Yoga History and Philosophy

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Yoga History and Philosophy

545.00

"The Yoga Sutras have transformed, changed, and helped me grow exponentially in a very short period. I have not been this happy for a very, very long time. Thank you so very much. I am so very grateful!" - Geneah Escobar, Yoga Philosophy student

This course is a gamechanger that leaves no stone unturned. Once you embark on a sincere journey of using the yogic tools from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there is no turning back. It’s like turning the lights on in a dim house. You will gradually be filled with increased self awareness and self confidence as you get to know yourself in a much deeper way. Unexplained anxiety will be brought into the light and from this place of conscious awareness, true healing will begin.

Over the course of the 6 months, you will be guided into a profound journey into every layer of your life. We will explore the timeless relevance of the Eight Limbs of Yoga as described by Patanjani in the Yoga Sutras and go into particular experiential depth in our application of and study of the yamas and niyamas (the moral precepts as presented in the Yoga Sutras).

This course gets personal and will stretch you. The experiential nature of the course will invite both vulnerability and courage, the reward is profound and lasting personal growth and transformation.

This 6-month course is a mandatory part of Maria Toso’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance Accredited yoga teacher training but may also be taken as a stand-alone journey into the world of yogic tools for self-development and expansion.

This class is taught in an experiential community format and fosters a deep sense of companionship between the particpants. Yoga philosophy is meant to bring yoga into your whole life and become a way of life that brings ever deeper awareness into the mundane. Through this process, students will uncover obstacles that may be limiting their progress toward achieving the ultimate goal of yoga which the union between our Spirit Self and Our Human existence. You do not need to have any prior experience with yoga to benefit greatly from the soul exploration offered in this class. Just an open heart and mind and a willingness to grow and shed old layers of your psyche that no longer serves your hightest good.

"As I studied the Kleshas I started to notice myself in emotional states that I have nursed for years.  The emotions come out as drama, depression, worry or, as Maria put it, looking for someone to be my second leg.  I feel as if I need to continue to focus on study of the Kleshas to act more consciously and be more aware of my emotions and my needs." - Linda Emeott, Yoga Philosophy student

We will study and experience:

  • Yoga’s Ethical System: The Yamas & Niyamas

  • Yoga History (the origins of modern yoga) and philosophy (Yoga Sutra Excerpts)

  • The Klesha (the cause of human suffering)

  • Karma and Samskara (how your mental and emotional habits create both desirable and painful results in your life)

“It has been so eye opening for me to learn about the 8 limbs of yoga; especially the yamas and niyamas. How they all work in my life. I have realized how someone else’s samskaras and sufferings have affected me and how my own samskaras were formed and how they keep turning up as reactivity in my life. Through the Yoga Philosophy class, I am learning to give up some of the trappings that has kept me from fully meeting my potentials and the futility of comparing myelf to everyone else.” - Jessica Estrem, Yoga Philosophy Student

Course Dates - Once a month Saturdays from 2PM-5PM at St Paul Yoga Center, 1162 Selby Avenue in St Paul.

  1. November 17

  2. December 15

  3. January 19

  4. February 16

  5. March 9

  6. April 13

  7. May 18

Required Reading:

  • The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras: a practical guide to the core of yoga by Nicolai Bachman

Pre-registration and payment reserves your space, and is required for all workshops and trainings. There are no refunds, but if you cancel more than 3 weeks prior to the beginning of a training, workshop, or course, your payment is transferred to a credit you can use for any Breath of Life product or service. Such credits have no expiration date. If you cancel less than 3 weeks prior, you forfeit your payment. Please register early as space is limited.

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