Day 37 Session 02: Upanishads: The Fountainhead of Yogic Wisdom by Vinayachandra Banavathy K

About the Session

The Upanishads capture the essential teachings of the Vedas and form the foundational texts that have profoundly influenced every school of thought in India and the Eastern world in myriad ways from time immemorial. The modern West has also not been untouched by their wisdom as reflected in the works of many philosophers, writers and thinkers. While Yoga philosophy emerges in the backdrop of a Sankhyan framework, it assimilates many profound insights about the nature of the Self and Consciousness from the Upanishadic teachings. This session will explore some of these essential teachings from the Upanishads which form the heart of our understanding of Yoga today.

About the Speaker

Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy K., is the Director of Indica Yoga, a platform that offers authentic, immersive and transformative yoga experiences across the world. He is also the founder of Takshashila Institute of India Studies (TIIS). He holds a PhD on psychological insights in the Vedas from Pondicherry University, besides Masters’ in Sanskrit, English, Yogic Science and Applied Psychology. He has earlier worked as a senior consultant for the National Education Policy drafting committee incharge of Langurage & Culture Education and much before that he was a Research Associate at Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

Vinayachandra is a dedicated teacher who travels across the world conducting courses, lectures and workshops on a unique blend of Yoga, Psychology and Sanskrit. His inspiration to teaching and learning comes from his education at Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Bangalore - a unique educational experiment that blends the best of the past and present, that has tremendously influenced his living, career and his pursuits in life.

His publications include a report on Standardization of Yoga Terminologies for WHO; a book co-edited with Dr. Anuradha Choudry titled ‘Perspectives on Indian Psychology’, published by Jain University Press, another book co-authored titled ‘Happiness: Indic Perspectives’, published by Development Foundation, besides a few articles, papers, booklets on Yoga, Indian Psychology, Culture and Spirituality.