Philosophy Course – Gift of Consciousness – Module 3

Philosophy Course – Gift of Consciousness – Module 3

Iyengar Yoga is firmly rooted in the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali (an Indian sage who is believed to have lived around 200 bc). He wrote down the Yoga Sutras, which had previously been passed on from Guru to teacher for thousands of years. These Yoga Sūtras hold the teaching for finding a right way of living, leading towards peace and enlightenment. They are as relevant today as ever. During this course we will study the meanings of the Yoga Sūtras and how we apply them to our lives.

This International course, consisting of 4 modules over 2 years, will guide you through the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali to bring understanding and meaning to this work. It is designed for teachers and students who are ready to explore these texts, with the aim of bringing philosophy into the yoga practice for all round development, as was originally intended. The course will also help in preparation for the philosophical aspects required in the Iyengar Yoga teaching system at all levels of assessment.

Each module will consist of philosophy lectures with Gitte Bechsgaard together with asana and pranayama practice with Sheila Haswell. For more detailed information about the content of the modules click here.

  • There are four modules to the course, each over a period of five days, normally one evening, three full days, and a final shorter day
  • The modules must be studied in sequential order. It is possible to take Module 1 or Module 2 separately (if there is space available). However, if you want to also join Module 3 and/or 4, it is required to have completed either Module 1 or Module 2 (or both). The certificate of completion can only be obtained when all 4 modules are completed


Module 3: Intensification and Contemplative Practice
“Problems in life will always exist, but through the recognition of your own heart a higher awareness comes about, and you are able to see a greater purpose in everything that happens.” (Swami Chidvilasananda)


In this 3rd module, we will explore the main contemplative practices described in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. As a group these meditative techniques are referred to as the citta parikarma practices. This term encompasses a wide range of inward-minded practices all of which hold the power to calm the mind and clarify consciousness. Some of these practices concern the Yoga of right relationship- they relate to the cultivation of concentration in ways that can help us to heal and grow through healthy relationships, either with other people, with a Guru or mentor, with a chosen deity, or perhaps even with our own heart, breath, and higher mind. Together, these practices offer a most essential and life-giving medicine, a solution to be applied in the face of roadblocks or inner agitation. During this intensive, we will also discuss these perennial “roadblocks” or obstacles, examining how they affect our mind, path, and heart.

Price: Full Price € 525 | Early Bird Discount € 475 (Book and pay before January 1st 2019 for Module 3 or before May 1st for Module 4)

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Module 3 dates:

  • Saturday 13 April 2019 11.30-16.00 [time TBD]
  • Sunday 14 April 2019 9.00-18.00 [time TBD]
  • Monday 15 April 2019 9.00-18.00 [time TBD]
  • Tuesday 16 April 2019 2018 9.00-18.00 [time TBD]
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019 9.00-14.00 [time TBD]

Module 4 : 2-6 June 2019