Learn about Samkhya and Yoga Philosophies

7 days residential workshop at Kaivalyadhama Lonavala

September 24th – 29th, 2018

Come September and seekers are in for a treat on Indian Philosophy. Dr. N Ganesh Rao, veteran yoga expert will conduct an exclusive workshop on Indian Philosophy and Psychology at the Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala . The 8-day workshop will delve deeper into two significant philosophies which have intrigued yoga enthusiasts time and again i.e Samkhya and Yogadarshan.

About Dr. Ganesh Rao

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao has to his credit a Doctorate in Philosophy with perpetual inquisitiveness in this subject of philosophy so aptly called as the “Queen of Sciences”. He is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy. Having conducted till date more than 17000 sessions in Yoga covering all its aspects, theoretical and practical, there may not be a better example of philosophy serving practice in day to day life.

Dr. Rao is Technical Expert (Yoga) for QCI, an Advisor to and Member of Board of Studies of Kaivalyadhama, a Member of Board of Studies of Sri Sri University, Bubhaneshwar, a Visiting Faculty in Bahratiya Samskriti Peetham and Buddhist Centre, Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, Kaivalyadhama (Mumbai and Lonavla), Art of Living, Yoga alliance (USA).

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Who can apply?

Yoga Students, Teachers and Enthusiasts

With the rising popularity of Yoga, more and more people are taking to the practice of Yoga for reasons of health, healing and happiness. Most of them are not from the field of philosophy. Yoga being a philosophy, without understanding the philosophical foundations of Yoga, practice of Yoga is very superficial and impoverished. Genuine enthusiasts, students and teachers who wish to go deeper into the field of Yoga, find it daunting and time-consuming, beyond themselves, to understand the roots and contents of Yogic philosophy on their own. Yoga Philosophy or Yoga darsana is one of the six astika darsanas, accepting the authority of Vedas. The metaphysical foundations of Yoga are steeped in Samkhya darsana, another one of the six astika darsanas. Understanding these two darsanas is a must to add quality and authenticity to one’s practices of Yoga. Incidentally, Yoga and Samkhya together represent total Psychology – a complete study of human mind and its functioning – psychology par excellence.


People belonging to various walks of life, professionals and lay persons hold tremendous fascination for Indian philosophy. Their curiosity is always aroused whenever a mention is made of Indian philosophy and are actually craving to understand Indian philosophy but do not know how to cater to their interest given the immensity and complexity of Indian Philosophy. Where to begin and how to begin studying Indian Philosophy? This question seems like a barrier, which cannot be surpassed. The workshop is ideally suited for such individuals because it will provide a bird’s eye view of the entire Indian Philosophy with special insights into Yoga and Samkhya philosophies. Also, several other related topics (Mantra and its significance, AUM and Gayatri, their significance and chanting, Indian Culture & its Salient Features, etc.) will be philosophically discussed.

Further, the Workshop also provides an opportunity of every day practicing Yoga in the ‘Classical’ manner along with the unique relaxation and rejuvenation technique of Yoga Nidra.

All in all, the workshop will be an actual experience of satsang in a calm, peaceful and conducive ashrama-like environment.

About the Workshop

The Workshop is entitled “Indian Philosophy and Psychology” because in the first place Philosophy and Psychology always go together.
Further, Yoga and Samkhya together are referred to as Indian Psychology. The psychological insights revealed by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Samkhya Philosophy are thrilling and par excellence.   

This intensive Workshop, the first of its kind, is intended to establish and consolidate the foundation of all Yoga enthusiasts (students and teachers) as regards Indian Philosophy and also to fulfill the aspirations of all others who are sincerely interested in genuinely knowing Indian Philosophy and Psychology. Indian Philosophy may be considered as the apex / ultimate in human thinking – such is its logical thoroughness and topical comprehensiveness.

The workshop will provide a topographical survey of Indian Philosophy with its subtleties, nuances and distinctions as compared to any other philosophical systems of the world with detailed analysis of Samkhya and Yoga Darsanas.

In the Course of the workshop the following topics will be covered:

1. Mantra and its significance.
2. AUM, its Significance and Chanting.
3. Indian Culture & its Salient Features.
4. Vedas, Vedangas and Upavedas.
5. Main Doctrines of Upanishads
6. Astika / Nastika Darsanas in brief.
7. The Concept and Uniqueness of “Sutra”
8. Common Characteristics of IP (Darsanas)
9. Gayatri Mantra & its Significance
10. The Concept, Understanding and Practice of Meditation
11. Samkhya Darsana (Samkhya Karika)
12. Yoga Darsana (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras).

In addition to the above topics, the workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to practice every day Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation in the Classical / traditional manner.

Further, open Discussion / Question – Answer session will be held daily to stimulate the grey cells, clarify doubts and strengthen understanding.

All these will be spaced out with proper rest and relaxation and the blissful experience of Yoga Nidra.

Workshop Dates – September 24th – 29th, 2018

Check in – September 23rd, 1 pm onwards
Check out – September 30th, 10 am onwards


6.30 am – 7.30 am – Classical Yoga (Asanas, Pranayama, Mantra Chanting & Meditation)
8:30 am – 9 am – Breakfast
9 am – 11.30 am – Lecture
12 noon – Lunch
2 pm – 2.30 pm – Yoga Nidra / Relaxation
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm – Lecture
6 pm – 7 pm – Open Session (Q & A / Discussion, Relaxation, etc)
7pm – Dinner



Workshop teaching – Rs. 12,000/- (Payable online at the time of registration)

Accommodation (Single)

  • Standard Room with community bath – Rs. 7,200 per week
  • Deluxe Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 17,600 + tax – Rs. 1428 per week
  • Deluxe Room (AC) – Rs. 19,600 + tax – Rs. 1667 per week

Accommodation (Double/Twin-sharing)

  • Standard Room with community bath – Rs. 12,000 per week
  • Deluxe Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 23,100 + tax – Rs. 1394 per week
  • Deluxe Room (AC) – Rs. 25,100 + tax – Rs. 1638 per week

Accommodation prices include meals. Taxes will be charges extra as applicable on services.


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  2. You wil be redirected to the payment page for paying course fee on submitting the form. 

PLEASE NOTE: Form submissions without payment of course fee (Rs. 12,000) will not be accepted. 

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