaxation techniques

7. Positive Thinking
This workshop contains
 Skills to boost positive thinking
 Building positive action plan
 Increase positive emotions
 Meditation
Overview of Training Programs
Yama – Niyama Courses (Including both training and practice sessions)
Course Title No of Training sessions No of Practising sessions Minimum Hours
Yama Ahimsa 8 4 12
Satya 5 1 6
Asteya 5 1 6
Brahmacharya 5 1 6
Aparigraha 4 2 6
Niyama Saucha 5 1 6
Santosha 4 2 6
Tapas 4 2 6
Santosha 5 1 6
Ishvara Pranidhana 1 1 2


Asana Courses
Name of the course Training sessions No. of Terms Minimum hours
Primary 7 2 14
Intermediate 7 2 14
Advanced 7 3 21
Cyclic 7 2 14


Pranayama Courses
Name of the course Training sessions Titles
Primary 6 Preparatory
Intermediate 15 Main courses
Advanced 12 Retention Practices

Pratiyahara Courses
Name of the course Training sessions Titles
Withdrawals 6 Preparatory
Silence of Mind 6 Main courses
Advanced Practice 4 Practices


Yoga Nidra Course
Name of the course Training sessions Titles
Primary 6 Informative
Advanced 6 Main courses


Kid Yoga
Name of the course Training sessions Titles
Primary 6 Preparatory
Advanced 6 Main Practices



Teacher Training Course
Course Title Minimum Training Hours Practising/ Discussion Hours Minimum Hours
(not limited to)
Teachers Training Core Concerns in Teaching Yoga
Teacher-student relationship 8 hours training 4 hours group discussion and Practice
12
Communication skills
Qualities of teacher
Principal of demonstrating
Commitment and punctuality
Adapting yoga to native culture
Respecting the limitations of body
Boosting enthusiasm, strength and mobility of students
Creating yoga atmosphere
Need to update teaching skills and yoga knowledge

Teaching Skills Introducing Teaching Skills
Yoga to kids 6 hours training 2 hours group discussion and Practice 8
Yoga to seniors
Yoga to youth
Yoga to prenatal
Yoga to beginners
Yoga to advance students
Introducing History of Yoga
History of Yoga

Archaic Period 3 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 2 hours group discussion and Introducing Reference Yoga Books
6
Pre-classical Period
Classical Period
Post Classical Period
Modern Period

Philosophy

Introducing six schools
Samkhya
10 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation
2 hours group discussion and Introducing Reference Yoga Books
12
Yoga
Nyaya
Vaisheshika
Mimamsa
Vedanta

Introducing Seven Paths of Yoga
Types of Yoga Raja Yoga
14 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation
2 hours group discussion and Introducing Reference Yoga Books

16
Hatha Yoga
Karma Yoga
Mantra Yoga
Tantra Yoga
Jnana Yoga
Bhakti Yoga


Course Title Minimum Training Hours Practising/ Discussion Hours Minimum Hours
(not limited to)
Introducing Ethics of Yoga

Yama Ahimsa 14 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 2 hours group discussion and 4 hours practice 20
Satya
Asteya
Brahmacharya
Aparigraha


Niyama Soucha 14 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 2 hours group discussion and 4 hours practice 20
Santosha
Tapas
Swadhayaya
Ishvara Pranidhana


Introducing Styles of Yoga
Different Styles Ashtanga Yoga 15 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 4 hours group discussion 19
Iyengar Yoga
Vini Y0ga
Shivananda Yoga
Integral Yoga
Ananda Yoga
Anusara Yoga
Kali Ray Tri Yoga
Svaroopa Yoga
Bikram Yoga
Kripalu Yoga
Jiva Mukti Yoga
Cyclic Yoga


Introducing Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga
Human Anatomy and Physiology Skeleton 20 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 4 hours group discussion 24
Muscular systems
Joints
Anatomy of movements
Endocrine glands
Types of muscle contraction
Skeleton

Course Title Minimum Training Hours Practising/ Discussion Hours Minimum Hours
(not limited to)
Introducing Key Points in Teaching Asanas
Teaching & Practicing Key Poses Standing poses 20 hours training of :

Maps of Alignements

Benefits & Limitations

Injury Prevention
30 hours Demonstration and Practice 50
Balancing poses
Forward bends
Side bends
Back bends
Revolving poses
Inversion pose
Variations
Poses & Counter Poses
Creating equilibrium in bodily energies
Flexibility keys
Yoga Warm ups
Neck movements
Shoulder movements
Strengthening abdominal muscles
Yoga Cycles
Introducing Cyclic Yoga
Simple cycles 38 hours training of :


Benefits & Limitations

Injury Prevention
38 hours Demonstration and Practice 76
Advance cycles
Therapeutic cycles
Strength building cycles
Cycle for pregnancy
Health boosting cycles
Relaxing inversion cycle
Cycle to boost metabolism
Cycle to boost concentration
Cycle to reduce chronic headache
Cycle for diabetes
Cycle for varicose veins
Anti-depression cycle
Anti-anxiety cycle
Cycle for common back pains
Mudra cycles
Pranayama cycles
Cycle for meditation
Kriya cycles

Course Title Minimum Training Hours Practising/ Discussion Hours Minimum Hours
(not limited to)
Introducing Surya Namaskar (SN) in Cyclic Yoga Style

Surya Namaskar Techniques for beginners (modified) 3 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 6 hours Demonstration and Practice 9
Techniques for beginners (modified)
Core strengthening
Advanced techniques Cardio of yoga
Concentration on chakras in SN
Chanting of SN
SN for elderly and those with physical limitations
Overall benefits and limitations
SN supporting asana & pranayama


Introducing Anatomy of Yoga

Subtle Body Concept of Prakriti & Prusha 10 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 2 hours group discussion 12
Koshas
Main chakras
Nadies
Main vayus and supporting uppavayus
Gunas
Elements of body


Introducing Kriya: Purification practices
Detox in Yoga Principal of kriya 7 hours training 5 hours demonstration & practice 12
Principal of kriya
Kriya cycles
Seasonal cleansing
Weekly cleansing
Chakra cleaning
Nadi cleansing
Introducing Mudras & Bhandas
Yogic Seals Purpose and uses 10 hours training with the help of relevant Power Point Presentation 5 hours demonstration and practice 15
Purpose and uses
Hasta
Mana
Kaya
Bhanda
Adhara
Mudra for chakras
Mudra for vayus
Mudra for elements
Mudra cycles
Energy balancing


Introducing Relaxation Techniques
Yogic Relaxation Shavasana 5 hours training and discussion 5 hours demonstration and practice 10
Relaxation with help of contracting and relaxing muscles
Therapeutics way of relaxation
Yoga nidra

Course Title Minimum Training Hours Practising/ Discussion Hours Minimum Hours
(not limited to)
Introducing Yogic Diet
Yogic Nutrition Yogic food classification 4 hours training 1 hour discussion 5
List of satvic food
List of rajasic food
List of tamsic food
Yogic food balance
Introducing Yogic Breathing
Pranayama 3 levels of Pranayama (body, mind and spirit) 20 hours training of :

Techniques


Benefits & Limitations

Injury Prevention
15 hours Demonstration and Practice 35
3 levels of Pranayama (body, mind and spirit)
Conditions for practicing pranayama
(number, location and time)
Breathing Process
(physical & subtle)
External, internal and cellular breathing
Abdominal, intercostal and clavicular breathing
Deep and complete breathing
Kapalabhati
Bhastrika
Ujjayi
Brahmari
Chandra & Surya Bhedana
Nadi Shodan
Viloma
Anulom and Pratiloma
Shitali and Shitkari
Sama & Visama Vrtti
Course Title Minimum Training Hours Practising/ Discussion Hours Minimum Hours
(not limited to)
Ayurveda Introducing concepts of Ayurveda
Five elements 4 hours training 1 hour discussion 5
Doshas
Certain asanas for specific Doshas

Practicum

For successful completion of this program participants are also evaluated in accordance with following:
• Evaluation skills by written and demonstration assignments
• Practice teaching assignments
• Assisting students with another instructor
• Assignments in context of projects
• Assignment to define the purpose of participants teaching ambitions

Graduates

N/A

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