Yoga Sutra Master Course - Deepen your connection to the heart of yoga

Yoga Sutra Master Course

Deepen your connection to the heart of yoga

85 Hours to Complete

This course takes approximately 85 hours to complete. Includes lifetime access.

Certificate of Completion

You will receive a certificate upon the completion of this course.

85 CEUs Upon completion

This course qualifies for 85 continuing education credits.

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Course Overview

The Yoga Sutra is vibrant, powerful, and ripened by the light of centuries of unbroken tradition.

The four-part Yoga Sutra Master Course, taught online by Pandit Tigunait, uses the blueprint of sadhana defined in the Yoga Sutra to give the modern yogi all the tools needed to build a life of freedom and fulfillment. Each of the four segments includes approximately eight hours of content, accompanied by a downloadable guidebook and lecture notes.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Meet The Teacher

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online at the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library.

Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

Course Outline

  283 Lessons    |      85 Hours    |      85 CEUs
  • Yoga Sutra Is for You
  • Yoga Sutra: The Text
  • Patanjali and His World
  • Yoga Sutra Timeline
  • Yoga Sutra Contextual Map
  • The Quest of Life
  • Why Study the Yoga Sutra and Why Now?
  • Yoga Sutra Talk: Yoga Journeys
  • Traditions that Influenced the Yoga Sutra
  • Coming Closer to Patanjali
  • How the Mind Works
  • Making the Unconscious Conscious
  • The Four Faculties of Mind
  • Quick Notes for Yoga Sutra 1:1 - 1:11
  • Towards a New Philosophy of Life
  • Sankhya Yoga—A Beginner’s Glossary and Five Things to Know
  • Six Pillars of Yogic Living
  • Pillar 1: What Makes a Yogic Diet?
  • Saying Grace at Meals
  • Pillar 2: Right Exercise
  • Stretch and Breathe
  • Pillar 3: Sleep Well
  • An Experiment with Sleep
  • Pillar 4: Your Breath and Stress Reduction
  • Guided Diaphragmatic Breathing Practice
  • Pillar 5: The Importance of Cleansing
  • What in the World Is Triphala?
  • Pillar 6: Self-Awareness and Reflection
  • Yoga Talk: Pillars of Lifestyle
  • Lifestyle: Keeping Your Practice Simple
  • Working With the Mind
  • Uniting Breath and Mind
  • Uniting Breath and Mind—Experiential Practice
  • Daily Practice
  • Contemplative Practice of Sutra 1.33
  • Vairagya: Refining Your Sense of Self-Identity
  • Successful and Non-Attached
  • Conquering Negative Habits
  • The Divine in the Yoga Sutra
  • Who Is God?
  • How Can Ishvara Be Known?
  • Trustful Surrender in Life and in Meditation
  • Guided Meditation
  • The Concept of God in Yoga
  • What Is Trustful Surrender?
  • Yoga Sutra Talk: Faith
  • Finding Faith in the Spirit of Yoga
  • Samskaras, Karma, and the Kleshas
  • Creating Our Character and Destiny
  • Three Types of Karma (Excerpt from Death to Birth)
  • Karma Vocabulary
  • The Law of Karma vs. Divine Grace
  • The Relationship Between Karma and Destiny
  • Satsanga: Wise Company
  • Summary and Closing
  • Part 1 Course Notes
  • Chapter 1 Notes
  • Invocation
  • Introduction to the Yoga Sutra
  • Why the Yoga Sutra Now?
  • The Yoga Sutra for Purposeful Living
  • The Four Chapters of the Yoga Sutra
  • The Main Message of the Yoga Sutra
  • Chapter 2 Notes
  • Yogic View of Life
  • The Cornerstone of Self-Conquest
  • Creating a Yogic Lifestyle
  • Five Pillars of Yogic Lifestyle
  • Relying on Direct Experience
  • Chapter 3 Notes
  • Mind: The Center of the Universe
  • Unveiling the Mind's Inherent Luminosity
  • The Source of Willpower and Determination
  • Freeing the Mind of Its Conditionings
  • Chapter 4 Notes
  • Five States of Mind
  • What Happens When the Mind Is Perfectly Still?
  • What Happens When the Mind Is Run by Its Roaming Tendencies?
  • The Subtle Causes of Our Inner Restlessness
  • The Technique for Creating a Reality of Our Choice
  • Chapter 5 Notes
  • Practice and Non-Attachment According to Patanjali
  • The Practice (Abhyasa)
  • Non-Attachment (Vairagya)
  • Perfecting the Practice
  • Chapter 6 Notes
  • The Force Behind Self-Conquest
  • The Four Steps of Vairagya - Part 1
  • The Four Steps of Vairagya - Part 2
  • Chapter 7 Notes
  • Nine Categories of Obstacles
  • Five Companions to the Fundamental Obstacles
  • Yogic and Ayurvedic Approaches to Conquering Obstacles
  • A Regimen for Living Life Without Obstacles
  • Chapter 8 Notes
  • What Makes Us a Yogi?
  • Five Laws for Becoming a Master - Part 1
  • Five Laws for Becoming a Master - Part 2
  • Chapter 9 Notes
  • Crossing the Threshold to Imperishable Power and Wisdom - Part 1
  • Crossing the Threshold to Imperishable Power and Wisdom - Part 2
  • The Benefits of Becoming Established in Inner Luminosity and Inner Joy
  • Invocation
  • Part 2 Course Notes
  • Chapter 1 Notes
  • Introduction: Acquired and Intrinsic Aspects of Mind
  • Building Blocks of Our Individuality
  • The Force That Governs and Guides
  • Changing the Course of Destiny
  • Chapter 2 Notes
  • Karma Chakra—How the Cycle of Karma Works
  • What Makes Some Karmic Impressions So Powerful?
  • Three Categories of Karma
  • Which Karma Creates Destiny?
  • Chapter 3 Notes
  • Create New Karma
  • Story from the Mahabharata
  • Five Golden Laws for Creating Positive and Illuminating Karma
  • Story of Rakshoha, Chitragupta, and Brihaspati
  • Chapter 4 Notes
  • Neutralizing Negative Karma
  • Five Negative Karmas
  • Listening to Our Conscience
  • Importance of Avoiding the Five Negative Karmas
  • Chapter 5 Notes
  • The Gap Between Our Actions and Their Fruits
  • Our Mind and Karmic Impressions When We Die
  • Time, Space, and Law of Cause and Effect When We Die
  • What Pulls Us Out of Death?
  • How Do We Return to This World?
  • The Unique Intention of the Divine Being
  • How Our Mind, Karma, and Life Force Reunite
  • Chapter 6 Notes
  • The Inner Guide and Us - Part 1
  • The Inner Guide and Us - Part 2
  • Why We Turn Away from Our Inner Guide
  • Dynamics of Our Shrunken Self
  • Dynamics of Divine Grace
  • Journey of Life with Limited Power and Wisdom
  • Chapter 7 Notes
  • Yogic Meaning of "In the Beginning Was the Word"
  • Relationship Between Mantra, Mind, and the Inner Guide
  • Dynamics of Mantra Meditation
  • How Mantra Turns Our Awareness Inward
  • How Mantra Frees Us from the Nine Obstacles
  • Chapter 8 Notes
  • Preparing for the Inner Quest
  • Learning to Sit in a Comfortable and Steady Posture
  • Uniting the Power of Mind and Breath
  • Entering the Luminous Space Within
  • Using Mantra to Sit Firmly in Our Luminous Inner Space
  • Part 3 Course Notes
  • Chapter 1 Notes
  • Invocation
  • Review of the Previous Master Course Seminars
  • Introduction to Discovering Our Luminous Joy
  • The Lotus in Different Traditions
  • The Lotus in Indian Mythology
  • The Lotus in the Yoga Sutra
  • The Meeting Ground of the Individual Soul and the Supreme Being
  • Chapter 2 Notes
  • The Fundamental Problem: Fear
  • Four Mental Contaminants Born of Fear
  • Four Attitudes for Overcoming the Four Contaminants
  • Chapter 3 Notes
  • Locating the Access Point to Our Inner Heart
  • Spiritual Anatomy of Our Nasal Passages and Eyebrow Center
  • Entering Our Inner Space
  • Awakening and Absorbing the Energy of Talu Chakra with Pranayama
  • Pranayama Precautions, Prerequisites, and Detailed Instruction
  • Chapter 4 Notes
  • Accessing the Non-Physical Dimension of Our Senses and Sense Organs
  • Using Non-Physical Sensory Experience as a Meditative Object
  • Becoming Mentally Absorbed in the Luminosity in Our Forehead Area
  • Transcending Body Consciousness and Becoming Immersed in Inner Light
  • Chapter 5 Notes
  • The Technique for Locating Our Core, the Lotus of the Heart
  • Ascending and Descending Between the Lotus of the Heart and the Crown Chakra
  • Witnessing the Luminous Joy Arising from Ascending and Descending
  • Chapter 6 Notes
  • Instructional Session (46 minutes)
  • Chapter 7 Notes
  • The Rise of Intuitive Wisdom
  • Becoming Established in Self-Luminous Joy
  • Unfolding Our Innate Ingenuity and Creativity
  • Loosening Our Weaknesses—Our Mental Conditionings
  • Participating in the World Without Becoming Caught in It
  • Chapter 8 Notes
  • Experiential Session (49 minutes)
  • Invocation
  • Invocation Mantras
  • Part 4 Course Notes
  • Chapter 1 Notes
  • Review of the Previous Seminars
  • The Secret of Samadhi
  • Samadhi as a Process and a State of Pure Experience
  • Chapter 2 Notes
  • The Problem of Letting Go
  • False Expectations, Unbalanced Living, and Lack of Preparation
  • Chapter 3 Notes
  • The Difference Between Meditation and Samadhi
  • Samadhi Manifesting from Meditation on a Physical Object
  • Samadhi Manifesting from Meditation on a Subtle Object
  • Samadhi Manifesting from Meditation on Our Innate Joy and Luminosity
  • Chapter 4 Notes
  • How the Mind Takes On the Qualities of the Meditative Object
  • Using Breath as the Object of Meditation
  • How Meditation Becomes Subtle, Leading to Inner Joy and Luminosity
  • Chapter 5 Notes
  • The Difference Between Lower and Higher Samadhi - Part 1
  • The Difference Between Lower and Higher Samadhi - Part 2
  • What Prevents Us from Reaching the Highest Samadhi?
  • How We Know That We Are Progressing Toward the Highest Samadhi
  • Chapter 6 Notes
  • The Traditional State Between Lower and Higher Samadhi
  • The Spontaneous Dawning of a Flawlessly Transparent Mind
  • The Demolition of the Wall of Duality and Our Sense of Loneliness
  • Chapter 7 Notes
  • Freedom from the Effects of Causes
  • Transformation of Our Old Mind into the Light of Pure Consciousness
  • Freedom from the Desire for Liberation from Birth and Death
  • The Privilege of Being a Conduit for Divine Will
  • Friday, Nov 14, 7:30 EST — The Yoga Sutra: The Road Map for a Personal Quest
  • Saturday, Nov 15, 10:00 EST — The Wonder We Are: Our Body and Mind
  • Saturday, Nov 15, 3:30 EST — Deploying the Forces of Our Body and Mind
  • Saturday, Nov 15, 7:30 EST — Finding Our Connection
  • Sunday, Nov 16, 10:00 EST — Attaining Samadhi
  • Friday, Feb 13, 7:30 EST — Mind, Karma, & Reincarnation
  • Saturday, Feb 14, 9:30 EST — The Power to Design Our Destiny
  • Saturday, Feb 14, 3:30 EST — Energizing the Solar Plexus: The Focus on Pranayama
  • Saturday, Feb 14 7:30 EST — The Force Beyond Karma and Destiny
  • Sunday, Feb 15, 9:30 EST — The Transformative Power of Mantra and Meditation
  • Friday, May 22, 7:30pm EST — The Unique Qualities of the Heart Center
  • Saturday, May 23, 10:00am EST — Clearing the Passage: Manipura Chakra & the Ajna Chakra
  • Saturday, May 23, 3:00pm - Practicum — Hatha Yoga & Pranayama Techniques Leading to Pracchardana and Vidharana
  • Saturday, May 23, 7:30pm EST — Entering the Heart Center
  • Sunday, May 24, 10:00am EST — Immersion in the State of Vishoka and Jyotishmati and Q&A
  • Friday, August 21st, 7:30 EST — Samadhi: The Most Natural State of Being
  • Saturday, August 22nd, 10am EST — Steps to Samadhi
  • Saturday, August 22nd, 3:30pm EST — Practicum
  • Saturday, August 22nd, 7:30pm EST — Dharma Megha Samadhi: Reaching the Summit
  • Sunday, August 23rd, 10am EST — Closing the Chasm: Nirbija Samadhi
  • What Do You Mean By Binding and Releasing Forces of the Mind?
  • How Can I Practice When I'm Not Inspired?
  • How Do I Create an Environment That Is Conducive to Practice?
  • What Are the Main Elements of a Yogic Lifestyle?
  • What Are the Precautions and Prerequisites for Practicing Yoga?
  • What Are the Major Obstacles Encountered in the Practice of Yoga?
  • What Do I Get from Samadhi?
  • Why Do Some Succeed Easily in Practice and Others Struggle?
  • Why Are We Reborn?
  • What Does Mindfulness Really Mean?
  • How and When to Be Selfless?
  • Successful and Non-Attached
  • Is Anyone Not Bound by the Law of Karma?
  • Mantra: What It Is and Why We Use It
  • Meditation on Mantra vs. Meditation on “Pure Being”
  • Which Mantra Is Right for Me?
  • Using a Mantra vs. Emptying the Mind
  • The Relationship Between Tantra and Yoga
  • Meditation on the Heart Chakra vs. the Crown Chakra
  • Anahata Chakra and the Lotus of the Heart
  • What Stops Us from Reaching Our Inner Divinity?
  • How to Gain Access to the Lotus of the Heart
  • Is the Lotus of the Heart a Physical Space?
  • Why Is It So Difficult to Experience the Lotus of the Heart?
  • What Do You Mean by Self-Luminous Joy and Inner Luminosity?
  • What Kind of Transformation Occurs Through Meditation at the Lotus of the Heart?
  • How Do We Know Our Experience of Inner Light is Real?
  • Balancing Mantra Meditation and Meditation on the Lotus of the Heart
  • How Do We Prepare for Samadhi?
  • Is Samadhi a Process or a State of Experience?
  • Do We Reach Samadhi Through Practice or Grace?
  • Sabija and Nirbija Samadhi Explained
  • When We Reach Samadhi Are We All-Knowing?
  • How Does Samadhi Impact Our Worldly Life?
  • In Samadhi Are We Free from Inner Turmoil?
  • Are We Free from the Realities of Life in Samadhi?
  • How Long Does Samadhi Last?
  • What Is the Most Significant Stage of Samadhi?
  • If We Drop Our Practice Before Samadhi, Do We Have to Start All Over?
  • What Do You Mean by Freedom and Unending Joy?