Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as a Journey of Healing
Understanding the Spiritual Essence of Yoga Therapy with Joseph LePage
Meets live virtually weekly on Fridays from 8:30-11:30 AM Mountain Time
September 23 – December 9, 2022 (12 week, 36-hour course)
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a key text of Yoga tradition. In 196 short aphorisms, we find a compilation of the essential philosophy, methodology and techniques of the Yoga. This text also forms a foundation for the study and practice of Yoga Therapy. In this 36-hour course, we will explore the Yoga Sutras in detail with a special focus on their vision of health and healing at all levels of being. This course is based in Joseph Le Page’s upcoming book, The Yoga Sutras in Practice to be released in 2023.
Areas of Study:
- Patanjali’s vision of health and healing at all levels of being
- The nature of the mind in relation to health and healing.
- The role of surrender and divine grace in healing.
- The sound and symbol of OM as a vehicle for healing.
- The impediments to healing and their symptoms, including depression and anxiety.
- A road map for the treatment of depression and anxiety in Yoga Therapy.
- The means to promote healing including one-pointed concentration and breath awareness.
- The cultivation of positive qualities that support healing including loving kindness, compassion, inner joy, and the ability to not take things personally.
- The five kleshas as the root cause of dis-ease.
- Kriya Yoga, the Yoga of inner transformation, as a road map for the journey to healing.
- The relationship between karma and dis-ease.
- The three gunas and their relationship to stress and dis-ease
- The limbs of Yoga as the foundation practices along the journey of healing.
- The inner and outer limbs, relative and absolute Yoga Therapy.
- The practice of samadhi as a path of healing.
- Mastery of the five elements as a path of healing.
- Harnessing the power of the mind and positive qualities in healing.
- The role of the prana vayus in balancing the physical systems of the body.
- The chakras as a map for health at all dimensions of being.
- The role of the senses in the healing process and healing of the senses themselves.
- The role of the mind in the perfection of the body.
- Enlightenment, kaivalya, as absolute healing.
Each week will include a balance of theory and experience including guided exercises, meditation, and sharing within the group.
Participants will receive weekly material from Joseph Le Page’s upcoming book, The Yoga Sutras in Practice. Participants will also receive weekly study materials and meditation scripts.
Fees, Eligibility and Continuing Education:
- This course is open to all Inner Peace Yoga Therapy students as well as yoga teachers/yoga therapists from other schools
- This course is an Elective for all Inner Peace Yoga Therapy students pursuing their 800-hour certification
- For those already certified as Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), this course offers 36 hours of continuing education via Approved Professional Development
- Tuition fee $500 payable below.
This 36-hour course will meet virtually each Friday from September 23 – December 9, 2022. Class time is 8:30—11:30am MT each week.
Students are expected to attend sessions live, but each session will be recorded and placed on our learning platform. Students are expected to listen to the recordings from any missed session before the next week’s session takes place.
Joseph’s innate desire for wholeness led him to his first Yoga class in 1973, and his first meditation retreat at the Tibetan Buddhist Samye Ling Tibetan Center in Scotland, with his first trip to India in 1975. He made six subsequent journeys to India for study in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Ayurveda. He is a graduate of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training. His master’s degree in teaching has supported his development of experiential education methodologies.
He founded Integrative Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy in 1993, and is a pioneer in the field of Yoga therapy training programs. He began teaching yoga therapy in hospital settings in 1995 and continues up to the present as Director of The Healthy Heart Program, which conducts Yoga Therapy group programs in public health settings throughout Brazil.
Joseph has been a speaker at major conferences including Yoga Journal, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the Kripalu Yoga Teacher’s Association, the International Association of Yoga and Ayurveda, and others. He is co-founder and director of the Enchanted Mountain Yoga Center in Garopaba, Brazil, one of the largest Yoga retreat centers in South America.
He is the co-author of the book Yoga Toolbox for Teacher and Students, one of the most widely used materials in teacher training programs in the US and in Brazil, published by Integrative Yoga. He is also co-author of the book Mudras for Healing and Transformation, also published by Integrative Yoga.