The Eight Limbed Path – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

About This Event

Join Devarshi Steven Hartman and Yogi Amrit Desai – in interactive, lively, experiential revelations about the legendary Patanjali’s Sutras – 196 potent lines (threads) of clear direction towards one’s personal transformation, clarity and inner peace. This short piece of unparalleled spiritual literature is packed with pithy advice, direction and a gradient approach to one’s enlightenment and freedom. For thousands of years, this concise, four-chapter poem of wisdom, remains unmatched in presenting the pathway to contentment.

Devarshi is Author of an audio series about Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras called The Simple Secrets to Inner Peace. He is an inspiring storyteller who makes the Sutras come alive and reveals how to apply these practices to your modern life. Devarshi has been a disciple and friend of Yogi Amrit Desai’s since 1983, was a former longtime Kripalu Ashram resident, and the Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga from 2004 to 2014. Devarshi is the Founder of the Pranotthan School of Yoga that leads 200-Hour and 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings at All That Matters Studio in Rhode Island.

Yogi Amrit Desai (Gurudev) needs little introduction. Founder of Kripalu Ashram and Amrit Yoga Institute, Gurudev has dedicated his whole life to the practice and teaching of yoga at every level. His role in bringing and transmitting yoga knowledge to the west is unparalleled. His leadership, love, devotion to the thousands of students who have lived and learned in the spiritual communities that he has created have highly influenced the face of modern yoga in the world today. Gurudev’s presence and innate wisdom are a rare gift not to be missed.

The wisdom contained in this brief ancient poem, laid out with the brilliance of a scientist, and the conversations and guidance between Gurudev and Devarshi into experiences will make the Sutra teachings come alive in you. Join their dynamic and spirited interactions as they unfold the teachings of the Sutras together, with you. Come learn why this tiny text has withstood the test of time, and continues to offer guidance and peace to the world.

All are welcome. You do not need to have any prior knowledge about Patanjali’s Sutras, or have any interest in yoga asana, to attend.

In this training you will:

Become familiar with foundational principles laid out in the Sutras that contain the potential to change the way you view life and the way you live, teach and practice yoga.

Clarify and commit to your individual dharma (life purpose) with new vigor and inspiration.

Come to terms with some of life’s most perplexing dilemmas, freeing up endless energy and gathering unprecedented courage for your future.

Learn to use the powerful practices of yoga, meditation and pranayama to integrate the teachings of the Sutras.

Recommended translation: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Mukunda Stiles

Venue Highlights

We are located in Salt Springs, Florida, amid the tranquil beauty of the Ocala National Forest on Lake Kerr, a spring-fed lake of nearly 3,000 acres. Beneath a canopy of towering Live Oaks, the six-acre campus features lush tropical gardens, stone decks and walkway, and a peaceful sand beach. The property includes a main house, lodge, main office, guest cabin, and brand new Healing Arts Center. We run programs year-long in service of our mission to bring authentic yogic wisdom to the world. If you’re not sure about taking a program yet, we also welcome guests for R&R.


We offer dorm-style housing as well as private/shared accomodations for an additional charge.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All our programs include 3-vegetarian meals daily. Meals are prepared fresh and served buffet-style with a fresh salad bar included during lunch and dinner.

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  • Kelly Thompson   May 21, 2019


    Enjoyed a retreat two weeks ago on the Sadhana of Prana with Chandrakant and then returned this past weekend for a short Rest & Relaxation. Was hoping for Darshan with Gurudev, but though we missed out on that, we were grateful for Nirali’s Sunday morning presentation on the foundation for I AM Yoga. She is a wonderful teacher full of grace and embodied spirit. It was a gift to sit on the dock and watch the sunset and the full moon rise. We look forward to our next visit!

  • Joe DiScala   February 12, 2019


    Started in my mind (while feeling what was and not being able to quite my mind) seeing what's not there, over my stay I realized what was there was so much more I was a close friend to the Kripalu Ashram I had many friends, I consider myself very sensitive, so when Guru Dev was ousted I withdrew! My whole attraction was to practice non-judgment and here the institution that introduced me to the concept was being judgemental Kripalu since and the experience was wonderful just not the same spiritually but to the general, public the commercial customer it's got all the bells and whistles extremely well managed or was the last time typical of the corporate retreats around the world with a little less spirituality Amrit Yoga is for me the exception in a world that is attracted to bling I have revisited all the various methods I've tried and from this day forward become a devote I can't say enough words won't provide the essence of the feeling which is what it's all about God Bless and keep you in this world Amrit Yoga

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