Ready to become an authority on yoga philosophy and on the deeper teachings and perspectives of yoga?

Yoga Philosophy

Certificate Program

  • Set yourself apart as an informed & knowledgeable practitioner
  • Teach your students to embrace the deeper teachings
  • Deepen your own skills as a teacher & practitioner
  • Learn to speak the language of yogic concepts

Over 250 Students Have Taken and Trust the Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program.

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"You will be challenged, and you will discover new ways of thinking about and looking at yoga. The program takes you down paths of discovery you may not have even known existed. The support staff at Embodied Philosophy is very responsive and really is committed to ensuring you get the most out of the program. I was a little skeptical about an online-only program, but the support keeps you connected and I have made lifelong friends. I recommend the program and all of the offerings of Embodied Philosophy to my colleagues and students alike!"

- Joan

Curriculum Includes

9 Weeks of Interactive Mentorship

34 Hours of Video Trainings

Get access to a library of PDF guides, reading lists, syllabi and other supplementary educational material to support your educational process.

Resources, Guides & Reading Materials

Discover the history, philosophy and concepts of the yoga tradition. Carefully read and explore the sacred texts of the yoga canon with faculty who have devoted their lives to deep study and practice. Explore subtle practices.

2 Weekly live calls with Embodied Philosophy Faculty – every call at least two hours.

Live Q&As

Ask questions live with all of our certificate teachers. Leave no stone left unturned in developing your knowledge of the yoga tradition.

Community Discussion Forum

Engage with faculty members and fellow students in our devoted community forum. Support and mentor your peers in this digital community of learners and seekers.

Integration Sessions

Students & Faculty will meet once a month to further discuss the material, digest key concepts and ask questions..

"I got so much out of this program. First of all, I really appreciated being exposed to so many of the different perspectives of philosophy that are related to Yoga and philosophy that originated in India – Samkhya, Vedanta, Tantra, Tibetan Buddhism, Goddess traditions – I think we got a great overview. It’s wonderful to learn from teachers who so clearly love their subject. I really appreciate the support and input we had from our mentors. It’s been a fantastic year. Thank you!"

- Ellen

About The Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program

Expand your yoga toolbox and deepen your practice through this extensive overview of the yoga philosophical tradition.

Foundations of Yoga Philosophy provides a comprehensive overview of the seminal texts, traditions, and contemporary concerns that

inform modern yoga practice. Modern yoga may have different goals and concerns than some of the early yoga traditions and yet,

the historical texts and ancient living traditions still have much to offer. Modern practitioners of Yoga are forging a path that unites

body with mind, history with the present moment, and personal practice with social responsibility. This 34 hour mentorship program aims

to support this integration by providing the philosophical and practical foundation for a mature embodiment of all that Yoga has to offer.

The program’s curriculum aims to balance a rigorous understanding of yoga philosophy with an embodied engagement of yoga’s subtle practices, including meditation, pranayama, chanting, creative contemplation and inquiry.

Why Yoga Philosophy?

The teachings and practices of yoga are inspiring a deep transformation of human consciousness at the somatic, psychological and spiritual levels. Join us for this comprehensive adventure into the texts, traditions and practices of the yoga tradition.

Yoga Philosophy encompasses a range of texts and traditions, from the Vedas to the Yoga Sūtras, from Vedanta to Haṭha and Tantra. These texts and traditions teach and transmit a range of subtle contemplative practices that support and extend beyond the postural Yoga that is so popular today.

As yoga becomes increasingly popular in our globalized world, the need to immerse ourselves in the foundational teachings of yoga becomes fundamental to protecting the integrity of its most transformative practices.


Our “Yoga Philosophy: Texts, Traditions & Practices” Online Training and Mentorship Program is an innovative program that is the first of its kind. True to Embodied Philosophy’s commitment to the synergy of knowledge and experience, we have curated a program that brings together a faculty of scholar-practitioners from both devotional and academic contexts.

An Online Training & Mentorship Program in 3 Months

  • Understand yoga history, from ancient to modern
  • Engage key texts from the yoga tradition
  • Distinguish between the various lineages of the yoga tradition
  • Explore the subtle practices of yoga
  • Understand how themes of individual/collective, relative/universal, and renunciant/householder help us more deeply grasp the yoga tradition
  • Relate yoga to the new contemplative science movement
  • Navigate the ethics of yoga
  • Develop Sanskrit language skills that prepare you for basic translation of yogic texts
  • Differentiate between the different yogas as they are expressed within and between various texts and traditions
  • Implement these texts and teachings into your personal practice
  • Develop skills of articulating yoga philosophy for a modern world
  • Dive deep and explore a specific topic, theme or concept from the yoga tradition

Participants in this certificate program will learn to:


- Jim

"This program has brought to my awareness how I, an asana teacher, don't just want to teach my students where to put their foot, but rather help them stretch their minds to learn more about Yoga as a tradition beyond postures."


Schedule of Upcoming Related Programs

This Yoga Philosophy Program is part of a larger certificate ecosystem at Embodied Philosophy.

Just Enroll in this Program or consider choosing your own adventure of contemplative study through some of our forthcoming programs – a new, live and interactive one every season.

As a bonus, you'll recieve access to the first course of Winter, Spring, & Summer Programs

FALL 2022: Foundations of Yoga Philosophy


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Intro to Yoga Philosophy

Yoga History
Exemplars: Gurus, Archetypes, Sage, Avatars
Katha Upanishad
Svetesvatara Upanishad
Samkhya & Yoga Sutras

Bhagavad Gita

Śaiva, Śakta & Vaiśnava Poetry

Poet-Philosophers of Non-Dual Śaivism

Shiva Sutras



WINTER: The Awakened Body


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Philosophy of the Body


Collective Embodiment: Indigenous Lineages & Practices

Experiential Praxis

Lab: Methods of Mind-Body Integration

Politics & Psychology of the Racialized Body

Queering the Body

Embodied Unconscious

Body to Body Intimacy

Trauma & Beyond

The Awakened Body

SPRING: Buddhist Philosophy: Texts, Traditions & Practices

APRIL - JUNE, 2023

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Analytical Introspective Psychology
Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Scientific Teaching
Basic Science: Instantaneity, Interactionism, Selflessness
Intergenerational Transmission
Healing Practice: Mindfulness, Loving-Kindness, Analytical Insight
Vasubandhu’s Twenty and Thirty Verses
Intersubjective Depth-Psychology
Role-Modeling Imagery & Six Yogas of Sublimation
Nagarjuna’s Jewel Rosary and Reason Sixty
Transforming Body-Speech-Mind and Liberating Self-World


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SUMMER: Tantrik Philosophy: Non-Dualism & Deity Yoga

Intro to Tantrik Philosophies
History of Tantra
Microcosm & Macrocosm
Quantum Physics & Tantra
Modern Science/Neuroscience & Tantra
Tantrik Meditation Techniques
Pratjabhijna Hrdayam
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Tantra in Buddhism and Hinduism
The Subtle Body: Energy, Chakras & Kundalini
Tantrik Gods & Goddesses: Visualization Tools for Tantrik Practice
Exemplary Yogis & Yoginis
Tantra Today: Neo-Tantra vs. the Tantrik Renaissance

Meet The Faculty

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Vineet Chander


Ramesh Bjonnes

Yoga History

Neil Delal

Bhagavād Gītā

Mary Reilly Nichols


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Marcy Goldstein

Yoga History

Jacob Kyle


Stephanie Corigliano


Isa Gucciardi

Yoga & Buddhism

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Andrea Jain


Jeffrey S. Lidke

Non-Dual Śaivism

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Edwin Bryant

Yoga Sūtras

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Three Additional On-Demand Courses for a Limited Time...

24 Bonus Hours | 3 On-Demand Courses | Available Upon Enrollment

The Yoga Sūtras is the classical text on meditative practice accepted as authoritative by all the orthodox Hindu schools, and our 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. We will thus read the most important sections of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali yoga and engage it through pre-modern perspectives. In other words, we will encounter what yoga has meant in Indian traditions for two millennia prior to being transplanted to the West.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the great texts of the wisdom traditions. It is also one of the most cryptic and impenetrable. This course will “translate” this ancient masterpiece into contemporary terms, and reveal its vast and immediate applicability in modern life. The Book of the Dead is just as much a guide for how to live, and equally The Tibetan Book of Birth. This course presents the central practices that underlie the book, and that prepare you for your final journey.

Upanishads & Vedanta Sutras

8-Module Course w/ Edwin Bryant

Tibetan Book of the Dead
4-Module Course w/ Andrew Holecek

Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali

8-Module Course w/ Edwin Bryant

The Upaniṣads are the earliest source Vedic texts wherein can be found the roots of all later Hinduism. It is in these texts that we find notions such as yoga, karma, moksha, ātman, reincarnation, bhakti, etc., first clearly expressed. The Upaniṣads are also the main canonical texts for the variegated Vedānta traditions, which base their various understandings of the relationship between Brahman, the Absolute Truth, the ātman, the individual soul or consciousness in all embodied beings, and the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Yoga Philosophy?

In the modern world, these are important facets of yoga that can inspire and uplift an individual’s life. This program offers the next step for those who have glimpsed the transformative insight that a physical practice can offer. It is designed to connect motivated practitioners to the rich history and tradition of yoga and the variety of goals that yogis have pursued over time, from practical health benefits to spiritual enlightenment.

How many hours a week can I expect?

Students can expect around 6 - 8 hours per week of work throughout the program. In general, there are two 2-hour classes per week and one 2-hour integration session per month. There will be occasional supplemental readings and practices.

Are all courses live and is attendance mandatory?

Most courses will be held live on Zoom. Attendance at the live class sessions is not mandatory; video replays will be posted within 24 hours of the live session. Students must attend 1 out of 3 Integration Sessions live to be eligible to receive their certificate.

Will I receive credits through Yoga Alliance for completing this program?

Embodied Philosophy is a YACEP, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. The hours for this program are redeemable as Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits (non-contact hours).

Will I receive guidance during the program?

Yes, students will receive feedback and the chance to interact with faculty during the weekly live calls (2 per week). There will also be three Integration sessions with program faculty and a chance to interact with fellow students and faculty in our program community forum. For one-on-one coaching, consider the Coaching Program (information below).

Who should participate in this program?

This training would be of quality whether you are a Yoga Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Meditator, Healer, Therapist, Psychologist, Wisdom Seeker, Contemplative Facilitator, Meditation Teacher, Educator, Massage Therapist or Body Worker, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Professional, Clergy & Religious Leader, Wellness Professional, or a Citizen of Planet Earth Interested in an Awakened World.

Those who lead 200 hour teaching programs may also be interested in this term as a supplement/support to their own teaching curriculum.

Will I be able to teach yoga after completing this program?

This training prepares students to be able to give talks and workshops on yoga philosophy, but it will not prepare a student to teach the physical postures (known as asana). For this kind of training, you should complete a 200-Hour Teacher Training registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT 200 Level.

This is a 34 hour Foundations Term which will prepare students for more advanced training in specialized topics, many of which can be found in forthcoming terms including Hatha & Tantra, Contemplative Science, and Yoga & Healing. A combination of these terms will allow for a robust understanding of these topics and the ability to effectively incorporate them into yoga teaching.

Optional 1-on-1 Coaching Program

Work directly with a faculty coach who will guide, focus, and enhance your journey
through all facets of the program.

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Summary of optional Coaching Program

To support students throughout their learning experience, Embodied Philosophy is offering Coaching as an add-on to the Yoga Philosophy Mentorship & Certificate Program. Work directly with a faculty mentor who will guide, focus, and enhance your journey through the classes, integration paper assignments and provide consultation on your own professional development. Customize Mentorship to best meet your needs by choosing one of three emphases:

1) Writing

2) Advisory & Tutoring

3) Writing & Advisory Blend

1) Writing Coaching

Writing is an art that allows people to discover and communicate knowledge and wisdom. It is a practice that supports those who seek transformation and is an expression of embodied philosophical living. But writing can be difficult! From organizing ideas to choosing precise words, using correct grammar and punctuation, and figuring out what we think and how to convey it, the process of writing can be exasperating. The Writing Mentorship emphasis is for everyone who wants to clarify ideas and share them through the art of writing. You will receive guidance from a mentor who works closely with you throughout the program.

Receive access to:

Written feedback on papers prepared for the monthly integration sessions.

Guidance on all aspects of writing: organization, mechanics, integration of quotations, etc.

Extensive written feedback on a draft of your final project.

2) Advisory Emphasis

The breadth and depth of classes are wonderfully inspiring and challenging. Exploring complex philosophical issues naturally generates new interests and questions that are best navigated with an experienced mentor by your side. The Advisory Mentorship emphasis is for everyone who would like support from a mentor who will work closely with you on class content, monthly assignments, and provide consultation on your own professional development.

Receive access to:

Once per month extensive written response to questions/ideas about class content and integration session topics.

Discussion and development of the final project.

Study skills support.

3) Writing & Advisory Emphasis

This emphasis is for students who would like support with writing, class content, assignments, and study skills. Tailor your mentorship to support your needs by blending the program options listed above.

Coaching includes:

  • Introduction one-on-one 30-minute Zoom meeting to discuss your interests and goals
  • Two group 60 minute Zoom trainings (choose writing and/or advisory focus)
  • Outgoing one-on-one 30-minute Zoom meeting to discuss accomplishments and new goals

What does the Coaching Program cost?

The cost for this program is $497, in addition to the rate of the Yoga Philosophy Certificate program. After choosing an enrolment option below, you will be given an opportunity to add the coaching program to your enrolment during checkout.


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  • 34 Hours of Curriculum
  • 3 Integration Sessions
  • BONUS 1: Access to first courses of 3 Upcoming Certificates
  • BONUS 2: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Course
  • BONUS 3: Tibetan Book of the Dead Course
  • BONUS 4: Upanishads & Vedanta Sutras Course
  • 34 Hours of Curriculum
  • 3 Integration Sessions
  • BONUS 1: Access to first courses of 3 Upcoming Certificates
  • BONUS 2: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Course
  • BONUS 3: Tibetan Book of the Dead Course
  • BONUS 4: Upanishads & Vedanta Sutras Course
  • 34 Hours of Curriculum
  • 3 Integration Sessions
  • BONUS 1: Access to first courses of 3 Upcoming Certificates
  • BONUS 2: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Course
  • BONUS 3: Tibetan Book of the Dead Course
  • BONUS 4: Upanishads & Vedanta Sutras Course

Why should you trust us with your yoga philosophy education?

  • experienced and educated teachers: most of our teachers are either PhDs or lineage holders
  • happy students: over 10,000 people have enjoyed our courses
  • educating since 2015: with the scholar who wrote the most popular translation of the Yoga Sūtras today.

When we started Embodied Philosophy in 2015, we were seeking a solution...

We were seeking a platform for yoga philosophy that was both rigorous and accessible, both philosophically deep and relevant to the life of a modern yoga practitioner.

At the time, we observed that the "accessible" yoga philosophy was either too wishy-washy or it was just plain wrong...

On the other side was the scholarly content, which was just plain dry or beside the experiential point of yoga.

Most yoga platforms out there will give you a whole lot of physical practice, but very little for mind and spirit. This is what sets us apart...

Embodied Philosophy is contemplative education for the whole human – mind, body and spirit.

Since 2015, we have been the go-to platform for education in yoga philosophy, mind-body studies, esoteric and contemplative traditions and deep self-inquiry. Our community is a rich and diverse crowd of devoted spiritual seekers, and we would love for you to join us.

Welcome to the New Generation of

Embodied Philosophers!

Embodied Philosophy offers a limited number of scholarships intended to support dedicated individuals that aim to be spiritually-informed citizens and agents of positive change, who otherwise would not be able to enroll in our offerings.

To learn about scholarship opportunities for this program, please read the Certificate Program Scholarship Guidelines.

If you have read the guidelines and would like to submit a scholarship application, please use the Scholarship Application Form to apply.

All scholarship applications must be submitted on or before October 18th, 2022 to be considered.

Scholarship Opportunities

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