Philosophy Course – Gift of Consciousness – Module 4 | 2 – 7 June 2019

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 4: Destination and Meditation “We need for life to signify, to touch the eternal, to understand the mysterious, to find out who we are.” (Joseph Campbell)

According to Patañjali, Yoga embraces a wide range of meditative states. All of these fall under the umbrella term of samyama. These states of super-consciousness are primarily characterized by the gradual stilling of the mind through the meditative trinity of dhāraṇā (concentration), dhyāna (meditation), and samādhi (meditative absorption). When meditative practice intensifies, the seeker experiences a break-through of the intuitive, the sacred, and the mystical into their otherwise everyday, conditioned consciousness. In all world religions, we find that the mystical path is characterized by this kind of direct experience of the transcendental or sacred.

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

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Module 4 dates:

  • Sunday 2 June 2019 11.30-16.00
  • Monday 3 June 2019 9.00-18.00
  • Tuesday 4 June  2019 2018 9.00-18.00
  • Wednesday 5 June 2019 9.00-18.00
  • Thursday 6 June 2019 9.00-14.00