Yoga Therapy and Counselling

A residential intensive workshop for yoga teachers and therapists by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao
June 25 – 30, 2018

Despite Yoga being a preventive discipline in its original intent and practice, it cannot be denied that most people today take to Yoga for sorting out some or the other physical or / and mental issues. It can arguably be said that the popularity of Yoga today is mainly due to its therapeutic value.

Yoga is considered as an alternative therapy. In this scenario, it becomes essential for practitioners and teachers / therapists of Yoga to have clear understanding of Yoga from its therapeutic perspective – its application, scope, strengths, limitations, so on and so forth.  

The need for Yoga Therapy and Counselling

More than 90% of physical ailments today are considered as psychosomatic – arising in the psyche or mind (stress is one big example!) and leading to physical diseases / ill-health. Hence, tackling or handling the mental issues becomes indispensable. Counselling becomes the cornerstone of therapy.

Not all Yoga students, teachers or therapists are well-versed in the principles of counselling. Hence, knowing about Counselling – definition, description, scope, do’s and don’t’s, limitations, etc. – becomes absolutely essential. Knowledge of therapy when combined with expertise in counselling creates a perfect teacher / therapist.

Yoga on one side has an array of physical practices which lend themselves for therapy. On the other hand, Yoga, being Indian Psychology, has several effective approaches and tools to control the mind and finally transcend it. Yogic mind control and tranquilizing techniques add tremendous value to Counseling. Hence, it becomes of utmost significance to experience these physical practices personally by doing them and understand clearly the mind-oriented techniques for their therapeutic value.

In the Workshop, all the practices and techniques will be experienced and understood respectively.

What will you learn from this workshop?

This intensive Workshop will enrich the understanding, practice, teaching and therapy of Yoga for all students, practitioners, teachers and therapists of Yoga. It is relevant for all those enthusiasts who are interested in understanding the human body and mind, their functioning, and health. Clear understanding of the holistic effects of Yoga practices adds quality and sheer joy to life.


Unit 1 – Yoga Practices

  • Understanding and Practice of Kriyas.
  • Understanding and Practice of Asanas and their modifications.
  • Understanding and Practice of all types of Pranayama.
  • Understanding and practice of Meditation, Mantra Chanting and Relaxation techniques.

Unit 2 – Counselling

  • What is counselling?
  • Concept of Non-professional Counsellor.
  • Qualities of a Good Counsellor.
  • Pitfalls / Limitations in Counselling.
  • Do’s and Don’t’s in Counselling.

Unit 3 – Therapy

  • Dimensions of Therapy
  • Therapy in Yogic Texts
  • Strengths and Short-comings of Yogic Therapy
  • Qualities of a Yoga Therapist

Unit 4 – Stress and its prevention

  • Clear understanding of what actually is stress.
  • The Etiology of Stress
  • Physical ailments due to Stress
  • Prevention of Stress – Yoga is the best anti-dote to Stress at all levels.

Unit 5 – Yoga Philosophy

  • Yogic Vision of Life
  • Yogic Values
  • Mind according to Yoga
  • Mind-control techniques
  • Awareness and its significance in Therapy.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to further strengthen their understanding and practices of Yoga in the Classical / traditional manner.

Open Discussion / Question – Answer session will be held daily to clarify doubts and strengthen understanding.

Though therapy specifically for some ailments may be considered naturally in the course of the Workshop, it may not be practical to consider one by one all ailments and their respective therapies. But, the workshop will sufficiently empower the participants to handle any ailment, physical or mental. 

Workshop Fees

Teaching – Rs. 12000 (payable at the time of online registration)

Accommodation (Single rooms with meals included)

  • Standard Room with community bath – Rs. 7,200 per week
  • Standard Room with attached bath – Rs. 10,500 per week
  • Executive Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 11,600 per week
  • Executive Room (AC) – Rs. 13,600 + tax – Rs. 949 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 rooms with meals included)

  • Standard Room with community bath – Rs. 12,000 per week
  • Standard Room with attached bath – Rs. 15,400 per week
  • Executive Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 16,500 per week
  • Executive Room (AC) – Rs. 18,500 + tax – Rs. 852 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

NOTE BELOW: Rooms will be reserved on registration. Room tariff is payable on arrival. 

Check-in – Sunday, June 24th, 1 to 4 pm
Check-out – Sunday, July 1st, 10 am onwards

About the Facilitator

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao, with a Doctorate in Philosophy, is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy and a “dheerga kala & nairantarya” practitioner of Yoga. He has till date conducted more than 17500 sessions of Yoga including all its aspects – kriyas, asanas, pranayama, bandhas & mudras, relaxation techniques, mantra chanting, meditation, etc.  Teaching Yoga necessarily involves treating / therapy through Yoga. Based on the vast knowledge and profound personal experiences at his disposal, Dr. Rao has provided immense relief to hundreds of individuals through formal and informal counseling. A Yoga Teacher / Therapist has inevitably to counsel while teaching and treating. Yogic philosophy, its vision and way of life, the innumerable tools for mind control and transcendence available in yogic texts lend themselves for being used in effective counseling. Dr. Rao has presented several Papers and written innumerable articles on topics related to Yoga Therapy as also held several workshops on Yoga Therapy and Counseling. He has conducted workshops for Corporate Executives on “Excellence in life”, “Leadership”, “Actualizing of Potentialities”, “Conflict Resolution”, and such other topics.

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

For further details please visit his website 


Tentative Daily Schedule

7 – 7:30 am: Practice of Kriyas

7.30 – 8.30 am: Practice of Classical Yoga Asanas

10 – 11.30 am: Lecture

2 – 2.30 pm: Yoga Nidra / Relaxation

3 to 4.30 pm: Lecture

6 to 7 pm: Pranayama, Mantra Chanting, Meditation, Q / A

(Please click here to register. On submitting the form, you will be redirected to the payment page. PLEASE NOTE: Form submissions without payment of workshop teaching fee will not be accepted)


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