The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Personal Study Workshop Module One


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The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Workshop Module One
– Feel your Self as Being within the Essence of the Ultimate Reality

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module One Personal Sādhana Workshop is limited to a maximum of five students to allow for a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student. It introduces the student to a weekend workshop on the primary principles and essential teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar on the Upaniṣat and how they can inspire and inform our personal Yoga Sādhana.

“Holding the body steady, with the
three (upper parts, chest, neck, head) erect,

causing the senses and the mind to enter the heart,
the wise person should cross by the boat of Mantra
all the fear bringing streams of the mind.”

– Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣat Chapter 2 verse 8

Based in the Cotswolds, it is a 2-day workshop open to all except complete beginners and offers an opportunity for a student from any Yoga background or style to have an in-depth introduction to the Upaniṣat, either for personal development or professional skills.


The 2 day workshop introduces students to the primary principles and teachings from the Upaniṣat and how they inspire and inform our personal Yoga Sādhana.

“As the spider moving upward by the thread obtains free space,
thus assuredly the meditator,
moving upward by the Mantra obtains svatantra.”
– Maitrī Upaniṣat C6 v22

It is presented with the aim of reflecting the fundamentals of Śrī T Krishnamacharya’s teaching, namely, transmission occurs through the direct experience of the teacher with the students personal practice & study Sādhana.

Complete in itself, it offers an opportunity for a student from any Yoga background or style to experience an in-depth introduction to Upaniṣat Mysticism. As well as being a sound overview, it is an in-depth introduction to the primary principles and teachings from the major Upaniṣat. It is also a prerequisite to further work through the Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module Two Personal Sādhana Course.


The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module One Workshop Framework

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module One Personal Sādhana Workshop reflects the teachings of TKV Desikachar and his father and teacher T Krishnamacharya as taught to Paul Harvey over 25 years through:

  • Guidance in emphasising a personal reflective study to support your life.
  • Understanding the principles that inspire and inform Yoga teachings.
  • An overview of primary Upaniṣat concepts around body and mind.
  • Familiarisation with basic Upaniṣat terms and practice techniques.
  • Appreciating how chanting the Upaniṣat can aid their absorption and deepen our understanding.
  • Deepening the reflective aspects of our personal practice with the Upaniṣat.

To present a view of the Upaniṣat through which students can support and develop their own Yoga Sādhana and deepen their appreciation of the possibilities for the Upaniṣat in their lives.

The role of this Workshop is not to train students as Yoga teachers although the Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism Workshop will obviously enhance any Yoga teacher’s skills in the area of Yoga Psychology and Yoga Therapeutic Healthcare. They are offered with respect for the vital source from which these Yoga teachings originated and their place in our age and culture.

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module One Workshop topics total over 10 hours through

Upaniṣat Mysticism – 10.0 hours

  • Exploring some key concepts that underpin this Teaching.
  • How the Upaniṣat are linked.
  • What are the key concepts in each.
  • Which Upaniṣat are most important.
  • Why we need a view such as the Upaniṣat.
  • Learning to look from the Upaniṣat at our relationship with others.
  • Linking the Upaniṣat to the ebb and flow of daily life. 

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module One Workshop Prerequisites, Timings, Fees and Booking

A minimum of one year’s attendance at a Yoga group class of any Yoga approach, or 10 individual Yoga lessons with any Yoga teacher.

The days are on Saturday from 10.30-6.45 and Sunday from 9.00-2.00.

The 2022 Workshop fee will be £235 for the two days.
The 2023 Workshop fee will be £240 for the two days.
The 2024 Workshop fee will be £245 for the two days.
The 2025 Workshop fee will be £250 for the two days.

The full fee is payable at the time of booking and includes a pre-prepared printed manual, tuition, vegetarian lunches each day, all refreshments plus supper on the evening of the first day. Accommodation is not included in the teaching and catering fee.

To book please contact Paul directly. Payment can be made by bank transfer. Please ask for bank details. Confirmation of your payment and place will be provided. All fees are non-returnable and non-transferable. In the case of the course not running, an acceptable alternative or a full refund will be offered.   

The Art of Upaniṣat Mysticism – Module One Workshop Venue & Accommodation

All the weekends are based in the Cotswolds with a country setting and retreat atmosphere.


Do note that the fees will include refreshments and lunch and, if staying overnight, evening supper to help with costs. Thus, if you have arranged to stay overnight locally there is no need to incur any further costs, apart from your accommodation, until you leave.