with Geshe Michael Roach

August 22 - September 2, 2022

with Geshe Michael Roach

August 22 - September 2, 2022

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10 days of live teachings, asana, meditation, and Sanskrit
Certificate of Completion
30 CEUs upon completion

The Yoga Sutra is the essential text on yoga philosophy.

Written approximately 1800 years ago, its wisdom has proved timeless. In a world filled with distractions and social pressures, practitioners use this text as a clear guide on the path out of suffering, as a tool for mastering their mind, and as a clarifier for understanding the true nature of reality.

About the course

Learn the millennials-old teachings on the final stages of the journey to the state of kaivalya, or Total Purity.

Imagine, your whole life you’ve been wearing tinted sunglasses--ones that make the whole world, everything, seem red. But the problem is that you don't know that it is the glasses that are making the world appear red. You think the world really IS red. This is how misunderstanding infects every single perception we’ve ever had and leads in turn to every single negative thought and negative emotion that we have ever experienced.

So how are we going to fix this problem? If everything seems red, how can we see not-red? How are we going to use the broken instrument of the mind to fix itself? How can the problem also be the solution? How and why would we ever take the glasses off?

In this 4th and final chapter of the Yoga Sutra, Master Patanjali explains this and other very challenging questions as he leads us through the final stages of our journey to the state of Kaivalya, or Total Purity.

In addition to Geshe Michael's teaching, YSI instructors will lead daily meditations, yoga asana classes, and hold an in-depth study group.  As well, the incomparable Michael Johnson will lead us in Sanskrit classes. 


Course Dates: Aug 22 - 26 and Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2022

Daily Live Schedule (MST)

5:35 - 6:05 amMeditation w/ YSI instructors

6:15 - 7:45 am: Master Class and Q&A w/ Geshe Michael Roach

8:00 - 9:00 am: Yoga asana w/ YSI instructors

5:00 - 5:45 pm: In depth Study w/ Earle Birney (except last day)

6:00 - 6:30 pm: Sanskrit w/ Michael Johnson (except last day)


Learn from Master Teacher Michael Roach

Michael Roach is the first American to complete the “Geshe” degree after 25 years of study in India. At the same time, he helped found Andin International Diamond Corporation in New York City, where he used yogic principles to help it grow from a small investment to $250 million USD in annual sales. Andin was ultimately purchased in 2009 by super-investor Warren Buffet. Geshe Michael’s profits from the sale were used almost entirely to create and support several charitable organizations, one of which was an input project that has now digitized over 2 million pages of Asia's classic philosophical texts.


Get the essence of the essence of the most essential text in yoga philosophy.

Michael has tirelessly studied and translated the great ideas of yogic philosophy for over 50 years.  A master of both Sanskrit and Tibetan, he uses the 100,000+ books in the ALL textual database to ensure the accuracy of his translations. This truly unique translation project of the Yoga Sutra was completed from within the depth and clarity of his 3 year 3 month 3 day silent meditation retreat.  This is why YSI does yoga different.

Why learn with the Yoga Studies Institute?

We do yoga different. If you've taken our other courses and classes, then you already know that! When practice is based in original yogic wisdom, it just feels different. 

We source our material from over 2 million pages of classic Asian texts which have been preserved and digitized by our partners at the Asian Legacy Library. Together, our teams have taken painstaking measures to translate, understand, and apply the original yogic texts so that we could share them with you in the most clear and easy-to-apply ways.

Having a lineage of authentic wisdom is important. But we believe this information needs to be integrated through years of practice and meditative contemplation. Many of our instructors have completed over 1000 days of silent meditation retreat practicing yoga and synthesizing this knowledge into experiential wisdom.


Diamond Sponsor


  • Option to attend LIVE & IN-PERSON in Sedona, Arizona for Geshe Michael Roach’s classes
  • Priority access to Geshe Michael Roach for Q&A 
  • Get a signed copy of How Yoga Works
  • Attend live and in-person for all Sanskrit, meditation, yoga, and study group sessions
  • Receive a printed manual
3 Payments of $360

Learner Track


  • Full access to all classes via Zoom live webinar
  • 10 Yoga Sutra classes w/ Geshe Michael Roach
  • 10 live meditation and yoga classes w/ YSI instructors
  • 9 Sanskrit classes w/ Michael Johnson
  • 9 in-depth study sessions w/ Earle Birney
3 Payments of $360
3 Payments of $133

Yoga Sutra Teachings Only


  • 10 Live Yoga Sutra teachings by Geshe Michael Roach

Note: this track does not include Yoga, Meditation, Sanskrit, or in-depth study sessions.

3 Payments of $33

FREE First Day

Aug 22nd Full Access

  • Live Yoga Sutra class and Q&A with Geshe Michael Roach
  • Sanskrit class with Michael Johnson
  • In-depth study session with Earle Birney
  • Live meditation and yoga class with YSI staff  
3 Payments of $33

Need a scholarship?

We want to you join us! We are a non-profit and are happy to offer discounts to those who need them :)

Deadline to apply: Aug 18th.


Give the Gift of Sponsorship

Being a sponsor empowers YSI to share teachings with people from around the world. We have opportunities for sponsors to attend these teachings live in-studio with Geshe Michael, to attend yoga and meditation classes in person, and to participate in special Q and A sessions with Geshe Michael and senior teachers.  As well, there are sponsorship opportunities for people unable to attend the teachings live by making tax-deductible donations to our 501(C)3. 

We appreciate your support!