Pre-recorded with lifetime access to recordings

Reading: Once you've signed up, you can go ahead and read the Intro and Chapter 1 of Edwin Bryant's translation of Patanjali Yoga Sutras.

About the Yoga Sutras

Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras are a brilliant avenue of study for those in the midst of conscious evolution. It’s a platform of inquiry and self-study for those who practice meditation, yoga, or psychology and want more language for the constructs of the mind from the Vedic perspective. 

It’s less a philosophy and more a method for understanding reality as a dualistic interaction between nature and consciousness—a manual for calming the mind by way of dancing the edge between effort and relaxation. It’s also known as Rāja Yoga, or the “royal path” because one becomes, through the purificatory practices suggested in the text, the sovereign, not the slave, of their own mind. This is the path of meditation.

About the Course

Allison intends to share the teachings traditionally and cleanly from the Sanskrit text while simultaneously referring to our shared sense of modern reality. This course aims to be of genuine support as you transform and evolve to become more content, more peaceful, and more connected to your reality.

Each of the four chapters of the text will be offered as 9-hour seasonal sessions. We’ll be using Edwin Bryant’s translation of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras which you can find quite easily for purchase online. Fall session, Chapter 3, happens live Dec 11-12, 2021 as a weekend intensive. Dates and location for live attendance of Ch 4 will be announced in 2022. All classes are recorded and archived if you can't attend in person.

Each class begins by chanting the sutras we’re discussing, followed by lecture and occasional discussion. Homework is reading the entirety of the chapter we're studying in addition to meditative practices given along the way.

Each of the 4 sessions includes: 

  • 9 hours of class, recorded and cataloged online with lifetime access.

  • A transliterated vocabulary sheet for you to print out and take notes

  • Optional support grouping students together if you’d like a study buddy

  • Chanting the sutras in Sanskrit with instruction along the way for proper pronunciation

  • A rich vocabulary for understanding the constructs of the mind

  • Direct access to Allison for a special discounted tutoring rate of $3050 per half hour during the course.

Course Outline

Spring 2021: April 8 - June 6

Chapter 1: Samādhi Pāda

  • Definition of yoga
  • Vṛttis
  • Abhyāsa and vairāgya
  • Īśvara
  • Calming the mind
  • Samādhi

Summer 2021: starts last week of July

Chapter 2: Sādhana Pāda

  • Kriyā Yoga
  • Kleśas
  • Karma
  • Suffering
  • Aṣṭāṅga Yoga

Autumn 2021: December 11-12 weekend immersion

Chapter 3: Vibhuti Pāda

  • Review Ch 1 & 2
  • Inner limbs
  • Samyama
  • Siddhi’s
  • Saṁskāras and Dharmin

Winter 2022: dates tba

Chapter 4: Kaivalya Pāda

  • Review Ch 13
  • Karma and Saṁskāras
  • Time and Guṇas


Four Sessions, Nine hours each session, lifetime access to videos

  • $432


One-Time Payment

One-Time Payment for Four 9-week Sessions

Includes four seasonal 9-hour sessions: Spring 2021 though Winter 2022. Live classes that will be recorded and lifetime access to the materials.

Allison Dennis holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Music from ECU where she studied Sanford Meisner's acting technique. She sang in jazz, funk, and folk bands, recorded and performed as a singer-songwriter, and performed supporting and leading roles in a variety of plays and musicals. 

In NYC at the turn of the millenium, she acted and sang in Off Broadway shows, and ultimately flew in the wildly popular Argentine circus De La Guarda. A back injury during a show brought her to yoga in 2001. 

A herniated disc with nerve impingement made movement quite painful for the first three years of the injury, so her entry point to yoga was the philosophy of India, not the poses. She concentrated on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for a decade while becoming a yoga asana teacher as therapy for her own physical pain. Once mobility returned, Allison was finally permitted by her physical therapist to take on an asana practice. Within months she had signed up for her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2005.

From 2010-2018 Allison owned and operated Heart of Yoga School out of Carrboro, NC where she designed and taught three distinct yoga teacher trainings, culminating in a full 800 hour YTT program. She led nineteen long-term trainings while managing the School, guiding curious seekers to become teachers and home practitioners. 

She also spends 2-3 months a year in India, deepening her understanding of the culture and wisdom systems.

Visit for more info and to learn about her tours and retreats in India and Indonesia.