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Sādhana Mālā Yoga Training offers premium quality yoga training and study courses for teachers and keen students

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A Celebration of 20 years of Sādhana Mālā


Exploring prāṇa and the techniques & application of prāṇāyāma. 


To celebrate 20 years of Sādhana Mālā, Dave and Ranju are offering a rare opportunity to study live with both of them in this 3 day residential event at Woodbrooke.


As joint authors of Embodying the Yoga Sūtra and teacher trainers over the last twenty years, they bring a wealth of experience and are well known for their approachability, clarity and depth of knowledge.

We would love past students on any courses, or new students interested in this approach, to come and make this a celebration of two decades of Sādhana Mālā. 

  • Refresh your practice
  • Meet new friends
  • Rekindle old friendhips
  • Be inspired 

A 3 Day Retreat at the Woodbrooke Centre, Birmingham16-18 June 2023
£595 to include single 
accommodation and all meals from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch. 
(super earlybird £545 before April 14, or pay in full £525)

A deposit of £245 is due now with the balance payable by the 15 May. Or pay in full for a further discount.


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Cikitsā: Yoga Therapy Training

A new Sadhana Mala course, with course director Sue Chudley, supported by Dave Charlton and Ranju Roy

A minimum 600 student study hours over 2 years starting in Sept 2023 consisting of 9 modules, each organised around a 4 day in-person retreat with supporting live zoom meetings. Applicants must be qualified teachers in this tradition (to AYS practitioner level or equivalent) and have experience of 1-1 teaching.

This course will be designed to meet the BCYT criteria and will be submitted for accreditation at the earliest opportunity.

Applications invited now.

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Embodying The Yoga Sutra – Support, Direction & Space

In Embodying The Yoga Sutra, we focus on 18 of the most important sutra and show how each one illuminates the relationship between the body, the breath and the mind in a practical, clear and contemporary manner. The sutra are carefully deconstructed, put into context and then developed into ideas for practice. We examine the interplay of three key terms: support, direction and space, to further inform our understanding and application of the practice.

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Embodying The Yoga Sutra Online Workshop Series, Workshop 12: 

Practising Pranayama Part 2
Mar 25th 9.30am-1pm 

Cost £40
A workshop with Dave and Ranju based on chapter 10 of our book Embodying the Yoga Sutra.

A workshop with Dave and Ranju based on chapter 10 of our book Embodying the Yoga Sutra. This will explore the theory of practising pranayama, building on workshop 11, focussing on nostril control and interpreting the 3 verses from the Yoga Sutra that deal with the fruits of pranayama in a way that directly relates to the practice.  The workshop will include 2 presentation / discussion sessions and a taught practice. This workshop should be suitable for all with some experience of Yoga. 

This is the 12th of the workshops addressing each of the chapters of the book. Each workshop is independent. but taken together will provide a thorough experiential journey through the content of Embodying the Yoga Sutra.

Please note timings: 9.30am-1pm London Time. All sessions are recorded and made available to participants.

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Catch up on past Embodying The Yoga Sutra Workshops

Workshop 1: Following The Path

Workshop 2: Yoga is a State of Mind

Workshop 3: Starting From Where You Are

Workshop 4: Yoga & Wellness

Workshop 5: Yoga - The Essential Method - Coming Soon

Workshop 6: Negotiating Obstacles Part 1 - Coming Soon

Future Embodying The Yoga Sutra Workshop Dates

Workshop 13: Sat 13 May 2023
Workshop 14: Sat 1 July 2023

Featured Courses & Events

A&P May 2023 with David Wilkinson

Rattle your bones, contract your muscles and tease out your fascia. Make it a summer studying the amazing human body!

The course will give you:

* 6 Full days of tuition, practice and workshop exercises
* Full course manual
* Exposure to both classical and cutting edge theories concerning the body and movement 
* All essential mechanical principles of A&P for teaching safe, effective Yoga

This course will be run over 3 weekends at White Horse Yoga near Devizes.
Timings: 10.00-5.00 Sat and 9.30-4.30 Sun
Dates: May 13/14, June 24/25, Aug 5/6

Full Cost £555


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Viniyoga Unveiled

Some experience with Yoga, but new to this approach? Viniyoga Unveiled is just for you. This is the entry level course that provides an overview of our approach to āsana and prāṇāyāma, and discusses some key concepts from the Yoga Sūtra including the word 'viniyoga'.

The course comprises of 10 bespoke films (10-30 mins), each with accompanying handouts. Also 4 simple practices (approx 25 minutes each) that illustrate some of the basic principles.


What is Yoga/What is Viniyoga?

Dynamic and Static Postures/ Breath in Postures/ Sequencing

Introduction to Prāṇāyāma/ Ujjāyī/ Nostril control/ Posture for Prāṇāyāma

Chanting Yoga Sūtra 1-2/ Kriyā Yoga/Yoga Sūtra 1-2

Practices: Forward Bends/Backward Bends/ Twisting/ Breath and Sequences

Cost £108 

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Introduction to The Yoga Sūtra

This is the ideal way to begin your study of the Yoga Sūtra and an important preliminary before taking one of our more detailed Yoga Sūtra study courses, particularly if you are new to Sādhana Mālā and are less familiar with the Yoga Sūtra.

The course comprises of 4 bespoke films with accompanying handouts


Film 1: Background/ Patañjali/ Sūtra and Sanskrit language

Film 2: History of Yoga Sūtra/ Commentarial Tradition/ The 4 Chapters

Film 3: (2 hour Zoom session): Book 1- Major Themes/ Key Words/ Key Sūtras/ YS1.1-4

Film 4: (2 hour Zoom session): Book 2- Major Themes/ Key Words/ Key Sūtras/ YS1.1-4

Cost £65

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Definitive Yoga Sūtra Chapter 4

We are delighted to announce the fourth in our online in-depth Yoga Sūtra study series, focusing on chapter 4. The course starts on Friday 13 January 2023 and consists of 8 Friday morning online sessions.

We will explore each sūtra with word for word translations, plus analysis from the commentary of Vyāsa and added insights from TKV Desikachar, Paul Harvey, Peter Hersnack and Srivatsa Ramaswami.Each sūtra has its own handout with a breakdown of the words and key ideas from Vyāsa's commentary.


8 Friday mornings beginning 13 Jan 2023 and ending 21 July 2023. 

Timings :

10am – 1.00pm (all theory with 20min T break)

We will record the zoom sessions and they will be available at least until end December 2023.
Cost £375-425 (earlybird offers until 20 Dec 2022)
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