Online Program

Patanjali Yoga Sutras: Practical Guide

6 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm EST

Swami Brahmananda
Tuition: $129

Date & Time: Offered as 6 weekly sessions on Mondays, Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, & 22, 6:30-8:30pm EST

Hours: 12 hours

What You’ll Learn:

  • Enhance your meditation practice – gain practical teachings from the most authoritative Yogic scripture on meditation to enhance your own practice. The course will focus on the portions of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras which are practice-oriented. Learn to meditate with the mantra OM.
  • Yoga Philosophy – gain a thorough understanding of the teachings of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras.
  • Yoga Psychology – learn in-depth knowledge of the workings of the mind and powerful techniques of how to purify it, attain wisdom and abiding peace.
  • The five kleshas – roots of suffering or mental afflictions – detailed analysis to gain clear understanding of their working in the mind and practical insights of how to purify the mind and attain freedom.
  • Practice and non-attachment (abhyasa and vairagya) – how to cultivate self discipline and regularity in the practice of spiritual disciplines and practical ways to cultivate non-attachment.
  • Karma – the Yoga Sutras contain very insightful verses on the workings of karma which ar very helpful for our spiritual progress.
  • The cardinal virtues of Yogic Dharma and how to cultivate them in daily life through special meditations and other practices:
    • Ahimsa – non-violence and compassion.
    • Satyam – truthfulness, integrity.
    • Saucha – cleanliness and purity.
    • Shama and Dama – discipline of the mind and senses.


Course Description:

The course is both philosophical – inspirational, and practical, offering insights into Yogic wisdom and meditations. Swami Brahmananda will be teaching key sutras that contain practical guidelines to enhance the meditation practice, through the cultivation of pure qualities, establishing the posture, breath, control of the senses, and finally cultivation of concentration, meditation, and wisdom.

This is an inspiring and thorough study of the most important text for the yogis. You will learn practical tools to improve your own meditation practice and your spiritual journey.

Raja Yoga, the royal path of mind control, is the most comprehensive and scientific approach to God-Realization. The precepts and doctrines of this ancient science were first compiled and explained by Patanjali Maharishi, the greatest psychologist of all time. Never has man’s mind been so completely analyzed. Never has the process of eliminating human suffering been so succinctly presented. The methods of Raja Yoga are profound and timeless. They are the most useful techniques available to modern man beset by the tremendous stresses and strains of our competitive society.

Additional Information:

This program is offered live through Zoom webinar with the availability for students to interact through Q&A with the presenter.

For enrolled students, a video recording will be available after each class in the event you miss a class or would like to review the content.

It is possible to register and take the course at any time. You can catch up on any classes you miss with the recordings.

Requirements & Recommendations:

  • No experience necessary. This program is open to beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
  • Viewing Device: Desktop or laptop computer will provide the best experience, although you can also connect via a tablet or smartphone.
  • Internet connection: High-speed broadband wired or wireless is best.
  • Video: Download Zoom to your computer, or install the Zoom app to your device.  For interactive group sessions, a webcam or integrated camera will allow others to feel more connected with you.
  • Audio: Headphone speakers are recommended. If you wish to participate vocally, a headset with a microphone will be ideal.

Course Includes:

  • 6 live sessions of 2 hours of study from the Patanjali Yoga sutras and guided practices. Each class includes teachings, practice time and dedicated time for questions and answers
  • Recordings of the live sessions
  • Course manual
  • Home guided practices – including recorded guided meditations
  • Feedback and personal guidance on student’s home practices
  • Availability to ask questions about the studies and practices between classes

Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.

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