Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras Demystified

(All Four Padas)

by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

Due to the Covid – 19 situation worsening in the recent past and consequently, traveling becoming restrictive, it has been decided to postpone the PYS Workshop. 
The fresh dates will be announced soon.

About The Workshop

The workshop entitled, “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras Demystified – All Four Padas”, is envisaged keeping in mind three reasons:

  1. 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, such 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sharing the insightful understanding of PYS with others is most fulfilling for Dr. Rao. 

This most unique and intensive Workshop 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.

In the Course of the workshop, the following topics will be 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.
9. 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.
16. 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.

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.

The serene, tranquil campus of Kdham, Lonavla provides the most ideal environment for enriching oneself through the understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras   

About the Facilitator

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao, 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 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 

Date: The fresh dates will be announced soon

7.15  am to 8.15 am

Practice of Classical Yoga (Asanas, Pranayama, Mantra & Meditation)

10 am to 11.30 am


2 pm to 2.30 pm

Yoga Nidra / Relaxation

3 pm to 4.45 pm


6 pm to 7 pm

Open Session (PYS Chanting, Q & A / Discussion, etc)


Regarding Registration and Booking –
For registration, the participants need to book a room first then the Booking Reference number to be shared at kdham.workshops@gmail.com to reserve their spot for the workshop. The workshop fee to be paid on arrival.

Note: The fresh dates will be announced soon.

Workshop Fees – Rs. 12000/-
(exclusive of room and meals)

Single rooms with meals:

Standard Room with community bath (Rs. 8,000 per week)
Standard Room with attached bath (Rs. 11,600 per week)
Executive Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 12,800
Executive Room (AC) – Rs. 15,000 + taxes
Deluxe Room – Non-AC (Rs. 19,400 per week + taxes)
Deluxe Room – AC (Rs. 21,600 per week + taxes)

Double/Twin-sharing rooms with meals:

Standard Room with community bath (Rs. 13,200 per week)
Standard Room with attached bath (Rs. 17,000 per week)
Executive Room (Non-AC) – Rs. 18,200
Executive Room (AC) – Rs. 20,400 + taxes
Deluxe Room – Non-AC (Rs. 25,400 per week + taxes)
Deluxe Room – AC (Rs. 27,600 per week + taxes)

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Workshop Teaching fees – NO REFUND (Transferrable to another workshop within six months)

Accommodation and meals

  • Cancellation application before 7 days  – refund of 75% of the amount paid. 
  • Cancellation application less than 7 days – no refund.
  • Please email cancellation requests to booking@kdham.com. Verbal cancellation requests are not accepted. 

In response and requests received during the pandemic and keeping in mind the travel constraints, we are offering the three sessions (Two Lecture session and One Open session by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao) of this full workshop in ‘Online mode’ also at a special price of Rs. 10,000/-

The fresh dates will be announced soon

10 am to 11.30 am


3 pm to 4.45 pm


6 pm to 7 pm

Open Session (PYS Chanting, Q & A / Discussion, etc)

The workshop sessions will be running simultaneously in both modes Onsite as well as Online.

(Please be kind to mention “Online” in the remarks column if you choose to attend this session online)

Please confirm your participation by 20th March 2021 (For Online participation)
(No Recordings will be Available)