yoga studies program

The Yoga Studies Program is a comprehensive series on the spiritual heritage of India. Yoga is a rich and multifaceted tradition, with many streams of deep experience, all flowing from and toward the ocean of consciousness and freedom from suffering.

The program covers the history of the development of yoga form the Vedas to the present day. It also covers the study of the primary texts of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, Vedanta and Tantra, and Hatha Yoga. The courses emphasize the development of yoga not just as a philosophy, but as a living practice.

The series is taught by William Prottengeier, director of the Minneapolis Yoga Workshop. More about William >






YOGA STUDIES PROGRAM



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The Yoga Tradition & Upanishads
The Bhagavad Gita
The Yoga Sutras
Tantra and Hatha Yoga




The Yoga Tradition and Upanishads


A survey class on the historical development of Yoga. It’s main texts and schools of practice. The history of Yoga is a fascinating and sometimes confusing jumble of traditions. We will explore how the rich, spiritual traditions of India have evolved and influenced one another to become the forms of practice we do today.
The seminar will explore the ten principal Upanishads. The Upanishads are philosophical texts, some three thousand years old, which express the realization of the Vedic rishis. This realization is the non-dualistic equation of atman (self) and Brahman, the ground of Being. The predominant school of Hindu philosophy, Shankara’s Advaita Vedanta, has its source in the Upanishads. The wisdom of the Upanishads permeates all of Yogic practice, and is essential to understanding our practice.

Text: Upanishads by Eknath Eswaren, Nilgiri Press, 2007. Please read the book before class.

For more information: Contact William at mplsyogaworkshop@gmail.com or (612) 253-5115

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Bhagavad Gita
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We will study the Bhagavad Gita, India's most beloved spiritual text. It is a beautiful and heartfelt dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, and teaches us the essence of the path of yoga in the word. Together with the Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras they comprise the foundation of the teachings on Yoga.

Text: Bhagavad Gita translation by Stephen Mitchell

For more information: Contact William at mplsyogaworkshop@gmail.com or (612) 253-5115

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Introduction to the Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is an essential Yoga text, a philosophical classic, as relevant today as when it was written 2000 years ago. It expresses the truth of the human condition, succinctly shows us how the minds works, and is a practical teaching on how to cultivate the mind and heart to end suffering.The classes will be both lecture and Q & A.

Text: The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation and Commentary by Chip Hartranft, Shambhala Classics, 2003. Please read the entire book and then re-read the Samadhi Pada and Sadhana Pada prior to the first class.

For more information: Contact William at mplsyogaworkshop@gmail.com or (612) 253-5115

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Tantra & Hatha Yoga


Tantra has become a familiar but often misunderstood school of Yoga. Its teachings on kundalini, chakras, and subtle body energies form the basis of Hatha Yoga practice. This class will explore the two schools of practice and their relationship to one another.

Text: Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuerstein, Shambhala, 1998. Please read the book before class. Please also read a translation of the Hathayogapradipika by Swatmarama.

For more information: Contact William at mplsyogaworkshop@gmail.com or (612) 253-5115

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