Yoga Sutra Master Course

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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century, he is the author of fourteen books, including his recently-released The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, and his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the... Read more>>

The sutras are vibrant, powerful, and ripened by the light of centuries of unbroken tradition. The Secret of the Yoga Sutra is made of many components designed to meet you exactly where you are.

Program Components:


Get started by reading Pandit Tigunait's preface and introduction for inspiration and background, and then read his translation and commentary sutra by sutra. The book's glossary and also the pronunciation guide in the appendices offer support for unfamiliar words and concepts. The Online Prep School will help you to work more deeply with the book and guide you in your study of the Yoga Sutra. Many of us find we read and re-read, sometimes a section of sutras together, sometimes just one, sometimes from cover to cover. In time, you will come to understand how this profound, ancient text can itself become your teacher and guide.


The Secret of the Yoga Sutra Prep School is our online study guide to help you connect with the spirit of the yoga tradition and engage with reading the book, so that you can get the most out of the Master Course lecture series. Presented by senior faculty of the Himalayan Institute, the Prep School progressively highlights key concepts leading up to the Yoga Sutra Master Course. Each month, from May to October, we'll post an intensive in two parts including short lectures, lively discussions, answers to frequently asked questions, quizzes, reading assignments, and contemplation exercises and practices to help you deepen and assimilate the core ideas of the Yoga Sutra.

Part 1 of each of the six intensives will give you an in-depth look at a specific topic chosen to develop your understanding of the practice of yoga in its fullness. These six Part 1 sessions cover the important ideas brought out in Pandit Tigunait's commentary on the Yoga Sutra and will help you understand the Sutra's historical and philosophical context as well as its practical application in your own life. This is the place to start!

Part 2 of each intensive is designed to help you assimilate key ideas of the lesson with talks, quizzes, contemplation exercises, and answers to your questions. You will hear fellow students and practicing yogis discuss how the teachings have come alive in their lives, and you will come to see how the obstacles are truly universal! This is your online sangha (community).


  1. Why Study Yoga Sutra and Why Now? (May 2014)
  2. Yoga on Your Mind (June 2014)
  3. Living a Yogic Lifestyle (July 2014)
  4. Transforming the Mind (August 2014)
  5. The Wheel of Karma (September 2014)
  6. Divine Grace, Self-Effort, and God in the Yoga Sutra (October 2014)


A certification in Yoga Sutra Studies can help bolster your qualifications as a yoga professional and mark your investment of time in this program of study. This certification is available to those who complete the 4-Part Master Course.


The four-part Yoga Sutra Master Course, taught online and in person 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. Your options include participating in ecourses, attending weekend programs at the Himalayan Institute, or both. Each of the four segments includes approximately eight hours of content, accompanied by a downloadable Guidebook and Lecture Notes.


4-PART MASTER COURSE with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD: Coming Soon


Online Launch


Mastering the Mind Nov 18, 2014 Nov 14-16, 2014
Reversing the Wheel of Karma Feb 17, 2015 Feb 13-15, 2015
Discovering Our Luminous Joy May 26, 2015 May 22-24
Samadhi: Freedom Here and Now Aug 25, 2015 Aug 21-23, 2015


Limited availability—only 150 live seats!

Digital Pass
  • A signed copy of the book (preorder only)
  • Access to online Prep School and online study groups
  • Digital access to the 4-part Master Course with Pandit Tigunait (live streaming and produced eCourse)
  • Yoga Sutra Certification for an additional $108 (optional)

Existing Full Pass Holders

Once you purchase the Full Pass, you can register for any of the 4-Parts of the Master Course in Honesdale by following these links (make sure you are logged in).

Included Courses

Yoga Sutra Master Course: Prep School & Study Groups
We all want to experience fulfillment in life, and we hope that our yoga practice will lead us there. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is the source wisdom and root of the yoga tradition. We invite you to let it empower you, expand your vision, and breathe new life into your practice through its systematic approach. The Secret of the Yoga Sutra is...

Yoga Sutra Master Course 1: Mastering the Mind
The Yoga Sutra is as timeless as human nature and outlines the path to self-conquest and freedom. See how the mind works, and how to overcome obstacles and unlock the inherent power of your mind

Yoga Sutra Master Course 2: Reversing the Wheel of Karma
Mastering the mind, the goal of the Yoga Sutra, requires an understanding of the wheel of karma. Listen as Pandit Tigunait explains with great clarity how karma works in our minds and lives, how it can be reversed, the dynamics of our birth, and our relationship with the Divine. Learn how we create the karmic building blocks of our lives and...

Yoga Sutra Master Course 3: Discovering Your Luminous Joy
In Discovering Our Luminous Joy, a practice-oriented seminar, Pandit Tigunait unveils the core of the entire Yoga Sutra. Join him as he explains step-by-step the specific contemplative, pranayama, and meditative techniques that lead us to our ultimate goal, and then follow him through guided practice. Discover what is meant by “the lotus of the heart,” how we can access it, and how, by meditating there,...

Yoga Sutra Master Course 4: Samadhi - Freedom Here & Now
According to the Yoga Sutra, samadhi is not only the highest state of consciousness, but also the process of attaining it. In Samadhi: Freedom Here and Now, Pandit Tigunait charts an amazing journey that brings us growing freedom and inner illumination. Learn how we progress through the stages of lower samadhi as we deepen and refine our practice, what hurdles we may encounter, and what awaits us...

Yoga Sutra Master Course: Live Streaming Events
All live streams are located here. Please check the table of contents for previous streams. A few troubleshooting tips if you can't view the live feed... Check that you are logged in at the top right corner of the page Be sure to click on the session currently on-air Try refreshing the page If you are still having trouble leave a comment below the video or call us at 1.800.822.4547.

Yoga Sutra Master Course: Supportive Materials
Do you have questions on the Master Course? Please take advantage of our full-length question-and-answer sessions with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait for each of the four seminars to support your study and find answers to your questions. Browse through the questions for an answer you seek, or watch all the videos for a more comprehensive understanding of the material presented in the Master Course.