Introduction to Traditional Yoga Meditation (Dhyana): Concept and Practices

Facilitator – Prof R.S. Bhogal

The medium of the workshop: English with translation in French by Ivan Mercier

Total number of sessions: 26th and 27th of September (Saturday and Sunday), 2020.

Time: 14:00 to 16.45 (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT) on both the days

Time: 10:30 to 13.15  (France time +1 hrs GMT)

Duration of each session: 2 hours and 45 minutes, (15 minutes break)

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What is Traditional Yoga Meditation/Dhyana?

Sarvam chintasamavarti yogino hridi vartate    

Yattatve nischitam chetastattu dhyanam prachakshate (Goraksha Shataka: 76)

“A Yogi has different emotions/thoughts in his/her heart. Meditation happens when his/her heart gets stabilized on one of the principles behind the emotions/thoughts.”

Yoga Meditation i.e. Dhyana is an experiential phenomenon when a non-reactive general awareness becomes “comprehensive and abstract (Pratyaya)” and culminates into Samadhi, the state of a complete psycho-physiological balance.

Yoga Meditation is the very process of comprehensive healing, happening due to comprehensive awareness getting pervasive, even to the cellular and the neuronal levels, culminating into realizing all human possibilities. Dhyana has Dhyai as its root and un as its suffix, thereby meaning “Devotional Longing.” Thus, meditation is an endeavor to restore mind-body-intellect complex, Health & Healing, through experiential and transcendental phenomena.

The need & importance of the Work-Shop:

As per Viveka Cudamani (476), apart from obtaining instructions available in spiritual treatises and other sources, one must necessarily pursue one’s own “experiential practice” so as to obtain pure and authentic effects of the technique being practiced. This very “experiential phenomenon” would be dealt with in this workshop, so that all participants may get firsthand experience and benefits of practicing traditional meditational techniques.


i) A brief Introduction of Yoga and Yoga Meditation (Dhyana): Traditional and Psycho-Physiological Understanding

ii) Concept of Dhyana and its processes in Patanjala Yoga Sutra (PYS) and Bhagwat Gita   OR   ii) Concepts of Pratyahara, Samapatti, Dharana & Dhyana as per Patanjala Yoga Sutra (PYS) and Shiva Samhita

iii) Preparing oneself for Meditative experience, through practices from Upanishadic and Tantra literature: Breathing Awareness Techniques, Sagarbha Pranayama and Kriya Yoga and other techniques towards preparing one for Dharana

iv) The ancient techniques of Pratyahara & Dharana from Vasishtha Samhita, Siddhasiddhantapaddhati, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and other scriptures, leading to Dhyana

v) Instant Meditation Techniques & tips for daily practice


i) As per Bhagwat Gita (II: 65), “the Absolute Joy (Prasada) destroys all miseries and makes the intellect stable.” The work-shop would lead you towards Absolute Joy for tackling your own problems effectively.

ii) Clinical observations have evidenced that the Absolute Joy, accruing from Yoga Meditation, has ameliorating effects in the conditions of insomnia, migraine, tension headache, body ache, hypertension, diabetes anxiety and almost all Stress Related Emotional Disorders. It has proved to be a preventive measure for common ailments too.

iii) As Shiva Samhita says, “…………Sadyah shrama vinashay Swayam yogi vicakshanah” the participants would know the technique through which a practitioner can get rid of all types of tiredness any fears within a short period of time.

iv) Change in response patterns leading to a natural Stress Management, a general positivity in life & living, and above all, purposefulness in life & living, are accessed a natural way, as we become enriched with the rare inward peace & harmony, through the priceless technique of Dhyana.

v) Understanding and learning instant techniques of Dharana, for solving psychological stress, whenever required, as one of the important outcomes of the workshop.

About Facilitator:

Prof. R. S. Bhogal is Joint Dir. Research at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, with more than thirty years of research and teaching experience. Formerly, Principal of Yoga College of Kaivalyadhama (Lonavla), he is Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Mimamsa (a bi-annual scientific Journal) of Kaivalyadhama, and is author of seven books, including

i) Psycho-physiology of Traditional Yoga (in Korean)

ii) Yoga and Modern Psychology (in English and German)

iii) Yoga and Mental Health and Beyond (in English, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese & Korean)

iv) Yoga-Psychology & Beyond (English).

Prof. Bhogal is credited with a large number of scientific papers and is a recipient of many National & International awards and accolades. Widely travelled for spreading the message of classical meditation in many cities across Asia, America and Europe, he is meditation expert of International repute.

Advance Meditation Workshops, Advance Meditation Courses
Prof R.S. Bhogal

Time: 14:00 pm to 16.45 pm (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT) on both the days

DAY 1: 26th of September

Session 1:  14:00 pm to 15:00 pm

  • Yoga Meditation: Concept & foundations: Traditional & psycho-physiological understanding: 15 min.  
  • Eyes closure technique
  • Breath awareness

Break: 15:00 pm to 15: 15 pm

Session 2: 15:15 pm to 16.45 pm

  • 4 asanas for a good sitting position        
  • Kriya Yoga

Questions & Answers

DAY 2 : 27th of September

Session 3: 14:00 pm to 15:00 pm

  • Sagarbha Pranayama
  • Pratyahara: 5 senses (nosetip / tip of tongue / yula / middle of tongue / root of tongue)
  • Instant Meditation Techniques & tips for daily practice

Break: 15:00 pm to 15:15 pm

Session 4: 15:15 pm to 16.45 pm

  • Omkar Dharana, with Bija mantras
  • Supine meditation of Shiva Samhita

Question and Answer

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Date and Timings

Date: 26th and 27th of September (Saturday and Sunday), 2020.

Time: 14:00 to 16.45 (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT) on both the days

Time: 10:30 to 13.15  (France time +1 hrs GMT)

For Indians


Rs. 2100/- 


Rs. 3100/- 

Great Contribution

Rs. 4100/- 

For Internationals

Great Contribution

45 EUR

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