For yoga teachers who want to gain a higher level of knowledge about the original wisdom texts of yoga, acquire a deeper understanding of why these teachings still matter, and learn simple techniques for bringing these teachings into classes and workshops. This short course includes an overview of essential concepts, Sanskrit terminology, and categories of knowledge in the Vedic tradition.
Here’s how the course is organized:
Yoga-sutras, Part 1: Conceptions of Identity in Yoga Philosophy – covers the psychology of yoga in terms of spiritual identity and material mis-identity. Includes a detailed description of the three qualities of material nature, impressions on the mind, and the essential tension between modern western culture and traditional yoga philosophy.
Yoga-sutras, Part 2: Yoga as a Moral Philosophy – covers the values, ethical imperatives, and moral actions associated with living a yogic lifestyle as well as the relationship of morality to the acquisition of knowledge.
Keys to Understanding the Bhagavad-gita – includes a summary of the back-story of the Gita, the literary structure of the Gita, the five topics of the Gita, an overview of the four systems of yoga described in the Gita (karma-yoga, astanga-yoga, bhakti-yoga, and jnana-yoga), and the Gita’s hierarchical conception of reality.
Life Lessons from the Bhagavad-gita – Includes key verses and passages that offer specific insights into Arjuna’s moral dilemma, our own personal challenges, applying yogic values to social issues, how navigate relationships, and living a purpose-driven life.
The Perfection of Yoga – Covers the central position of devotion in both the Yoga-sutras and the Bhagavad-gita, why devotion is the indispensable element for the success of any system of yoga, and how Bhakti-yoga incorporates and subsumes all of the other methods of yoga. Includes discussions on the definition and attributes of Isvara, the concept of Krishna, spiritual plurality and inclusion, and the intersection of yoga and religion.
Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the ancient philosophical foundation upon which modern yoga stands.
**This is a component of Faith Hunter’s 300hr Yoga Teacher Training Program.**
Investment: $525 or $475 (early bird by June 28)
Yoga is both a process of turning inward and a process of engaging with the world. As such, yoga offers us a set of principles for both personal and social action. The defense of dharma– truth, justice, and harmony with nature – is entirely in keeping with the tradition of yoga.
Spiritualizing our activism elevates our response to injustice to a level that harmonizes the fight for righteousness with the spiritual conception of equality upon which the American conception of justice is actually based. It also links the advancement of progressive values to the advancement of spiritual consciousness.
A satsang is a gathering of seekers of the truth who come together to discuss the nature of the truth and the means by which one makes progress in spiritual life. In this satsang I’ll offer thoughts and ideas, based on the teachings of traditional yoga wisdom texts, about why spiritualizing our response to adharma– injustice and disharmony – is so important, how the values of yoga philosophy provide a solid foundation for progressive social action, and what we can do to imbue our actions with spiritual power.
We’ll also address a false dichotomy that creates obstacles for spiritualizing our activism and participate in brainstorming about how we can spiritualize both individual and a specific collective social activism project. Participants will acquire new insights into the nature spiritual activism, learn how their spiritual practice can energize their participation in progressive activism, and feel inspired to take their activism to a higher spiritual level.
6:00 – 8:00 pm Satsang & kirtan (devotional singing)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Workshop 1: The Bhagavad Gita & Bhakti Yoga
1:30 – 3:00 pm Workshop 2: Spiritual Activism
INVESTMENT: $80 for all 3; or $30 per session
The Bhagavad-gita describes three paths of yoga – the yoga of action, the yoga of mystic perfection, and the yoga of knowledge – that are informed by and find their ultimate fulfillment in a fourth path: the path of devotional service. This workshop combines lecture, discussion, and experiential learning exercises that will illuminate the teachings of this foremost of ancient yoga wisdom texts. Suitable for both yoga teachers who want to integrate the wisdom of the yoga tradition into their classes and serious yoga students who want to deepen their understanding of and appreciation for the philosophical foundations of their physical practice.
A live, 90-minute online class on the ethical guidelines and personal observances that form the foundation of a yoga lifestyle. This seminar is for practitioners who are eager to deepen their knowledge of yoga and teachers who seek meaningful continuing education opportunities that will expand the range of their teaching.
Ethical imperatives and personal observances form the foundation of the yoga system described by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. What is the underlying philosophy upon which they are based? Why are they an essential element of a complete yoga practice? How can we abide by them in a practical way? In this seminar we’ll take a close look at the yamas and niyamas in the traditional context of the 8 limbs of yoga (ashtanga yoga) and how they remain relevant for modern yoga practitioners. We’ll connect the dots between the philosophy and values that inform yogic moral decision-making in response to contemporary social and political issues, look at how the social and personal disciplines connect to yoga asanas, and examine how the personal observances provide power for the inward turn of our meditation practice.
This class will be recorded and available as a part of Embodied Philosophy’s ‘The Yoga Seminar’, a great series of over 60 lectures and counting. CLICK HERE to get complete information and register.
I’m honored to be a part of Gopi Sandal’s ‘Yoga With Heart’ holistic training program that’s designed to equip yoga teachers with all the progressive skills and inspiration they will need to help guide their students along the path of self-healing towards their highest good. We’ll explore deeper aspects yoga and where yoga is taking us. Participants will develop skills to compassionately guide others on many different levels. This weekend immersion will feature a complete mix of asana classes, mantra meditation, kirtan, and advanced yoga philosophy that will include:
Practical Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers
An introduction to the pronunciation, structure, cadences, and translations of essential Sanskrit words, phrases, mantras, sutras, and verses. Includes names of asana poses in relationship to their significance and key words in the lexicon of yoga philosophy.
Interweaving Threads of Yoga Philosophy
Based on the relationship between the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad-gita, this discussion will include a look at the origins of yoga, four different paths of yoga, the relationship of Yoga to Sankhya and Vedanta, yoga psychology, the intersection of yoga and religion, and the essential tension between traditional yoga and modern culture.
The Art and Science of Spiritual Activism
In a political climate where the metaphysical realm of values and moral imperatives govern the physical realm of policies and their consequences, it’s all the more important to have a clear sense of how spiritual knowledge helps us to live purpose-driven lives. Engagement with the world is an essential component of personal spiritual development. In this session, Hari-kirtana das will describe six core values of yoga and demonstrate how we can translate those values into clearly defined strategies for social engagement. Participants will gain knowledge of how universal principles of spiritual activism work, how we can imbue our activism with spiritual power, and how to maintain our equilibrium in a challenging socio-political environment.
CLICK HERE to get a complete description of this fabulous Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program
How does yoga’s ancient wisdom help us to understand and respond to the issues and challenges of modern life? In this workshop, We’ll look at what yoga philosophy is, why it matters, how to understand it, and how to practically apply it.
Through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises and breakout group brainstorming, we’ll look at our selves and the world through the lens of yoga philosophy and consider the ways in which yoga philosophy provides both a framework for personal spiritual development and fresh perspectives on contemporary social issues such as sexism, racism, nationalism, cultural appropriation, and climate change.
Participants will learn techniques for studying traditional yoga wisdom texts like the Yoga-sutras and the Bhagavad-gita, simple meditation practices prescribed in those texts, how action based on transcendental knowledge transforms theoretical understanding into personal realization, and how to share personal realizations about yoga philosophy in conversational settings and, for yoga teachers, in classes and workshops.
* This workshop is open to both instructors and students of all levels.
Tuition: $125 by April 1 | $150 after April 1
What to bring: Yoga mat, notebook and pen. Please wear your yoga attire.
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