A Yoga Sutras Advanced Study for Monkeys

January 29-31,February 19-21,March 12-14 2021
Mark Thomas
Ticket Price: $ 495.00
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A Yoga Sutras Advanced Study for Monkeys

An in-depth exploration of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras.


The 195 aphorisms structured within four chapters compose this time-tested sacred text that has for millennia guided the practices of the many schools of Yogic teaching. The great power of this work is in its simplicity and its focus upon practical application of spiritual principles.


We will cover all 4 chapters in this course, including Deepening your awareness and understanding of the structure, experiences and necessity of meditation as presented in Chapter 1. Appreciating the breadth and incorporating the lifestyle teachings enumerated in Chapter 2. Explore the deeper meanings and effects of the meditation sutras as outlined in the Sutras Chapter 3. Clarifying what are the long-term effects of these meditations as covered in Chapter 4.


Many of you have been asking for a Monkey 3. This course is open to anyone who has completed Monkey 1, so it is technically not a Monkey 3. 

For decades I have been studying various translations and commentaries on the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Since Monkey classes to date have focused heavily upon the Bhagavad Gita, it is time to do a course where I can share insights into another of the world’s most sacred texts.

This course is open to anyone who has completed Monkey 1, so it is technically not a Monkey 3. 

The other thing that many of you have asked about for so long, and I have avoided teaching, is the deeper meanings and effects of the sutras used in meditation. My unwillingness to teach, what is often times misunderstood as powers for their own sake has subsided, largely due to your longstanding commitment to meditative practice and my understanding and appreciation of the depth of your collective experience in the Silence.

The Siddhis, which are largely covered in the third chapter of the Yoga Sutras, have delineated human potentials that go way beyond what is experienced by humanity for the most part in today’s world. As many teachers, and Patanjali as well have stated, to focus upon developing them as powers ends up being a barrier and not an enhancement to spiritual evolution.

The value in learning more about these sutras comes instead from using them as we have for years, to take you deeper into the Unbounded; while allowing your mind to appreciate the expanded qualities of spiritual realization that results from the alternating combination of deep meditation and this transformational knowledge.

A Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Advanced Study


3 weekends of meditation program from your homes and instruction via Zoom sessions on the course weekends.

Texts: Alistair Shearer-- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
            Itzhak Bentov--    Stalking the Wild Pendulum

January 29-31, 2021
February 19-21, 2021
March 12-14, 2021


Course Schedule: (All times are EST)
Friday evening 7:30 pm through Sunday 10:30 am,
Friday evening sessions will be approximately 2 hours in length

Saturday meditations will begin at 8:30 am with instructional sessions commencing from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday afternoon instructional sessions will start up at 2:00 pm and run until meditation begins from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

There will be no programing on Saturday evenings

Sunday meditations will begin at 8:30 am with instructional sessions running from 9:30 – 10:30 am when we will close up the weekend instruction.

Home Based Retreat

To maximize your learning in this unusual era that we are experiencing, you will need to plan on finding a way to separate yourselves from your householder demands on these weekends much the same as if you were coming to the Center for our retreats.


The main text for the course is The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translation by Alistair Shearer that you already have from prior Monkey classes. Plan on re-reading the introduction and the Sutras chapters one and two prior to commencing the course. The other text for this class will be: Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness by Itzhak Bentov. Please read the introduction prior to the first weekend.


As is the case with prior Monkey classes, you will need to commit to daily meditative practice to maximize the learnings offered in this new program.


Total Investment for all three weekends is $495.00
Brought to you by:  Fellowships of the Spirit  www.fellowshipsspirit.org