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

March 22, 2017 - March 26, 2017

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

March 22 – March 26 2017

hosted by Adeline Yoga Studio in Berkeley

In this first Yoga intensive, we will examine the model of the mind that Patañjali provides in the first chapter of the Yoga Sūtras. Along the way, we will explore the concept of Yoga as both the essential means and ultimate destination of the inner journey. The Vedic theory of the three essential modes of nature (tamas, rajas, and sattva), as well as the fundamental tenets of Yogic psychology will be discussed.

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


March 22 – 26th 2017: Wednesday – Sunday

10 am to 5 pm each day

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.

Local students are requested to bring their own props:  a yoga mat, 4 blankets, two blocks and two belts.

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



$600 per person

This intensive will fill up quickly.  We recommend you reserve your space soon.

We are accepting full payments or an initial deposit of $150 for registration.  Final payments will be due by February 1st.

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


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.


March 22, 2017
March 26, 2017


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$600 for entire workshop