bhagavad gita: Philosophy in practice

5 Sundays:

March 18th, April 8th, April 29th, May 20th, June 3rd

9:00AM - 5:00PM


Purusha Yoga Studio, 3729 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA, 94121

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The Bhagavad Gita is a modern day guide to discovering your life's purpose, clarifying your intentions and developing a daily practice for holistic wellbeing. This course is for yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, and curious students interested in learning specific daily practices to enhance overall yogic lifestyle, including physical exercises, mindset, healthy eating, breathing, service, and relationship to your own truth and others. The Bhagavad Gita presents inquiries and specific practices that are in the forefront of modern times:  Karmic Destiny,  Emotional Intelligence, Space/Time/ Mind, Energy, Consciousness, Human Purpose, Peace/ Love and War.  Some sample excepts from the ancient text:

"The wise should work without attachment, for the welfare of the society." 

"Fear not what is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed."

"The pleasure one enjoys from [spiritual] practice results in cessation of sorrow."

"Yoga is difficult for the one whose mind is not subdued."

"Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self."

Ultimately the Bhagavad Gita study is a means of developing mastery of yourself and your yoga practice, leading towards what the text calls "skillfulness in action".  This is the quest of our hero, Arjuna.   If you share in this quest we welcome you!  

Workshop includes physical practice, and all 8 limbs practice, plus spending time studying outdoors in some of our beautiful Outer Richmond neighborhood parks. 

Textbook Provided. 

Various Locations: Purusha Studio, Golden Gate Park, Sutro Heights Park & Lands End. 


Workshop Fee: $750

This course counts toward our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.  Save money by registering as a 300-Hr YTT student. Learn more>>

Call or email Joy for more info / 415-694-8412 /



Laxman Panthi was born and raised in Myanmar. He moved to Nepal at the age of 20 to practice and study Yoga Philosophy at the Tribhuvan University. He graduated from Tribhuvan in 2009 with a B.A. in English Education. He studied Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy in India and Nepal, and taught Yoga at an English Medium School in Kathmandu for seven years. He also led Yoga camps for village youth, worked with seniors, and was a mentor and spiritual advisor for patients at a drug rehabilitation clinic. 

Laxman moved to the United States in 2010, and has been teaching Yoga and Meditation throughout San Francisco. He has taught at after-school programs in elementary schools, senior centers, family centers, and a number of studios. He is a primary teacher at Purusha Yoga Studio where he received his 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2010, and where he continues to pursue his 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training certification to teach in the United States.  (Read Full Bio...)

LAXMAN PANTHI ERYT 500, IAYT, Sanskrit Scholar with over 20 years of experience and education in Raja/ Hatha Yoga from Nepal and America.


For over 20 years, Joy Ravelli has led workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings. Joy is the co-owner and founder of Purusha Studio and School in San Francisco, CA. She is also the founder of the Purusha Seva Project, a non profit organization that brings powerful yoga practices to underserved and at-risk populations throughout the Bay Area and the world.

Joy brings a powerful sense of authenticity, humor, light, and natural wisdom to her classes, encouraging students to explore, discover, and express their true-self (purusha) in a safe and deeply inspiring atmosphere.

Joy has a master-level of experience and knowledge in the fields of natural fitness, somatic movement, thai yoga bodywork, martial arts, pilates, and classic yoga.  (Read Full Bio...)

JOY RAVELLI ERYT 500, IAYT, Founder of Purusha Yoga, with over 20 years of experience and education in Raja/ Hatha/ Tibetan Yoga.