Introductory workshops to enter the world of Astrology

Astrology, or Jyotish Shastra, forms an integral part of the cultural traditions of India. In these introductory workshops, we cover the basics of Astrology in varying depths, as well as concepts of Geography and Astronomy that are essential for understanding the natal chart.


Astrology can become a lifelong study, and in fact, I believe it can encompass a  journey of several lives. All we can do is plant the seeds of knowledge in this life, or water the seeds that we have already planted in our previous lives,

and see what becomes of it.


Whether you consider Astrology as a tool for understanding yourself better, or to help others on their Paths, there is something in it for each of us. I welcome you on this Path with a few introductory workshops.


Study group in Vedic Astrology

Saturdays, 9-10am IST, Jan19 - Mar20

Aurelec, Auroville

Weekly sessions to share and learn the concepts of traditional Vedic Astrology. The focus is on an intuitive (and mythological) understanding of the principles involved. There will be home work every week, and topics that students will need to reflect and present on. This can include journaling, art work, story telling, making simple sentences that connect the planets with the Signs and Houses and so on. New students can join by catching up on readings. We will follow the book by Dr. Frawley titled "Astrology of the Seers"

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Introduction to Vedic Astrology (Day 2)

Saturday, 11 Jan 20, 9-430pm

Vérité, Auroville, TN 605101 India

Step into the world of Vedic Astrology and deepen the understanding of yourself. Explore the elements, signs, houses and planets, as well as the philosophy and rationale behind them. Learn about different representations of the night sky, and use that knowledge to explore your birth charts. Knowledge of Astronomy (Day 1) is beneficial, but not mandatory.​


Astronomy of Vedic Astrology (Day 1)

Friday, 10 Jan 20, 9-430pm

Vérité, Auroville, TN 605101 India

Learn basic Astronomical concepts that are essential for the study of Astrology, such as the heliocentric and geocentric views of the solar system, right ascension and declination, tilt and wobble of the Earth,  the precession of the equinoxes, the difference between the Tropical and Sidereal zodiacs, rising sign and retrograde planets. This is a foundation for Vedic Astrology (covered in Day 2), and is a pre-requisite for joining the weekly study group, and for subsequent workshops.

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Astrology Through Yoga

18-19 May 2019, 930-4pm

136.1 Yoga Studio, Chennai

16-17 May 2019, 930-4pm

Tibetan Pavilion, Auroville, India

Specially designed for students of yoga, we will explore the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology with the help of Yogasana. Participants will learn how asanas can be used to strengthen and/or control the Grahas (Planets), Rasis (Signs) and Thathwas (Elements). Over the course of 2 days, you will enter the world of Vedic Astrology, and integrate this traditional knowledge with the practice of Yogasana. The understanding of Astrology will deepen with the help of Yoga, and can be used to devise a daily practice as indicated by your natal horoscope. It will be a weekend of astrological theory and yoga practice; with reflections & introspections.

Feedback from students

"I loved the clarity, the depth, and the creativity of your pedagogy: the stories and metaphors brought liveliness to the teachings. Vikram you are an excellent teacher who prepare well the sessions and is offering us practical tools to navigate with ease and simplicity in this Astrological river of information. I’m delighted to have started this journey with a teacher who is passionate, pedagogue, clear, present and creative. With gratitude and enthusiasm to continue this learning journey"


"I found Vikram's manner of expressing the material quite well done; easy to grasp, explained with stories, keywords and homework (which he commented upon.) and frequent opportunities to question and comment. I would enjoy any future courses Vikram may offer."


"Vikram sir was extremely kind and patient. Every aspect was explained with a lot of detail and made easy to understand. Given a lot of insight and clarity."


"The Vedic astrology classes have been truly informative and with very clear instructions. You have an amazing way to simply difficult concepts with you stories and analogy . I enjoy and look forward to every session . 
It’s done very methodically with the right amount of Q and A and student interactions.
I am loving the knowledge and mostly your style of teaching. 
I would like at some point to have maybe a few days of contact lessons in person ."



"Lots of learning supported by a pedagogical approach that was very clear and soft. It was so interesting that I wish it would last 1 week"

"Well structured workshop with a good balance of you giving us information and we contribute our ideas/thoughts. Impressive to give an introduction of such as vast topic. You explained even the very difficult / complex things in a manner we understand (with the stories in between). Having an agenda given at the beginning would be beneficial"


"I really enjoyed this first part of this Vedic Astrology workshop - I really like the way you break things down which makes it easy to understand. And i am looking forward to learn more - It's great! Thank you so much"


"Very interesting workshop that covers the basics, the language of Vedic Astrology. Excellent for beginners who want to delve into the subject. I learnt some fascinating fundamental concepts that i was not aware of before"



"Thanks for the workshop. It was interesting, clear, rich, easy to follow. All could ask questions. Your presence is sweet-calming. nice stories to illustrate point. You are conveying a lot, its not easy to follow"


"I loved both days of your Vedic Astrology course a lot. Especially how you taught the most important principles of Astronomy on Day 1 in a playful and passionate way, impressed and caught my attention a lot. I got inspired to dive deeper  into astrological studies. Also Day 2 is great. I can feel your passion for what you teach with my heart. Also, clear structure of the course and possibility to discuss is perfect. I wish you the best for the future"

"Thank you so much for doing this! So many things make more sense now. I especially like the way your inferences help with a positive direction, even in a tough situations. And i am very grateful for the learning sessions, in so many formats"

"I really appreciate the workshop for his clarity and interactive way.  It gave me a real understanding of notion that I had in mind but that I could put together and it has reinforced this feeling in me of the beauty and magic of Life, that there is something else, much bigger than us, that organize the universe. It gave me the wish to deepen the subject."


"I found the workshop very enriching and I learned so much from it, thanks to Vikram's patience and his  way of making even the more complex concepts accessible. For me, it really reinforced the understanding that Astronomy is an essential, foundational aspect of Astrology."


"From skepticism to wonder to studying Astrology, Vikram has been a catalyst in my transformed understanding of the universe and self. His passion for astrology keeps us curious and inspired to learn more and look forward to the next step. He has a calm and clear approach to educating us. I would recommend him to anyone who wishes to learn more about themselves and their world."



"The cards  u have sent , are  wonderfully  designed. It's a brilliant  representation. U have  taught  me  a way  to  understand   astrology  in a different  view. The  yoga that  we learnt  from  you  was  energetic.  I felt  the  difference  the day  after  our class. I am  exploring  a way to  link Bach flower  remedy  and astrology ,  so it would  take  some  time to  clear  my  doubts  will  have  a session with  you."


"The workshop was a wonderful mix of theory with demonstrations using different objects and actual 'embodiment' of the concepts through interactive movement. We rotated on our axis like the earth, while revolving around the sun, and in this active and playful way, we learned of right ascension and declination, the equinoxes as points where the equator and the ecliptic meet and how astrologers divide the celestial sphere. Through different demonstrations, we also learned about the heliocentric and geocentric views of the Solar System, the tilt and wobble of the earth, the precession of the equinoxes and the difference between the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiac. Vikram used different objects such as a golden bowl representing the sun, and different coloured balls as the planets revolving around it, with the constellations in the back ground, to visually and spatially illustrate the Zodiac and the planet in sign concept."


"Its so refreshing to be able to access a subject like astrology. Vikrams classes and workshops are not only structurally well laid out, systematic and easy to follow but they also have a creative element which gives you the opportunity to discover the subject yourself. Besides learning astrology it serves as a path to self discovery."



Where do these workshops take place?

Either in Auroville, or at your location. The ideal space for these workshops differ from workshop to workshop, based on whether we cover only the theoretical aspects, or incorporate movement and bodywork to integrate the different concepts. I can also offer some of these workshops online.

What are the dates for these workshops?

These are held on mutually convenient dates​. Get in touch with me, and we can schedule something that suits both of us. 

Can I attend as an individual, or only in a group?

Both are possible. In case I have a workshop already running on the dates in question, you can join that, else we can schedule it separately for you. For longer duration workshops (2-day and 4-day), it is better to be in a group of at least 5 or more.

What are the fees for each of these?

Fees depend on the duration of the workshop, and the number of persons attending. Each workshop has different fees. Some are set by the venue hosting the workshop, while others can be by contribution viz. whatever is possible for you. Get in touch with me, and I'll share more details.

Do you offer any workshops on advanced topics?

Yes, possible. There are several topics that we can explore, including vargas, gochara, tajik, prasna, ashtakavarga, shadbala and bhavabala to name a few. We can also look at non-technical topics such as interfacing with the client, and setting up your own practice. Let me know your interest and we can take it from there.