4 Modules on Yoga Philosophy
Presented by Embodied Philosophy in Partnership with Prema Yoga Institute
An education in the texts and philosophies of classical Yoga & Tantra is central to an understanding of yoga's diverse history. Join us on this four-course adventure into yoga's philosophical foundations.
You may enroll at any time and get access to recordings of previous sessions.
with Jacob Kyle
This 4-module course offers a penetrating look into what is often referred to as the "metaphysical backdrop of classical yoga". Understand Yoga's philosophical foundations and how it is relevant to contemporary issues.
with Kavitha Chinnaiyan
*Optional Course for PYI Yoga Therapy Certificate Candidates
In this 4-module course, explore the tradition often referred to as "Kashmir Shaivism," from which many well-known concepts derive: the chakras, mantra, yantra, and the art of embodied transformation.
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 six 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.
As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshopson the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.
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.
Robert Lindsey graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University. He completed a year of post-baccalaureate study in South Asian Religion at Rutgers University, as well as a year at the Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies in Vrindavan, India. Since 2011, he has been the Program Director for the India Winter Session Study Abroad Program in Hinduism at Rutgers University. Additionally at Rutgers, Robert has given numerous guest lectures on topics such as Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata Purana, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Mahabharata, and Hinduism and the Afterlife. Robert is currently a graduate student in South Asian Religion at Columbia University where he also studies Sanskrit. He has also studied Sanskrit at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Pune, India. Robert has served as the Director of Philosophy at Yoga Vida NYC since 2015. He teaches in Yoga Vida’s Advanced Teacher Training Programs and various workshops on topics concerning premodern and modern yoga.
Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, MI. She has studied with various teachers including Advaita Vedanta through the Chinmaya Mission, the Direct Path with Greg Goode in the lineage of Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, Sri Vidya Sadhana with Sri Chaitanyananda and Sri Sivapremananda, Tantra and Ayurveda with Dr. Sumit Kesarkar, and Kashmir Shaivism with Paul Muller-Ortega. Her workshops, courses and writings on meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda and non-duality strive to bring these time-honored traditions to modern living in practical ways. She is the author of The Heart of Wellness (Llewellyn Publications, January 2018), which brings together Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda to change the paradigm of health and wellness, and Shakti Rising (New Harbinger Publications, October 2017), which is a fresh exploration of the ten great goddesses of cosmic wisdom known as the Dasha Mahavidya. Shakti Rising won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017. Visit kavithamd.com for more information.
50 Hours Across Four Courses on Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Samkhya Philosophy, & Tantra
Enroll in the full series by October 2nd and receive $50 OFF by using coupon code PREMAEB1 at checkout.
ONE TIME FEE
8 Live Zoom Sessions
8 Q&As with Edwin
8 Videos & MP3s
20 YA Credits
20 EP Credits
Pop-Up Facebook Group
ONE TIME FEE
8 Pre-recorded Classes
8 Videos & MP3s
20 YA Credits
20 EP Credits
NOTE: Presence at the scheduled times is not required for participation, but is required for credit toward PYI Yoga Therapy Certification. For certificate candidates requesting an absence, please see the PYI Student Handbook.