Unlock the Life-Changing Wisdom of the Sutras

without having to travel to a retreat-based Yoga training

  • Meet each day with a whole toolkit of practices you can use: when things get heated, you’re overwhelmed or being hard on yourself

  • Confidently weave gems of wisdom into your classes, coaching sessions or retreats

  • Tap into a vast storehouse of life-changing wisdom that is barely touched on in most Yoga classes

Namaste!

I’m Chétana Jessica Torrens – long-time Akhanda Yoga Teacher Trainer and co-founder of The Akhanda Approach. I’ve been teaching Yoga Wisdom for twenty years and have helped thousands of Yogis/inis and Yoga teachers connect the dots between the eras of Yoga history and today’s modern-era practice.

We’ll have you feeling as good in your life as you do after final relaxation.

  • Explore each and every sutra of the Samadhi and Sadhana Pada

  • Understand Patanjali’s way of looking at the world and our place in it

  • Dive deep into the 8-fold path

  • Dip into the magical world of the two final Pada

Anandi Alison Francis, The Sleep Guru

“Brilliant! This course is for every serious yoga practitioner and teacher alike.”

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Welcome letter – Radical Presence

    • Akhanda Teaching and Learning Agreement

    • Akhanda Yoga Waiver for Virtual Courses and Notice of Recording

    • Introduction to the Course

    • A message from Chétana

    • Course Outline (syllabus)

    • The Wisdom and Practices of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Course Book

  • 2

    Live Yoga Wisdom Circle #1

    • Circle 1 Discussion

  • 3

    Week 1

    • 1: A Blueprint for Expanded Living, Sutras I: 1-3 – Class Description

    • 1: A Blueprint for Expanded Living, Sutras I:1-3

    • 1: A Blueprint for Expanded Living, Sutras I: 1-3 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter1, Class 1 Quiz

    • 2: Not Being Caught up in Thoughts, Sutras I: 4-11 – Class Description

    • 2: Not Being Caught up in Thought, Sutras I: 4-11

    • 2: Not Being Caught Up in Thoughts, Sutras I:4-11 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 2 Quiz

    • 3: The Small Effort to Remain Present, Sutras I: 12-15 – Class Description

    • 3: The Small Effort to Remain Present, Sutras I: 12-15

    • 3: The Small Effort to Remain Present, Sutras I:12 - 15 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 3 Quiz

    • 4: Faith, Will, Mindfullnesss, Tranquility and Wisdom, Sutras I: 16-22 – Class Description

    • 4: Faith, Will, Mindfullness, Tranquility and Wisdom, Sutras I:16-22

    • 4: Faith, Will, Mindfulness, Tranquility and Wisdom, Sutras I:16 - 22 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 4 Quiz

    • 5: Reverence for Ishwara - The Incomparable Seed of All Wisdom, Sutras I: 23-29 – Class Description

    • 5: Reverence for Ishwara - The Incomparable Seed of All Wisdom, Sutras I: 23-29

    • 5: Reverence for Ishwara - The Practice of Chanting Om

    • 5: Reverence for Ishwara – the Incomparable Seed of all Wisdom – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 5 Quiz

    • 6: The Causes of Distraction, Sutras I: 30-32 – Class Description

    • 6: The Causes of Distraction, Sutras I: 30-32

    • 6: The Causes of Distraction, Sutras I:30-32 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 6 Quiz

  • 4

    Live Yoga Wisdom Circle #2

    • Circle 2 Discussion

  • 5

    Week 2

    • 7: Cultivating Happiness, Compassion, Joy and Disspassion, Sutra I: 33 – Class Descrtiption

    • 7: Cultivating Happiness, Compassion, Joy and Disspassion, Sutra I: 33

    • 7: Cultivating Happiness, Compassion, Joy and Dispassion, Sutra I:33 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 7 Quiz

    • 8: Contemplation Practices, Sutras I: 34-37 – Class Description

    • 8: Contemplation Practices, Sutras I: 34-37

    • 8: Contemplation Practices, Sutras I:34 – 37 – Lecture Notes

    • 9: Meditations from the Sutras, Sutras I: 40-41 – Class Description

    • 9: Meditations from the Sutras, Sutras I: 40-41

    • 9: Meditations from the Sutras, Sutras I:38 – 41 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 9 Quiz

    • 10: The Mind becomes Clear and Reflective like a Crystal, Sutras I: 42-49 – Class Description

    • 10: The Mind becomes Clear and Reflective like a Crystal, Sutras I: 42-49

    • 10: The Mind becomes Clear and Reflective like a Crystal, Sutras I:42 – 49 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 10 Quiz

    • 11: Samskaras: Peeling the Onion, Sutras I:50 – 51 – Class Description

    • 11: Samskaras: Peeling the Onion, Sutras I:50 – 51

    • 11: Samskaras: Peeling the Onion, Sutras I:50 – 51 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 1, Class 11 Quiz

    • 12: Practice Session – How to Prepare and Move into Meditation – Class Description

    • 12: Practice Session – How to Prepare and Move into Meditation

    • 12: How to Prepare and Move into Meditation – Lecture Notes

  • 6

    Live Yoga Wisdom Circle #3

    • Circle 3 Discussion

  • 7

    Week 3

    • 1: The Three Types of Yoga Practice, Sutra II:1 – Class Description

    • 1: The Three Types of Yoga Practice, Sutra: II: 1

    • 1: The Three Types of Yoga Practice, Sutra II:1 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 1 Quiz

    • 2: The Kleshas, Sutras II: 2 – 9 – Class Description

    • 2: The Kleshas, Sutras II: 2 – 9

    • 2: The Kleshas, Sutras II: 2 – 9 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 2 Quiz

    • 3: Noticing Fabrication: The distance between thoughts and bare reality, Sutras II: 10 – 17 – Class Description

    • 3: Noticing Fabrication: The distance between thoughts and bare reality, Sutras II: 10 – 17

    • 3: Noticing Fabrication: The distance between thoughts and bare reality, Sutras II:10 – 17 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 3 Quiz

    • 4: The Dynamic Qualities of Nature, Sutras II: 18 - 27 – Class Description

    • 4: The Dynamic Qualities of Nature, Sutras II: 18 - 27

    • 4: The Dynamic Qualities of Nature, Sutras II: 18 - 27 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 4 Quiz

    • 5: The Eight-fold Path, Sutras II: 28-29 – Class Description

    • 5: The Eight-fold Path, Sutras II: 28-29

    • 5: The Eight-fold Path, Sutras II: 28-29 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 5 Quiz

    • 6: A Blueprint for Right Living: Yamas, Sutras II: 30-31; 35-39 – Class Description

    • 6: A Blueprint for Right Living: Yamas, Sutras II: 30-31 ; 35-39

    • 6: A Blueprint for Right Living: Yama, Sutras II:30 - 31 and II:35 - 39 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 6 Quiz

  • 8

    Live Yoga Wisdom Circle #4

    • Circle 4 Discussion

  • 9

    Week 4

    • 7: A Blueprint for Right Living: Niyama. Sutras II: 32, 40-45 – Class Description

    • 7: A Blueprint for Right Living: Niyama. Sutras II: 32; 40-45

    • 7: A Blueprint for Right Living – Niyama, Sutras II:32 and II:40 - 45 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 7 Quiz

    • 8: Cultivating the Opposite, Sutras: 33-34 – Class Description

    • 8: Cultivating the Opposite, Sutras: 33-34

    • 8: Cultivating the Opposite, Sutras II: 33-34 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 8 Quiz

    • 9: Alignment for Stability and Ease: Stiram sukham asanam, Sutras II:46 – 48 – Class Description

    • 9: Alignment for Stability and Ease: Stiram sukham asanam, Sutras II:46 – 48

    • 9: Alignment for Stability and Ease: Stiram sukham asanam, Sutras II:46 – 48 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 9 Quiz

    • 10: Mastery of the Subtle Energy Flows, Sutras II:49-53 – Course Description

    • 10: Mastery of the Subtle Energy Flows, Sutras II:49-53

    • 10: Mastery of the Subtle Energy Flows, Sutras II:49 – 53 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 10 Quiz

    • 11: Skillfulness with the Subtle Diet, Sutras II:54-55 Course Description

    • 11: Skillfulness with the Subtle Diet, Sutras II:54-55

    • 11: Skillfulness with the Subtle Diet, Sutras II:54–55 – Lecture Notes

    • 12: Concentration, Meditation and Union, Sutra III:1 - 5 – Course Description

    • Chapter 2, Class 11 Quiz

    • 12: Concentration, Meditation and Union, Sutra III:1 - 5

    • 12: Concentration, Meditation and Union, Sutra III:1 – 5 – Lecture Notes

    • Chapter 2, Class 12 Quiz

  • 10

    Live Yoga Wisdom Circle #5

    • Circle 5 Discussion

  • 11

    Next steps

    • Congratulations! Our final thoughts for you

    • Congratulations on Completing the Course: How to take the wisdom forward

    • Let us Know How it Went!

The course contains a 25-hour learning experience:

  • 10 hours of recorded talks divided into manageable 20-30-minute lessons

  • An intimate personal talk that references Yoga texts and masters

  • Meditations, mantras, contemplations and rituals that link Wisdom to your Yoga practice

  • A 100-page downloadable course book

  • Simple comprehension quizzes

Start your journey today!

Gain insight into this early wisdom that still resonates for many of us today.

You can grow your understanding the Yoga tradition, unpack the symbolism and poetry of ancient teachings and practice contemplation and meditation with a seasoned Yoga Wisdom teacher all from the comfort of your own home.