Join Now for Ongoing Yoga Philosophy Support

Join this self-directed course, which consists in a combination of video lectures and presentations that you may watch at your leisure, and weekly Zoom virtual tutorials that you may join (or send questions to in advance) to have your questions answered by Dr. Ranganathan. Recordings of the meetings are posted for those who couldn't make it (with their questions answered if sent in advance).This course is designed to keep you company as you apply insights from the Yoga Sūtra to your mental well-being. This course is not a substitute for medical treatment for mental illness, nor a substitute for psychotherapy. It is however a source of ancient, Yoga Philosophy self-help resources for mental health.

Subscribers in this course receive in-depth teachings of Yoga Philosophy as it relates to mental health and well-being, and addresses the specific challenges of living in Isolation, AND, regular live support and discussion opportunities to explore the teachings. This course is suitable as the basis for yoga philosophy instruction and tutoring for teacher trainees. Among many sources to draw from, this course will focus on Books 1 and 4 of the Yoga Sūtra. Book 1 sets out the elements of mental well being and remedies for problems. Book 4 shows us what mental health is. Join anytime and dive into the ancient wisdom of Yoga: that allows us to be alone and healthily engaged with others. Dr. Shyam Ranganathan is a scholar of South Asia, translation expert, and professional philosopher. He is a member of the Department of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, and the York Center for Asian Research. He is translator and commentator of Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra (Penguin 2008), editor of The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics, author of Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge 2019), and over 50 peer-reviewed, yoga related articles. Shyam is an experienced teacher of students of various degrees of exposure to philosophy and yoga. Shyam holds an MA in South Asian Studies, an MA and PhD in philosophy, and is a CYA-E-RYTGOLD yoga teacher (over 1000 hours training). Yoga Philosophy is a registered yoga school (CYA-RYSGOLD).

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to Yoga Philosophy and Mental Well-Being: Engage your Kaivalya and Thrive

    • Welcome

    • Student Agreement

  • 02

    Zoom Meeting Registration: 4 pm EDT/ 1:00 pm PDT, Wednesday, AEST 6:00 am, Thursday

    • How To Use Tutorials In Our Course

    • In support of enrolled students, students can attended weekly Zoom virtual tutorials. Please register for the dates that you plan on attending.

    • Zoom Registration

  • 03

    History of Yoga

    • History of Yoga 1: Early Period --- The Gods, Sāṅkhya

    • History of Yoga 1: Early Period --- The Gods, Sāṅkhya

    • History of Yoga 2: Buddhism

    • History of Yoga 2 ---Buddhism

    • History of Yoga 3: Yoga!

    • History of Yoga 3: Yoga!

    • History of Yoga: Mental Health

    • History of Yoga: Mental Health

  • 04

    Consequentialism and Anxiety

    • Consequentialism and Anxiety

    • Consequentialism and Anxiety

    • Consequentialism and Anxiety

  • 05

    Rejecting Yoga Sūtra I.2, and Psychosis

    • Rejecting Yoga Sūtra 1.2 and Psychosis

    • 2 Rejecting Yoga Sūtra I.2 and Psychosis

    • 2 Rejecting Yoga Sūtra I.2 and Psychosis

  • 06

    The Vṛttis -- Character or waves of thought

    • Disturbance and our mental lives

    • The Vṛttis

    • The Vṛttis

  • 07

    Sources of Knowledge: Critical Reasoning

    • Pramāṇa: means of knowledge

    • Pramāṇa

    • Pramāṇa

  • 08


    • Remedies for Maladies

    • Upāyas

    • Upāyas

  • 09

    Devotion to Īśvara and directional shift

    • Perhaps the most misunderstood and single most effective corrective

  • 10

    The Past and the Future are Real

    • On fixing the past, and opening a better future and rejecting Stoicism

  • 11

    Accomplishments in Yoga: birth, herbs, chants and penance

    • The tools for tweaking life

  • 12

    Objectivity and our Actions

    • What is the boundary between the Private and the Public

  • 13

    The Mind

    • The Yoga story about the mind is not what you think!

  • 14

    Seeing the Difference: The Great Samādhi

    • The Dharmameghasamādhi

  • 15

    Library (articles that may be of interest)

    • An article from the CBC about the mental illness as a public health pandemic

  • 16

    Dr. Ranganathan's Books

    • Electronic and Hardcopies of Dr. Ranganathan's scholarly translation of the Yoga Sūtra Available---the only translation based on PhD research on translating philosophy!

  • 17

    Yoga vs. Being in the Present (Bonus)

    • Focusing on the present: a Yogic Response

  • 18

    How to Read and Understand Philosophy (Bonus)

    • How to Read and Understand Philosophy

  • 19

    Yoga Philosophy Streaming

    • Yoga Philosophy Streaming

    • Yoga Philosophy Streaming

  • 20 Lots of Free Resources

    • Yoga Philosophy Website: Lots of Free Resources, including a page of free video lectures

  • 21

    Our Community

    • Our Community Space

  • 22

    This Week's Tutorial Archive

    • May 6 Virtual Tutorial

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