Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

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This event is open to all and can count towards CPD for teachers.

Please note: this is a short course that runs over 7 Saturdays, please check the full dates below.


This short course aims to give yoga teachers, trainees and interested students an overview of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as a chance to look more closely at some key themes.

Session 1

23 Jan 20

Context – Who? When? How? Why? Overview of the 4 chapters

Session 2

30 Jan 20

1. 1-4, the complete teaching in the first 4 sutras

Session 3

6 Feb 20

1.12-16, practice and letting go; 1.20-29 faith and isvara pranidhana

Session 4

27 Feb 20

2. 1, 2, kriya yoga, the yoga of action

Session 5

6 Mar 20

2.3-9, the source of most of our suffering – the klesa

Session 6

13 Mar 20

2.9ff, duhkham, suffering and what to do about it

Session 7

20 Mar 20

2.27-3.4 Astanga yoga, the Eight Limbs


The best translation and commentary to have for reference is ‘Truth Unclouded, the Yogasutra-s of Patanjali’ by TKV Desikachar and Dr Kausthub Desikachar. Lockdown in India has delayed its production and copies are available to purchase from Sarah at a cost of £24 including P&P.  Please contact for further information.

Handouts will be sent for each session


Sarah Ryan has loved, studied and taught yoga and Vedic chanting for many years. She discovered the Viniyoga tradition, widely popularised by TKV Desikachar, in 1987 and felt immediately that this was the right path for her. She learnt for a long time with Paul Harvey and, since 2005, with Desikachar and his son Kausthub, who is her mentor. She did a 4-year yoga therapy course with them, and continues to study, teach and practise. She loves to share yoga and chanting, knowing how much it has helped her and others. She lives in the south of England. 


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Sarah Ryan