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NEXT: "The Brain & the Health Benefits of Yoga"

with Dr. Helen Lavretsky

We've all heard the hype about yoga's many health benefits, but what does the research show? What are the effects of yoga practice on cognitive ability, and how can we use this knowledge to further the movement of integrative healthcare?

In this seminar workshop, Dr. Lavretsky will describe the results of her trials of Kirtan Kriya and Kundalini yoga practices in stressed dementia caregivers and in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

She will discuss the underlying biological and brain neural mechanisms at play and how they respond to yogic treatment.

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ABOUT THE SEMINAR

Join our learning community of teachers and practitioners in a monthly exploration of yoga philosophy, anatomy, research, therapeutics, and ethics.

Several years ago, a study revealed that over 20.4 million Americans were practicing yoga, while 44.4 percent of Americans called themselves “aspirational yogis”.

Indeed, the days when yoga could be referred to as a fringe, marginal practice are over. Yoga is now a household word and a practice that has become completely integrated into mainstream culture.

But what has been appropriated by the mainstream is but a small fraction of a deep, wide-ranging and transformative tradition. The small fraction so popular today we call Yoga Asana. Asana is a term for the physical postures; these postures have become, for most western practitioners, the totality of what yoga signifies.

The Yoga Advanced Studies Seminar accepts that many contemporary practitioners find yoga through asana, but this seminar pushes us beyond the postural model into the philosophical, ethical and therapeutic domains that are integral to yoga’s lineage.

What is fascia and how is it an apt metaphor for the interconnectedness of the seemingly separate? What is the relationship between Ayurveda and yoga? What is the role of sound in the yoga tradition? What practices, besides, asana, does the tradition teach and prescribe?

These are just a few of the many directions of inquiry we will explore in the YAS Seminar. Join today to get instant access to our past talks and future lectures.


Each month features a new talk with a different scholar or teacher. An interactive, live workshop is facilitated online and readings are offered to deepen the learning experience. All times listed are in EST (East Coast United States). Recordings are available the following day for those who can't show up live.

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The Brain & the Health Benefits of Yoga
with HELEN LAVRETSKY

October 25th, 2018 @ 7pm EST

Seminar Faculty

Sally Kempton

Tias Little

Swami Sarvapriyananda

Andrea Jain

Christopher Hareesh Wallis

Felicia Tomasko

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Helen Lavretsky

Amy Matthews

Tom Myers

Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Isa Gucciardi

Christopher Key Chapple

Graham Schweig

Christopher Tompkins

Seth Powell

Seminar Includes

Access to Past Lecture Archive
Monthly Live Lectures
Video & Audio Recordings
Monthly Readings
Private Facebook Group
Organized Study Groups
Readings & Assignments
Annual Virtual Retreat
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits

Future Talks Include...

The Brain and the Health Benefits of Yoga

October 25th 2018 / with Helen Lavretsky

We've all heard the hype about yoga's many health benefits, but what does the research show? What are the effects of yoga practice on cognitive ability, and how can we use this knowledge to further the movement of integrative healthcare?

In this seminar workshop, Dr. Lavretsky will describe the results of her trials of Kirtan Kriya and Kundalini yoga practices in stressed dementia caregivers and in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

She will discuss the underlying biological and brain neural mechanisms at play and how they respond to yogic treatment.

A Brief History of Yogic Postures in Premodern India

November 1st / with Seth Powell

How old is your downward-facing dog? What about the tree pose? Salutations to the sun? This talk will offer an accessible overview of the latest scholarly research on the history of yogic postures (āsana) in premodern India—as understood through Sanskrit and vernacular texts, sculptures, paintings, and more. We will see that while Indian yogis and ascetics have been disciplining their bodies in physical shapes for thousands of year, many of the more familiar standing, balancing, and dynamic yogic āsanas are of more recent development. While the early Sanskrit yoga texts of the first millennium describe only seated postures for meditation, breath-control, and visualization practices, new scholarship which has emerged only in the past few years has revealed that more and more complex non-seated āsanas were being codified in yoga scriptures and carved in stone during the early 1500s CE and onwards. 

Vedic Chanting & the Art of Vibration

November 29th 2018 / with Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Join Author of Shakti Rising as she teaches the basics of Vedic chanting and the philosophy of vibration that provides a backdrop to its understanding.

Dynamic Alignment

December 13th 2018 / with Amy Matthews

What are some of the issues that the concept of "alignment" poses in the context of yoga practice? What might an "alignment" look like that responds intelligently to these challenges. Movement and Anatomy Specialist Amy Matthews explores "dynamic alignment" and how we might integrate it into our practice and teaching.

Vedanta: Spirituality and Philosophy of the Upanishads

January 2019 / with Swami Sarvapriyananda

Vedanta is the core philosophy of Hinduism. It is based on the texts known as the Upanishads, which themselves form the hightest teachings of the Vedas, the very ancient scriptures of the Hindus. There are many schools of Vedanta , the most well known of them being Advaita Vedanta (Nondual Vedanta). What is the central teaching of Advaita Vedanta? What is the Advaita view of the world, individual, bondage and liberation? What are its methods and how can we make Advaita practical in our daily lives? These are the themes which we shall discuss.

Teaching the Yoga Sutra

February 2019 / with Christopher Key Chapple

The Yoga Sutra has been the "go-to" text for the study and practice of Yoga since the emergence of Yoga in its modern form more than a century ago. This talk will highlight key features of how to use this text in the context of a Yoga class. Particular attention will be given to its ethical content, its meditation instructions, its psychological insights, and its underlying freedom-affirming philosophy.

Buying and Selling Yoga: Cultural Appropriation in the Global Industry

April 2019 / with Andrea Jain

The multi-billion-dollar global yoga industry is known for a consumer idiom that attempts to sell evocative commodities, images, or ideas appropriated from India, resulting in countless commodities. Analyzing appropriation and commodification in the yoga industry is complex. There are forms of appropriation that most people would not find objectionable, but there are many other cases that exploit or do violence to yoga traditions, for example, by perpetuating racial stereotypes or exploiting stereotypes for the sake of profit. To be sure, appropriation can sometimes harm the appropriated community, compromise its integrity, transform cultural objects themselves, or wrongly allow some to benefit to the financial detriment of others. Another way to articulate these concerns is to point out that the appropriation and commodification of yoga is situated within a history of colonialism and capitalist exploitation. Social inequalities, colonial histories, orientalism, and racism all shape our ways of understanding who uses yoga and why. Although many yoga practitioners might resist critical reflection on these matters, preferring instead to speak of yoga as if it is a static essence, transmission is far messier and usually does not take place between social equals.

Beyond Wheels: How to teach about chakras in an authentic and powerful way

May 2019 / with Christopher Hareesh Wallis

As some aspects of Western yoga veer ever further from their South Asian roots (Beer Yoga, anyone?) there is more confusion than ever about which teachings are part of the Indian yoga traditions and which have a Western origin. The very best examples of this confusion center on Tantra and on Chakras. Without any judgement of Western innovations, Hareesh (Christopher Wallis), a Tantric scholar, will help you become crystal clear about the original purpose and function of the chakras, in a distilled and simple presentation designed to empower you to teach Chakra basics effectively. Hareesh's presentation benefits from receiving hundreds of questions on the topic from yoga teachers around the world. 



On Demand Video Archives

Kundalinī and the Science of AUM: An Introduction

with CHRISTOPHER TOMPKINS

The success of the Tantric tradition is based on an enormous discovery which radically shifted the practice of Yoga into a life-affirming practice. In pre-Tantric sources, liberation from the suffering of embodied existence could only be attained by yogins during the process of death – thought to be the only moment when the fully, liberating power of the AUM syllable, the sonic manifestation of the universal Self, can be discerned by yogins. 

But the Tantrics discovered a way to access the full liberating power (shakti) hidden within the AUM syllable -- while still living. The name given for this dynamic power was ‘Kundalinī,’ the significance of which has been largely lost to us before now.

Drawing from numerous source Tantric texts, Christopher provides an overview of the innovative practice sequence which resulted from this extraordinary discovery. We will focus on the science behind the defining technique of this Yoga known as Ucchāra, the ‘Elevation’ or expansion of Consciousness which occurs when we attune our awareness to the subtle sound vibrations inherent within the AUM syllable.

Gravity as Therapy: Why Savasana is the Most Important Pose

with Tias Little

Much of yoga as in life involves learning to let go. In a yoga practice, the “corpse” pose, often the very last position and its corollary, yoga nidra or the yogic sleep, require a profound letting go. This process involves not only physical relaxation but a kind of psychic relinquishing. We learn this by letting go in gravity and by allowing gravity to be our friend. In this talk Tias explores the art of “dropping in” and allowing the emotional and psychic layers of the body to dissolve. Tias discusses how savasana is a gateway to meditation and symbolically suggests the death of the identity making ego.

Depth Hypnosis: Perspectives on Trauma for Yoga Teachers

with Isa Gucciardi

Depth Hypnosis is a counseling process that combines Buddhism, shamanism, energy medicine, transpersonal psychology and hypnosis to address a wide range of symptoms that are related to trauma and other root causes. Central to Depth Hypnosis is the understanding of the nature of karma, the way that karmic patterns are developed energetically, and the way these patterns drive imbalance.

As you are working with yoga, you are also working with energy. Karmic patterns are energetic patterns. It is not uncommon for people’s karmic patterns to affect their engagement with the postures of yoga – and it is not uncommon for certain postures to evoke emotional and/or mental experience, including traumatic memories that may be related to karmic issues. This talk will offer yoga teachers a broader context in which to understand karma and offer tools drawn from Depth Hypnosis to help them in assisting students in working with traumatic experience that might arise in the yoga environment.  

The Supreme Secret of Yoga

with Graham Schweig

As is known by seasoned teachers and practitioners, Yoga has many practices and it has many types of achievements. However, the narrator of the great conversation between Arjuna and Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, Sanjaya, characterizes the teaching of the Gita as “the supreme secret of yoga” (guhyam param yogam). What exactly is this supreme secret of Yoga? How is it “supreme”? And why is it “secret”? In this seminar, Graham will walk us through the Bhagavad Gita so that we can begin to perceive this supreme secret. 

Who is this Seminar for?

For those PRACTITIONERS who are eager to expand their horizon of yoga to include its vast history, philosophy, ethics, and its many domains of practice,

For those TEACHERS who are looking for continuing education to enrich their teaching practice, and

For SEEKERS who are eager to learn more about a transformative, practical tradition.

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