Yoga Tantra Advanced Study Group 1 – Philosophy
Understand the philosophies and techniques from Yoga, Tantra, Sāmkhya, and Vedanta
Online Classes: 8 x 90 minutes | Talks | Guided Meditations | CPD Points: 16 hrs
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This is an opportunity to deepen and upgrade your understanding of the philosophies and techniques from Yoga, Tantra, Sāmkhya, and Vedanta, and to practice meditations and techniques derived from these philosophies.
Selected texts will be recommended. For example, we will explore the Upanishads, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and various Tantras (sacred texts).
Topics include consciousness, energy/shakti, light; mind, karma, elemental forces; mantras, yantras, initiation, psychic symbols (Ishta devatā); spiritual practice (sādhana), peace, silence, stillness; community (sangha). Many other topics will be incorporated into the teachings and discussions.
You will also learn principals from both Eastern and Western psychological approaches to self-development and self-realization.
These live classes were recorded. You can now watch the recordings at your convenience
8 x 90-minute classes
Continuing Professional Development
Earns CPD 16 contact hrs with Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Australia, & SYTA
Title: Yoga Tantra Advanced Study Group
Authors: Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati
Publisher: Big Shakti
Media: Online Classes and Recordings
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