We are proud to partner with Harvard Ph.D candidate Seth Powell, to offer you access to Yogic Studies - An educational platform dedicated to providing the highest quality and most cutting-edge online courses and trainings—in yoga history, philosophy, and Sanskrit language—for yoga teachers and students around the world.


Join us, along with students across the globe, on a journey into Yoga beyond the mat….


SKT 101: Sanskrit for Yogis
An Introduction to the Language of Yoga

A 4-Week Online Course (Jan 20—Feb 15, 2019)

This online course will provide an accessible and reliable introduction to the Sanskrit language—aimed especially at yoga teachers and practitioners. Immerse in the rich history and practice of one of the world's most ancient, sacred, and continuously used languages. This course will provide a primer on the basics of Sanskrit grammar, pronunciation, and syntax. Students will learn how to effectively pronounce yogic terminology, sutras, and slokas, by learning the common transliteration schema and diacritic marks. No prior experience or language-learning is required. 

Enrollment is now open!


YS 101: Yogic Studies Intro Course
An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Yoga

An 18-Hour Online Course Featuring the Latest Research in Yoga Studies

In this foundational course, you will be guided through some of the latest and most exciting research in yoga studies—illuminating yoga’s past and present. Along the way, we will debunk common misperceptions about yoga’s antiquity and uncover the incredible ways yoga has changed, innovated, and been adopted by millions of practitioners over the past 2,500+ years!

Now set up for self-study. Enroll anytime, and receive immediate access to all six modules! 


YS 201: Classical Yoga Philosophy
The History, Philosophy, and Practice of the Yogasutra

A 22-Hour Online Course Featuring the Latest Research in Yoga Studies

Dive deep into classical yoga philosophy through an immersive study of one of yoga's most important and mis-understood Sanskrit texts, the Yogasutra of Patanjali. Placing the YS within its historical and philosophical context, this course invites students on an accessible and illuminating textual journey, guiding participants through a close reading of the Sutras, one Sanskrit word at a time.  

Now set up for self-study. Enroll anytime, and receive immediate access to all seven modules! 


Upcoming Courses with Seth in the Shala


Bhagavad Gita: Yoga Philosophy Study Series

Sundays: January 20th & 27th and February 3rd & 17th 2019

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley

Series Tuition: $79.00

Drop In tuition: $30.00 - available in person

Seth’s recommended translation: Graham M. Schweig, Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song. Available on Amazon or for purchase at the shala.

About the series…..

In this new 4-part series, we will read, chant, discuss, and contemplate the Bhagavad Gita, or the “Song of the Lord”—one of the great Sanskrit yoga texts of classical India. Through this timeless dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna—teacher and student, God and devotee—we are gifted a spiritual excursus on the meaning of life, the nature of yoga, one’s social and moral duty (dharma), devotion (bhakti), and ethical action (karma) in the world. Over the course of four Sunday morning sessions, we will dive deep into this Indian spiritual classic. We’ll begin by learning about the Gita’s literary and historical context as part of the great Mahabharata epic, followed by an immersion into the yogic philosophy and theology Krishna “sings” forth. 

The Gita offers two of the earliest definitions of yoga in a Sanskrit text, both of which we will explore, in addition to the following models of yoga: Karmayoga (“the yoga of action”), Dhyanayoga (“the yoga of meditation”), Jñanayoga (“the yoga of knowledge”), and Bhaktiyoga (“the yoga of devotion”). Unlike more ascetic models of classical Yoga which suggest that the yogin must retreat from the world, the Gita’s universal message promotes a social ethic of engaging in the world through yogic practice, by turning all of one’s activities into yogic service and devotion. We will reflect on the ethical and philosophical challenges the Gita puts forth, contemplating their relation to our own modern lives and yoga practice. 


About Seth


PhD Candidate, Harvard University
Founder, Yogic Studies

Seth Powell is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University. His research focuses on the history, theory, and practice of medieval and early modern Sanskrit yoga texts and traditions, as well as their intersections with the culture and practice of modern transnational yoga. Seth also holds degrees in the study of religion from the University of Washington (MA) and Humboldt State University (BA).

In addition to his academic pursuits, Seth has spent much of the past decade “on the mat” in the American yoga studio culture, engaging in a variety of forms of modern postural yoga. Beginning in 2010, Seth has spent extended periods abroad studying with teachers and traditional yogīs in India, as well as conducting doctoral field work and research into the textual and material cultural history of yoga. He is an Experience Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) and Yoga Alliance Continued Educational Provider (YACEP).

As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems. Seth conducts online courses and lectures regularly on the history and philosophy of yoga at studios, teacher trainings, and universities around the country.


All courses and trainings with Seth are eligible for Continued Education (CE) credit hours with Yoga Alliance.