Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – an introductory course by Radha Sundararajan, on 18–20 September 2015, in Lilleoru

18. September, 08.00 to 20. September, 14.30

“Yoga is the cessation (of identifying with) the fluctuations (arising within) consciousness. Then the Seer abides in his own true form. Otherwise, there is an identification (by the individuated self) with the fluctuations (of consciousness)…”
Patanjali, “The Yoga Sutras”, verses I. 2.–4

There will be a precious opportunity to deepen one’s understanding about this most authoritative base script of Yoga by Sage Patanjali, here, in Estonia, Lilleoru. The knowledge shared during this course will be a lifelong support for developing one’s yoga practice and insight.
Mrs Radha Sundararajan, being a direct representative of T. Krishnamacharya heritage, is a loving, merry and at the same time a very precise and competent teacher, widely loved and respected by her students all over the world.
Every aspirant in the path of Yoga is warmly welcomed to participate!

The ancient art and science of Yoga that originated in India, has today become very popular, with millions of practitioners across the world. In fact, various forms of yoga have evolved over time and it has been adapted by different schools and traditions. But no matter what the tradition, or form of yoga that one practices, the basis of all these teachings stem from one of the most authoritative classical texts on yoga – the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali. 

Sage Patanjali's philosophy centers round the mind, which is subject to certain weaknesses which are universal, like misinterpretation, wrong perception, longing for sensory objects, having attachment, etc. The mind is presented as both the source of our difficulties, and the solution to all our problems. The significance of this classical text lies in understanding the psychology of the human mind and the tools that aid in bringing the mind to a state of discipline and calmness. It shows us the means by which we can progressively refine the mind so that it achieves and sustains its highest possible potential.

This seminar aims to provide participants a better understanding of the aphorisms and the vital means of deepening one's self-enquiry. Concepts will be presented through inspiring lectures and explanations will be given in detail for participants to get to the core meaning. This in-depth study will include chanting of the yoga sutras and meditative practices on the concept of Patanjali's Yogasutra. This seminar will prove useful for anyone who wishes to pursue the study of yoga philosophy either professionally or in their personal lives. 

About the teacher Mrs Radha Sundararajan
Trained in the Krishnamacharya tradition, Radha is one of the fortunate few to have been a direct student of Shri T.K.V. Desikachar, the son and student of the great yogi T. Krishnamacharya. With 30 years of experience in the field of yoga as well as Vedic chanting, she has travelled widely to numerous countries across the world to disseminate the teachings of the Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga, helping to raise the awareness level of students.

Be it the philosophy of Patanjali or Bhagavad Gita, classical texts such as Yoga Rahasya, or Vedic Chanting, or meditative practices, she makes learning enjoyable. Radha is a certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Vedic Chant Teacher Trainer. She is equally adept at teaching yoga in French as much as she does in English. A warm, spirited and committed person, she is able to establish a connection with students that lay the foundation for a long lasting relationship. 

Course schedule

Friday, Saturday
8:00 breakfast
9:30 – 10:20 session 1
10:30 – 11:20 session 2
11.30 – 12.20 session 3
12:30 lunch
2.30 – 3.20 session 4
3.30 – 4.20 session 5
4.20 – 5.30 session 6
5:30 dinner

8:00 breakfast
9:30 – 10:20 session 1
10:30 – 11:20 session 2
11.30 – 12.20 session 3
12:30 lunch
2:30 q&a, sharing

The lectures are held in English with translation into Estonian.

There are simple yogic options in Lilleoru, either in dormitories (max 30 persons) with one’s own sleeping bags (we provide yoga mats) or in tents with own equipment (there is plenty of space for tents). Also, we have two small summer cottages (2 x 4 beds) that can be booked for an additional fee of 7 eur/night. Our bedlinen can be used for 3 euros, one’s own sleeping bag is needed. It is also possible to stay in guest houses or hotels outside Lilleoru. Lilleoru is situated 25 km-s from Tallinn, the capital, which is an half an hour drive by car.

Despite the simple conditions, we warmly recommend to stay here full-time during the seminar, as the atmosphere of the Ashram is very supportive for deepening one’s spiritual practice, as people who visit here more often, know well from their own experience.

Date and place

Further questions regarding the course content:
Mari Kadanik, mari (at), +372 507 3548

Organisational questions:
Anneli Hallik, hallik.anneli (at), +372 5661 6948

Payment info
Participation fee: 

The course fee is 240 euros, if payed in advance before July 21st 2015 and 270 euros after July 21st, including the teaching, vegetarian meals (light breakfast, lunch and dinner) and simple accommodation. 
Your place to the course is guaranteed by the registration and payment!

About the money transaction:
Receiver: MTÜ Lilleoru
Account/IBAN: EE822200221017045549
Clarification: /name and date of of the course/ - please write this yourself
Address of the receiver: Aruvalla küla, Rae vald, Harjumaa 75320, Estonia
Name of the bank: SWEDBANK
Address of the bank: Liivalaia 8, 15040 Tallinn, Estonia