Philosophy in Practice

Whether you are a seasoned yoga teacher or a seeker that loves to question the meaning of life, the philosophy of classic yoga most likely has been a source of great inspiration and contemplation. 

In this course, we will dive into the ancient sacred texts that constitute the foundational literature for the teaching of non-duality (Advaita Vedanta). The study of these books is less about an intellectual pursuit and more about the greatest pursuit of all, which is to obtain a life worth living, with meaning, vibrancy, purpose, and a sense of celebration for every day. 

The purpose of this series is to provide a window into the philosophy which may be opened through practical daily techniques and pursuits toward actually experiencing the ecstasy of mystical self-transcendence; some would call this enlightenment, and it is available to each one of us. We are all equal in this pursuit. The course provides a schematic of the Vedic and Post-Vedic periods of yogic thoughts, through practical and specific experiences which include exposition, questions and answers. Furthermore, students will collaborate efforts to create individualized programs of specific practices that provide the student a practical application of the philosophy, which is ultimately the only way to become our true selves. 

Each day will focus on a specific topic from an Upanishad or classic text. Students will gain familiarity with the evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition, its relevance, and application to yoga therapy, as well as a deep knowledge of personal spirituality and yogic lifestyle.

3 Six Class Series

Part I: The Upanishads
January 5 - February 9, 2022 
Part II:  The Bhagavad Gita
February 23 - March 30, 2022 
Part III: The Yoga Sutras
April 13 - May 18, 2022 
Fridays 9:00 am-11:00 am PST
*Also available via recorded webinar




Ways To Take This Course:

  • This course can be used toward completion of our Level II 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Certification. Save money by registering as a 300-Hr YTT.

  • Take it as a 6 Class Series

  • Take as a Continuing Education Credit (CEC) with Yoga Alliance

Required Texts for Course:

  • The Upanishads

  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • The Yoga Sutras

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Philosophy In Practice: The Upanishads Spring 2022

$158.00 USD
Philosophy In Practice: The Bhagavad Gita Spring 2022

$158.00 USD
Philosophy In Practice: The Yoga Sutras Spring 2022

$158.00 USD

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify various texts that belong to each specific historic period of yoga including Vedic and Post Vedic periods. 

  • Recall specific themes, and teachings that pertain to each of the Vedas, Upanishads, Sutras, and Bhagavad Gita.

  • Describe and outline the overarching theme of each of the texts studied.

  • Differentiate and discuss the evolution of yogic philosophy 

  • Summarize essential teachings and philosophy from the Upanishads, Sutras and  Bhagavad Gita. 

  • Relate the teachings and philosophy of classic yoga to the common 8 limb practices of therapeutic yoga 

  • Develop and present a basic knowledge of yogic lifestyle practices that are based on these texts.

  • Recognize common occurrences when a specific philosophy, teaching or method may be utilized with a client

  • Become familiar with how these teachings are utilized practically in therapeutic yoga programs.

  • Utilize specific philosophy as a foundation for practices that address specific lifestyle choices

  • Perform classic yoga chants, pujas and rituals in an authentic and confident manner.

Master Teachers

Joy Ravelli

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 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. She enjoys meditating and practicing with diverse people, places, animals, children and nature, while celebrating all the connected magic in this world.

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