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Mantra Sadhana and the Feminine Divine with Gitte Bechsgaard & Gloria Goldberg

May 1, 2021 - May 3, 2021


Mantra Sadhana and the Feminine Divine

Part 2 of 2
With Gitte Bechsgaard PhD CIYT & Gloria Goldberg MA CIYT

May 1 – 3, 2021

2:00 – 6:00 pm


In Tantric literature, mantra sadhana and ritual practice represent the heart of the teachings. It is the main instrument and method for spiritualization.

In this workshop, we will explore this sacred art in the context of a scriptural study of the Feminine Divine. Teachings will include lecture and chanting, asana and pranayama.

In Tantric literature, Mantra Sadhana and Ritual Practice represent the heart of the teachings; it’s the main instrument and method to achieve spiritualization.

Learning Format:

We will start each session with 90 minutes of guided asana sadhana with Gloria, followed by a 30 minute break.

Then our session with Gitte will be composed of 60 minutes of call & response recitation intertwined with or immediately followed by a 60 minute lecture that will include time for questions & answers.

If possible, please have your video camera on during these teachings. Gitte finds that when the group is as present as possible during these live online teachings, everyone is able to get more out of the workshop versus, for example, a pre-recorded lecture or video course.  If you are unfamiliar with our live online teachings and have any questions or concerns, please contact us at or

We understand that the concept can seem quite strange if you have never tried it before, but we’ve been happy find that participating is surprisingly simple even for those of us who struggle with technology.

Participants may participate in session 2 even if they have not participated in session 1.

Recordings will be available to registered participants for a 10-day period after the workshop.


The schedule will be:

2 – 3:30 pm PST – Asana and pranayama with Gloria Goldberg

This is 5 – 6:30 pm EST, 9 – 10:30 pm London, 5:00-6:30 am Taiwan

followed by a 30 minute break


4 – 6 pm PST – Mantra sadhana with Gitte 

This is 7 – 9 pm EST, 11 pm – 1 am London, 7 – 9 am Taiwan


This workshop will be held online via Zoom.

A zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the class.  Check out our tips for preparing for your Zoom class.




Tuition: $160 USD

If you have already participated in session 1 please remember to use your discount code.

We have two scholarships available: one partial and one full scholarship.  Reach out to to apply.

Prior to class you will receive a unique zoom log-in and specific instructions.

First time on Zoom with us? Check out our tip sheet! Our tips will help you get ready for your first class with us.

You can find out more about our Live Online Programming here

Cancellation Policy:

If your cancellation request is received more than 2 days before the start of the workshop, your payment will be refunded in full minus $10.  No refunds for cancellations requested less that 48 hours before the start of the workshop.  To request a workshop cancellation, please email

We will do our best to make recordings available to registered participants for a 4-day period after the workshop.




About the Instructors:

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

Gitte Bechsgaard, founder of Vidya Institute International, Toronto (2002), has studied, taught and researched in the field of Yoga, Psychology and the Vedic Wisdom Traditions for almost 30 years. She is certified as a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher (CIYT), and teaches throughout North America and Europe. In 2011 Gitte completed her PhD thesis on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which is published as The Gift of Consciousness: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras(Cambridge Scholars Press). Her other book, The Sacred in Exile: What It Really Means to Lose Our Religion, co-written with Dr. Gillian McCann,was published with Palgrave in 2017. Together, Gillian and Gitte have facilitated University Conferences in the area of Health, Healing and Religion for Nipissing University, centered on themes related to the cultivation of religious tolerance, holistic health, contemplative practice and spirituality. They also co-write for Psychology Today on a monthly basis.

Gitte has studied privately with her mentor Sri Krishan Mantriji in the areas of Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy, Jyotish and Contemplative practice. She has also been actively engaged in Yoga research in various hospital settings in Toronto for the last 18 years, in conjunction with York University. Aside from Gitte’s work in the field of Yoga and spirituality she is also a registered psychotherapist (RP). Her main area of interest is the dialogue between Eastern and Western approaches to the mind, health and healing. She is a graduate from the Centre for Training in psychotherapy (CTP), Toronto.

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.


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