Yoga Sūtras Course

The Gift of Consciousness: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras
An International 4 Module Course on the Yoga Sūtras in Study and Practice

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With Gitte Bechsgaard (RP) and distinguished Iyengar Yoga Teachers

  • Gloria Goldberg, San Diego & Los Angeles Area; USA
  • Joan White, New York & Philadelphia, USA; Toronto, Canada
  • Sheila Haswell, England
  • Jette Berring, Copenhagen, Denmark

We are committed to providing students and teachers of Yoga with an inspiring course of study and practice that is grounded in the tradition of Patañjali’s Yoga. Patañjali’s aphorisms, known as the Yoga Sūtras, offer profound insight on a wide range of contemporary questions and concerns such as the search for meaning, the role of spiritual practice in daily life, and the potential of human consciousness.  Over a period of 4 retreats or “modules”, we will explore this rich storehouse of wisdom, focusing particularly on Yoga philosophy and Yogic psychology. Each of the 4 parts will occur over a period of 5 days and will include daily lectures on sūtra material as well as the traditional recitation of sūtras in Sanskrit. Please click the image for more details.

The 2 year, 4-module Yoga Sūtras course is standardized in order to ensure a high level of philosophy teaching in various international locations. The philosophy component of the course is mandatory for all students. In terms of practice, we welcome all students and teachers of Yoga irrespective of practice level/style and lineage. Because of this, you may choose from 2 forms of practice during the modules: i) āsana (Yoga postures) and prānāyāma classes taught by distinguished teachers from the Iyengar Yoga lineage; ii) self-practice (available only in certain locations- see Daily Schedules for more details). All of the guided āsana and prāṇāyāma classes will incorporate philosophy teachings from the course, highlighting the many ways in which the wisdom of the Yoga Sūtras can shape and transform our practice.

Whether you are looking for an intensive course of study and practice, a quiet retreat, or a time for healing & replenishment, the core course material combined with the rich mandala of Yogic practices- āsana, prāṇāyāma, and contemplative practice (citta parikarma sādhanā)- are designed to support your current practice and development.

For more information about our program, please view the brochure above or contact us for additional details at mail@vidyainstitute.com or at (416)532-6554.