Yoga Sūtras Book

The Gift of Consciousness: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras


By studio founder and director, Gitte Bechsgaard PhD, CIYT.

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The Gift of Consciousness: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras by Gitte Bechsgaard, RP, is to be read by those who love Yoga in general and by practitioners of Yoga in particular. This book acts as a guide book to take a journey from the bank of mundane life towards the bank of spiritual life.”

(from the Foreword to The Gift of Consciousness by B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga Master, author)

Meticulously researched and compellingly written, The Gift of Consciousness is an engaging and approachable overview of the Yoga Sūtras through the prism of both Eastern and Western psychology. Grounded in a thorough knowledge of the Sanskrit original and training in psychology, Gitte Bechsgaard opens out these complex texts to the general reading public. Bechsgaard’s clear-eyed approach makes an ancient text relevant to anyone interested in Yoga philosophy and practice. This book, with its emphasis on integrating Yogic insights into everyday life, will be an important resource for Yoga teachers and practitioners, academics, and general readers who have an interest in Eastern religion and philosophy, meditation and psychology.

About the Author

Gitte Bechsgaard, PhD, CIYT

The founder of Vidya Institute, Toronto, is a certified intermediate senior level 1 Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has spend 26 years as student, teacher and scholar of Yoga.

Aside from Gitte’s work in Iyengar yoga she has also studied privately with her mentor, Sri Krishan Mantriji in the areas of Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, Jyotish and mantra-shastra. In 2011 she completed her PhD thesis on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which is published as The Gift of Consciousness: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Book one: Samadhi Pada). In the last three years she has continued her studies with her primary Iyengar Yoga teacher in Denmark, Jette Berring, Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos from the US. Gitte teaches yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and related Vedic disciplines throughout North America and Europe.