40 reviews for Living the Yoga Sutras Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

    This course exceeded my expectations which were high at the onset! Both instructors provided a deeply spiritual, highly individual (yet unified) tightly-organized mutimodal immersion in the topic. We are so fortunate to benefit from their extensive teaching experience and spiritual depth as well as Ananda’s supportive technical structure to bring this immensely valuble material to the worldwide participants. It’s easy to read Patangali and even Swami’s book and not fully grasp the full scope, context, and implications of this foundational work- the structure of the course- with video ‘lectures’, reading material, satsangs, group discussions, yoga, special tasks (memorize Samadhi!), quizzes to review key material, and weekly webinars with participation by zoom is a highly evolved and optimum didactic framework that is both personal yet state-of-the-art. Written, email, and in person zoom, Q and A with instructors provided lots of space for feedback and expansion of topics. We all benefitted from aspects of this course that derive from both instructors long experience and deep knowledge and engagement with the material. I could give many examples of how all these features are weaved together but i will limit myself to one:

    Patangali has many subtle theoretical and deep aspects but a basic understanding rests on engaging everyday practice and the instructors anticipating the need to include this by incorporated daily satsangs and yoga that reviewed and repeated basics to repair any routines that may have been forgotten, been lost along the way or simply become less regular. This was vital, supportive and integrative in understanding everything that followed since the material is experiential not simply an intelectual excursion.

    Our instructors were the ‘secret sauce’ that made this course a special joy and an amazing experience. I cannot recommend it highly enough- it is transformative!
    Neil C

  2. 5 out of 5

    Living the Yoga Sutras is a course that exceeded my expectations in every way. The enriched teaching, discussions, forums, webinars were all filled with timeless
    wisdom. The graphics were excellent and clarifying. Diksha and Gyandev are gifted teachers and can simplify difficult concepts so that one’s eyes are continually opened on each hearing and re-hearing, reading and re-reading. I knew nothing of Patanjali 3 years ago, never had heard the word Sutra. I am so blessed to have found this course; it has immeasurably expanded my spiritual journey and will continue to do so. The Yoga Sutras are now a part of my life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Yoga Sutras” was such a deep and beautiful experience. Not only do I have a better understanding of the Sutras, but my practice is much stronger and my daily life experience has been transformed. I am so grateful for the guidance and support that Diksha and Gyandev gave us. They are excellent teachers. They kept us inspired, engaged, and entertained throughout the entire course. We were also generously given resources that will continue to support us throughout our lives beyond this class. I am deeply grateful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    The course is magical as it is way beyond theory. It’s truly experiential and transformative. The course is so well designed and simplified that you just keep on moving upward step by step. Though I have studied the book but could learn to live the Sytras only after going through the course. Interactive forums and Sadhanas are great ways to learn and implement. Thank you Sutras team and Gyandev Ji, Diksha ji for guiding us through, kind regards, Sandeep

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Yoga Sutras course with Gyandev and Diksha took my relationship with the Yoga Sutras to the next level. It made these teachings, that seemed somewhat abstract before relatable and come to life, with practical application, inner exploration, and creative focus. Everything was very well rounded and added to the learning experience, making this online course especially engaging and fun. It refreshed aspects I had already studied, like the Yamas and Niyamas, and introduced with clarity teachings that were newer to me. I am walking away with an expanded knowledge, deeper attunement to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a confidence to integrate this material into teaching meditation and yoga, and gratitude for having been part of this learning experience. Thanks to all who made it possible!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Living the Yoga Sutras is a great course, and I learned a lot from it. All the written materials and the videos provided throughout the course were profound and they made me better relate to the “Demystifying Patanjali” book. The recorded meditations were also deep. I particularly enjoyed the Ashtanga yoga and the samyama meditations which opened a new world for me. I also liked the sadhanas on the Yamas and the Nyamas. I found it very interesting to approach a Yama together with its complementary Nyama. The weekly webinars were very informative and they made me better understand how to apply Patanjali’s teachings in my daily life. I highly recommend this course and I am grateful to all the faculty members who contributed to put it together!

  7. 5 out of 5

    The spiritual support and divine love given to all by Diksha and Gyandev, and being in their vibration is what makes this course incomparable. Sharing deep spiritual teachings in an experiential and practical way helps to advance our own spiritual growth. This course made me consider that we can aspire to liberation, it is not far off and out of reach. We can move towards it daily with the teachings and practical tools.

  8. 5 out of 5

    I am very grateful for all Patanjali Yoga Sutras course experience. It was amazing and beyond my expectations. I have learned new perspective how to view life and live it according to god’s design to attain its goal. The course has allowed learning in supportive and joyous environment with fun and humour. It has provided me with various ways to perfect meditation practice and attunement to the divine vibrations. My heart stays uplifted thanks to real life stories presented by Nayswami Gyandev and Nayswami Diksha. Affirmations, poems and music presented in the course come from beyond the mortal realm! Namaste, Barbara

  9. 5 out of 5

    I enjoyed the journals, discussions, webinar , break room discussion , the guidance of Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha. In short everything about this course was great. I liked this course more than MTT training step 1 and spiritual counseling course. We prayed to Rishi Patanjali during the webinars and he was guiding us through out the course.

    I feel that 1 week is fast paced to absorb . May be 2 weeks per unit will be helpful.

    Ideas for weekly journals after the course ends will be helpful.

    The EOTO was difficult but it helped me to dive deep into the sutra. Meditating on it and asking Guru and Rishi Patanjali for guidance helped me to grow in understanding. More EOTO or review and feed back of EOTO as unit assignments will help the student to improve and absorb understanding.

  10. 5 out of 5

    This course dives deep into the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras. Diksha and Gyandev’s teaching style and the course program, make learning these teachings very clear, enjoyable, experiential and practical. There is a lot of variety in the way the topics are shared. The course assignments and practices helped me to integrate and apply this knowledge, as well as make some major transformational shifts in my own life and way of thinking. The support in developing and deepening our individual teaching style was very thorough and helpful.

    Living the Yoga Sutras is both a learning and teaching experience that brings much light, power and devotion to the beautiful spiritual journey of Yoga.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gyandev and Diksha bring extensive knowledge and practical applications to this study of the yoga sutras. The guided lessons and webinars were inspiring and full of helpful explanations, making the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali an accessible guide to our own practice and goal setting for behavior and meditation. Though I have studied the sutras in previous yoga certification courses, I have never had the privilege of being guided by teachers who have personally applied the wisdom to their own lives for many years, and it has made a huge difference in my own desire and ability to apply the wisdom in this important text to my own life. Feeling motivated due this class, I plan to read a few sutras every day as a part of my spiritual routine. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to grow on the spiritual path.

  12. 5 out of 5

    I love this course. Swami Kriyanada’s commentaries on the Yoga Sutras are great. I have to say it’s all valuable. I’m kind of sad that the course is over. I attempted to study many different versions of Patanjali in the past and I could not get into it. The previous versions of Patanjali I tried to study were extremely dry and lifeless.

    Ananda’s Living the Yoga Sutras course made Patanjali exciting, fun and lively.

    Gyandev and Diksha are so awesome. They make a great team together. The faculty mentors are super great too, and I can’t say enough good things about them.

    Infinite Blessing

    Brendan Bondoch

  13. 5 out of 5

    This course on Patanjali Yoga Sutras was beyond my expectations. It was absolutely amazing. It took my meditation practice to a new level and it has guided me to integrate the yoga sutras into my life. This is not a theoretical course, it’s actually highly practical. The course is full of opportunities to connect the message of the sutras with our life. There is no other way but to get transformed after doing this course.
    Bibiana S.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Living the Yoga Sutras course was very eye-opening. I learned so much. I was able to learn the theory behind the aphorisms as well as put them into practice. The instructors who taught the course were awesome and learning alongside my peers was very rewarding too. I am grateful for this experience. I will take what I have learned and share with others. Highly recommend!


  15. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend the Living Yoga Sutras Course! Nayswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha bring clarity, insight, simplicity (and humor) to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Through delightful personal stories and inspiring practices they demonstrated how practical and accessible the sutras can be for navigating the challenges of life.

    As a Yoga and Meditation teacher the course provided an opportunity for me to stretch and refine my teaching skills in a safe and supportive environment. All of the teachers were deeply supportive – providing encouragement and helpful feedback for each of the teaching assignments.

    The daily sadhanas were a treasure; they enriched and deepened my personal practice, and inspired me with new ways to share Patanjali with my students.

    The community of students was a joy to be with – exploring and discussing the sutras together – expanded my understanding of how to work with and share the sutras in a variety of circumstances – which I will draw upon for many years to come.

    The entire experience was a blessing from beginning to end.

    – Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn

  16. 5 out of 5

    This course sets a wonderfully high standard for online learning and engagement! The material comes alive in the course flow, creating excitement and focus for the student in understanding and applying the lessons in daily life.

    By combining presentations, journaling, and webinars (with breakout sessions) a deeper insight into the Yoga Sutras is found through a living presence and awareness. The breakout sessions, especially, were a dynamic and intimate learning tool in vibrant process to connect with classmates worldwide.
    I highly recommend this course!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beautifully Structured Course . Such profound teachings conveyed so simply and in such a practical and organized way through video lessons, sadhanas, discussions, journal writing , quizes, etc , that it has helped to bring clarity and direction for my spiritual practices and growth. Thank you Gyandev ji and Diksha ji and the entire team! Aum
    sachi vajani

  18. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Yoga Sutras” is a beautiful, transformative experience. Crystal-clear presentations, reflective practices, sadhanas, engaging with participants, and creative content formats like self-quizzes and crosswords – all together make a powerful pack. As a result, the ancient teachings become easy to assimilate and apply in daily life. I love how the light-heartedness of delivery enhanced the significance of spiritual practices – truly enjoyable and memorable. Thank you, Gyandev, Diksha, and Ananda team for this joyful blessing!

  19. 5 out of 5

    This course is deeply transformative. The course content is beautifully structured and makes it easy to understand and practice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    This course is life-transforming and the deepest insight from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras has been shared in the simplest possible way which has made the course even more valuable.

    Thanks to Gyandev & Diksha and entire team for putting this course together!!.

  21. 5 out of 5

    This course on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, based on the book written by Swami Kriyananda “Demystifying Patanjali”, is highly recommended. It’s been imaginatively created, it’s varied and interesting, and it combines serious consideration of the Sutras with a light-heartedness of delivery that makes it a joy to be part of it. There is quite a lot of home-study required if you wish to fully participate, but it does result in you immersing yourself in the subject, and your understanding of the Sutras, and of the path of Yoga – both mental and intuitive – will have advanced considerably by the end of the course. The main instructors, Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha, are long-time devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda and share willingly their knowledge and wisdom, and they draw on a team of assistants and other Nayaswamis who also enhance the whole experience. If and when this course is offered again I would encourage anyone to sign up. At whatever level you decide to participate you will have gained something special by the end of it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Excellent course on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Both beginners and advanced students/practitioners of Yoga will get a lot from taking it. Some of the most confusing sutras are broken down in a way that makes them easier to understand and apply to one’s own practice. My favorite part of the course was the guided yoga practice in each section. It showed me that the deep truths taught be Patanjali can be applied on every level of reality. Thank you Diksha and Gyandev for your wisdom.

  23. 5 out of 5

    This course is super convenient and Patanjali ( quite a mystery with such vast knowledge) is made simple with all those wonderful experiential discussions, videos and journal !
    Everything is so well planned and technology is imbedded to make it so fast n convenient.
    The answers at the quiz are so amazing full of wit and so much sense. Each quiz is made to bring you to the core concepts of that theme.
    The discussion and journal force participant to work on themselves and help to build that understanding but most important that experience of feeling the freedom that comes available with each well targeted task.
    Videos and assignments are results of deep learning that is shared in such simple words. All the profound wisdom is delivered in non sectarian and inclusive way to get the real understanding of spirituality.
    Who could have been better than Gyandevji, profound thinking, years of yoga and meditation practice and decades of training the yoga and meditation teachers has made the course very magnetic. Dikshaji s compassion and visualisations brings beauty and colour to the course and not to miss the thanksgiving recipes!!
    Heartfelt gratitude. . This is true ananda spirit !!

  24. 5 out of 5

    This course, ‘Living The Sutras’ , true to its title, goes way beyond a study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and inspires you to examine your life and make practical shifts that uplift your consciousness. The curriculum is comprehensive; the faculty are deep into the teachings over several decades. Their wisdom shines through in how they present the instructions, guide the students and inspire you to go deeper into these timeless teachings. Additionally, you are enriched through several peer learning opportunities with an international cohort and thoughtfully designed intensive discussion boards and in-class small group interactions. A transformative journey with the Sutras!
    Latha , India

  25. 5 out of 5

    This is a wonderful, amazing online course. Not just how brilliantly it is structured, but it also gives you a deeper understanding and experience of Yoga Sutras and it shines a light on them from many different, perhaps unexpected, angles. The credit goes to leading masters of the course, Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev. They are amazing people, great souls, and the depth of knowledge and experiences that they shared with us, touched me deeply. They manage to transcend their powerful, calming energy through the computer screen, almost as we would be there in Ananda with them in person. I will be forever grateful that our paths crossed and they are something the most beautiful that happened in my life. I highly recommend the Yoga Sutra course. And not just this course, but everything that Ananda Yoga and Meditation School and all it’s teachers have to offer.
    – Nika Ločniškar

  26. 5 out of 5

    This course has rejuvenated my spiritual practice. I’ve gained fresh insight into Yogic principles and I feel equipped with practical tools and a deeper meaning behind the practices I am currently using in my spiritual life. I’m looking forward applying all that I have learned in my meditation practice and in life in general. Thank you to all the Ananda teachers and staff that made this course possible ^_^

  27. 5 out of 5

    As it is correctly said – To Understand Patanjali one has to be a scholar. I never imagined that I would be able to understand this great teaching in a very simple & practical way. As the course was so profound, I could feel that anyone doing the course can tap into the consciousness of Saint Patanjali and can imbibe his teachings into their lives. Through this course, I have learnt how important it is to calm the feelings and inculcate the discipline to follow the Yamas and Niyamas. This course is a crucial milestone for my progress in spiritual path. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who feels the need to move from ego consciousness to divine consciousness. The guidance, love & support I received from my Gurubhai’s is tremendous & heart warming.

    I am indeed indebted to the line of Gurus and Gurubhais for making this course comprehensive and easy to understand.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Living the Yoga Sutras is an absolute game changer , One would think the topic to be serious & theoretical…. It was quite the opposite, Very Practical, Very Enjoyable , Very Short , Very Inspiring…. Simply the Best Way to completely Transform yourself & your life once again with the most dynamic & supportive teachers- Nayaswami Diksha & Gyandev!

  29. 5 out of 5

    The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is a great spiritual course. I have learnt a lot from the course and gain spiritual knowlege to deepen my meditation. I learned so much about myself in the sutras. It is just like the Self_Manual on the path of Self Realization. I really like the group discuss where we can see others perspective about the topic and their world view. Break out session is very cool, I can feel the connection and share ideas with others in my comfort enviroment.

    Thank you Gyandev and Diksha for your deep knowlege about the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Your teaching styles make it easy to understand and digest the materials. It was really a fun learning experience. I enjoyed every webinar and breakout sessions.

    Danda Tran

  30. 5 out of 5

    This course is absolutely transformative. Over the last few years, I have studied some part of the Yoga Sutras in various parts and from various perspectives in my spiritual and teaching journeys. But this comprehensive study, with incredibly knowledgeable instructors Nayaswamis Diksha and Gyandev, pulls everything together in a depth and breadth that can entirely change your perspective on everything you think, see, and do.

    If you want to be a more spiritually-connected yoga or meditation teacher or student, or want to truly open your heart fully on your spiritual journey (even if you have been on it a while), this course will awaken and expand many aspects and understandings of the path you are on.

    This course is very professionally done, with so much quality material – videos, sadhanas, reading materials, webinars – packed into the six weeks. The interactions with fellow students and the instructors are highly valuable. I felt as if I was just skimming the surface of so much available understanding, and the fact that these materials and recordings remain available to students after the course is a big plus, as I can reread, re-watch, and re-experience it all in increasingly deeper dives.

  31. 5 out of 5

    This course has been a pivotal course for me in my spiritual journey. Nayaswami’s Diksha and Gyandev have done a wonderful job, and incredible amount of work, in taking the Sutras and offering in-depth explanations about their meaning and how they apply to our lives. I didn’t really understand the depth of the Sutras until I took this course. It has given new meaning to my faith, and to my spiritual practice. It is taught me how I can calmly sit with myself in relation to others and the rest of the world. It has also helped me immensely in my work with my clients, and understanding them of a much deeper level. This and course on the Bhagavad Gita, have been the inspirational core that have solidified my understanding and faith along this path. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in finding their spiritual path.
    Connie Massie

  32. 5 out of 5

    The “Living the Yoga Sutras” is an invaluable aid for insight and deeper understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The Sutras are challenging to parse and understand on your own. In this interactive course, you are able to discuss concepts together with classmates and benefit from the living wisdom of the course teachers. Both Nayaswami Diksha and Gyandev provide clarity and many real world applications so that the texts are not esoteric but can be real principles to apply in everyday life.
    This course is a gem. Please enjoy it! I found it transformative as it led me to deeper insight and understanding along my own spiritual path.

  33. 5 out of 5

    I found the Yoga Sutras a very enjoyable and rich course that was very thought provoking too. The aphorisms of Patanjali, who compiled the Yoga Sutras, are very deep and filled with meaning. I learned a lot about myself and my own spiritual journey too that was very helpful, and I will carry that knowledge with me as I move forward in my life. I highly recommend this course. – Laurie Scott

  34. 5 out of 5

    Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha along with other wonderful people from Ananda have put together a wonderfuly interactive course on the teachings “ Living the Yoga Sutra’s” of Patanjali and how these are universal teachings for each and everyone of us with the true bonus of the understanding of the Sutra’s as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.

    This course has been another wonderful part on my life’s journey which I have had the opportunity not only to learn more about the Yoga Sutra’s, but to dig deeper into my own spiritual understandings.

    The entire course structure I found very clear and easy to follow with great interaction for both teacher and student which has keep me motivated through the course.

    I find online courses a blessing in times like these where travel around the world to come together is not an option.

    I look forward to more courses in the future like this to deepen my understanding on my journey through life.

    With deep gratitude Bernie from New Zealand.

  35. 5 out of 5

    The “Living the Yoga Sutras” course for the Meditation level 2 is well worth it . I have deepened my understanding of my own practice. After 10 years of being on this path it has tied together many pieces I have wondered about. All aspects of this course were beautifully constructed and offered many ways to engage, explore and understand.
    Melissa Heart

  36. 5 out of 5

    I so appreciate this course! You brought these teachings alive. Thank you Gyandev and Diksha.

    “Living the Yoga Sutras” is a powerful way to delve deeper into understanding the yogic way of life and why it is so important as a spiritual path. (I taught yoga asanas and Hong Sau meditation in a treatment center for 14 years to people in recovery from addictions. I wish now I had had a better grasp of these deeper teachings.)

    I have been a meditator since my teenage years and a member of Ananda since 1991. I have struggled so many times to grasp this material. I have always wanted to have a better personal understanding of Patanjali’s writings. This course brought me closer than ever to that very goal.

    Learning to ‘walk this path’ is no easy feat. This course will definitely bring alive Patanjali’s teaching as explained through Swami Kriyananda’s book “Demystifying Patanjali.”

    Sign up. You will thank yourself.

    Blessings and joy to you,

    Rebecca Smith, MEd, ERYT 200, PCC

  37. 5 out of 5

    Living the Yoga Sutras is an extremely valuable course in which you will gain powerful insights into one of the most important scriptures ever written, and into your own spiritual journey. There are so many tools and techniques given within the course to calm the heart so that we can be quiet enough to experience our highest nature. The videos, guided meditations, reading exercises, quizzes, and discussion forums all help to deepen your understanding of these sacred teachings. I highly recommend this course for meditation teachers, yoga teachers, and anyone who wants to better understand spiritual evolution and the journey to Self-Realization.

  38. 5 out of 5

    “Living the Yoga Sutras” with Online with Ananda is presented in a digestible, reasonably paced, and uplifting manner. The instructors are experienced and inspiring, offering participants a valuable, transformative experience though reflection and application to connect to Patanjali’s sacred text. The highlight was feeling like I was immersed in a daily retreat, but still able to continue my day-to-day responsibilities. As a result of the remote retreat/course, I was truly able to practice and test the teachings in every day life. I look forward to the next course. Thank you, Ananda, God, and Guru!

  39. 5 out of 5

    The “Living the Yoga Sutras” course toward Level II Meditation Teacher Certification is highly recommended for all those on this spiritual path. This has helped me deepen my knowledge, enhanced my practice and has helped me imbibe all my learning at a deeper level. The course was extremely well conducted and co-ordinated which made it a seamless learning experience. I have had the privilege of training under Nayaswami Gyandev and Diksha previously as well and will definitely return for the next available opportunity.
    Madhu Sharma

  40. 5 out of 5

    The “ Living the Yoga Sutras” course, taken toward Level II Meditation Teacher Certification, maintains the same high standards found in my previous courses at the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation. It’s expansive both professionally and personally. It organizes all I’ve learned and experienced over the last 21 years, and well as taught me much more. Highly recommended for all who wish to keep growing spiritually.
    – Tyagi Mare Baranski

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