Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Module 1: Philosophy

Dates:

  • Oct. 7-8, 2017
  • Nov. 4-5. 2017
  • Dec. 2-3, 2017

Components:

  • Monthly Asana Practice
  • Monthly Pranayama Practice
  • Readings
  • Assigned Written Paper

INQUIRY:Although rooted in stillness, inquiry is the dynamic counterpoint to meditation. Meditation is soft, allowing surrender, while inquiry demands bold and fearless questioning.  Inquiry is a way of addressing the deeper existential issues confronting every human being. Who am I? What is life? What happens after death? What is God? What is Truth? A common element to Inquiry is truth. Inquiry belongs entirely to the dimension of the soul; that dimension of being born of stillness and light that seeks truth for its own sake. This allows us to dive into different layers of the human psyche. We do this in a supported environment. Each question helps us peel away the layers of scaffolding around our hearts.

INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM AND BUDDHIST MEDITATION: We will explore experientially the basic teachings of Buddhism and Buddhist psychology through the practice of Vipassana (insight meditation) and the direct pointing out of awareness itself. The class will engage in dialogue about what can be observed through the meditative process about the mind and the body.  Presentations will center upon the Four Noble Truths (suffering and ending suffering) and insight into the “Three Characteristics.” We will also learn how to do loving kindness meditation (Metta) as a healing salve for ourselves and others.

YOGIC PHILOSOPHY WITH MAIN EMPHASIS ON THE UPANISHADS: The Vedanta, or Brahma, Sutras has emerged as the most important of the six schools of Indian philosophy. It has almost become synonymous with Hindu philosophy.  The Vedanta Sutras were written in order to clarify the abstruse statements of the Upanishads. The Upanishads are the oldest philosophical texts in Hinduism. The cryptic nature of the Vedanta Sutras produced a number of distinct streams of commentarial interpretation.  This course will be an overview of the main schools of Vedantic thought up to the medieval period — Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, Nimbarka, Vallabha and Baladeva.  Attention will be paid to some of the prominent points of agreement as well as arguments among some of these schools.  The course will focus on primary texts.

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