“When the mind is silent and peaceful it becomes very powerful. It can become a receptor of bliss and wisdom enabling life to become a spontaneous flow and expression of joy and harmony. However, this inner silence cannot arise while there is a continual stream of disturbing thoughts and emotions. All this inner noise of thoughts and emotions has to be removed before one can truly experience the soundless sound of inner silence.” — Swami Satyananda
“The secret to overcoming worry, rumination, anxiety, emotional trauma, and depression is to develop a strong conscious sense of self that can remain stable while observing the mind. You need to disentangle yourself from your mental contents so that you no longer identify with anxious thoughts and re-identify with yourself as a conscious witness, whose nature is peace, silence, and bliss.” Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati
The classes are a step-by-step integrated path to self-awareness, witness consciousness, and mindfulness. It provides you with the knowledge and techniques that promote spiritual growth and psychological maturity.
Purpose of the classes
If you do not have a strong sense of connection to self, your mind will become your master. You will be caught up in excessive thinking, worries, emotional turmoil, and this can lead to anxiety and depression.
If you have a developed connection with your inner self, your mind becomes your best friend. You are able to calm your mind when you want to, focus when you need to, and generate inner peace, inspiration, and creativity at will.
The Essence of Enlightenment Classes aims to help you connect to your inner self and make friends with your mind. The theory of yoga psychology and yoga-tantra will provide a solid theoretical framework for you to understand how your mental and emotional patterns develop and become embedded, and how to remove negative, destructive patterns.
This clarity of knowledge will enable you to understand your mind in new and liberating ways. You will gain a tangible, grounded approach to engage with your mental and emotional patterns.
When combined with meditation techniques (derived from the theory) you will have the skills to create healthier, more vital, and enlightened patterns – ongoing. You will develop an authentic sense of mastery.
Benefits of the classes
The classes will support you in managing an unstable mind, whether your issue is excessive thinking, worry, anxiety, depression, or emotional trauma.
Long-term, the practices help prevent cognitive decline as they support cellular regeneration.
The Essence of Enlightenment classes teaches you to:
- Build self-awareness and authentic mindfulness.
- Know what to do when unwanted thoughts and emotions arise.
- Liberate energy trapped in neurotic mental loops.
- Channel that energy towards important, creative desires.
- Discover inner silence, stillness, and joy–the essence of your true nature.
- Meditate in a formal practice at home, and to carry the meditative state into your daily life, even when facing challenges and obstacles.
Who are the classes for?
The classes are for beginners to advanced students and for those interested in yoga psychology and depth psychology, which aims to bring the ego into a relationship with the self.
It is especially good for anyone who suffers from anxiety, mild-to-moderate depression, confusion, overthinking, and emotional issues.
Expert guidance and training
Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson provide expert, safe guidance to purify, balance, and illuminate your mind.
Dr. Swami Shankardev is a master of yoga and meditation (Yoga Acharya), a medical doctor, and a psychotherapist.
Jayne Stevenson is a dream worker and a highly gifted, intuitive, spiritual counselor, trained in Daoist and yogic meditation and philosophy.
4 x 75-minute classes
Talk and Visual Presentation
Continuing Professional Development
Earns CPD 6 contact hrs with Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Australia, & SYTA
Title: Essence of Enlightenment
Authors: Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati & Jayne Stevenson
Publisher: Big Shakti
Media: Recorded Online Classes