Deepen Your Understanding of Yoga and How It Transforms You
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Deepen Your Understanding of Yoga and How It Transforms You

Everyone's Guide to What Yoga Is and What It Is Not​
4.7 (19 ratings)
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Created by Ram Vakkalanka
Last updated 11/2016
English
Price: $95
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Includes:
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Upon completion, course participants will have clear knowledge of the philosophical and historical roots and evolution of Yoga.
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Requirements
  • No prerequisites are needed for this course except an open heart, inquisitive mind and a desire to expand one's knowledge of Yoga and its philosophy.
Description

This course deepens your understanding of what Yoga is and how it can transform you. It begins with the origins of Yoga in prehistoric times, how the ancient Yogis had a powerful vision for what life is and how to lead a fulfilling, joyous life and achieve perennial peace of mind. The course helps you realize that Yoga is not something one practices for an hour or two in a studio but about discovering the purpose of one's life and living it. Yoga is how one lives one's life. It is about allowing the inner light to shine brightly and illuminate one's life. 

The evolution of Yoga is traced from prehistoric to modern times in this course. The narrative is an interesting mix of historical facts, nuggets of philosophy and symbolic Yogic tales.

The course challenges many common and deep-routed misconceptions about Yoga and induces many “a ha” moments. It explores issues such as how old is the Yogic tradition, is Yoga Hindu religion in disguise, why so many different interpretations of Yogic texts exist and where is Yoga going in the modern world.

Participants also get glimpses of some of the ancient texts of India such as the Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata and BhagavadGita. This course introduces many Yogis of ancient as well as modern times. It discusses the influence the West has had on how Yoga is perceived and also includes a section on how Yoga influences western thinkers as well as scientists.

It is very interesting to note how Yoga is bringing men and women of all backgrounds together in the spirit of one global family.

Upon completion, course participants will have clear knowledge of the philosophical and historical roots and evolution of Yoga and how Yoga is a science of self-transformation. 

This course will benefit Yoga practitioners, teachers, enthusiasts and academics as well as anyone interested in deepening their understanding of Yoga. 

Ram Vakkalanka is an RYT500 and E-RYT 200 - a Yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. This course qualifies for six non-contact hours of RYT continuing education credit.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course will benefit Yoga practitioners, teachers, enthusiasts and academics as well as anyone interested in knowing more about the history Yoga
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
06:04:39
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Vedic Origins of Yoga
7 Lectures 01:22:15

To lay the foundation for the rest of the course, this lesson addresses the three eternal questions wherein lies the origin of Yoga:

    Who am I?
    What is this Nature around me?
    Is there a Creator who brought me and this Nature into existence?

We will examine each question in detail and explore how the Vedic Rishis sought to address them. We will discuss the concept of Universal Consciousness as presented in the Veda, and examine the principles of Consciousness and its Universality as the core teachings of the Veda.

Three Eternal Questions
25:31

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Three Eternal Questions
3 questions

Topics discussed: 

1. Seers of Veda 

2. Rishis are not authors of Veda 

3. Kinds of Rishis 

4. Not all Rishis were monks 

5. Smrutis - code of conduct for humankind 

6. Authority of Smrutis

Preview 11:51

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Rishis - Ancient Scientists of the East
3 questions

Topics discussed:

1. Two-fold objectives of Veda 

2. Flow of life according to Veda 

3. Four Goals of life according to Veda 

4. Expansion of the goals of life


Vedic Solution to the Riddle of Life
10:53

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Vedic Solution to the Riddle of Life
3 questions

Topics discussed:

1. Mantra, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad aka Vedanta 

2. Karma Kanda, Upasana Kanda and Jnana Kanda 

3. Four categories of Mantras found in the Veda

4. Veda and Vedanta different?


Vedic Mantras
13:09

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Vedic Mantras
3 questions

Topics discussed:

1. Who am I - nature of Consciousness

2. Consciousness vs. Awareness 

3. Inquiry into Nature - all sciences known to man 

4. Creator - nature of Universal Consciousness 

5. Six Limbs of Veda 5a. Sanskrit 

6. Misconceptions: age of Veda; Vedas taught fear of Elements, worship of Nature, Vedas taught idol worship, Veda preaches the existence of many Gods, Vedas were brought to India by the Aryans



The Veda - Content, Limbs and Misconceptions
11:40

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The Veda - Content, Limbs and Misconceptions
3 questions

Topics discussed:

  1. Classification of Upanishads according to subject

  2. Yoga Upanishads 

  3. Eight limbs of Yoga

  4. Darshana Upanishad

Vedic Idea of Yoga
06:43

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Vedic Idea of Yoga
3 questions

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Section 1: Vedic Origins of Yoga
4 questions
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Yoga in Pre-recorded History
6 Lectures 01:07:12

Topics covered:

1. Upanishadic idea of Yoga included Chakras etc. 

2. Darshana Upanishad 

3. Limbs of Yoga according to Darshana Upanishad

Upanishadic Concept of Yoga
10:21

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Upanishadic Concept of Yoga
3 questions

Topics presented:

1. Intro to Itihasa 

2. Ramayana, the first poetic work authored by man 

3. Brief story of Ramayana 

4. Yogic Symbolism behind Ramaya

Ramayana: Its Influence on Yoga
13:58

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Ramayana: Its Influence on Yoga
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Yoga Vaashistham 

2. How Rama wants to become Buddhist 

3. Buddhism preserved by Vedic Rishis

Buddhism: Its Ancient Origins
06:45

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Buddhism: Its Ancient Origins
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Vedic paths of Pravrutti and Nivrutti 

2. Ashrama Dharma 

3. Dangers of premature renunciation 

4. Inevitability of Karma

Renunciation vs. Worldly life
07:56

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Renunciation vs. Worldly life
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Veda proposes many approaches to one Truth 

2. Schools of philosophy born out of Veda 

3. Existence of 70+ schools of philosophy

Evolution of Schools of Philosophy
13:57

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Evolution of Schools of Philosophy
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Samkhya Philosophy

2. Yoga Philosophy

3. Vedanta Philosophy

Explanations of some Schools of Philosophy
14:15

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Explanations of Schools of Philosophy
3 questions

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Section 2: Yoga in Pre-recorded History
5 questions
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Yoga in Recorded History
6 Lectures 01:13:05

Topics covered:

1. Mahabharata - the second Itihasa 

2. Puranas - one to eighteen 

3. Interesting mix of history and Yogic teachings 

4. Vyasa, the author of Puranas and Mahabharata


Itihasas and Puranas
15:58

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Itihasas and Puranas
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Classes of Mantras in the Veda 

2. Division of the Veda and the four torchbearers of Vedic Wisdom

3. Further subdivision of the Veda, establishment of oral tradition

Division of Veda
07:58

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Division of Veda
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. BhagavadGita - historical background 

2. Gita, the essence of Upanishads 

3. Reconciliation of various schools of Philosophy 

4. Proposing the four classical approaches to Yoga 

5. Vedanta established as the highest teaching of Veda

BhagavadGita and its influence on Yoga
16:56

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BhagavadGita and its influence on Yoga
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Waning of Vedanta post-Krishna 

2. Dawn of Kali-Yuga 

3. Society obsessed with Rituals 

4. Birth of Gautama

5. Brief history of Gautama...his questioning of Rituals 

6. Post-Buddhism 

Gautama Buddha
10:57

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Gautama Buddha
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Brief bio of Patanjali 

2. Different works of Patanjali 

3. Yoga philosophy shaped after Samkhya 

4. Removal of controversy regarding Ishwara 

5. Yoga: Upanishads Vs. Sutras 

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
10:57

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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Gaudapadacharya 

2. Govindapadacharya 

3. Adi Shankara 

4. Four disciples of Adi Shankara

Patanjali’s Lineage
10:19

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Section 3: Yoga in Recorded History
5 questions
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Yoga vs. Hinduism
7 Lectures 01:21:26

Topics covered:

1. Alexander invading India around 300 BC 

2. Where it all began - River Sindhu

3. Existence of many schools of philosophy and no religion 

4. 'Hinduism' 

The Origin of ‘Hinduism’
09:39

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The Origin of ‘Hinduism’
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Cultural and trading relations between middle east and India 

2. Invasion of India by Islam 

3. Forceful conversion, loss of vedic literature

4. Eventual mingling of Islam into Indian culture


Islam invasion of India
06:05

Topics covered:

1. Strengthening of Islamic presence in India 

2. Predominance of Bhakti Yoga 

3. Some of the Yogis of this time 

4. Vidyaranya

Yoga 1000-1900 AD
18:28

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Yoga 1000-1900 AD
2 questions

Topics covered:

1. A quick look at Hatha Yoga 

2. Hatha Yogis vs. Muslim fakirs 

3. Hatha Yoga Pradipika 

4. Gheranda Samhita

Texts of Hatha Yoga
07:41

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Texts of Hatha Yoga
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Misportrayal of India and Yoga 

2. Hindooism imprinted on the World’s psyche 

3. The other side of colonization 

4. Aryan and Dravidian theory and its fallacy 

5. Veda branded as religious scripture


British Colonization of India
23:52

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British Colonization of India
3 questions

Topics covered:

Yoga and Christianity

Christian Yoga
11:03

Topics covered:

1. Role of women in ancient Indian society 

2. Some popular Yoginis of ancient times

3. Some modern Yoginis

Women and Yoga in India
04:38

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Women and Yoga in India
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Section 4: Yoga Vs. Hinduism
5 questions
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Yoga in the West
5 Lectures 01:00:41

Topics covered:

1. Brief bio of Swami Vivekananda 

2. Parliament of world’s religions 

3. Vivekananda’s effect on India and west

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) -1
20:46

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Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
3 questions

Topics covered:

Life stories of some Yogis such as Swami Sivananda, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Swami Sachchidananda etc. and how they brought Yoga to the West


The Ambassadors of Yoga in the West
12:20

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The Ambassadors of Yoga in the West
2 questions

How Yoga influenced the intellectuals of the West as well as scientists such as Nicola Tesla, Albert Einstein

Influence of Yoga on the Western Science
07:44

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Influence of Yoga on the Western Science
3 questions

Topics covered:

1. Swami Vishnudevananda 

2. Beginning of 'Yoga Teacher Training's

3. Asana teacher certificates


Swami Vishnudevananda
07:08

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Swami Vishnudevananda
2 questions

Topics covered:

1. A historical perspective on the current wave of Yoga 

2. Yoga positioned as fitness program 

3. Changing perspective on Yoga


Yoga = Asana?
12:43

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Section 5: Yoga in the West
5 questions
About the Instructor
Ram Vakkalanka
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99 Students
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Yoga Philosopher, Nada Yogi and Sanskrit expert

Ram Vakkalanka is a Yoga philosopher, Sanskrit expert, Nada Yogi and Meditation Instructor. Ram was born and brought up in India, steeped in the Yogic tradition. Currently based in Toronto, Canada, Ram travels in many countries around the world, sharing his deep knowledge of Nada Yoga, Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy and Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda and Astrology. So far 18 CDs and one DVD of his works have been released. Ram's writings have been published both online as well as in print. Ram is often described as 'a blessing to the global Yoga community'. He has an uncanny ability to simplify complex philosophical concepts for his audience using current examples and sense of humor. For more about Ram, please visit his website or connect with him on the Social Network.