Putting Philosophy into Practice | Teacher Training | 40 hours
Starts 12 January 2022 as a blended course with on demand content plus 4 livestream sessions (Feb & March) – see dates below.
The aim of this course is to bring yoga philosophy to life in an engaging way without losing the authenticity of the tradition or oversimplifying it. We will also consider how yoga evolved over the centuries, so the course puts contemporary practice into context and provides a deeper understanding of its roots. The course is accessible to anyone, including those with no philosophy experience.
The course format is a fresh and contemporary approach to studying this topic, providing time for insightful reflections on our priorities and a deeper engagement with wisdom traditions. This facilitates a clearer understanding of why we do what we do, both as practitioners and teachers.
We hosted a FREE “Ask Me Anything” webinar with Daniel Simpson where everyone was given the opportunity to chat to the teacher and throw questions at him. Watch it HERE
This course can be attended as a stand-alone course or as an optional module on our Yoga Alliance accredited 300-hour programme.
Explore the main themes that shaped yoga’s development with Daniel Simpson. Building on ideas from his book The Truth of Yoga, you will delve into the links between philosophy and practice, as well as examining the many different ways they have been woven together. Through a mix of online study and livestream discussions, you will be able to reflect on your own role in this ongoing fusion of philosophy and practice, and see how this shapes what you teach. This is an accessible and relevant course for all yoga teachers and practitioners who wish to find deeper connection to the philosophy and history of yoga.
You will learn through a mixture of on-demand videos (12 hours, to be studied over a month) and 12 hours of livestream discussions, which focus on links between traditional teachings and how we live today. There are also 8 hours of self-study, including reading and journaling, plus a final project (8 hours, with written and spoken options) that develops a connection to yoga philosophy.
For the first month of the course, on-demand modules are released each week, consisting of:
- 3 hours of audiovisual content
- quizzes and journal prompts to consolidate learning
- forums for discussions and questions
- access to recorded Q&A sessions with Daniel
The on-demand modules cover four phases of history and philosophy:
Session 1: Ancient Foundations
How old is yoga really? Do the Vedas teach yoga? Are ascetics and yogis related?
Session 2: Classical Teachings
Why doesn’t yoga mean union? Is renouncing the basis of practice? Are detachment and action compatible?
Session 3: Physical Practice
How “real” are cakras? Is haṭha forceful or gentle? Why do yogis turn upside down?
Session 4: Evolving Traditions
Is modern yoga really gymnastics? Who’s appropriated what and from where? What defines authenticity and why?
Sessions 5-8: Livestream Sessions
In these four livestream sessions we have an opportunity for discussions, exploring ways of putting teachings into practice and finding an authentic connection to yoga philosophy. The training aims to be respectful of traditions while simultaneously acknowledging modern priorities. It’s informed by the latest research, presented in a format designed for practitioners. Overall, it will give you a clearer understanding of how today’s yoga relates to the past, why practices change, and how to integrate philosophy into your life. It also offers some reflections on how you might discuss this material with your students.
Yoga Philosophy Teacher
Daniel Simpson is the author of The Truth of Yoga, an accessible guide to yoga history and philosophy. His approach is engaging and fun, combining scholarly knowledge with humour and insight, while exploring the links between traditional wisdom and modern priorities.
Daniel first encountered yoga in India in the 1990s, and has returned for frequent visits since then. He has studied extensively with teachers in Rishikesh, Pune and Mysore, among other places, as well as attending the Maha Kumbh Mela – the world’s biggest pilgrimage.
He holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from SOAS in London, having earlier studied history at Cambridge before a career as a foreign correspondent. He now teaches courses at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and contributes to yoga teacher trainings in the UK and internationally.
The course has the following modules scheduled:
Wednesday 12 January 2022 SESSION 1 RELEASED
Wednesday 19 January 2022 SESSION 2 RELEASED
Wednesday 26 January 2022 SESSION 3 RELEASED
Wednesday 2 February 2022 SESSION 4 RELEASED
Wednesday 9 Feb 2022 SESSION 5 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
Wednesday 23 Feb 2022 SESSION 6 VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
Wednesday 9 March 2022 SESSION 7 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
Wednesday 23 March 2022 SESSION 8 | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM