More about study groups generally…
Suggested to be a 60-minute weekly meeting, these sessions are for individuals or small groups who wish to be guided in a contemplation of yoga philosophy/non-duality. As well as the Upanishads and ‘Yamas and Niyamas’ groups (see courses menu), you can choose to study one of the key scriptures listed below.
Yoga Sutras – many people who have done a Yoga Teacher Training course are somewhat familiar with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They are written as a guide for a spiritual aspirant from the first, basic steps of sadhana to Self-realisation and unity with cosmic consciousness, Oneness. In order for the teachings to not just be understood intellectually but directly experienced, time, commitment and guidance are recommended.
Bhagavad Gita – probably the most famous of all the Hindu scriptures, this dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna is an incredibly important text for those who are interested in exploring yoga philosophy more deeply
Light of Knowledge by Adi Shankara (also known as Vivekachudamani or Vivek Chudamani) – one of the most significant teaching manuals of Advaita Vedanta.
Yoga Vashistha – this scripture is presented as a dialogue between the sage Vashishtha and his pupil Ram that contains many beautiful stories and spiritual analogies. Those daunted by its length can choose to just focus on a selection of the exquisitely beautiful poetic passages from this text.
Ashtawakra Gita – a dialogue between the sage Ashtawakra and the king Janak, this powerful scripture offers a radical, ‘purist’ version of Advaita Vedanta or non-duality.
Avadhoot Gita – a beautiful scripture that describes the state and nature of a person who is spiritually liberated or self-realised.
The texts will be studied at the students’ own pace and in greater depth than in the shorter courses. Again, the emphasis is on allowing the wisdom of these beautiful scriptures to transform your daily lived experience, and your view of yourself and the world around you.
These study group programs are flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of the particular individuals attending the classes, whether they be beginners or already familiar with the text that we’re studying. For example, participants can choose whether or not to include looking at the original pronunciation and/or word for word translation of the original Sanskrit verses. And we can either focus on a particular element of one of these scriptures or we can start at the beginning of a text and read through verse by verse, taking as much (or as little) time as required for you to be able to fully absorb and assimilate the meaning and understand how to apply it in your own life before moving on. The number of classes can be fixed beforehand or open-ended, depending on your requirements.
A study group can start whenever there is an individual or small group of people ready to take it. If you would like to participate, you can:
- Take the classes with me one-to-one
- Get together with a couple of interested friends who would like to form a study group with you
- Contact me and let me know you’d like to join the next small group that’s starting and you’ll be informed when there are enough people (minimum of three) gathered to begin the group
For one-to one classes, £35 per class or £300 for ten classes paid in advance
For two people, £20 each per class or £180 for ten classes paid in advance
For three or more people, £15 each per class or £125 for ten classes paid in advance
Payment can be arranged once the number of participants and classes has been settled.
Please use my Contact
page to let me know if you’re interested in participating in a weekly group and which scripture you would like to study.