July 11, 18, 25, August 1
An understanding of yoga philosophy is incomplete without a knowledge of Sāṃkhya. Often referred to as the “metaphysical backdrop of classical yoga”, Sāṃkhya has roots in an ancient oral tradition prior to the written Vedas and is considered to be India’s oldest philosophy.
Far from being a provincial cultural artifact from a bygone era, the classical form of Sāṃkhya (as espoused in the Sāṃkhya Karika of Iśvarakṛṣṇa) remains a profoundly sophisticated and relevant system that challenges modern-day assumptions about identity, knowledge, nature, dualism, consciousness and liberation. Engaging with its mode of inquiry is a transformative encounter with a radically alternative way of approaching consciousness and the human experience.
In this 4-week online course, we will explore the many fascinating insights of Sāṃkhya philosophy. We will discover what liberation looks like for Sāṃkhya and how it’s teachings are still relevant for us today. We will look at its relationship to other Indian traditions like Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as engage in a cross-cultural dialogue with Western philosophy through figures like Immanuel Kant, Jean-Paul Sartre, Edmund Husserl and Jacques Lacan.
Please join us on this mind-bending adventure into one of Mother India’s most beloved transmissions.
4 Live, Interactive Zoom Sessions
4 Q&As with Jacob
4 Downloadable Videos & MP3s
10 Yoga Alliance Cont. Ed. Credits
10 Embodied Philosophy Credits
Private Pop-Up Facebook Group
In this module, we will outline the structure of Sāṃkhya philosophy and introduce its basic concepts, including puruṣa, prakṛti, ahaṅkāra, buddhi, manas, kaivalya and the gunas, We will introduce the 25 tattvas and how to best make sense of this seemingly abstract list of categories. We will explore how Sāṃkhya evolved from its first textual evidence in the Upanishads to its ultimate classical formation.
This module will focus on what it means to call Sāṃkhya a “dualism” and how this contrasts with what is referred to as “nondualism”. We will critique the perspective that privileges one over the other and explore how these two perspectives imply their opposite.
In this module, we will explore the relationship between Sāṃkhya and the schools of yoga and ayurveda. What happens to Sāṃkhya when it intersects with these sister traditions?
Sāṃkhya is on the face of it a seemingly alien system to Western minds. Yet, there are schools of Western psychology and philosophy that align with the Sāṃkhyan. In this module, we will explore the resonance of Sāṃkhya with Lacanian psychoanalysis and the movement in Western philosophy referred to as “Phenomenology”. We will explore the many ways in which we can still be enriched by the philosophy of Sāṃkhya.
Jacob Kyle, MSc, MA, is a yoga asana teacher, writer, philosophy educator and the Founder/Director of Embodied Philosophy, an online educational platform for Eastern philosophies and contemplative practices. Kyle holds two Masters Degrees in Philosophy: an MSc in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in the History of Philosophy from the New School for Social Research. His ongoing studies in Western and Eastern philosophies have included the study of the Yoga Sutras with Edwin Bryant and Tantrik philosophy with Christopher Wallis. He was initiated into Neelakhanta Meditation and has since then been enrolled in Blue Throat Yoga programs under the tutelage of esteemed Kashmir Shaivism scholar Paul Muller-Ortega, studying the texts and practices of the Trika Kula lineage of Kashmir Shaivism. In 2019, he commenced the SadaShivacharya meditation teacher training process with Blue Throat Yoga. To augment his yoga asana teaching practice, Kyle has completed over seven hundred hours of training and workshops with many master teachers.
You may enroll in the Yoga Philosophy series at any time. You will receive access to recordings of previous sessions.
A comprehensive investigation into the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the seminal texts of the Yoga canon.
A penetrating look into what is often referred to as the "metaphysical backdrop of classical yoga".
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Explore the tradition often referred to as "Kashmir Shaivism," from which many well-known concepts derive.
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