Introduction to IWTY

The word Yoga usually brings up an image of someone doing asana-pranayama or someone sitting for meditation.āsanā and prāṇāyāmā brings mastery over our body and breath. Meditation happens as a result of the process of preparing the mind and focusing it on a specific object. A key component of Yoga that is often missed out between these two aspects is that of “inner work” i.e. discovering a way in which we can observe the inner workings of our mind and ask the question “In doing what I am doing what am I really doing?”. This is also referred to as antaraṅga sādanā

Inner work begins when we bring attention to our mind and the subsequent subtler layers of our psyche. Through inner work, one gets a deeper understanding of our patterns of behaviour and living. Seen this way, the process of yoga enables us to understand our relationship with self, others, and the world so we may act with honor and live in peace.

This program offers a practical and community approach to inner work that is very much the need of present times. It creates a reflective, non-didactical, dialogic and transformatory space for the facilitators and the participants to engage in inner work. Key ideas from the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, a timeless text of the human psyche, are used as a basis for this process of inner work.

Meeting with a committed group of individuals week after week creates a saṅghā that supports each other to internalise this practice of inner work. It also creates a bonding within and with others and allows one to listen to oneself, others and the context with more clarity.

“As the months passed the process became deeper and began to uncover layers. Previously in situations that were intense and especially where a lot of emotional context with the family was involved I would get really upset and carry that with me for a long time. However with the IWTY process, the power of observation has become stronger and I am able to sometimes watch a situation and hold it for a while. This enables me to see it more clearly and also decide the right course of action.” 

Who Can Join?

The course is open to anyone who is interested in: understanding the patterns of one’s mind and psyche - those that enliven us and deplete us improving one’s relationships with others understanding how one is a part of the problem and can become a part of the solution.

We encourage participants to get into a regular practice of asana and pranayama, prior to joining the program. This program involves self-reflection, self-disclosure & sharing in groups. While the process & facilitation takes care of creating a safe environment to do so, there could be some amount of stress involved for the participant.

If you are undergoing psychiatric treatment/counselling and are considering joining this program, please mention this in the registration form. One of the facilitators will call you to have a conversation to decide if this program would be appropriate for you.

The Process

Contemplative Dialogues
Reflective Art
Authentic, Vulnerable & Joyful Sharing

IWTY-6 Batch Details

Course Start Date: 5th March 2022 | Course Duration: 30 Weeks

Day & Time:
Saturdays, 7 AM to 9 AM IST (+5:30 HRS GMT)

Kamala Chirravuri & Gowtham Balaji

Course Fee:
Indian Residents: INR 32,000
International Residents: USD 700

Essential Technical Requirements

A strong broadband connection.
Join only through a laptop/ desktop.
Be in a calm, well-lit place which will not be disturbed during the session timings (any disturbance on the part of any of the participants will disturb the group).
 Be on video mode throughout the session.  

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