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 and Vedanta
The Bhagavad Gita
Tantra and Hatha




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 2,000 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.

Classes will cover:
- What is the definition of yoga?
- Names and definitions of the 4 padas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
- Names in Sanskrit and definitions of the 8 limbs of astanga yoga
- Names in Sanskrit and definitions of the yamas and niyamas
- Understand the following concepts: citta, sadhana, prana, abyasa and vairagya, purusa and prakti, samyama, parinama
- Sanskrit name and definitions of each of the gunas

Text: Light on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, by B.K.S. Iyengar.
Note: Please read the Introduction and Sutras II.29-II.48 and Sutras II.49-III.13 before the first class.

Location:Minneapolis Yoga Workshop, 2637 27th Ave. S., Suite 207, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Fee: $150

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

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The Yoga Tradition

A survey class on the historical development of Yoga, its 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 evolved and influenced one another to become the forms of practice we know today.

Date and Time: To Be Announced

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

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Upanishads and Vedanta

The seminar will explore the ten principal Upanishads. The Upanishads are philosophical texts, some three thousand years old, that express the realization of the Vedic rishis. This realization is the nondualistic 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.

The Vedanta tradition was founded by the great Eighth Century master Shankaracharya. His teachings on non-duality permeate all of the spiritual traditions of India. We will look at the core teachings on advaita (not-two), Isvara and maya, and the different schools of Vedanta.

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

Dates and Times: To Be Announced

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

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Bhagavad Gita

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

Date and Time: To Be Announced

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

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Tantra and 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.

Texts: Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuerstein, Shambhala, 1998 and Hathayogapradipika by Swatmarama.

Date and Time: To Be Announced

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

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