Advanced Patanjali

A Course in Parts Starting April 2019

About the Course

We are delighted to present you with this Advanced Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras course, on the meditative trinity (samyama) and mystic powers of Book lll (Vibhuti Pada). The main focus of this series of workshops is the vibhutis, siddhis or mystic powers layed out in the Yoga Sutras . As these are attained by the trinity of meditative sadhana: dharana, dhyana and Samadhi, the three inner limbs of the eightfold path, we will explore the linking of sutras from book lll (Vibhuti pada) back to book l (Samadhi pada) to grasp the interconnectedness of these subtle inner teachings. As a natural component of these units we will explore relevant mantra sadhanas and ritual practices. Topics will include: the meditative process and mind-transformation in sadhana and daily life; intuitive cultivation; the eight supreme siddhis including the siddhis connected to meditation on the cakras; the five great elements and time. Another important emphasis will be the siddhis as potential blessings or road-blocks to Kaivalya (liberation), depending upon the sadhaka’s intent and anchoring in either ego or soul/Self. In the Iyengar Yoga section of these courses we will focus on asana and pranayama related to the maps of the cakras, as “the art of integration (samyama) through concentration, meditation and profound absorption” (BKS Iyengar).

A prerequisite to attend this course is to have completed or be currently studying for the 4 module Patanjali Yoga Sutras course.

Each part of the course will consist of lectures with Gitte Bechsgaard together with asana and pranayama practice with Sheila Haswell.

Part 1 from 1st to 4th April 2019.

  • The fee is £280.
  • To secure a place make a payment of £50 as a deposit and e-mail the details to Sheila (the balance is due by 4th March 2019).
  • For more information contact Sheila.

Monday 1st April  –  4pm to 8pm
Tuesday 2nd April  –  9am to 6pm
Wednesday 3rd April  –  9am to 6pm
Thursday 4th April  –  9am to 2pm

Part 2 is being planned for summer 2019.