The principles and practices of Yoga are not just for Hindus. They have enriched the spiritual lives of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others, including none-of-the-aboves, for centuries.
This practical course draws from core texts such as the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, as well as the work of leading gurus and yoga masters and the lived experience of practitioners. We will correct common misunderstandings and see how yogic precepts and methods can help everyone, regardless of path or tradition, live a deep, authentic spirituality in the modern world. The emphasis is on transformation, not dogma; on individuality, not one-size-fits-all solutions.
We will learn practices from the four yoga pathways: bhakti (devotion), karma (selfless service), jnana (mental), raja (psychophysical discipline). We’ll explore the Eight Limbs (ashtanga) of Classical Yoga, including the yamas and niyamas (ethical guidelines), asana (posture), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (transcendence) — all of which enhance our ability to sustain the true goal of yoga, Divine Union. As challenges arise in integrating yogic teachings into our lives, we’ll also look at issues around desire and attachment, work and money, love and sex, spiritual authorities and institutions, and more.
You will receive 12 emails — one every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for four weeks — each containing Phil's reflections and practice suggestions that match the day's theme. A Practice Circle community forum will be available for you to post your thoughts and questions about each session, interact with others in the e-course, and read Phil's responses.
Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years, as a practitioner, teacher, and writer. He is the author of numerous books, including Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path and the award-winning American Veda. A spiritual counselor, meditation teacher, and Interfaith Minister, he is a popular public speaker and cohost of the Spirit Matters podcast. His biography of Paramahansa Yogananda will be published in April, 2018.
(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
Monday, September 4 - Friday, September 29