The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Personal Sādhana Study Course

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The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Workshop Module Two
Feel your Self as Being within the Essence of the Ultimate Reality

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module Two Personal Sādhana Course is limited to a maximum of five students to allow for a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student. It is 4 day course module, comprising either a single 4 day meeting or two 2 day meetings over 3 months, continuing the primary principles and teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar on the Upaniṣat.

“The self born creator bored the sense openings outwards,
so the self looks out at the world rather than inwards.
A wise person, wanting to taste the state of immortality,
stops the senses from moving outwards and turns within to the essence.”
Kaṭha Upaniṣaṭ 2.1.1.

Based in the Cotswolds, they are intended for those Yoga students who, having completed 
an Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Module One Workshop, wish to explore, through a 4 day course, the primary principles and teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar teachings on the Upaniṣat and how they inspire and guide our Yoga either for personal development or, if relevant, to enhance professional skills.

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It is presented with the aim of reflecting the fundamentals of Śrī T Krishnamacharya’s teaching, namely, transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the students personal practice and study Sādhana.

“As the spider moving upward by the thread obtains free space,
thus assuredly the meditator,
moving upward by the Mantra obtains svatantra.”
– Maitrī Upaniṣat C6 v22

To support the teaching around these important group of texts we will work specifically with two important Upaniṣat over the two weekends of this course.

  • The Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣat
  • The Taittirīyra Upaniṣat

To help with our study a verse by verse workbook will be provided for both. They are important Upaniṣat and between them offer insights as a potential quintessence of the primary teachings within all the Upaniṣat. As such they will be a invaluable support for the study of all the Upaniṣat, especially as a stepping stone from the art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Module One Workshop.

Module Two Courses comprise either a single 4 day Module or two 2 day Modules over 3 months.

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Framework

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Modular Course reflects the teachings of TKV Desikachar and his father and teacher T Krishnamacharya as taught to Paul Harvey over 25 years through:

  • Guidance in emphasising a personal reflective study to support your life.
  • Understanding the principles that inspire and shape Yoga philosophy.
  • An overview of primary Upaniṣat concepts around body and mind.
  • Familiarisation with basic Upaniṣat terms and reflective techniques.
  • Deepening the reflective aspects of our personal practice with the Upaniṣat.

To present a view from the Upaniṣat through which students can develop their own practice and appreciation of Yoga. The role of this Course is not to train students as Yoga teachers

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Professional

Even though the Upaniṣat teachings and techniques developed in the Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Module Two Course can enhance any Yoga Teachers professional skills there is no requirement to teach or to intend to teach Yoga. This is not the role of the course.

In fact not everybody wants to or actually needs to become a Yoga teacher to further their practice and study. Here the priorities are towards personal development and thus questions relating to our personal practice and study are the priorities. This Course reflects this viewpoint.

The aim is that we are all here in this course as students and it offers an opportunity for all teachers to step back from their teaching role and re-enhance their personal study and practice path.

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two topics each total over 20 hours through 4 days per module:

1. Upaniṣat – 20.0 hours

  • Exploring key concepts that surround this teaching.
  • How the Upaniṣat can link to personal practice goals.
  • What are the key verses.
  • In depth exploration of the key verses of the Upaniṣat.
  • Linking each verse to the meditative path in Yoga.
  • Which concepts from the Upaniṣat are most relevant to us.
  • How to prioritize short term and long term goals in the Upaniṣat.
  • Learning to read the Upaniṣat signposts for our personal journey.
  • Why the view is a helpful foundation for practice and life.
  • Learning to look from the Upaniṣat at our relationship with others.
  • Linking the Upaniṣat to the ebb and flow of daily life.

2. Review Sessions and Home Study Guidelines – 0.5 hours

  • Informal support of a practical nature through review, reading, questions for reflection and guidelines for core and developmental personal study processes
  • Home study of a practical nature through reading, questions and exploration through textual study

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Prerequisites

Prospective students will have completed an Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Module One Workshop.

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The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Group Size & Dates

The group size for the Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Module Two Personal Sādhana Course is limited to a maximum of five students to allow for a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student.

There will be either a single 4 day or 2 two day meetings spaced over three months. This is also a specialised learning intensive, so rather than fixing diary dates in advance each Course will be arranged once I have received around four applications from interested students.

If you are interested then please do feel free to contact me. From there I can advise you on the current state of the waiting list, advise you on when the next Course can be anticipated and talk over any questions you may have.

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Feedback

Support and advice will be offered on the students’ progress and on possibilities for further development after the course. There is also the possibility of written work being requested to help the transmission.

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Certification

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Module Two Course Certificate is awarded to successful students with full workshop attendence. Please note that any missed weekends can be made up on a future course free of any further fees. It can also count for CPD points for Yoga Teachers over 1-2 years.

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Fees & Booking

The days are on Saturday from 10.30-6.45 and Sunday from 9.00-2.00.

The 2017 Course fee is based on a maximum of five students and will be £440 for each 4 day module.
The 2018 Course fee is based on a maximum of five students and will be £460 for each 4 day module.

For 2017 a deposit of £220 is required and the balance of £220 payable at the first meeting.
For 2018 a deposit of £230 is required and the balance of £230 payable at the first meeting.

The deposit will not be refundable but will be offset against the total fee. 
All the Personal Sādhana Modular Course Fees must be paid for even if the student is unable to attend.


The fees are payable at each meeting and the cost includes a 
further Course manual, tuition, vegetarian lunch each day, all refreshments plus supper on the overnight evenings.

All the Art of Personal Sādhana Modular Course deposits can be paid by Postal cheque or Bank draft. Please contact Paul to indicate your preference. Confirmation of your payment and place will be sent. All Fees are non-returnable and non-transferable. In the case of Courses not running an acceptable alternative or a full refund will be offered.

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Modules Two Venue & Accommodation Options

All the weekends are based in the Cotswolds with a country setting and retreat atmosphere.

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Do note that the fees will include lunch and, if staying overnight, evening supper to help with costs. Thus, if staying there is no need to incur any further costs until you leave.

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"We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake."
Erich Fromm