Sva-Parichayam '21
an introduction to Integral Yoga Psychology
a three month journey

About the program:

This is a program offered by the Indian Psychology Institute, Pondicherry.

This learning journey is meant to help you develop a better understanding of yourself and to progress in the journey of your life through consciousness-based processes. It provides self-reflective tools to delve into your own being, create a space for self-observation and foster reflective conversations with a community of seekers.

It offers an introduction to Integral Psychology and is largely, but not exclusively, based on the work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, who provide an extraordinary framework for growth in self-knowledge.

Topics like cognition and modes of knowing; self and personality; yoga-based research methodologies; processes of change; relationships; professional work involving application of psychological processes (education, therapy, etc.) are covered. The central focus is on increasing self-knowledge and developing consciousness-based psychological skills that help both in one’s personal growth and in one’s work.

Program Details

It is an online program with a 7-day intensive, followed by 12 weeks of guided Self-project work.

7-day intensive:

Dates: 16th August 2021 to 22nd August 2021
Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Content: Each day includes 2 to 3 sessions by experts, a guided self-reflection session and journaling time.

12-week guided work:

Date: Starting 26th August
Online expert session (on Thursday evenings) + sharing circle (on Sundays). This structure of the weekly sessions is subject to minor changes based on the group’s requirement

Self-project work:

The participants are required to take up a Self-Project on any psychological aspect of oneself that one wants to research, change or grow in, such as faith, equanimity, harmony, trust etc. These largely self-directed projects will involve literature study, detached self-observation and journal writing. Towards the end of the course (3 months), participants will be required to submit a project report and make a presentation.


The facilitators include Dr. Matthijs Cornelissen, Neeltje Huppes, Dr. Vladimir Yatsenko, Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Dr. Alok Pandey and more. Besides them, Indian Psychology Institute’s alumni will be facilitating the journey.

Click here for more about the facilitators from SP 2020.


Applications are invited from anyone who seriously wants to get an experience-based understanding of Integral Yoga Psychology through processes of inner growth and self-development.

The intent of this learning journey is to cater to all those who are interested in developing psychological knowledge through processes of inner growth and self-development, and those having an aptitude for first-person studies. Candidates who have the scope and potential to take it forward in a professional or academic setting (mental health professionals, psychology students and teachers, individuals working in social and educational setups) shall be given preference.

The 7-day intensive is going to be demanding in terms of participants’ time & attention and is crucial for the further journey. Hence, selected candidates are expected to provide undivided attention to the program during the 7-day intensive, which might require them to adjust their work schedules or take leave of absence from work.


The monetary contribution to the program is expected to be Rs. 8,000/- per candidate. However, full/partial waivers are offered to candidates based on the requirement and applications.


In order to apply for the program, kindly fill the Google form by clicking on the following link:

There are only limited seats, so if you are interested, please register at the earliest, but not later than 21st June 2021. The information regarding your selection shall be communicated to you by 15th July 2021.

The selection process involves shortlisting of candidates based on the content of the application, followed by online interaction with the shortlisted candidates before the final selection.

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