Sally Kempton

Doorways to the Infinite

Part II: The Wisdom of Deep Practice—Exploring Your Inner World through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


This telecourse ran June 17 to July 22, 2020.

The Yoga Sutra-s is the most practical, comprehensive, and definitive manual of yogic wisdom ever written. From the reasons why we suffer, to the truths about karma, to the pathways into meditation, to the powers we can unleash when we master it, this extraordinary text is designed to guide you step by step through a life of self-transformation.

Sally’s course unpacks the text in a way that makes it immediately relevant to the demands of our lives, right now. People who practiced with us during the first series on Book I in Deep Practice for Radical Times, report that this course has triggered not only more depth in their meditation, but a noticeable transformation of priorities, ways of being in the world, and understanding of their journey.

Part Two will deepen this process, taking us into Book II, called Sadhana Pada (The Book of Practice). Sally leads a deep dive into the famous sutras on the stages of practice, on karma, and on the actual principles for liberating the mind.

Traditionally, the wisdom of the Yoga Sutra-s is designed not only to be read but to be experienced. For this, we need access to its hidden secrets, and that is how we will approach the text.  We’ll also look at it from the non-dual tantric perspective, which broadens our understanding of who you are in the world, and is intended to be practiced in the midst of life. Every class will take you beyond the surface of the sutras, finding the essential flavor and pulsating presence that they can unleash when we know how to unlock the grace encoded in them.

You’ll learn:

  • The eight limbs of yoga—going beyond the obvious to understand the essence
  • The reality of Karma and how to work with it
  • Practical methods for re-programming your unconscious
  • Why our practice goes through ups and downs
  • What “Not my will, but thine” means in the context of the yogic journey
  • The tantric approach to the yamas and niyamas
  • How to map the levels of your own psyche

The course includes six 2-hour lectures in mp3 format, two Q&A sessions in mp3 format, guided meditation, and weekly guidance for personal practice.