Patanjali Yoga Sutras demystified

One week residential workshop. Taught by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

This intensive workshop on Patanjali Yoga Sutras 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.

All the four chapters of Patanjali Yoga Sutras will be covered.

Date: April 1st to 6th, 2019
Check-in: March 31st, between 1 to 4 pm
Check-out: April 7th, 10 onwards

It is common knowledge that there is an air of mysticism and mysteriousness bordering on to incomprehensibility attached to the understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (PYS). This situation arises because the Sutras are in Sanskrit and not all understand Sanskrit. It is further complicated due to the prevalence of so many interpretations, which differ from each other substantially, that one is not sure which interpretation to take up for reading. Thus, despite sincere interest and enthusiasm one is at a loss as regards understanding the PYS.

Patanjali Yoga Sutras Theory
Participants at Patanjali Yoga Sutras workshop

Topics Covered

1. 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)

2. The Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali vis-a-vis Hatha Yoga
3. The Ashtangas Explored and Exploded (in depth)
4. Definition of Yoga
5. The Theories of Vrittis, Klesas & Antarayas.
6. The Concept of Isvara, Isvara Pranidhan and Pranava (AUM).
7. Spirituality v/s Religion; ‘Yoga is the Grammar of all Spiritualities’.
8. Law of Karma & Yogic Handling of the Mischief-Maker Samskara.
Kriya Yoga of Patanjali
10. Mind Control Techniques in PYS
11. Therapy in PYS
12. Siddhis and Vibhutis
13. Meditation in PYS (incl. Samadhi and Samapatti)
14. Philosophical Insights in 4th Pada (Kaivalya Pada)
15. The Logic and Architecture of PYS.

And More!!!

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.

The PYS embody vast, incomparable treasure 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.


Additional Practice, chanting and other sessions

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.

There will be daily group chanting of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Further, open Discussion / Question – Answer session will be held daily to clarify doubts, strengthen understanding and ascertain applicability of PYS in daily life.

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

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 18000 sessions in Yoga covering all its aspects, theoretical and practical. He has to his credit a Doctorate in Philosophy and is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy. There may not be a better example of philosophy serving practice in day to day life. His other qualifications include Master of Commerce, Master of Arts, Diploma in Management Studies, Diploma in Naturopathy, Diploma in Yoga Education, Madhyama Yoga Siksha Certificate and Specialist Instructor in First Aid and Home Nursing.

Dr. Rao has been associated with multiple Universities and Institutions including being 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 Bharatiya Samskriti Peetham and Centre for Buddhist Studies, K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, Kaivalyadhama (Mumbai and Lonavla), Art of Living, Yoga alliance (USA) and ITM (for Western Philosophy). He has served as Secretary of Certification Committee and Technical Expert (Yoga) with QCI, a Member of Selection Panel with ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations).

Dr. Rao has authored and co-edited several books besides publishing a number of Articles in Newspapers and has recorded CDs for Yoga Nidra and Panchakosha Dharana, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Samkhya Karika.

Dr. Rao has carved a niche for himself in the field of Sports as well which includes a 17-year career as a Professional Football Player and subsequently as Coach at National Level winning many awards and recognition. He has coached more than 5000 youngsters in football.

Dr. Rao has been a regular trekker for the past 25 years in the Himalayas and Sahyadri mountains.

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


Workshop teaching – Rs. 12,000

Accommodation (Single rooms with meals)

  • Single Standard room with common bath – Rs. 8,000/-
  • Single Standard room with attached bath – Rs. 11,600/-
  • Single Executive Room – Rs. 12,800/- (additional Rs. 2200 for AC with taxes extra)
  • Single Deluxe Room – Rs. 19,400 + tax (additional Rs. 2200 for AC with taxes extra)

Accommodation (Double rooms with meals)

  • Double Standard room with common bath – Rs. 13,200/-
  • Double Standard room with attached bath – Rs. 17,000/-
  • Double Executive Room – Rs. 18,200/- (additional Rs. 2200 for AC with taxes extra)
  • Double Deluxe Room – Rs. 25,400 + tax(additional Rs. 2200 for AC with taxes extra)

Check-in: Sunday, March 31st, 2019 between 1 to 4 pm (IST)
Check-out: Sunday, April 7th, 2019, 10 am onwards (IST)

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Certificate distribution

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop teaching fees – Rs. 12,000 per person is payable on registration. Form submissions without payment of this fees will not be accepted. Accommodation and meals are payable on arrival. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellation application before 7 days  – refund after deducting 15% administrative charges of registration fees and 12.5% of room tariff. 
  • Cancellation application less than 7 days – refund after deducting 15% administrative charges of registration fees and 25% of room tariff. 
  • No Verbal cancellation to be entertained