Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


Workshop by Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

April 1st – 5th, 2018

This intensive Workshop on Patanjali Yoga Sutras, the first of its kind, will enrich the understanding and practice of Yoga for all students and teachers alike.
It is relevant for all those enthusiasts who are interested in understanding the human mind, its functioning, control and transcendence. Clear understanding of the yoga sutras adds quality and sheer joy to life.
All the four chapters will be covered.

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 1000 teaching hours of PYS till date.

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Contact Hours

Topics Covered

It is common knowledge that there is an air of mysticism and mysteriousness bordering on to incomprehensibility attached to the understanding of Patanjali 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 yoga sutras of Patanjali.


Topics Covered

  1. Preparation for Understanding Patanjali Yoga Sutras:
  2. Shad Darsanas (Orthodox Indian Philosophy) in brief
  3. Samkhya Darsana, the Metaphysical Foundation of Yoga.
  4. Place of PYS in the Traditions of Yoga.
  5. The Uniqueness of “Sutra” as a Genre of Literature.
  6. Patanjali and Patanjal Yoga Sutras (an Over-view)
  7. The Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali vis-a-vis Hatha Yoga
  8. The Ashtangas Explored and Exploded (in depth)
  9. Definition of Yoga
  10. The Theories of Vrittis, Klesas & Antarayas.
  11. The Concept of Isvara, Isvara Pranidhan and Pranava (AUM).
  12. Spirituality v/s Religion; ‘Yoga is the Grammar of all Spiritualities’.
  13. Law of Karma & Yogic Handling of the Mischief-Maker Samskara.
  14. Kriya Yoga of Patanjali
  15. Mind Control Techniques in PYS
  16. Therapy in PYS
  17. Siddhis and Vibhutis
  18. Meditation in PYS (incl. Samadhi and Samapatti)
  19. Philosophical Insights in 4th Pada (Kaivalya Pada)
  20. The Logic and Architecture of PYS.
  21. And More!!!

Daily Schedule

6.30 – 7.30 am – Practice of Classical Yoga (Asanas, Pranayama, Mantra & Meditation)
9 – 11.30 am – 
2 – 2.30 pm – 
Yoga Nidra / Relaxation
2.30 – 4.30 pm – Lecture
6 – 7 pm – Open Session (PYS Chanting, Q & A / Discussion, etc).


Patanjali Yoga Sutras 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.

Sharing the insightful understanding of the yoga sutras with others is most fulfilling for Dr. Rao.

Additional Practice Sessions

Asana, Pranayama and Meditation

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

Other Sessions
  1. Group chanting
    There will be daily group chanting of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
  2. Open Discussion / Question – Answer session
    Discussion, Q&A 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 Patanjali Yoga Sutras demystified is a course with equal Importance given to the conceptual framework of Samkhya-Yoga Darsanas and its practical aspects in form of chanting of sutras, asanas, pranayama, meditation.

Lectures have been designed and delivered in such an effective manner so as to enable the participant to visualise the full meaning of Yoga Sutras. The daily question answer sessions covered many aspects of Indian Philosophies also.

Truly a must to become enlightened and illumined about the most relevant and important Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali. 

Madhav Puranik


The Patanjali Yoga Sutras workshop has been an incredible experience to say the least. I thought I knew a little bit about yoga philosophy, but have been humbled to find out how much I have still to learn.  Dr Rao’s incredible depth of knowledge about not only the sutras, but yoga and vedic philosophy in general is remarkable.
I have read the sutras and various commentaries on it over the past few years, but have never had it explained so concisely and clearly and in such a way as to be able to apply the sutra learnings into not only my yoga practice, but also everyday life. Beyond that, I found Dr Rao inspirational to listen to and his messages were very close to my heart.  Needless to say, as a yoga teacher and yoga student, I walk away inspired to become a better teacher, deepen my practice and a better human being.
Thank you Kaivalyadhama and Dr Rao for a wonderful and fulfilling experience.
Greg Harper



Rs. 10,000 + Accommodation and meals as per chosen accommodation type:

Accommodation (Single)

  • Standard Room with community bath (Rs. 7,200 per week)
  • Twin-sharing Standard Room with attached bath (Near campus – Rs. 10,500 per week)
  • Executive Room (Rs. 11,600 per week)
  • Deluxe Room (Rs. 17,600 per week)

Accommodation (Double/Twin-sharing)

  • Standard Room with community bath (Rs. 12,000 per week)
  • Standard Room with attached bath (Near campus – Rs. 14,000 per week)
  • Executive Room (Rs. 16,500 per week)
  • Deluxe Room (Rs. 23,100 per week)

Accommodation – Family

  • Cottage for 3 – Rs. 40,200 per week | Cottage for 4 – Rs. 45,700 per week

The prices include meals also.
Registration fee Rs. 10,000 payable online at the time of registration.
Accommodation will be reserved on registration. The charges for accommodation and meals are to be paid on arrival.

DATE: April 1st – 5th, 2018



  • Cancellation application prior to 7 days  – refund after deducting 12.5 % of accommodation + 15% admin charges on course fee
  • Cancellation application less than 7 days will not be entertained.
  • No Verbal cancellation to be entertained


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