• 09/01/2019 - 18/01/2019
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm

‘Visoka Vajyotismati’ – The journey of life from suffering to no-suffering Lotus Flower

9-18 January 2019 | organised by IYT teacher and mentor Sarah Waterfield and taught by Sarah’s chanting teacher Radha Sundararajan |

This course provides a wonderful opportunity to experience being in India whilst deepening your knowledge and understanding of the sutras and learning from an inspirational teacher.

For each of the eight days of the seminar (9–12 and 15–18 January) there will be a full programme of chanting, study of meanings, and meditative practices. We will chant all four chapters of the yoga sutras and learn about their meaning, including detailed word-by-word meanings of key sutras. Each day there will also be a meditative practice especially designed for us to experience an aspect of the sutras. The two days off in the middle of the seminar are for us to relax and enjoy the rice-harvest festival of Pongal.

The seminar is open to anyone who wants to chant and deepen their knowledge of the Yoga Sutras. All levels of chanting experience are welcome including beginners. The seminar will be taught in English.

The teacher

Radha Sundararajan

Radha Sundararajan is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable teacher and Sanskrit scholar, with a very human and heartfelt approach. She has the ability to convey a huge amount in her teaching, whilst extracting the best from her students.

Radha is a direct student of Sri TKV Desikachar, son and student of the legendary T Krishnamacharya. She was with the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai for nearly 25 years and was chosen by Desikachar to be director of the KYM chanting department. She was then a director in KHYF and Sannidhi of Krishnamacharya Yoga (SKY), both in Chennai. She now teaches independently, in India and abroad, spreading yoga and Vedic chanting in the tradition of the great teacher Sri T Krishnamacharya.

 Being in India Pongal Temple

India can be a challenging place to be on one’s own, but having the daily structure of the chanting and being in a group makes a supportive environment. It is a great experience to be in an Indian city – observing everything and being immersed in the culture can really enhance our understanding of what we are chanting about. In the lunch breaks and evenings we can go out to eat together, go shopping or visit the temple or other places of interest nearby.

The weather in January in Chennai is warm and sunny but not too hot, with usually a slight cooling breeze. Over the Pongal festival the city celebrates – everyone is friendly and in holiday mood, there are hardly any cars on the roads (but lots of cows!), people paint beautiful designs on the pavements outside their houses, and the temples are full of light and colour.


The tuition cost for the seminar is 625euros. You book and pay for your own flights and accommodation separately. I can recommend places to stay.

More information, booking form, accommodation options and photos of our two previous trips to Chennai

Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime!

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