Online Program

Practical Yogic Psychology


Swami Brahmananda
Tuition: $69

Hours: 7.5 hours

What You’ll Learn: 

  • What is the mind? Origin of the mind and the mental body
  • The four functional aspects of the mind: mind, intellect, subconscious and ego
  • The four sources of knowledge: instinct, reason, intuition, Atma-Jnana
  • The mind’s connection to the body, prana and food
  • States of the mind – waking, dream and deep sleep
  • Lower impure mind and higher pure mind
  • Vrittis (thought waves) and their functions
  • Theory of perception
  • Subconscious mind
  • Chitta and memory
  • Samskaras (impressions) and Vasanas (tendencies)
  • Karma and the mind
  • Thought power
  • Thought culture
  • Evil thoughts and their eradication


The course presents a thorough analysis and study of the nature of the mind and the many practices by which one can gain control over its forces.

For gaining control over the mind, one has to know what the mind is, how it works and its elusive nature. In this course, students will delve into the nature of the mind, the various forms it assumes, the secret of its inner workings and ways to control it.

The various forces of the mind as Vasanas, Samskaras, mental and emotional states, and the spiritual qualities and practices by which they are being controlled will be elaborated.

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:

  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • Downloadable course manual
  • Full lifetime access video



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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