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5 Day Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a Practitioner's Guide Online Course

Online Yoga Course

The purpose of this course is to ignite interest and make you curious about the Atman (soul) and the ancient practice of yoga. You may be someone who practices yoga four hours a day in an ashram or you may practice yoga once a week at your local gym to keep fit. This course will inspire you to integrate yoga into your daily life. By analyzing the ancient text of yoga sutras, this course will make you question the conventional view of yoga and spirituality, it will unite and connect you with something much deeper inside you, may that be your atman or your higher self.

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  • 5 days of live online sessions (2 hours each)
  • Online sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions’ timezone: Hayes, UK (GMT+1)
  • Learn how to integrate yoga in your daily life
  • Analyze and learn the ancient text of yoga sutras more deeply
  • One-to-one sessions are available on request at a time convenient to you for an additional cost

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction
Group size: 8-8 participants
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Tools required

Please install Zoom to attend the live sessions.

Timing of sessions (GMT+1)

If you have chosen group interactive classes, the classes will start at 2 p.m. (GMT+1). If you have chosen one-to-one sessions, you may request a time that is convenient for you.

This is a five-day course that runs every week starting on Friday of each week. The launch date is Friday, 3rd July at 2 p.m. (GMT+1). So, you can join at any time and leave at any time. If you miss a session you can catch up on a later date.

This is a 10-hour course. Each session is two hours long and is run online live and interactive via Zoom. One-to-one sessions are available on request at a time convenient to you.


Day 1: First session: The journey of Atman to Paramatman (Journey of the soul)

  • Introduction to sage Patanjali and history of yoga
  • Introduction to Indian Vedic texts related to yoga
  • Discussion of Atman or the soul and its journey
  • Discussion on Adwaita/Vedanta and Nirvana Shatakam
  • Introduction and discussion of Patanjali’s definition of yoga. For example, Yoga Chitta Vrritti Nirodha
  • Exploring and understanding Vritties
  • Looking into the definition of Chitta
  • Introductions and discussions of key sutras of the first chapter Samadhi Pada

Day 2: Second session: Vivekam to Vairagyam to Samadhinam - The art of non-attachment

  • Analysis of types of Vritti and different states of mind (Chitta) according to yoga sutras
  • Discussions of Yoga Antaraya and its remedies
  • Introduction to the 1st chapter - Samadhi pada
  • Discussion of Abhyasa Vairagyam - the first remedy to neutralize the Vritties
  • Freedom from the influence of the material nature or Maya
  • Introduction to different states of Samadhi

Day 3: Third session: There are many ways to Samadhi

  • Introduction to the concept of Ishwara Pranidhana (discussed again in the second chapter)
  • Difference between Sampragyat and Asampragyat Samadhi/ Savikalp Samadhi and Nirvikalp Samadhi
  • Transition from Savikalp to Nirvikalp Samadhi or Sa Beej to Nir Beej Samadhi
  • Introduction to the second chapter Sadhan Pada

Day 4: Fourth session: Sadhana a Journey of devotion - Ishwara Pranidhaan

  • What is Sadhana and what tools are available to you to reach Samadhi
  • Introduction to Kriya yoga as per the yoga sutras
  • Exploring the concepts of Tapas, Dhwanda, Swadhyaya
  • What is the Panch Kleshas
  • Introduction to Ashtanga yoga/comparative analysis of different styles of yoga
  • Further exploring the concept of Ishwara Pranidhaan and Bhakti yoga

Day 5: Fifth Session: Ekagrah - One pointed focus

  • Introduction to the 7 Chakras
  • Different interpretation of Kundalini Shakti and similar practices of ancient India
  • History of yoga and yoga gurus
  • The course will close with Q&A sessions

About this course

You often hear people say yoga is much more than just asana (the posture); so be it but how do you experience that? In the world of yoga, you often get caught up in experience hunting, learning, and analyzing. For your natural self or true self, there is no analysis or learning, as when the whirlpool of mind is neutralized your natural self takes over. If one can learn to practice their asana with devotion, no learning is needed and your yoga sessions become like a moving meditation.


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Retreat location

This course is held online. The Yoga Cave initiative is based in Hayes, UK and they will live stream the sessions via Zoom based on BST (GMT +1) which you can participate from the comfort of your home by just using your phone or computer.

What's included

  • 5 2-hour live sessions
  • Online access to the course
  • All topics mentioned
  • Q&A sessions

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Tuesday August 18, 2020
(5 days / 4 nights)

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