Centre for yoga studies
Workshops offered by Dr. Anuradha Choudry & Dr. Vinayachandra B. K.
The practise of Yoga is rapidly increasing all over the world as people are recognising its role in restoring and enhancing physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Traditionally however, the purpose of Yoga goes well beyond its therapeutic nature. It offers the practitioner, sure and tested ways to become more aware and acquire Self-knowledge in order to live a more meaningful life. In this backdrop, the following workshops are designed to offer scope for reflections
1. Orientation to Yoga Psychology
The workshop/ short course initiates the participants to the theory and application of the psychological dimensions of Yoga as described in texts like Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras which are further elaborated by the various streams of yoga viz. Jnana (Knowledge), Karma (Works),Bhakti (Devotion) and Raja (Psychic control) Yoga. Conducted in an interactive manner, it presents basic concepts and theories related Consciousness, nature of Self, identity, various streams of Yoga and emphasises on an experiential understanding of these through Mantras and effective tools of Yoga Psychology.
2. Experiencing the transformative power of sound and mantras
The world of sounds is a fascinating topic that is also very intimately connected with our lives. Unfortunately, we are seldom aware of the tremendous potential locked inside various kinds of sounds to unravel deep truths about ourselves. Mantras are conscious sounds that have the power to create experiences at various levels of our being. The workshop will seek to combine theory and practice to give the participants a first-hand experience of the transformative power of mantras and sounds from the Sanskrit language in particular.
3. Discovering pathways to happiness
The quest for happiness has been one of the most dominating motivating factors underlying all human activity. We work, earn money, eat, play, go on a vacation alone or with family to taste for a few moments the elusive yet most desirable experience of happiness. But what exactly is this happiness that we are all chasing after?
Different cultures describe it in different terms and offer a variety of ways by which one can experience it. The Indian tradition also has been fascinated and preoccupied with this topic from the earliest days of its civilisation. It has studied happiness in its myriad dimensions and discovered means to make it an enduring experience.
This workshop is an exploration of some of the pathways to Happiness based on the Indic tradition. It is invitation to look closely at one’s own experience of happiness and understand what it is all about through collective sharing.
4. Exploring planes and parts of the being
This workshop aims to provide the participants with a theoretical as well as experiential understanding of the different planes and parts of our nature. It will focus on the development of the Witness Consciousness or sākṣī bhāva to help them cultivate the power of self-observation and more poised living.
5. Raja Yoga: An integrated approach to Self-knowledge
The present workshop attempts to provide the participants with an insight into the integrated approach of Raja Yoga with a special focus on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. It also intends to introduce them to the various limbs of Yoga; various levels of consciousness and the outcomes of reaching them. Further, it attempts to bring in great clarity into the basic concepts espoused in the Yoga sutras and also its close relationship with Vedanta.
6. Workshop on ‘Discovering the obstacles to happiness through an understanding of Kleshas’
The theory of ‘Kleshas’ (afflictions) in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali provides us with one of the most fascinating insights into human psychology. There are five kleshas or afflictions that starting with ignorance and ending with fear, that act as impediments from experiencing the Self in its essential nature of happiness. This experiential session aims at gaining a better understanding of these kleshas, their modes of operation and expression with focus on how they limit our happiness. Further, it explores multiple ways of managing and overcoming the limitations imposed by the kleshas in the path of self-discovery and transformation