Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
What does yoga philosophy have to do with what we do on our yoga mats? Is ‘reality’ really an illusion? What does ‘karma’ actually mean? Are there ‘correct’ interpretations of Sanskrit scriptures? In this workshop we’ll look the origin and historical development of yoga philosophy, de-mystify its terminology, and explore some of classical yoga’s more challenging propositions. Participants will gain a frame of reference for recognizing different schools of yoga philosophy, learn techniques for accessing the essential messages of classical yoga wisdom texts, and have the opportunity to consider whether the traditional ideas of yoga philosophy are still relevant to life in the 21st century. This workshop is for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the philosophy that forms the foundation for our yoga practice. Discussion and experiential exercises – recommended for both teachers and practitioners who want to deepen their experience of yoga.
An introduction to the original language of yoga. This workshop is specifically tailored to yoga instructors, both new teachers and seasoned, and will include lecture, discussion, and experiential learning. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to read and pronounce transliterated Sanskrit, how to teach mantra meditation, how to chant Sanskrit sutras and verses with simple meters, and how understanding the meaning of Sanskrit words helps to illuminate the philosophy of yoga. Participants will gain confidence in using Sanskrit terminology in classes and acquire new insights into the theory and practice of yoga.
This weekend intensive for yoga teachers includes an overview of the Vedic tradition from which yoga originates, essential concepts, terminology, and categories of knowledge in the Vedic tradition, a comparison of different schools of Vedanta, Vedic epistemology, hermeneutics, and cosmology, and practical applications of traditional yoga philosophy in the modern world.
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 Mahabharata – 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.
**This is a component of Faith Hunter’s 300hr Yoga Teacher Training Program.**
Investment: $525 or $475 (early bird)
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.
An introduction to the original language of yoga. This workshop is specifically tailored to yoga instructors, both new teachers and seasoned, and will include lecture, discussion, and experiential learning.
A basic familiarity with Sanskrit, the original language of yoga, empowers teachers to speak about yoga poses, mantra yoga meditation, and the yoga tradition on a deeper level. It also enables you to evaluate and contextualize different translations and interpretations of yoga wisdom texts.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to read and pronounce transliterated Sanskrit, how to teach mantra meditation, how to chant Sanskrit sutras and verses with simple meters, and how understanding the meaning of Sanskrit words helps to illuminate the philosophy of yoga. Participants will gain confidence in using Sanskrit terminology in classes and acquire new insights into the theory and practice of yoga.
SPECIAL BONUS – You’ll learn super simple ways to play a harmonium while chanting: it’s easier than you might think.
What to bring: Notebook and pen. Please wear comfortable attire and be prepared to do a lot of chanting.
Tuition: $55 by Feb 2 | $65 after Feb 2
There are no refunds given for cancellations within 72 hours of the event.
CLICK HERE (and scroll down) to register.
A Case Study in Yoga Class Design
I smelled smoke. I felt heat. I couldn’t see a thing. My senses sent urgent messages to my mind, which quickly analyzed the data and delivered its conclusion: “You’re going the wrong way! Go the other way!”
I ignored my mind and continued to walk through the pitch-black room, slowly but steadily moving toward a fire I knew was hiding behind a wall that was somewhere in front of me.
The heat intensified. I leaned into the heat. Up above, I saw a quick flicker of fiery fingers. Suddenly, waves of flame billowed across the ceiling like an upside down ocean rolling in at high tide. I stood beneath a blazing canopy of rippling fire. [Read more…] about Designing a Yoga Class Around a Philosophical Theme