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Yoga Philosophy in Theory and Practice

This advanced philosophy course will provide teachers and students with an exceptional education in traditional yoga philosophy as it is presented in the Vedic tradition.


817 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood NJ, US 08108

Type of Event

  • Course



Jan 9 to
Jun 7
11:00 amto09:00 am

Yoga Philosophy Module 1: January 9–11, 2015

An introduction and overview of ways to understand yoga philosophy and why you should study it. Includes an overall survey of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.

Yoga Philosophy Module 2: February 20–22, 2015

Close study of the Sri Isopanisad, Vedanta Sutra, and the role of Sankhya Philosophy in the Bhagavad Gita. Exploration of conceptions of identity in the Yoga Sutra and the progression of entanglement with illusion in the Bhagavad Gita.

Yoga Philosophy Module 3: March 27–29, 2015

Explore the three qualities of material nature, the perfection of Samadhi, and the three features of the Absolute Truth through readings from the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and the Bhagavat Purana. Get Patanjali’s take on overcoming obstacles to the experience of yoga and find out what Karma Yoga really is.

Yoga Philosophy Module 4: April 24–26, 2015

Deep Yoga Sutra study: Yoga as a moral philosophy, yoga as a mystic art, yoga as a science of self-realization. Guidance in navigating the intersection of yoga and religion through discussion of Bhakti Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita: the Perfection of Devotion.

Yoga Philosophy Module 5: May 15–17, 2015

Strategies and practice integrating yoga philosophy into your asana practice, your teaching, and your relationships.

Yoga Philosophy Module 6: June 5–7, 2015

Explore Jnana Yoga as a way to develop spiritual vision, and learn techniques of Devotional Yoga. More practice integrating yoga philosophy into teaching and life. Review of all material learned in the course. An exam! Graduation and celebratory Kirtan. Students who have not participated in the entire Yoga Philosophy Course who are interested in topics covered in this Module should sign up for individual Workshops. See the Special Events page of Yogawood’s website to register!



Individual Modules: $220 each
Complete Course: $1,200

Full Description

The Vedas are the original texts of yoga and the oldest books of knowledge in the world. The Course includes led asana practice, lecture and discussion sessions, interactive exercises, contemplative reading and writing assignments, and class-design projects. The course objectives are to help you learn the ancient philosophy of yoga, understand its relevance to life in the modern world, and acquire skills for teaching yoga philosophy in a way that makes the timeless knowledge and esoteric concepts of yoga accessible, meaningful, and enlivening. The ultimate goal of the course is to help practitioners and teachers go beyond theoretical information and into the realm of experiential knowledge.

The Yoga Philosophy Course includes:

A systematic and integrated study and discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedanta Sutra, and the Isa Upanishad;

A practical approach to learning how to chant the Sanskrit mantras, sutras, and verses found in the seminal wisdom texts of yoga;
Practical ways to integrate yoga philosophy into your physical practice, your daily life, your asana classes, and your teaching relationships;

Methods for the development of critical thinking skills that can be applied to recognizing, analyzing, and making clear distinctions between different schools of yoga philosophy;

An exploration of the philosophy and practice of Bhakti—devotional yoga—and techniques for navigating the intersection of yoga and religion.

Friday evening sessions include asana practice. Saturday morning sessions include meditation, Sanskrit chanting, and asana practice. Yoga Alliance credits for Teaching Methodology are also included in the Yoga Philosophy course. Each module will be preceded by a four-hour preparatory assignment that requires reading and writing.