Astrological Archetypes & Yoga

Astrological Archetypes & Yoga

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January 20-22, 2023
300-hour YA credit Available
All Levels Welcome

Working with Five Core Motivations

Archetypes are patterns of influence that are ancient and universal. They are symbolic principles at work in the background of our awareness that grip us, motivate and stir us. Ancient Greeks, like Plato, called archetypes “forms” and considered them to be the fundamental characteristics of a thing that were imprinted on each soul before they were incarnated. In the ancient texts of India there is a Sanskrit word which means an original imprint, something ancient and ahead of all others, a prototype. This word, purvaja, can be found in the Rig Veda, and is perhaps the closest correlate to archetype in the yogic tradition.

Archetypes are communicated from the subconscious to the conscious mind through symbolism.

We can use our yoga practice to activate various archetypes in our lives, moving them from a latent subconscious state to one that is consciously integrated into our personality.

In this weekend intensive, we will explore the archetypes of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars which symbolically represent five urges or core motivations of the human psyche.

  • The urge to cultivate a healthy sense of Self (Sun)
  • The desire for emotional equilibrium (Moon)
  • The impulse to perceive the world around us (Mercury)
  • The longing for peace and enjoyment in life (Venus)
  • The compulsion to assert one’s personal will (Mars)

Each session will include:

  • Yoga philosophy related to archetypes and self-awareness
  • An introduction to the archetypes of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars
  • Embodiment practices to bring the archetypes alive in body and mind through carefully selected yoga asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, and bhavana (guided imagery).
  • Suggestions for how to bring archetypal awareness into one’s personal yoga practice
  • Suggestions for how to incorporate archetypal awareness into group practices through guided imagery, postures, pranayama, mudra, and verbal cues


Friday: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

For 300HR Students
Contact Hours: 12
Non Contact Hours: 2