Yoga is a rich and multi-faceted tradition with many streams of deep experience, all flowing toward the ocean of consciousness and freedom from suffering. This course covers the history of the evolution of Yoga from the Vedas to the present day. It includes an in depth look at primary texts: the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Sutras, and the study of the Vedanta, Tantra, and Hatha Yoga traditions. This yoga class/course will guide you to a deeper understanding of the living traditions of Yoga philosophy and practice.


Full series must register through the Yoga Philosophy Tab

$30 Drop-In

Drop-Ins must register through the yoga class schedule




THE YOGA TRADITION                                   JANUARY 11TH

A survey class on the historical development of Yoga and it’s main texts and schools of practice. The history of Yoga is a fascinating and sometimes confusing collaboration 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.


This seminar will explore the ten-principle 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: Please read Upanishads translated by Eknath Eswaren before class.

THE BHAGAVAD GITA                                      JANUARY 25TH

In this seminar, we will study the Bhagavad Gita which is India’s most beloved spiritual text. It is a beautiful and heartfelt dialogue between Krishna & Arjuna that teaches us the essence of the path of Yoga in the world. Together with the Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras, they comprise the foundation of the teaching on Yoga. Stephan Mitchell translation.

THE YOGA SUTRAS                                           FEBRUARY 1ST & 8TH

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is an essential Yoga text and a philosophical classic that is as relevant today as when it was written 2000 years ago. It expresses the truth of the human condition, succinctly shows us how the mind works, and is a practical teaching on how to cultivate the mind and heart to end suffering. The yoga 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. Read the entire book and then re-read the Samadhi Pada and Sadhana Pada prior to the first class.

TANTRA & HATHA YOGA                                 FEBRUARY 15TH

Tantra has become a familiar but often misunderstood school of Yoga. Its teachings on kundalini, chakras, and subtle body energies from the basics 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 Fenerstein,Shambhala, 1998. Please also read a translation of the Hathayogapradipika by Swatmarama.