Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Online Courses

Teaming up with Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

We are thrilled to pair up with Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) and offer these in-depth courses on various aspects of Yoga, Hindu text and Philosophy. Whether you're new to yoga, or you’re an advanced teacher, or even if you are David Swenson (hello David!) you will learn fascinating and valuable information on these courses.

What sets these courses apart

With all due respect to the ubiquitous "History of Yoga" courses that abound in central London, none have the knowledge, teaching staff and respect that the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies possesses.

During the course, you'll have email communication with your tutor, access to the OCHS informational videos, as well as an opportunity to connect online with your fellow students. If it has ever crossed your mind to dig deeper into philosophy, or to contemplate further academic study, this is your chance! (And all for only £95!)

The study of yoga, is vast, multi-dimensional and decadent. Think of it like a massive piece of apple tarte tartin; with each apple sliver representing a different century of Indian history and philosophy. How can you go wrong? (Now go eat some tarte as reward!)

Below you'll find a brief description of the different courses that YogaLondon and OCHS are offering. Click on the title to find out more information.

Three Short Upanishads

For students interested in learning further about the Upanishads, this is an excellent course that studies verse-by-verse three of the shortest and most accessible Upanishads. Students will review the Kena, the Isha and the Mandukya. These three Upanishads actually reflect the foundation for the religious teachings of Hinduism and the relationship to modern spirituality in Hinduism. Read a complete overview of this course here.

Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita contains 18 chapters and over seven hundred verses. For each session, you'll be provided with English translations of the chapter under consideration. Sanskrit terms that are utilized in the text will be a focal point, as well as the traditional commentaries on the Gita. The course will work towards understanding how these teachings can be relevant in our modern life.
Read a complete overview of this course here.

Vedas and Upanishads

The Vedas and the Upanishads are ancient Hindu spiritual texts. As it's nearly impossible to cover the entirety of the literature, this course will outline the principal themes.

There are a number of selected passages that will receive specific and focused attention. In particular, you will examine what religious beliefs and practices the Vedas and Upanishads advocate. Read a complete overview of this course here.

The Puranas

If you are curious where many of the stories and concepts central to Hindu dharma originate from, look no further than the Puranas. These Sanskrit texts are a collection of eighteen “major” texts and countless innumerable “minor” works. Additionally, we will read specific passages relating to Vishnu, Shiva and Durga, as well as pay close attention to the accounts of Krishna’s childhood and early life. Read a complete overview of this course here.

Mahabharata and Ramayana

Perhaps the most famous writings in Indian literature are the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The Mahabharata is the longest poem ever written and its passages of religious teachings are longer than all the Upanishads put together! In this course, you will study the central narratives, themes and analyze the religion that these two works reveal. Read a complete overview of this course here.

Philosophy of Yoga

If you are searching for a comprehensive overview on the philosophy of yoga, this is an ideal course. During this course, we'll look at all of the main texts associated with yoga: Vedanta and Samkhya, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and, of course, the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. Read a complete overview of this course here.

Hindu Yoga, Caste and Gender

This is an excellent introduction to some of the guiding principles of Hinduism, from the religious practice, to social Hinduism, as well as some well-known religious literature. In particular, we’ll be looking at caste and gender, and how Hinduism responded to the challenges of foreign rule and the onset of modernity. It’s an exciting introduction (or a wonderful refresher!) for the framework of Hinduism. Read a complete overview of this course here.

Hindu History, Text and Philosophy

During this seven-week course, you will be addressing a wide range of topics from the history of Hinduism, the spiritual and religious practices of Hinduism, as well as the philosophies and literature of Hindu Dharma. If you need a course that addresses some introductory concepts of Hinduism and analyzes how Hindu identity is evolving both traditionally and in the modern world, this is the course for you. Read a complete overview of this course here.

Hindu Philosophy – Vedanta and Samkhya

Out of the six philosophical systems that emerged from India, Samkhya and Vedanta are considered orthodox and yet still have the most relevance today. In particular, Vedanta will have aspects that you'll recognize in your own life, but of greater interest will be how facets of Samkhya continue to impact our world, which will be revealed during the course's seven online sessions. Read a complete overview of this course here.