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

February 14, 2019 - February 18, 2019

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

February 14 – 18, 2019

hosted by Adeline Yoga Studio in Berkeley

Module 4: Yoga as Mystical Trance: Cultivating Meditation

According to Patañjali, Yoga embraces a wide range of meditative states. All of these fall under the umbrella term of samyama. These states of super-consciousness are primarily characterized by the gradual stilling of the mind through the meditative trinity of dhāraṇā (concentration), dhyāna (meditation), and samādhi (meditative absorption).

When meditative practice intensifies, the seeker experiences a break-through of the intuitive, the sacred, and the mystical into their otherwise everyday, conditioned consciousness. In all world religions, we find that the mystical path is characterized by this kind of direct experience of the transcendental or sacred.

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

This program is the final module in a four-module course.  This module is only open to students who have previously completed the Patanjali modules with Gitte.


Tentative Schedule:

Feb 14 – 18 2019: Thursday – Monday

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? If you are flying to us, Oakland Airport (OAK) is the closest – it is a busy regional airport that is served by many airlines. You can BART or Uber to the hall in about 30 minutes. San Francisco Airport (SFO) is also convenient. It takes exactly one hour to get to downtown Berkeley on BART – then Uber or Taxi to the Finnish Hall. Drive times to SFO are unpredictable – from 40 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes depending on the time of day.


$600 per person

You may send a $150 deposit now. 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 February 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.


February 14, 2019
February 18, 2019


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$600 for entire workshop