Yoga Vedanta Intensive

Taught by GajananamSaturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 21, 2018Tuition : $108.00
Membership is $50/year, Workshop $30 each


Introduction to Self-Inquiry

The ancient Rishis or seers, having delved into the depths of their being, and closely analyzed all of the layers of the human existence. In this process of self-inquiry, they discovered that in essence we are but pure consciousness, and various factors and conditionings cloud our vision and hide this truth. They laid out practices for clarifying our vision so we too can have this first-hand knowledge. Yogic disciplines have been prescribed as preparatory practices, for purifying the heart and balancing the mind. For unveiling the deeper truths, Vedanta has been prescribed.

Vedanta claims that one of the most misunderstood words in our language is “I”. We take its meaning for granted without any analysis. Many other phenomena are thoroughly analyzed by us, but we don’t inquire into the inquirer itself. Various Vedantic methodologies are prescribed different for discerning who it is experiencing the world through this body-mind-sense complex. Vedanta offers a three-step system for gaining this understanding - listening to the Upanishadic teachings from an experienced teacher, reflecting on them to help clarify our doubts, and meditating upon these truths.

In this weekend intensive we will introduce the Vedantic system of Self-inquiry and a few classical methodologies to help deepen our understanding of this universal vision.


Saturday August 11
9-10:30 All level asana class: Focus on being present with the body, breath and subtle vibration

11-12:00 Introduction to Self-inquiry

12:00 Lunch Break

1:30-2:45 Methodology 1: Drg Drshya Viveka – Distinction Between the Seer and the Seen

3:00-3:30 Mantra Chanting

3:45-5:00 Methodology 2: Pancha Kosha Viveka – Distinction Between Self and the Body-Mind Complex


Sunday August 12

9-10:30 All level asana class: Focus on the silent witnessing awareness

11-12:00 What keeps me away from my Self?

12:00 Lunch Break

1:30-2:45 Methodology 3: Avastha Traya Viveka – Distinction Between Self and the Field of Experience

3:00-3:30 Mantra Chanting

3:45-5:00 Methodology 4: Sat Vichara – Analysis of the Oneness of Creation

5pm Asana class (optional)

6:45 Satsang 






About Gajananam

Gajananam is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda and is the founder/director of the Vishnu-devananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Fremont, CA. He delved into various yogic disciplines while serving and studying at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in the mid-1980's and 1990's. In the 1990's he served as the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New York and has taught at many Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses and retreats.

To deepen his understanding of the ancient scriptures and mantras, he studied Sanskrit under the tutelage of the Sanskrit Scholar Dr. Sarasvati Mohan in the 2000's. Over the past decade, he has been spending time each year in personal retreat in Uttarakashi, Himalayas, where he attends Satsang with senior sadhus and monks. Since 2013, he has been studying Vedantic scriptures in a traditional fashion at Arsha Vidya. With close to 3 decades of practice, study and teaching experience, he offers yoga, Vedanta, and Sanskrit courses and retreats in Fremont and at various centers and ashrams around the world.