Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali

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  • Discover the foundational text of classical yoga
  • Discern facts from fictions about yoga philosophy
  • Deepen your practice through a greater grasp of yoga's concepts
  • Study with celebrated Sanskrit scholar, Edwin Bryant

Study a Seminal Text

of the Yoga Tradition

Are you ready to explore yoga beyond the mat or want to deepen your knowledge of yoga philosophy with the guy who literally wrote the book on the subject?

Many yoga workshops and teacher trainings pay little attention to a close reading of yoga's core texts; but doing so is central to a deep and sensitive understanding of yoga's philosophy. This course will undertake a close reading of yoga as presented in the traditional Hindu sourcebook on the subject, the 3rd century Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, where it is defined as “the stilling of all states of mind” (i.e. meditative practices).

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In Professor Bryant's 8-Module Course, transform your knowledge of Yoga.

Build a foundational knowledge of Sanskrit concepts

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Apply this knowledge to personal yoga teaching and practice.

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Study with the scholar who wrote the most popular translation of the Yoga Sūtras.

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The Yoga Sūtras is the classical text on meditative practice accepted as authoritative by all the orthodox Hindu schools.

Your reading of it will be informed by the primary commentaries that have elaborated on the source text over the centuries prior to the colonial period.

You will thus read the most important sections of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali yoga and engage it through pre-modern perspectives.

You will encounter what yoga has meant in Indian traditions for two millennia prior to being transplanted to the West.

Why study the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali?

Participants in this course will learn how to:

Encounter what yoga has meant in Indian traditions for two millennia prior to being transplanted to the West.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the primary commentaries of the Yoga Sūtras
  • Read and unpack the most important sections of the text
  • Engage with the Yoga Sūtras through pre-modern perspectives
  • Encounter what yoga has meant in Indian traditions prior to being transplanted to the West
  • Cover the important concepts of the Yoga Sūtras and how its metaphysical underpinnings differ from other classical yogic texts
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The program is beyond what I imagined. Each and every presenter has been superb (and I was a grad school junkie for a number of years so I’ve been around the block a few times. I’m so grateful to be awash in such a sea of expertise and insight. I really can’t thank you enough for this experience and the ways I can foretell it illuminating my perspective.

A student of our Yoga Philosophy Certificate says:

"This program has provided more than any of us could have imagined. We have learned from one another, shown our vulnerability, and provided a brave space for our evolution."

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"Every faculty member was incredibly knowledgable on their subject matter but even more so, passionate about sharing that knowledge and overwhelmingly dedicated to ensuring comprehension on the behalf of the students."

"I really appreciated being exposed to so many of the different perspectives of Yoga Philosophy – Samkhya, Vedanta, Tantra, Tibetan Buddhism, Goddess traditions. It’s wonderful to learn from teachers who so clearly love their subject. I really appreciated the support from the helpdesk team."

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Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University.

He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published eight books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin's Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna's incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community.

About Your Teacher, Professor Edwin Bryant

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Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali

  • 8 Pre-Recorded Lectures
  • 16 Hours of Video Content
  • PDF Readings
  • BONUS 1: Tarka Issue "On the Scholar-Practitioner" (PDF)
  • BONUS 2: Teaching the Yoga Sutras (Video Workshop)
  • BONUS 3: 2022 Meditation Album (Audio)

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