Demystifying the Teachings of Yoga

Demystifying the Teachings of Yoga

7 Episodes

Do you think of samadhi as an unachievable, far-flung, future goal? Is renunciation antithetical to a life of worldly pleasure? Are miraculous powers a thing of fairy tales, and do you think finding a Guru is only for the lucky few? Well, think again! Those imagined obstacles are the most potent obstacles. With these sessions you will cut through doubt and develop the confidence to own the teachings of yoga and to embody them in your daily life.

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Demystifying the Teachings of Yoga
  • Episode 2: Demystifying Pranayama

    Episode 1

    The power of yogic pranayama, or breath practices, expands exponentially when we appreciate the significance of the breath as it has been venerated in world wisdom traditions. Learning to regard this substrate of consciousness as sacred sanctifies all perceptions, imbuing ordinary experiences wit...

  • Episode 1: Demystifying Asana

    Episode 2

    Explore yoga postures as a basis for mind training, and notice ways in which the neural symmetry of hatha yoga provides a springboard for the non-dual experience known as samadhi. The heightened interoceptive awareness of the postures initiates introversion or “pratyahara,” automatically compell...

  • Episode 3: Demystifying Samadhi

    Episode 3

    Demystifying Samadhi: The Unitive State

    Lets remove imaginary obstacles from our rightful access to that state known by such names as Samadhi, Nirvana, Kingdom of Heaven, Liberation and so many more. Of what use are arguments about how these terms are defined or how they differ, when in truth...

  • Episode 4: Demystifying Detachment and Renunciation

    Episode 4

    The idea of renunciation can be very intimidating and mistakenly construed as a matter of will power and epic self- denial. Ultimately the purpose of detachment is not to abandon the enjoyment of the senses but to firmly renounce the sense of identification with anything which is temporary. In re...

  • Episode 5: Demystifying Devotion

    Episode 5

    Demystifying Devotion: the Bhakti Path

    The greatest accelerant as well as the greatest thrill on the enlightenment path is the ecstasy of love. Besides being good for your health, it can be said that love is the means as well as the goal of spiritual processes. However, the very vagueness and ...

  • Episode 6: Demystifying Siddhis

    Episode 6

    Demystifying Siddhis: Miraculous Yogic Powers

    Are accounts of miraculous powers, known as siddhis, merely the imaginings of gullible seekers, or are these potential capacities naturally developing in the course of human evolution? In the mind-training process known as Self realization, the bou...

  • Episode 8: Demystifying the Guru

    Episode 7

    In the world’s mystical traditions, the Guru is an enlightening, organizing principle and a key mechanism allowing the painful limitations of transient egoic identity to be shed. As a transitional object, the Guru is the chosen form that becomes a threshold to the formless absolute. As such, it ...