Online Program

SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE DAY RETREAT: The Yoga Sutras Chapter One, Concentration


Swami Brahmananda
Tuition: $89

Date: July 3rd-5th

Time: Click on the Daily Schedule tab below for more information

What You’ll Learn: 

  • Gain a thorough overview of the sutras in chapter one of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Learn the various types of meditation and its obstacles
  • Develop control over your thought patterns
  • Practice non-attachment and surrender to obtain peace within


For this intensive weekend retreat, Swami Brahmananda will be teaching sutra by sutra of the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which is focused on concentration. This is an inspiring and thorough study of the most important text for the yogis. You will learn practical tools to improve your own yoga 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.

The first chapter – Samadhi Pada, which will be the premise of this course, discusses the various types of Samadhi (superconscious states of meditation), obstacles in meditation, the five types of Vrittis (thought-waves and how to gain control over them), non-attachment and how to cultivate it, the nature of Iswara (God), the practice of self-surrender to God, various methods to enter into deep Samadhi, and the way to acquire peace of mind by developing virtues.

Throughout this weekend retreat you will have the opportunity to practice a yogic lifestyle by joining our daily satsangs, chanting, meditation and traditional Hatha yoga classes.

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:

  • 10.5 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.

7:00 – 8:00 pm Yoga Sutra Class with Swami Brahmananda
8:00 – 9:30 pm Evening satsang (meditation, chanting and a short talk by an ashram staff) – optional

6:00 – 7:30 am Morning satsang (meditation, chanting and a short talk by an ashram staff) – optional
12:00 – 1:30 pm Yoga Sutra Class with Swami Brahmananda
2:30 – 4:00 pm Yoga Sutra Class with Swami Brahmananda
4:30 – 6:00 pm Hatha Yoga Class (with Swami Paramannada on Saturday and Krishna Chaitanya on Sunday)
7:00 – 8:00 pm Yoga Sutra Class with Swami Brahmananda
8:00 – 9:30 pm Evening satsang (meditation, chanting and a short talk by an ashram staff) – optional

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