Dr. Vinayachandra B. K.

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Vinaya Banavathy

 Vinaya hails from a Gurukulam with specialization in Vedanta & Yoga. With an M.Sc. in Yogic Sciences & PhD in Vedic Psychology he taught Yoga texts at SVYASA Yoga University & was later a Senior Research Fellow at a WHO project titled, ‘Standardization of Yoga Terminologies’. Currently, combining his passion for Yoga, Vedanta & Psychology, he is working as a Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Psychology, Jain University, Bangalore.


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 fulfilment 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 practise? 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.