Yoga Philosophy: A guide to daily life


July 17- October 2nd (12 weeks)

6:00-9:30 PM


Purusha Yoga Studio 3729 Balboa Street

San Francisco, CA, 94121

United States (map)


Photo by Marcos Moraes

From yoga class to a yogi life! 

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.

300-Hour module /Specialized Certification
Includes online course-work: 1 hour per week

Non- 300 Hour Students


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



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. Read full bio





Eric Sparks is the co-owner of Purusha Yoga Studio and School in San Francisco, CA. A classically trained ballet dancer since 1982, Eric has been a company member of Boston Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet and, a Soloist with Miami City Ballet. Eric is a lead teacher of professional yoga trainings, yoga retreats, and a continuing education provider with the Yoga Alliance.

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