A Deep Dive Into Yoga:
Demystifying Patanjali Yoga Sutra

An extensive 5 Day residential workshop organized at VSHR,
California (USA) by Kaivalyadhama

by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao
14th to 18th October 2022

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras embody vast, incomparable treasures of practical knowledge, which is not only thrilling to understand but also life-transforming if implemented in day to day life. Patanjali is a brilliant, par excellence, psychologist. Today, when Psycho-somatic ailments account for more than 90% of physical ailments, the relevance of the Yoga Sutras cannot be overemphasized and can be undoubtedly considered as a panacea for the ills afflicting modern human life.

In Yoga there is an air of mysticism and mysteriousness surrounding the understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (PYS). This situation arises because the Sutras were written in Sanskrit and many do not know this language, leading to a wide-range of interpretations. As translations differ from each other substantially it can be difficult to know which interpretation to choose.

This most unique and intensive Retreat will enrich the understanding and practice of Yoga for all students and teachers of Yoga. It is relevant for all those enthusiasts who are interested in understanding the human mind, its functioning, control and transcendence. Clear understanding of PYS adds quality and sheer joy to life.

We are blessed to have Dr. Rao as a visiting Master Teacher in the United States for a short time. Sharing the insightful understanding of PYS with others brings him great fulfillment.

You Will Learn

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

Preparation for Understanding PYS:

  • Shad Darsanas (Orthodox Indian Philosophy) in brief.
  • Samkhya Darsana, the Metaphysical Foundation of Yoga.
  • Place of PYS in the Traditions of Yoga.
  • The Uniqueness of “Sutra” as a Genre of Literature.
  • Patanjali and Patanjal Yoga Sutras (an Over-view).

All Inclusive

About the Facilitator

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao, Chief Advisor – Academics & Training, Kaivalyadhama, with a Doctorate in Philosophy, is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy. His never-ending fascination for Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (PYS) makes him a constant learner and admirer of PYS. Dr. Rao has presented several Papers and written innumerable articles on various facets of PYS. He has shared his in-depth understanding in more than 1500 teaching hours of PYS till date.

Dr. Rao is Director (IYA), Technical Expert (Yoga) for QCI & YCB, an Advisor to and Member of Board of Studies of Kaivalyadhama, a Member of Board of Studies of Sri Sri University, Bhubaneshwar, a Visiting Faculty in K. J. Somaiya University, Mumbai University, Kaivalyadhama (Mumbai and Lonavla), Sri Sri University (Bhubaneshwar), College of Defense Management (Secunderabad), Art of Living, Yoga alliance (USA),….

For further details please visit his website www.ganeshraoyoga.com


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