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.
July 29th - Sept 16th
Wednesdays // 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The Bhagavad Gita
Sept 30th - Nov 18th
Wednesdays // 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
The Yoga Sutras
Feb. 10th - Mar. 31st
Wednesdays // 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Rolling admissions. Start this course with any section.
This is a required course used toward completion of our Level II 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. Save money by registering as a 300-Hr YTT.
General Attendance (workshop only)
300-Hour / Specialized Certification
Required Texts for Course
- Tha Baghavad Gita
- The Yoga Sutras
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.
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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