June 20-23, 2015

Philosophy and Pragmatics of Yoga

Deer Park collaborates with Ritambhara

Philosophy and Pragmatics of Yoga

Deer Park collaborates with Ritambhara


The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are the basis of Yoga and they are a delightful

confluence of philosophy and practice. The central ideas of Yoga like

Dhyaana, Praanaayaama, Avidya, Samadhi etc., have influenced the

entire body of inner exploration of our sages. These ideas have been

explored in Buddhist, Jain and Shakta traditions as well as the Vedic. In

fact there is no area of Saadhana that is not influenced by the essential

principles of Yoga.

This Learning Dialogue will explore these key ideas through an

experiential learning modality. It will be non discursive and each person

will be encouraged to introspect and learn what they wish to from the

process. The teaching of selected Yoga Sutras will be woven into the

dialogue and therefore be contextual to the emerging enquiry of the group.

The focus of the dialogues will be 'inner work' or Antaranga Yoga. While

there will be time for the practice of Aasana and Praanaayaama, this is

not the central aspect of the programme.

Ritambhara is a space for contemplative conversations fostered by a

community of seekers, who are attempting to engage with the question of

'What it means to live meaningfully in today's times, along the path of Yoga?'

The members share a common concern for the current ecological, sociocultural

and political state of the world, and find deep wisdom and hope in the

teachings and praxis of Yoga as a way forward from these crises. The activities

of Ritambhara include, active co-learning through inner work, group study

and practice of the various aspects of the Ashtanga Yoga, exploratory dialogues

on the different facets of the Indian tradition, and facilitating learning spaces

and opportunities for others on a similar quest.


Raghu Ananthanarayanan has been a long-term disciple of Yogaachaarya Krishnamaachaarya and Desikaachar. He has deployed Yoga in many contexts and developed a modern approach to the teaching of yoga, especially the Yoga

Sutras. He will be facilitating the dialogues.


The accommodation available at Deer Park currently is twin sharing, and shared bathrooms. Costs per day per person: Rs. 600 approx (including food). Total food and accommodation charges for the 4-days would be Rs. 2400. Payments can be made at the institute directly when you arrive. 


The programme is being offered in the spirit of Gift Economy. Participants are welcome to contribute what they are called to, to Ritambhara.