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Yoga Sūtras – Samādhi Pādaḥ

This is a course that runs for 15 weeks, covering the chanting and learning key concepts of the first chapter – Samādhi pādaḥ of The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali. You may of course take longer or sooner to go through the course depending on your personal progress. Each week, we recite about 10 Sūtras, learning the correct pronunciation, with the intention to memorise the Sūtras. Vocabulary and the main points from the traditional commentaries of Vyāsa, Vijñānabhikṣu, Hariharānanda and others are succinctly discussed.

  • By the end of this course you will:

    • Have an introduction to the Indian philosophical systems & learn where Yoga fits in.
    • Understand the principle components of the genre of Sūtra literature & who was Patañjali.
    • Understand clearly, the definition of Yoga according to Patañjali
    • Learn to recite all 51 Sūtras of the first chapter of the Yoga Sūtras, learning their pronunciation and becoming familiar with the vocabulary.
    • Have an introduction to Sanskrit – alphabet, pronunciation exercises using āsana names for examples and etymology of important terminology from the text.
    • Learn all the key concepts from this chapter in a succinct and clear way. For example – Īśvara will be introduced with clarity and practical purpose.
    • Optional: Test your knowledge through a quiz, short answer assignments & submitting an audio recording of your chanting. On successful completion you will receive a certificate (online).
270.00

How this course works

Through step-by-step audio, video and text based lessons, you will be able to progress in your study of learning to chant the Sūtras (with the intention to memorise them) and explore the key concepts of Samādhi Pādaḥ

Each lesson will provide several audio lessons – 1) Repeating in sections and then full Sūtra along with a group 2) Repeating full Sūtras along with a group 3) Repeating in sections and then full Sūtra with only the voice of your teacher 4) Repeating full Sūtras with only the teacher’s voice.

There is one (approximately 30 minutes) video with each lesson with the key concept of the week.

There are handouts and a summary of the video that you can download.

It is recommended to practice the chanting consistently each week! It is idea to study only one lesson a week and not rush the learning. Allow time in between classes to reflect and digest.

 

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome!
    5 minutes
  • Download text for chanting
    5 minutes
  • Invocation mantras – chanting
    5 minutes
  • Veda chanting & Yoga Sūtras chanting – the difference
    2 minutes
  • Learn – Gaṇapati prārthana
    15 minutes
  • Learn – Sarasvati prārthana
    10 minutes
  • Learn – Saha nāvavatu
    5 minutes
  • Learn – Patañjali invocation
    5 minutes
  • Meaning – invocatory mantras
    20 minutes
  • A little sample – Yoga Sūtras chanting
    5 minutes
  • The Path of the Yoga Sūtras – Nicolai Bachman (Beginners)
    5 minutes
  • The heart of Yoga – Desikachar (Intermediate)
    5 minutes
  • The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali – Bryant (advanced)
    5 minutes
  • Yoga Philosophy of Patañjali – Hariharānanda (advanced)
    5 minutes
  • The unadorned thread of yoga – Zambito (Sanskrit etymology)
    5 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 1.1 – 1.7
    20 minutes
  • Introduction to Indian knowledge systems
    25 minutes
  • On chanting the Sūtras – a little primer
    10 minutes
  • Sūtra Literature – Key features
    10 minutes
  • Who is Patañjali
    11 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 1-10 Repeat after teacher
    20 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 1-10 fast practice
    6 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 1-10 – Final practice
    3 minutes
  • Yoga Definition according to Patañjali
    30 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 5-15 slow practice
    20 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 5-15 fast practice
    6 minutes
  • Download Vṛtti-s Table of Understanding
    2 minutes
  • Vṛitti-s – Modifications of the Mind
    40 minutes
  • Chanting – Slow practice Sūtras 10-20
    20 minutes
  • Chanting – Fast practice Sūtras 10-20
    7 minutes
  • Abhyāsa Vairāgya – download table of understanding
    2 minutes
  • Abhyāsa Vairāgya – Video explanation
    30 minutes
  • Download Sanskrit Alphabet Sheet
    3 minutes
  • Download Sanskrit Alphabet Guide with examples
    3 minutes
  • Vowel Sounds
    11 minutes
  • Guttural Consonant Sounds 1st Row
    13 minutes
  • ka – Guttural Sounds Practice
    25 minutes
  • kha – Guttural Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ga – Guttural Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • gha – Guttural Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ṅa – Guttural Nasal sound Practice
    20 minutes
  • Voice & Unvoiced Consonants
    2 minutes
  • Nasal Sound Useful Tip
    2 minutes
  • Palatal Consonant Sounds – 2nd Row
    9 minutes
  • ca – Palatal Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • cha – Palatal Sounds Practice
    10 minutes
  • ja – Palatal Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • jha – Palatal Sounds Practice
    0 minutes
  • ña – Nasal Palatal Sound Practice
    20 minutes
  • Cerebral Consonant Sounds 3rd Row
    11 minutes
  • ṭa – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • ṭha – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ḍa – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ḍha – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    5 minutes
  • ṇa – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • Dental & Labial Consonant Sounds 4th & 5th Row
    2 minutes
  • ta – Dental Sounds Practice
    10 minutes
  • tha – Dental Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • da – Dental Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • dha – Dental Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • na – Nasal Dental Sound Practice
    20 minutes
  • pa – Labial Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • pha – Labial Sounds Practice
    15 minutes
  • ba – Labial Sounds Practice
    10 minutes
  • bha – Labial Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • ma – Nasal Labial Sounds Practice
    25 minutes
  • Semi Vowels
    2 minutes
  • Sibilant Sounds
    4 minutes
  • śa – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • ṣa – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • sa – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • ha – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • Anusvāra & Visarga
    7 minutes
  • Discussion area
  • Mid term quiz!
    10 questions
  • Chanting Sūtras 16-26 Slow Practice
    30 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 16-26 Fast Practice
    7 minutes
  • Samprajñātaḥ – video explanation
    25 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 19-29 slow practice
    17 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 19-29 fast practice
    7 minutes
  • Śraddha – video explanation
    30 minutes
  • Śraddha Sūktam – Hymn from the Vedas
    5 minutes
  • Sūtras 23-30 slow practice
    20 minutes
  • Sūtras 23-30 fast practice
    10 minutes
  • Īśvara – video explanation
    30 minutes
  • Sūtras 29-36 slow practice
    30 minutes
  • Sūtras 29-36 fast practice
    10 minutes
  • Antarāya – Video explanation
    30 minutes
  • Sūtras 33-41 – slow practice
    30 minutes
  • Sūtras 33-41 – fast practice
    10 minutes
  • Video explanation – Citta Prasādana
    30 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 40-51 slow practice
    30 minutes
  • Chanting Sūtras 40-47 fast practice
    10 minutes
  • Video explanation – Prerequisite understanding for stages of Samādhi
    30 minutes
  • Sutras chanting – 45-51 Slow practice
    30 minutes
  • Sutras chanting – 40-51 fast practice
    30 minutes
  • Video – Stages of Samādhi
    30 minutes
  • Chanting Full Practice
    35 minutes
  • Video – Key Take Aways
    30 minutes
  • Video – Full Samādhi Pāda chanting with group
    35 minutes
  • Ask your questions here!
  • Instructions
    5 minutes
  • Quiz – Multiple choice
    20 questions
  • Short answer question -1
    Text Based
  • Short answer question -2
    Text Based
  • Upload your audio recording!
    File Upload

Your Samādhi Pādaḥ Course Includes

15 Step-By-Step Yoga Sūtra Lessons

Structured lessons and an effective & meditative way to study.

Video Lessons

Video recordings that allow you to go through key concepts of the first chapter.

Downloadable handouts and summary

With each video, you can download a summary of the discussion for a quick revision and to go through the key concepts in a different way (by reading instead of watching a video!).

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

Although designed as a 15 week study course, you can start and finish at any point. This is a self-paced learning course.

How long do I have access to the course?

Unlimited !! You can watch the videos and listen to the audio recitations as long as you wish. I will also keep adding more content or update content and you will continue to have access to these updates.

Can I have face to face interaction with the Instructor

This is currently not offered with the online-only study option. You may however post your questions in the discussion area located at the end of the course. You may also send a message from your member’s area.

Does this course have a certificate?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion on submission of the assignment requirement at the end of this course. The assignment submission is completely optional and only those who wish to have a certificate can pursue this.

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