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In January, the CIF Shodha Sansthan organised a 3-week workshop titled “Yogo Bhavati Duḥkhahā”.
Dr. Madhusudan Penna, the faculty for sessions on Patañjali’s Yogasūtra, demonstrated his deep knowledge of the topic as he started off with the position of Yoga with reference to the other darśanas or philosophies of India such as Sānkhya, Nyāya, Vaiśeṣikā, Pūrva Mīmāṁsa and Uttara Mīmāṁsa (Vedānta). Dr. Penna’s sessions on Samādhipāda, the first chapter of the Patañjali Yoga Sūtra, that followed, provided masterful, intensive insights into the true nature of Yoga and the similarities and differences between Patañjali’s Yoga and the other forms that we encounter in the Bhagavad-gītā for instance.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Gangadharan Nair, Dr. Ramakant Pandey and Swami Advayananda.
In the second and third week of the workshop, Dr. B. R. Sharma and Dr. Bandita Satapathy, of Kaivalyadham, Lonavala taught participants the Gheraṇḍa-saṁhitā and the Haṭhayoga-pradīpikā respectively.
Participants benefited from different teaching styles through practical yoga sessions conducted by Shri Santhosh More, Dr. Vijaya Raghavan, Dr. E. M. Gopalakrishnan, Dr. Harilal Karanath and Dr. Johnson K. J., Soham Holistic Yoga School, Trissur.