Discover transformation through Yoga Philosophy

Explore yoga philosophy with Viriam as she unpacks the understanding of our’self'. In this course Viriam works with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as well as new research in neuroscience to cast light on how we can re-write our own story.

  • Level II Philosophy. Perfect for Level I Yoga Teachers looking to explore Patanjalis Yoga Sutras in more depth

  • Learn sankalpa meditation. Includes a powerful meditation for the practice of sankalpa (intention setting)

  • Manageable and interactive. Bite-sized videos and interactive elements to help you learn effectively, in your own time

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction to Viriam and this course

    • How to complete this course

    • Course Material and Notes

  • 2

    Yoga Beyond Asana

    • Yoga as a path of transformation

    • What do we mean by ‘Yoga’

    • Yogic philosophy and psychology

  • 3

    Yogas-chitta-vritti-nirodhah

    • Unpacking yogas-chitta-vritti-nirodhah

    • Yoga as a state and not a practice

    • Course material: Yogas-chitta-vritti-nirodhah

  • 4

    The Vrittis (Circular Thoughts)

    • Circular thought patterns

    • The vrittis

    • Course Material: The Vrittis

    • The gunas in thoughts

    • Course Material: The gunas

    • Acknowledging that we cause our own stress

  • 5

    The Kleshas

    • The kleshas

    • Avidya - not seeing the self clearly

    • Raga and Dvesha - attachments and aversions

    • Asmita - me myself and I

    • Abhinivesha - fear of death

    • Constant judgement of ourselves

    • Course Material: The kleshas

  • 6

    Memory and Samskaras

    • Memory or recognition

    • What are samskaras?

    • How samskaras get us into trouble

    • Beneficial samskaras

    • Samskaras and neuroplasticity

    • Neurons that fire together wire together

    • Changing habitual thought patterns

    • The key to success in yoga

    • The brain in meditation

    • Benefits of different types of meditation

    • Triggering of memory

  • 7

    Conscious Samskaras

    • Cultivating beneficial samskaras

    • Digesting the experiences of your day

    • Exercise: Digesting the experiences of your day

    • Beneficial samskaras outside of meditation

    • Beneficial samskaras through our practice

    • Course Material: Sutras

  • 8

    Meditation

    • Meditation as a state

    • Different focuses for meditation

    • We’re perfect as we already are

  • 9

    Practice: Sankalpa meditation

    • Introduction and preparation

    • Sankalpa Meditation

    • Download: Sankalpa Meditation

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Yoga Philosophy

Re-writing our own story

  • Who is this course for?

    Yoga Teachers who want to go deeper into yoga philosophy to take their teaching to the next level.

    Yoga practitioners who want to grow their understanding of yoga philosophy to enhance their own practice.

  • How long will it take?

    We estimate this course will take between 2-3 hours to complete.

Teachers

Philosophy Teacher

Viriam Kaur

Viriam has been teaching Yoga, Meditation and Awareness Practices for over 15 years and is a Senior Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She has been sharing philosophy on the Himalaya Yoga Valley teacher training for 8 years. She trained in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in 2003 and has since studied Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness, Dance and Movement Meditation and Biodynamic Breath Bodywork.

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Be inspired to re-write your story

"Viriam is such an inspiring teacher. She has a great way explaining philosophical concepts in a way that is easy to grasp."

Dana Niebsch | Social Anthropologist

Course reviews

5 star rating

I really learned a lot from this...

Jim Daly

I really learned a lot from this, it’s well presented in short clips, love the download options for notes and the sankalpa.

I really learned a lot from this, it’s well presented in short clips, love the download options for notes and the sankalpa.

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Inspirational learning

Dana Niebsch

Viriam is such an inspiring teacher. She has a great way explaining philosophical concepts in a way they are easy to grasp and to relate to personal experien...

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Viriam is such an inspiring teacher. She has a great way explaining philosophical concepts in a way they are easy to grasp and to relate to personal experiences or daily life situations. The lecture is divided into short clips that makes it easy to go back and review. Watching the videos with the course material in hand makes it a fun and easy learning experience. Reading the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali on it's own can be quite intimidating and difficult. This lecture not only helps you to gain a better understanding of some of the Sutras but also gives you an insight on how the mind works according to this old philosophical text and how we can relate that to new research in neuroscience and our own life. The beautiful meditation at the end brings it all into place. Thank you Viriam!

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5 star rating

You will get what what the course title says!

Tomoe Watanabe

Philosophy is always fascinating for me, but it is difficult when it comes how to apply to daily life. This course introduces a wider perspective of yoga and...

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Philosophy is always fascinating for me, but it is difficult when it comes how to apply to daily life. This course introduces a wider perspective of yoga and gives me fresh eyes to observe myself, which is really beneficial for both as a person and a yoga instructor! What great is this is an online course and I can always bring myself back in the lecture and contemplate contents again and again, which I am looking forward to it now! Thank you very much:)

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4 star rating

A thought-provoking story to tell

Pablo de la Medina

Viriam shares her vision about some sutras, the vrittis and the Salkalpa meditation. Acknowledging that we cause our own stress, and changing habitual thou...

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Viriam shares her vision about some sutras, the vrittis and the Salkalpa meditation. Acknowledging that we cause our own stress, and changing habitual thought patterns are two thought-provoking subjects.

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