Philosophies of Yoga Module

Philosophies of yoga

The Philosophies of Yoga Module with Graham Burns is a year long module replicating the Teacher Training Philosophy content for year 1+2. 

The lecture/discussion set can be done without homework and up to 20 OGT points will be credited. 

To earn credit for Teacher Training you must do the certified course which includes homework. If you subsequently apply to the Teacher Training YS course you will be credited financially and there will be no need to repeat the homework.  Full attendance required.

Dates for Discussion Sessions:

26 March 2022, 7 May 2022, 11 June 2022, 9 July 2022, 3 September 2022, 8 October 2022, 12 November 2022, 7 January 2023, 11 February 2023 with pre-recorded 1 hour lecture prior to each discussion session viewed any time.

Time: Each discussion session runs 4pm-5.30pm

Location: online using zoom

Price: Two options

General Interest (no prerequisites,no homework) (counts for OGT) £375 member discount at checkout

Certified course suitable for enhancing Teacher Training hours: includes 4-8 hours homework per unit, for deepening learning

(80 hours TT). £490 member discount at checkout

Do you ever get confused about yoga philosophy? Do you struggle to tell your ātman from your āsana? If so, you are not alone. Over many centuries, yoga practices have been adopted by a number of quite different philosophical viewpoints, so the idea that there is a single ‘yoga philosophy’ is not really accurate. 

In this modular online course, we will try to unpack some of this confusion and draw some of these often-tangled threads together. We will look at the similarities between some of the key philosophical traditions which have taken yoga on board, but also explore their differences. What are the philosophical ideas behind the Yoga Sūtras? How do they relate to the yogas of the Bhagavad Gītā? What are the Upaniṣads? What has tantra got to do with yoga? How relevant is all of this to contemporary yoga practice? 

The course module lasts for approximately one year, and is structured over 9 units – for each unit, you will receive a recorded lecture (of about one hour in length) to listen to in your own time. This will then be followed by a 90 minute live online discussion session on the material covered in the lecture. The course is open to anyone, yoga teacher or not, wishing to deepen – or simply revisit – their understanding of the philosophical background to  yoga through the ages. 

 The Tutor

The course is led by Dr Graham Burns, one of Yoga Scotland’s philosophy tutors. Graham has taught yoga for over 20 years, and has taught philosophy on yoga teacher training courses for over 10 years, where his non-dogmatic approach and lively and accessible presentation style have been widely praised. As well as teaching yoga, Graham has a MA in Indian Religions, and a PhD in Indian philosophy, and has lectured on the MA course in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS University of London. 

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