Wisdom Series: Introduction to Classical Texts


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Requires a minimum 200 hour yoga certification or permission of the Instructor to register.
APD credits are available fo C-IAYTs.
This series is focused on the importance of Classical Texts as the foundations of Yoga Therapy.
All sections include Mantra and Prānāyāma Practices.
Attend one section, many, or all.
Books Required – upon registration you’ll receive a book list.
10 sections, 151 credits total – scroll down for descriptions
Weekends meet 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. & 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (MT) *Note special times for Sūtra part 2
15 credits for each weekend, 16 credits for Yoga Sūtra part 2
September 11-12, 2021  Intro to Texts and a Review of the Upaniṣad
October 2-3 Yoga Sūtra part 1
October 6, 13, 20, 27 [*meets 2 – 6 p.m.] Yoga Sūtra part 2 – part 1 is required
November 6-7  Śiva Samhitā
December 4-5  Yoga Yajñavalkya
January 8-9, 2022  Ramāyāna
February 5-6  Mahābhārata
March 5-6 Bhagavad Gīta
May 14-15 Hatha Yoga Prādīpikā
June 25-26 Gheranda Samhitā 

Each session will start with chanting and a prānāyāma practice. After the first session, the practices will be led by students working together to learn chants and their therapeutic application. Integrated into each session, will be paper cases or role playing sessions, exploring the applications of the philosophy and concepts explored over the weekend. Students will be able to bring in their own cases for discussion.

Upon registration, you will be sent a suggested book list for each session.

September 11-12, 2021  Intro to Texts and a Review of the Upaniṣad

So many texts written over so many years… We begin the series with a review of the texts in context of the time, the yuga and the margā.  We will explore the Vedic Upaniṣad to ground ourself in the premise essential to understanding in yoga and that the Divine lives within.  Each upaniṣad emphasizes and teaches the same concept with different allegories plus an additional teaching.  

October 2-3 Yoga Sūtra part 1  A PYTT Core Course

Known as the classical yoga text, it is a summary of the yoga philosophy related to controlling the mind.  The fourth chapter explains the difference between Spiritual guidance and the mind’s guidance.  We will begin the weekend with a discussion on the premises Patañjali discusses about the vṛtti and the kleśa and then, discuss the mind as outlined in Chapter 4.  How does the mind affect our students?  Where are they ‘stuck’?  How can we support them through the tools of yoga?

October 6, 13, 20, 27 Yoga Sūtra part 2 – part 1 is required  A PYTT Core Course

The sessions during the week will focus on specific topics:  Why do we do yoga?  What tools are outlined in the Sūtra that guide a yoga therapy session?  What are the promises outlined in the Sūtra when you use the tools of the eight fold path? What is samādhi? What does it have to do with Yoga Therapy?

November 6-7  Śiva Samhitā

When we approach our client or student as a Spirit rather than someone who needs to be fixed, we open the door to amazing insights. This text teaches the relationship and interconnectedness of Spirit and the human experience. The Śiva Samhitā reviews the subtle body, prānavāyu, prānāyāma and dhāranā. It teaches how to channel kuṇḍalinī using the ten basic mudrā.  There is an explanation of the body’s response to the movement of prāna, so we don’t need to be afraid when strange body movements or sounds occur during meditation.  Finally, there is a description of the cakra in their true essence.  This text summarizes the relationship of the body and Spirit.

December 4-5  Yoga Yajñavalkya

Gargi, Yogi Yajñvalkya’s wife asks what it takes to become enlightened.  Yoga Yajñavalkya teaches her. He begins with the basics, elucidating the ten yama and ten niyama: tools for purifying the body, along with descriptions of the subtle body are included.  The most beautiful component of the text is the teaching on meditation.  Variations of the deep-focused heart meditations are examples of supporting clients searching for their connection to Spirit.  The book concludes with explaining tools for inner calm and freedom.  Yoga therapy is unique because it does not just address the body, but adds the dimension of connecting with the sense of Self.  When we practice it, it overflows into the therapy session and guides the student through your action and attitude, not just what you are doing.

January 8-9, 2022  Ramāyāna

What happens when we lose part of our self?  Rama was so dedicated to following the teachings of the culture.  He studied with a teacher, honored his father, gave up the throne and moved to the forest.  There, he lost Sita, his “other part.”  The balance of the book is the journey to reclaim Sita as he meets new support people like Hanuman, Sugriva, Jambhavan.  He looks at each person for who they are rather than their family of origin. His mothers represent the three guṇa.  His brothers represent the puruṣārtha.  Sita and Rama are the essence of Śakti and Śiva. Can we remember our power?  Can we reunite our masculine and feminine within?  How do we support a client or student in reclaiming a part of their life that may have been given to someone else, to a belief, or…?

February 5-6  Mahābhārata

Reading this epic gives context to the Bhagavad Gita.  More than that, it is examples of how to live with daily life challenges.  It demonstrates how karma plays out.  We will follow the threads of karma played out in the text.  The focus will be on the war.  Knowing the essence of the main characters, as we follow the pattern of the Kaurava’s demise during the war, we will see the journey of reclaiming our wholeness.  What are the obstacles to self awareness?  How do we encounter each one, step by step to the final “battle” of reclaiming the illuminating light within?  How do we use these same tools to be a guide for our clients and students?

March 5-6 Bhagavad Gīta A PYTT Core Course

If all of the teachings are a cow, the Bhagavad Gita is the milk.  It is the condensation of the teachings.  We can use many paths to live connected to our essence.  Among them are the margā (path) of karma, releasing the expectation of results; bhakti, devotion to the Divine; and Jñana, understanding through learning.  We often integrate or use these paths at different phases of life.  When a client or student needs to be guided to understanding their nature, how do we support their recognition of their guiding margā?  

May 14-15 Hatha Yoga Prādipīkā

Becoming more separated from our connection to Spirit, Raja Yoga as outlined in the Yoga Sūtra, was used to reconnect.  Now, the Hatha Prādipīkā guides us to use the body as a tool for reconnection.  Important in understanding the impact of the tools outlined is the understanding of the subtle body as outlined in texts we have studied previously.  
The Hatha Prādipīkā starts with a simple statement, “hatha yoga is the stair steps to raja yoga.”  How do we use the philosophy tools outlined in the texts to “not just do yoga” but open self to the Self?  How does the alignment allow prānavāyu to open the nadī?  Why does it say the “the slower the breath, the slower the mind.”  How does our yoga practices interplay with āyurveda?  In, the fifth chapter, why does it say that if yoga practices are done incorrectly, we can injure ourself?  Are we giving the best choice of tools to our students and yoga therapy clients?  

June 25-26 Gheranda Samhitā

The Gheranda Samhitā is the most recent of the classical hatha yoga texts; it adds more tools. Hansa feels this is due to the continued movement away from a self guided life to fulfilling ourself from outside accomplishments and acquisitions. We will review the additional tools and adapt them to benefit students in the 21st rather than the 17th century. We will explore how we, even today, have matured yoga to the ever changing population.  

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Courses part of our core requirements accumulate to 200 hours and all other hours are elective courses. 

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Sample of topics include these and more:

Advanced Core Basics
Chakra, Tantra, and Esoteric Anatomy
Hatha Yoga Classical Texts incl. Patanjali Yoga Sutras

Yoga Teaching Methodology
Ayurveda for Yogasana Class
The Epics

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Senior Yoga
Yoga Nidra
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