Anuradha is a disciple of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, with a Ph.D in Vedic Psychology & a passion for Sanskrit, Anu, has conducted many workshops on Spoken Sanskrit & on experiencing the Transformative Power of Mantras. Previously Anu was a Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Psychology, Jain University, Bangalore. She is presently a Faculty for Sanskrit and Indian Psychology in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Institute of Indian Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and has co-edited a book Perspectives on Indian Psychology (2013) with Dr. Vinayachandra.
Workshop: Morning workshop/ Atelier du matin 10.00-12.00 (daily)
In-Service Training / Formation continue
Location: Dome Tent
Language: English & Français (Anuradha Choudry& Vinaya Banavathy)
Description: Yoga is a life-long journey of awareness and transformation. While the promise of the journey of experiencing lasting states of harmony, peace, joy and fulfillment is highly appealing, the initial stages are invariably exceedingly demanding and arduous and are often characterized by a series of doubts, inner conflicts and questions like ‘Where to begin? What to do? How and when to practice? Why the discipline and effort? etc. But what are the ways to overcome these uncertainties? The Yoga Sutra comes to our rescue. It talks of the practitioner’s need to have sustained enthusiasm, courage and wisdom to overcome these early challenges in order to steadily progress towards the desired awakening and transformation. In fact, the very first word of the text, ‘Atha’ implies all this and then the rest of the work elaborates upon a systematic analysis of mental movements and ways to address them. In this backdrop, this lecture cum practice series will look into the psychological insights from selected sections of the Yoga Sutra to help understand the ‘starting problems’ of a beginner as well as explore time-tested, practical effective ways of overcoming them.
Practice: Late Afternoon Practice / Pratique de fin d’après-midi
Language: English & Français (Anuradha Choudry)
Description: Mantras: Realigning oneself to the Cosmos:
Yoga recognizes that we are essentially multi-layered vibrational beings. These vibrations are determined by our thoughts, our emotions, our breathing pattern and in turn, influence our psychological and physical health and well-being. Unfortunately, the different levels of vibrations are often not in harmony with each other and thereby lead to dissonances within and without in our relation with the world. Mantras are conscious sounds that help to harmonise these various layers inside us and establish a realignment of oneself with the sound-structures of the Cosmos. The series will combine theory and practice to give the participants a first-hand experience of the trans-formative power of mantras and sounds from the Sanskrit language in particular.