The Other Yoga — Beyond the Postures

Learn a systematic and life changing practice that can transform your consciousness and open doors into a new world of possibilities.

Recording of a 5-Week Live Online Workshop
Recorded in 2022

Yoga has become mainstream as shown in these statistics from the internet:

  • In the past 5 years alone, yoga practitioners in the U.S. have increased by over 50%.
  • Worldwide, approximately 300 million people regularly practice yoga.
  • One in three Americans have tried yoga at least once.
  • There are currently 100,000 yoga teachers registered in the U.S.

Yoga teachers of today are likely to say that what they teach has a history that goes back millennia. Yet, what was taught in India a mere 75 years ago was only remotely like what contemporary western teachers offer. In fact, the Yoga Sutra, a text that is widely considered to be the most accurate and succinct expression of the essence of yoga, devotes a mere three of its 195 verses to the asanas (postures) that most yoga classes spend most of their time on.

So, what is this “Other Yoga” that the vast bulk of the Yoga Sutra describes and explains? Often mentioned in passing or referred to as authority, it has been explained in countless commentaries for hundreds of years, but those commentaries mostly remain as cryptic and mysterious as the verses themselves.

This workshop is based on new and more accessible commentaries and will uncover this neglected and powerful science that has guided the spiritual path of aspirants on their journey for eons.

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I’ve known Swami Ravi (Rudy Ballentine) for 15 years now and have had the pleasure to be taught by him on many occasions. His expertise in wholistic health is astounding and his dedication to living in right relationship with Gaia is inspiring. Rudy never fails to surprise me with new facts and insights around the ways nature and humans relate and are intertwined in deeply spiritual ways.
Mana V., Black Mountain, NC

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This workshop:

  • Lays out the major stages of the practice and explain the rationale for their use
  • Demystifies basic themes, avoiding – or explaining – Sanskrit terms that are often stumbling blocks for western students
  • Reveals a model of the psyche (mind) that, although ancient, is designed to facilitate the transformation of consciousness, as opposed to the unsuitability of our modern psychology for this task
  • Explains how the mind can be cleared of clutter and made peaceful and serene
  • Explores the dynamics of aging and offer techniques and approaches for avoiding suffering and fear
  • Recommends the best texts for participant use and guide the application of them
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$145 – 250

Sliding Scale Tuition

Because some people have more financial means than others, we have created a sliding scale fee system to accommodate a range of economic realities. The high end of the scale reflects the value we believe the program holds, and the low-end offers a more accessible entry point.

By choosing a higher price point, you are helping make the program more accessible to others for whom the low-end may be cost-prohibitive. Please consider your needs and resources to determine what might be a stretch, but not a strain.


We offer 50% scholarships to black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend. We understand that BIPOC experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and this is one way we are able to create more access. If you identify as BIPOC and would like to receive a scholarship, please contact us at [email protected].

About the Instructor

Swami Ravi

Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati


Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati was a clinical professor of psychiatry at LSU in New Orleans before going to India to train in homeopathy and ayurveda in 1973. He returned to help with the fledgling Himalayan Institute, where he set up a combined therapy program and developed a chain of holistic medical centers in the Northeast and Midwest. After writing Radical Healing as a completion of his medical and psychiatric career in 1998, he turned to teaching the principles of tantra that had run through his 20 years of study under Swami Rama. He took his sannyasa in the fall of 2016, and now teaches and writes at Dancing Shiva at Earthaven Ecovillage.