Bhagavadgītā and Yoga Philosophy with Michael Johnson (HYBRID)

Bhagavadgītā and Yoga Philosophy with Michael Johnson (HYBRID)

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April 21-23, 2023
300-hour YA Credit
All Levels Welcome

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$250 with Early Bird Discount
($300 after April 14, 2023)

Friday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Bhagavadgītā is a 700 verse poem that presents Yoga Philosophy within the context of the 200,000 verse epic called the Mahābhārata. Although the Gītā is required reading in nearly every Yoga teacher training, it is often out of context and confused with virtue ethics, consequentialism or deontology. In this weekend workshop we will integrate the context from the Mahābhārata and discern how Yoga is its own basic ethical theory from South Asia, so that you can discern it clearly from outcome driven theories like virtue ethics, consequentialism and teach it with competence and confidence. We will also explore how trauma can impact our nervous system and how Yoga Philosophy can be uniquely helpful with recovery.

Dr. Shyam Ranganathan (MA South Asian Studies, MA and PhD Philosophy) is a field-changing researcher, scholar, author, and teacher of philosophy, and an expert in the neglected traditions of Indian moral philosophy, which covers practical questions of how to live, what to aim for, and what we should value—including Yoga.  Dr. Ranganathan is a trained scholar and researcher of philosophy and is author, editor and translator of over 50 peer reviewed, scholarly works (including Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy MLBD 2008 and 2017; the Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics 2017; and Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation, Routledge 2018).  A specialist in translation, having written his PhD dissertation on the topic of how we can understand texts without projecting our beliefs onto them, Dr. Ranganathan translated Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra (Penguin 2008). After over 20000 teaching hours and 3000 students, in 2019 , Dr. Ranganathan founded Yoga Philosophy (YACEP and CYA-RYSGOLD), a scholar practitioner initiative, to bring anti-colonial, anti-Eurocentric, research based knowledge about Yoga and Philosophy to practitioners.  Shyam is a E-RYT-500 and CYA-RYT Gold. He is a member of the Department of Philosophy, and York Center for Asian Research, York University, Toronto.

Keya Maitra is a professor of philosophy at UNC Asheville. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy of language from the University of Hyderabad in India and a second Ph.D. in philosophy of mind from the University of Connecticut. In her teaching and research, she focuses on Cross-cultural philosophy, feminist philosophy of mind, Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, transnational feminist philosophy, philosophy of science and epistemology of mindfulness. Her Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Introduction was published from Bloomsbury in 2018. She approaches philosophy as an engaged discipline that offers us locations to engage critically with contemporary social issues. She was the Thomas Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities from 2018-2022. 

In this training you will learn:
  • 4 Basic Ethical Theories
  • Polyvagal Theory and Yoga
  • Neuroscience of Decision Making
  • 9 Kinds of Bhakti
  • Discussion Techniques
  • Tools for Navigating Moral Dilemmas