Sutras

A new ‘5 module’ online course begins in November 2021

Module 1: November 13-17, 2021
Module 2: January 8-12, 2022
dates for the later modules are not yet finalised

About the Course

Iyengar Yoga is firmly rooted in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (an Indian sage who is believed to have lived around 200 bc). He wrote down the Yoga Sutras which had previously been passed on from Guru to teacher for thousands of years. These Yoga Sutras hold the teaching for finding a right way of living, leading towards peace and enlightenment. They are as relevant today as ever and during this course we will study the meanings of the Yoga Sutras and how we apply them to our lives.

This International course, run over two years, will guide you through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to bring understanding and meaning to this work. It is designed for teachers and students who are ready to explore these texts, with the aim of bringing philosophy into the yoga practice for all round development, as was originally intended. The course will also help in preparation for the philosophical aspects required in the Iyengar Yoga teaching system at all levels of assessment.

Each module will consist of philosophy lectures with Gitte Bechsgaard together with asana and pranayama practice with Sheila Haswell

  • There are 5 modules to the online course, each over a period of 5 days and recordings of the lecture and classes are available right after the course for a short time
  • The modules must normally be studied in sequential order

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Module 1 (online)
Foundations of Patanjali’s Philosophy and Iyengar Yoga Sadhana, Module 1: The Soul-Psychology of Yoga

Teachers: Gitte Bechsgaard and Sheila Haswell

Dates: November 13-17, 2021

Times:
Lecture and Mantra Sadhana: 6:00-8:00am PST, 9:00-11:00am EST, 2:00-4:00pm GMT, 3:00-5:00 CET
Iyengar Yoga Sadhana: 8:30-10:30am PST, 11:30am-1:30pm EST, 4:30-6:30pm GMT, 5:30-7:30 CET

Price: $300.00

Registration: via the Vidya Institute website (click ‘Schedule’ then scroll down to find the entry for this course).

Description:
You cannot hope to experience inner peace or freedom without understanding the workings of your mind and of human consciousness” BKS Iyengar

During this five day workshop, we will explore the soul psychology of the Yoga Sutras. We will examine the model of the mind and consciousness (citta) as laid out by the sage Patanjali, including the higher states of mind and the perennial guna-theory. Additionally, we will explore the multi-faceted meanings of yoga and its relevance for Iyengar Yoga practice. We will examine how yoga is a holistic system in which all the definitions and meanings of yoga play a vital role in moving the practitioner towards positive transformation and the inner Abiding Self (Purusha).

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Module 2 (online)
Foundations of Patanjali’s Philosophy and Iyengar Yoga Sadhana, Module 2: The Path of Practice

Teachers: Gitte Bechsgaard and Sheila Haswell

Dates: January 8-12, 2022

Times:
Lecture and Mantra Sadhana: 6:00-8:00am PST, 9:00-11:00am EST, 2:00-4:00pm GMT, 3:00-5:00 CET
Iyengar Yoga Sadhana: 8:30-10:30am PST, 11:30am-1:30pm EST, 4:30-6:30pm GMT, 5:30-7:30 CET

Price: $300.00

Registration: via the Vidya Institute website (click ‘Schedule’ then scroll down to find the entry for this course).

Description:
Yogic practice is traditionally viewed as a life-long endeavour of Self-cultivation. It is an inner pilgrimage of the soul, and consists of the Eightfold limbs of Practice. All the limbs work synthetically in the yogic system to create optimal conditions for human development and eventual access to higher states of consciousness and the Innermost Self. The two disciplines of abhyasa (repeated practice) and vairagya (detachment) establish a set of practice principles which work at every level to create the conditions necessary for unlocking our spiritual potential. Integrated practice as a transformative power is at the very heart of the teachings in this workshop.

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Previous Courses
Course 1 between May 2015 and April 2016
Course 2 between August 2016 and January 2018
Course 3 between April 2019 and January 2021