Yoga Philosophy Provides a Range of Courses and Education Products in Support of Yoga and Philosophy

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Free Access to Premium Course Due to Pandemic

In support of the continuity of the practice of yoga in these difficult times, Yoga Philosophy is making access to a premium Yoga Philosophy course available for free. The course is Five Limbs: Yoga Sūtra Essentials for Practice. Free access is primarily provided by a select list of yoga schools: by signing up for their instruction, you will be given free access. To find out about the list of schools that you can contact for access to this course, sign up here. If you cannot afford this option for reasons related to the pandemic, contact us directly and we will sign you up. If you can afford to pay something, but do not wish to join a yoga school, Yoga Philosophy for a limited time will provide the course at a 35% discount for a one time payment (as opposed to the normal rolling subscription price of 300 USD charged every two months). For this option, contact us directly

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Four Levels of Support

Yoga Philosophy provides 4 levels of yoga philosophy learning products:

  1. Monthly Subscription Service, with new content every month (no live support),

  2. Bi-Monthly Subscription Courses, with weekly virtual tutorials with Dr. Ranganathan. (Join any time, leave any time.)

  3. Four Week Intensives with Dr. Ranganathan, smaller class sizes, weekly tutorials and on-call philosophy support.  These are provided twice a year. 

  4. Philosophical Counseling/Personal Coaching 

Yoga Philosophy List Members are eligible for discounts on many of these products. For more information, see Yoga Philosophy's Thinkific Page

Coming Soon: Certification for Successful Completion of Core Courses. 

For our growing list of free reference videos, please see our Video Page


Four Week Intensives

  • Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra: Beyond the Surface, Abiding in One’s Essence. Offered annually, May and November. 

This 4 week, in-depth introduction to the philosophy of Yoga and its foundational text offers students a combination of expert video lectures, and weekly virtual tutorials (with effort made to accommodate student schedules) where students can ask and have their questions answered by Dr. Ranganathan.  For four weeks, Dr. Ranganathan is on call to answer your questions.  

  •  Manifesting Prosperity and SuccessPatañjali’s Yoga SūtraOffered annually, April and October. 


This 4 week course offers a practical, goal oriented exploration of the philosophy of yoga as a tool for self success. In this course, we examine the cross over between the project of yoga, and critical thinking exercises that allow yogis to manifest knowledge, control and success. We will examine how yoga is a philosophy of practical prosperity and how not to fall into tempting but wasteful endeavors by sticking as a development of our own yogic practice. The course will be delivered as a combination of video lectures, and weekly live tutorials (with effort made to accommodate student schedules). For these 4 weeks, Dr. Ranganathan is on call for your questions. 

Teacher Training

Yoga Philosophy is an essential part of yoga teacher training. However, philosophy is an academic discipline, as is the study of yoga.  Yoga accrediting bodies do not regulate the teaching of yoga philosophy as this topic typically falls outside of their scope and expertise.   Yoga Philosophy offers a solution to this shortfall. Starting 2020, Yoga Philosophy will offer four levels of Yoga Philosophy accreditation. 

Yoga Philosophy Teacher Training Level 1 (January)

Yoga Philosophy Teacher Training Level 2 (June)

Yoga Philosophy Teacher Training Level 3 (July)

Yoga Philosophy Scholar (August)

Students who successfully complete each level will be certified by Yoga Philosophy. Successful candidates will also receive a personal reference letter from Dr. Shyam Ranganathan. All courses consists of a mixture of video lectures, quizzes, written assignment, and oral examination. Students will have three months from the start of the class to complete assignments. 

Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra: Beyond the Surface, Abiding in One’s Essence is a prerequisite for Level 1. Students must have participated in the weekly tutorials of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra: Beyond the Surface, Abiding in One’s Essence to be eligible to enroll in teacher training. Successful completion of the prior level is required for advanced certification. 

Future Courses 

With a grounding in both philosophy and the correlative study of yoga, 

the near future, we will also be providing Yoga Philosophy courses for activists, engaged in political action in keeping with the values of yoga, starting with ahiṃsā (harmlessness) 

More Information

For our current and upcoming courses, please see our Thinkific Site . Prices listed do not include applicable discounts for Yoga Teachers, and Academics (grad students and college and university professors). Limited scholarships also available for students. For more information about please do contact us.  To be informed of upcoming courses and promotional discounts, sign up

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Yoga Philosophy was founded by Dr. Shyam Ranganathan, a philosopher, researcher, scholar, translator, author and teacher. For more information on Dr. Ranganathan's work,  please see here. 

He is a member of the Department of Philosophy, and York Center for Asian Research, York University, Toronto. For a selection of relevant publications, see here.  

Yearly Course Schedule 

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