Patanjali Yoga Sutras with Allison Dennis

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras:

How to Live and Die Well

with Allison Dennis

July 6 – 8, 2018

Join us for a weekend immersion into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras; an ancient text on how to calm the mind, how to alleviate our sense of suffering in the world, and essentially how to die well.

The beauty Patanjali offers us is a concise vocabulary for the psychological underpinnings of the mind paired with clear instructions on how to let go of attachments. Enjoyment of life isn’t the problem! As Swami Swaroopananda says,”If it’s coming, good! If it’s not coming, good!”.  All too often we fret and plot about what might happen, what should happen, or what we wish would happen; all the while missing what’s actually happening. Patanjali teaches equanimity despite the inevitable rise and fall of life. He also describes, in great detail, the distinctions between yoga and buddhism, the anatomy of psychic phenomena, and the path to liberation.

The yogic concept of death is that the physical body passes, but the subtle aspects of our being go on. We’ll talk about this.

Allison has studied Patanjali’s Sutras intensively for over ten years now, primarily with Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya for Sivananda Centers in USA, Bahamas and the Middle East. Allison’s language is rooted in this tradition, but her point of view includes practical applications for a modern world.


4:00-5:30: Samkhya & Chapter 1

5:45-6:45: Asana

7:00-8:00: Kirtan

8:00-9:00: Chapter 1 and Chant some of Patanjali’s Sutras



9:00-10:15: Chapter 1

10:30-12:30: Asana & Patanjali Contemplative Practices

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:30: Chapter 2

4:00-7:00: Chapter 2



10:30-12:30: Asana & Patanjali Contemplative Practices

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-4:00: Chapter 2

4:00-5:30: Chap 3 & 4 and Q&A


If you’ve studied Patanjali with Allison in a YTT or AYTT you may come for any part and don’t need to attend the entire weekend. If this is your first time approaching Patanjali in a didactic way, you are encouraged to come for the entire session. If you’ve studied intensively with another teacher and would like to attend only part of the weekend, please email Allison first. The Asana classes, Kirtan, and chanting Patanjali Sutras are open to the public and all may attend these portions whether registering for the weekend or not.



Pre-register by emailing

Sliding Scale $200-400 for entire session; or $20-40 per hour for Lectures

If not registering for entire weekend, Asana and Kirtan/Chanting Patanjali Sutras are at regular public cost