The Philosophy of Yoga - OCHS Online Courses

If you are searching for a comprehensive overview on the philosophy of yoga, this is your 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.

Here is an overview of the seven sessions:

  • Session One: You'll start by studying the principal ideas within Vedanta and Samkhya as well as the influence they've had on Yoga theory and practice.
  • Session Two: You'll review the Upanishads and the Mahabharata and explore how they relate to the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali.
  • Session Three: An extensive look into a well-known passage in the Bhagavad Gita will show how Krishna explains religious doctrine and how Yogic concepts are encapsulated within this.
  • Session Four: You'll study the first two chapters of the Yoga Sutras, the text that is considered the foundational work of Yoga philosophy.
  • Session Five: Building on the previous session, you'll continue by studying the third and fourth chapters of the Yoga Sutras and the principle ideas from the text.
  • Session Six: Explore how contemporary Yoga practice is actually influenced by two different traditions: both Vedic and Tantric ideals.
  • Session Seven: In this final session, you will explore Hatha Yoga Pradipika and work to identify the spiritual and philosophical ideas within this practice manual.

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