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International Day of Yoga with Rajesh David - Pratyahara

20th June 2020 - 21st June 2020
at Online - Zoom Event

International Day of Yoga with Rajesh David - Pratyahara

Tutor: Rajesh David

Date: 20th June 2020 - 21st June 2020

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Location: Online - Zoom Event

Type of Event: Open Day

Places Available: 7

Pratyahara: Gateway to Stillness with Rajesh David

(An Online Yoga retreat course)


This is an Online IST course, it is spread over 2 days (2 ½ hour session per day) via ZOOM

Teachers can claim full 7.5 CPD points. 

To celebrate International Day of Yoga - this event is open to all yoga practitioners 

Pratyahara is the fifth limb of the 8-fold path of Yoga and is considered to be the bridge between the external (bahiranga) and the internal (antaranga). This important stage could be perceived as a portal to inner realms, preparing the yogi for Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.

Pratyahara is defined in the Yoga Sutras as the withdrawal of the senses from external objects back to the mind field from which those senses originally arose, thus enabling the mind to focus on its true nature.

Pratyahara practices lead to a state of deep relaxation, expanded awareness and inner stability.

The course will focus on:

 Reflecting on the meaning of Pratyahara

  • Working with asanas and pranayama with emphasis on Pratyahara
  • Looking at techniques of Pratyahara from Nada and Kriya Yoga
  • Exploring other disciplines, such as Mindfulness, which bring about Pratyahara
  • Experiencing Pratyahara through the practice of Yoga Nidra
  • Moving towards Dharana and Dhyana
  • Appreciating the importance of Pratyahara in our practice

 Conducted over 2 days, this course gives an opportunity to participants to reflect on the subject and deepen their understanding.

The course will be in the format of a Yoga retreat, where participants will be encouraged to experience yogic practices such as Karma Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Svadhyaya (self-study), Mouna (period of silence) and morning chanting & meditation outside teaching hours.

A suggested programme (time table) is given to participants to follow at home. The time table is a guideline, which participants can adjust to suit their particular circumstances.

 Day 1

Online Teaching

10 – 10.15 Relaxation and introduction

10.15 – 11.15 Asana and Pranayama with emphasis on Pratyahara

11.15 – 11.40 Break

11.45 – 12.45 Looking at Pratyahara practices – mudras, bandhas, kriya

12.45 – 1.00pm Short meditation

(all sessions interactive with opportunities for Q&A through Zoom Chat facility)

End of day 1 teaching

Suggested self-retreat practice (time-table)

1 pm Lunch and rest

3.30pm – 4pm Yoga Nidra (listen to a recording provided or CD)

4pm – 4.30pm Tea break

4.30 – 6pm Karma Yoga (undertaking activities in the garden or home: cooking a meal etc)

6.15pm Supper

7.30 – 9pm Self-study (Swadhyaya)

9pm Reflecting on the day and short meditation

9.30pm Mouna (Silence till morning breakfast)


Day 2

Suggested self-retreat practice (time-table)

6am Good morning!

6.30 -7.30am Asana and Pranayama practice

7.30 – 8am Chanting and meditation

8am Breakfast


Online Teaching

10 – 10.40 Pratyahara and Sound – Nada Yoga practice

10.40 – 11.15 Looking at Yoga Nidra from the viewpoint of Pratyahara – practice

11.15 – 11.40 break

11.45 – 12.15 Pratyahara Heart Centring practice, opening the heart chakra (practice)

12.15 – 12.45 Exploring concepts of Pratyahara in Samkhya –Discussion

12.45 – 1.00pm Feedback, Q&A and Evaluations

End of IST (Yoga retreat) course


About Rajesh David

Rajesh David trained at The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India. He is also a composer and singer, with a background in Indian classical music. As a professional singer he was an A- grade artist for All India Radio & Television.

Whilst living as a resident of Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales for four years, he conducted kirtan and chanting sessions, gave concerts and taught regular Nada Yoga courses. His three courses on the subject of Nada, Nada Yoga the Yoga of Subtle Sound, From Sound to Silence and The Music of Om - chanting and reflecting on the Mandukya Upanishad, together with two others, Bhakti Yoga Through Love to the Self and An Introduction to Adi Shankaracharyas Bhaja Govindam are all recognised as IST by the BWY.

He has been teaching these courses in the UK and abroad for several years.

He has also taught with Swami Nishchalananda on a one year course of Kriya Yoga at the Mandala Yoga Ashram.

His many CDs include collections of devotional music, such as Mantram Music for Relaxation and Meditation, The Music of AUM - The Mandukya Upanishad and Kabir - mystic poems, and practice CDs, such as Nadopasana, for practitioners of Nada Yoga.

Rajesh has trained as a coach with HeartMath UK, which focuses on heart intelligence as a means of building resilience and managing stress.


In case of any cancellation:

1. The event organiser will offer to transfer a person to another event which is on the BWY website.

2. If this is not possible the event organiser will follow the BWY cancellation policy: • Within 2 months of the event a full refund can be made • Between 8 weeks and 4 weeks prior to the event 50% of the fee (a full refund can be made if there is a waiting list for the event) • 1 month to 1 week – 25% of fee paid • 7 days’ notice no refund.

3. The event organiser will ask the Treasurer to refund the person by BACS – cheque refunds will only be given in exceptional circumstances.

 If necessary, please contact the organiser: Ilkay Ozcan - 0782 140 3276 –


Online - Zoom Event
Online - Zoom Event


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