Yoga Philosophy

Yoga Philosophy

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Online & Correspondence
20 hours

Are you considering embarking on a journey to become a yoga teacher but have limited or no knowledge in yogic philosophy? Perhaps you have already completed your 200-hour TTC and felt you only just touched the surface on all that encompasses this broadterm? Are you ready to take your practice and your teaching to the next level by learning how to incorporate these teachings?

This course takes you through the history of yoga and its evolution from its ancient roots to the more common forms we are accustomed to in our modern society. We’ll explore the teachings of some of the most sacred texts on yoga and learn how to apply them to the life of a ‘householder’. Householder life refers to living a yogic lifestyle while participating in the modern world, something that reading any of these ancient texts won’t teach you.

We’ll explore some of the key aphorisms of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Specifically, the ones that offer you a model for understanding your own makeup, how and why the mind works the way that it does, and the ways in which you may begin to re-pattern yourself in order to live a life that’s truer to your authentic peaceful nature.

Who is this course suitable for?

• Those who feel that there is more to yoga than asana (the physical practice)
• Those who are interested in becoming a yoga teacher
• Those who are already certified yoga teachers but feel they could expand upon their knowledge in the Philosophy of Yoga
• Those who are already teaching and feel uncomfortable talking about Yoga

Philosophy in a class setting

• Anyone looking to explore the true meaning of Yoga

Is this Yoga Alliance certified?

Yes, registered yoga teachers can submit this course to the Yoga Alliance to fulfill their continuing education requirement. If you are registered with the Yoga Alliance, you must complete 30 hours of yoga related training every 3 years.

Will this course certify me to be a yoga instructor?

200-hour teacher training is required to be a yoga instructor registered through the Yoga Alliance. As this is 20 hours, you will receive 20 hours of credit toward your 200 certification with us. If you are already a yoga teacher, you will receive 20 continuing education credits.

Are exams required for course completion?

If you would like to receive the CE credits, there will be a final assignment due at the end of the course. If you are just taking the course for your personal journey, or are not registered with any Yoga Alliance, then you do not need to complete the final assignment.

Available resources:

• Online instructional videos and lifetime access to all the material.
• Downloadable PDFS
• Some audio lessons
• Workbooks

Course Content:

Introduction & Overview

1. Welcome from Lisa
2. Recommended reading
3. Course manual

Yoga in History

1. History of Yoga
2. Bhagavad Gita
3. The Four Paths of Yoga

Fluctuations of Consciousness

1. The Vrttis
2. Klista or aklista
3. Quiz

The Obstacles to Attaining Samadhi

1. The Kleshas
2. Quiz

The Five Layers

1. The Pancha Koshas
2. Homework

The Path of Ashtanga Yoga

1. Pada of the Yoga Sutras
2. The Eight-Fold Path
3. Quiz


1. The Five Restraints
2. Homework


1. The Five Observances
2. Homework

The Chakras

1. Theory of the chakras
2. Muladhara – The Root Place
3. Svadhisthana – One’s Own Abode
4. Manipura – Lustrous Gem
5. Anahata – Unstruck
6. Vishuddha – Especially Pure

7. Ajna – Beyond Wisdom
8. Sahasrara – Thousand Petaled
9. Homework

Course Wrap-up

1. Final thoughts

Meet your Instructor!
With more than a decade of combined practice and teaching experience, Lisa Nelson (E-RYT500 & YACEP) holds the prominent belief that we are first and foremost a student. Lisa was initially drawn to yoga through the physical practice of asana. She doesn't have a background in athletics or dance, and when she started to practice yoga it was because an assessment at her local gym deemed her a 1 out of 5 in the flexibility category. In fact, she couldn't even touch her toes!

She began her yoga journey with Vinyasa, Power and more of the flow style classes as she was attracted to the idea of being challenged physically. As she delved deeper into her practice, she discovered that she was in need of balancing her Yin and Yang energies. This led her to take a deep dive into more mindful practices such as Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, meditation and pranayama. In her personal practice she balances yin and yang practices according to what she intuits will benefit her on a holistic level.

She loves that courses, such as the ones offered here, are available to be done remotely, so that more people have access to education.
Her teaching is completely focused on meeting students where they are at, in the present moment. She believes that with this constant assessment, she can help students find the practice that best serves them, as opposed to fitting the student to the practice. When not studying Yoga philosophy, spirituality, or the biomechanics of the human body; she loves to travel the world to experience new places and cultures.

This course makes up for 20 hours of the Online 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course. If you are already a certified yoga teacher, this course will help you revise your Yoga Philosophy knowledge without any pressure of time as you will have lifetime access to it. Once the course is completed, and if you are a 200 hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, you will gain 20 continuing education credits.

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