Why is yoga philosophy essential for your practice?

The word yoga usually means physical postures. Most yoga classes are taught with the physical body in the foreground. Most of what the teacher says during class, sometimes called cues, instruct the student how to move their body. 

But what is the background of yoga? What can we learn by exploring the profound philosophy of this ancient discipline? How can this philosophy inform and uplift our asana practice? Inform and uplift our lives?

When you just focus on your body, and ignore the study of yoga philosophy, you miss out on a vast depth of study that brings sweetness to your practice. It’s like going on a roadtrip without a map.

So is yoga philosophy still relevant today? Absolutely. 

Sure, we live in an era of jet engines, climate change, and social media, but the insights of yoga philosophy – about the nature of the mind and how to find relief from the suffering we cause ourselves – could not be more urgent.

Join us to explore the rich philosophical underpinnings of yoga. We'll concentrate on a single key text: The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.


What is the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali?

"The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is a collection of Sanskrit sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga. They were compiled in the early centuries CE, by the sage Patanjali in India who synthesized and organized knowledge about yoga from much older traditions.” Read more here.

One of the foundational texts for our modern practice, Patanjali writes about what prevents us from entering the state of yoga. This text, philosophical yet deeply practical, offers a guide to Sadhana - your spiritual path home to yourself.


Yoga Sutra of Patanjali translated by Georg Feuerstain


Course Schedule

  • September 12th: Course begins.

  • Enjoy the 6 pre-recorded (30-45 minute) audio conversations. No rush!

  • September 14th: Two hour Live Zoom class starting at 10am Pacific.

  • September 28th: Two hour Live Zoom class starting at 10am Pacific.

  • October 12th: Two hour Live Zoom class starting at 10am Pacific.

  • Watch the live class recordings on your own schedule.

  • Ask questions via our private forum. No Facebook required!

  • Practice Savasana with the guided Restorative Setup.

  • Take 12 spacious months to access the course material.

When are the live classes?

September 14th and 28th, and October 12th

We'll gather three times via Zoom on September 14th and 28th, and October 12th. The two-hour classes begin at 10am Pacific time. All sessions will include discussion and practice, and be recorded.

Teacher and Host

Ph.D., Physical Therapist

Judith Hanson Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, has taught yoga on six continents and almost every state in the USA since 1971. She is the author of 11 books, the most recent is "Teaching Yoga with Intention: The Essential Guide to Skillful Hands-on Assists and Verbal Communication" (Shambhala Press, 2021)

Yoga Teacher and Designer

Lizzie Lasater

Raised in San Francisco, and educated at Columbia University, Lizzie Lasater is a yoga teacher and designer, who shares her work via live online events, her free Sunday Savasana Series newsletter, a spirit jewelry collection, videos on YouTube, and posting on Instagram. Lizzie lives in Salzburg with her Austrian husband and twin boys. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • We're so glad you're here

    • Reading list from Judith

  • 2

    Audio Conversations (30-45 min each)

    • Lesson 1: Ancient Wisdom Modern Lives

    • Lesson 2: Practice

    • Lesson 3: Asana

    • Lesson 4: Breath

    • Lesson 5: Focus

    • Lesson 6: Integration

  • 3

    Live Zoom Classes (2hrs, recordings available)

    • Session 1: Recording

    • Session 2 : Recording

    • October 12th at 10am Pacific time

  • 4

    Savasana

    • Restorative Savasana Set-Up

    • Guided Savasana

  • 5

    Bonus 'Office Hours' Episodes

    • Recommitting to Living the Yamas, Part 1

    • Recommitting to Living the Yamas, Part 2

FAQ

  • Can I receive Yoga Alliance credit?

    Yes. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion for 20 non-contact hours. After that, you can submit for continuing education credit from Yoga Alliance in the United States. If you live outside the USA, please ask your equivalent organization if they accept digital training as non-contact hours.

  • When does my course access expire?

    Relax and take your time - that's the digital advantage. You have unlimited access to the Practicing Patanjali material for one full year.

  • Do I need to purchase additional materials?

    We suggest you have at least one copy of the 'Yoga Sutra of Patanjali'. Students also receive a list of Judith's favorite sutra translations and suggested further reading.

  • Can I ask questions during the course?

    Yes, you can submit questions for Judith and Lizzie to answer directly through our private forum. No Facebook required!

  • What is the refund policy?

    We want you to be 100% delighted with your learning experience. If, for any reason, you're disappointed after your first three days enrollment, we will be happy to issue a full refund.

Actual Reviews

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Delicious!

Fenny Chong

I’m loving this practice. Although I couldn’t do this consecutively, I still reaped its benefits and found myself looking forward to it.

I’m loving this practice. Although I couldn’t do this consecutively, I still reaped its benefits and found myself looking forward to it.

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Changed My Life

Jeannine Reno

Savasana became a routine part of my life during the year after taking this Savasana Intensive, and I am physically calmer, sleeping better and much less rea...

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Savasana became a routine part of my life during the year after taking this Savasana Intensive, and I am physically calmer, sleeping better and much less reactive to stress. This is the best money I've ever spent on a Yoga-related workshop!

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A Beautiful Course

IDIT HEFER

I loved the rhythm of the course!

I loved the rhythm of the course!

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In-depth Understanding of Savasana

cécile lapière

This online course gave me the opportunity to review the workshop material and fully understand the benefits of Savasana practice and Restorative Yoga. The c...

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This online course gave me the opportunity to review the workshop material and fully understand the benefits of Savasana practice and Restorative Yoga. The course sequences and material are user-friendly, well-paced and informative.

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A Superb Extension of My Practice

karen walker

My practice has been almost every day and I am not judging myself when I miss one. With joy I am discovering that regular 20-minute Savasana practice brings ...

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My practice has been almost every day and I am not judging myself when I miss one. With joy I am discovering that regular 20-minute Savasana practice brings into my life a calm clarity of perspective that I so deeply appreciate!

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No Day without Savasana

Renata Koszka

After this course, the first thing I've been doing after coming home is preparing my props for Savasana and staying there for 30 minutes every day. Can't ima...

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After this course, the first thing I've been doing after coming home is preparing my props for Savasana and staying there for 30 minutes every day. Can't imagine a single day without Savasana anymore.

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Exceptional, Delicious and So Worthwhile

Cath Brennan

The Savasana Intensive has fed my mind with insight and wisdom, and my physical body has learnt how delicious it is to completely let go and be held by the p...

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The Savasana Intensive has fed my mind with insight and wisdom, and my physical body has learnt how delicious it is to completely let go and be held by the props. I have practiced Yoga and Savasana for about 25 years, and I am SO grateful I now have some insight into the power of Restorative Yoga.

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The Luxury of Doing Nothing

Annushka Martin

Thank you for this profound reminder about the importance of silence and stillness. I shared the head support with 26 students in my gentle class in Savasana...

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Thank you for this profound reminder about the importance of silence and stillness. I shared the head support with 26 students in my gentle class in Savasana today - you should have seen the joy upon the discovery of a little extra help to find relaxation.

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Wonderful Experience

Ingrid Rachbauer

With deep gratitude to the two of you, power duo :-) Thank you so much for this wonderful experience!

With deep gratitude to the two of you, power duo :-) Thank you so much for this wonderful experience!

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