Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra – The journey of life from suffering to no-suffering
9-18 January 2019
An international Chanting seminar in the Mylapore area of Chennai in South India, taught by Radha Sundararajan
Over the course of eight days we will chant all four chapters of the yoga sutras and learn about their meaning, including detailed word-by-word meanings of key sutras. Each day there will also be a meditative practice especially designed for us to experience an aspect of the sutras.
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity to experience being in India whilst deepening your knowledge and understanding of the sutras, learning from an inspirational teacher.
The seminar will run for four days from Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 January inclusive, followed by a two day break during the rice-harvest festival of Pongal, and then four more days of chanting from Tuesday 15 – Friday 18 January inclusive.
For each of the eight days of the seminar (9-12 and 15-18 January) there will be a full programme of chanting, study of meanings, and meditative practices. Each day will start at 9.30am and finish at 5.30pm, with a 2 hour break for lunch and regular short breaks throughout the day.
The seminar is open to anyone who wants to chant and deepen their knowledge of the Yoga Sutras. It is likely to be a small to medium size group, with participants coming from different countries. All levels of chanting experience are welcome including beginners. Some of the people attending will be experienced chanters – we will all learn together. The seminar will be taught in English.
Radha is a direct student of Sri TKV Desikachar, son and student of the legendary T Krishnamacharya. She has been in the field of Yoga and Vedic Chanting for 30 years, as yoga therapist, consultant, yoga teacher-trainer and vedic chant teacher-trainer. She was associated with the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) for nearly 25 years and was director of their chanting department, and then director of Sannidhi of Krishnamacharya Yoga (SKY). She now teaches independently, in India and abroad, spreading yoga and vedic chanting in the tradition of the great teacher Sri T Krishnamacharya.
The tuition cost for the seminar is 625euros, to be paid by Paypal only. You book and pay for your own flights and accommodation separately.
Complete the Booking Form and email it to me
Once I have received the booking form, Radha will send you a Paypal invoice for 625euros. When you have paid this, your booking is confirmed.
If possible please pay the tuition fee by 20 August 2018. This will enable us to have an idea of numbers and secure the venue for the seminar. Bookings can still be made after this date, depending on availability.
You will need to book and pay for your own flights. Please ensure you arrive in Chennai the day before the start of the seminar or even earlier if you wish, to give you time to acclimatise and be ready to start at 9.30am on 9 January. We intend to meet informally in Chennai on the evening of 8 January so please aim to be there by then. Your flight can depart any time after the end of the seminar which is 5.30pm on 18 January.
Once you have booked your flights I would be grateful if you would let me know your arrival and departure time, thank you.
You may of course wish to extend your stay in India either before or after the seminar. I can give you recommendations of places to visit in South India if you want to organise your own trip or if you want a tour organised for you I recommend the Indian travel company www.indianpanorama.in
There is accommodation to suit all budgets in Chennai. If you require further information and recommendations about accommodation options please get in touch. Link to some accommodation recommendations
It is advisable to book your accommodation as soon as possible because January is ‘peak season’ for yoga courses in and travel to Chennai! The seminar will be held in Subramaniam Street in the district of Abhiramapuram – please bear this in mind when choosing the location of your accommodation. There are many accommodation options within walking distance or else a short auto-rickshaw ride away.
Being in Chennai
It is a great experience to stay in an India city! Being there, observing everything and being immersed in the culture, can really enhance our understanding of what we are chanting about. India can be a challenging place to be on one’s own, but having the daily structure of the chanting and being in a group makes a supportive environment. In the lunch breaks and evenings we can go out to eat together, go shopping or visit the temple or other places of interest nearby. Most evenings there will be a free music or dance performance somewhere in the city. The weather in January in Chennai is lovely – warm and sunny but not too hot, with usually a slight cooling breeze.
Over the Pongal festival the city celebrates – everyone is friendly and in holiday mood, there are hardly any cars on the roads (but lots of cows!), people paint beautiful designs on the pavements outside their houses, and the temples are full of light and colour.
On our 2 days off, if people are interested, I can organise a tour around places of interest in Chennai, for example Rama Krishna Math, the Vivekananda Centre, the Theosophical Society headquarters, the Mylapore Temple, the beach, etc.
Link to photos of our two previous chanting trips to Chennai in 2015 and 2017.
If you want to get out of the city for our two days off, I recommend the Ideal Beach Resort in nearby Mahabalipuram.