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The Gift of Consciousness: A Course on the Yoga Sutras in Study and Practice

September 12, 2018 - September 16, 2018

The Gift of Consciousness:

An International Module Course on the Yoga Sutras in Study and Practice

With Gitte Bechsgaard PhD CIYT & Gloria Goldberg MA CIYT

September 12-16 2018

hosted by Adeline Yoga Studio in Berkeley

Module 3: Intensification and Contemplative Practice

In this 3rd module, we will explore the main contemplative practices described in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. As a group, these meditative techniques are referred to as the citta parikarma practices. This term encompasses a wide range of inward-minded practices all of which hold the power to calm the mind and clarify consciousness. Some of these practices concern the Yoga of right relationship- they relate to the cultivation of concentration in ways that can help us to heal and grow through healthy relationships, either with other people, with a Guru or mentor, with a chosen deity, or perhaps even with our own heart, breath, and higher mind.

Together, these practices offer a most essential and life-giving medicine, a solution to be applied in the face of roadblocks or inner agitation. During this intensive, we will also discuss these perennial “roadblocks” or obstacles, examining how they affect our mind, path, and heart.

This 5-day course includes lecture, asana, pranayama, Sanskrit study and chant.

This program is part of a four-module course.  This module is only open to students who have previously completed modules #1 and/or #2.

Module#4 is scheduled for Feb 14 – 18 2019.


Tentative Schedule:

September 12-16 2018: Wednesday – Sunday

Classes will be 9 am – 4 pm everyday. The center will open 30 minutes early.

The program will  take place at the Finnish Hall located at 1970 Chestnut St, off University Avenue in Berkeley, CA 94702.  The Finnish Hall has its own off-street parking.  It is located close to Hwy 80, as well as the 4th street and San Pablo shopping districts.

Students are requested to bring their own props:  a yoga mat, 4 blankets, two blocks and two belts.  Out-of-town students should bring their own mat.  We have made arrangements for out-of-town students to get their additional props for a $10 donation.

Do you live out of town?  Here are our tips to help you arrange your stay.




$600 per person

You may secure your space with a deposit of $150. The remainder is due mid-August.

Please send your check to:  Adeline Yoga, 484 Lake Park Ave #644, Oakland CA 94610.  This is our mailing address, not studio address.

If you need to cancel before September 1st, 100% of your payment will be refunded minus a $10 transaction fee.


About the Instructors:


Gitte Bechsgaard, Registered Psychotherapist, E-R.Y.T., M.T.C.

Gitte is the founder of Vidya Institute in Toronto, Canada.  She as been practicing Yoga for twenty years and teaching for the past fifteen. She received her foundational training in Europe at the Yoga Institute of Copenhagen (currently the B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Centre Copenhagen; 1990-1997). For the last ten years she has been studying privately with Krishan Mantri in the areas of Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, Eastern psychology, and related Vedic disciplines.

Gitte holds a degree (B.A.) in psychology from Copenhagen University and a Masters of Therapeutic Counseling from the Open International University where she also received her Ph.D. In addition, she is a graduate of the Center for Training in Psychotherapy, Toronto (CTP Dipl).

Her book The Gift of Consciousness: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras was published in the Summer of 2013 with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Learn more about Gitte’s background and outlook through this interview she did exclusively for Adeline Yoga.

gloria-goldberg-268x186Gloria Goldberg

Gloria has taught Iyengar Yoga since 1980 and has been a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 1987.  Gloria is the director of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center of La Mesa, near San Diego. Gloria served as President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) and as a board member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California (IYASC). While director of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute in Los Angeles, she recognized the need for a formal teacher training program. With the approval and guidance of B.K.S. Iyengar, she founded the program in 1992. Gloria is director and co-curriculum coordinator of the program.

The opportunity to study with Gloria is a gift for all students. Her dedication and years spent studying with the Iyengars are very much in evidence when she teaches. Her style is pure Iyengar: clear and concise. She has the rare ability to convey intricate and sophisticated information with an economy of words. which makes her classes understandable and accessible to everyone.


September 12, 2018
September 16, 2018


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