Yoga Vacation Program
March 26 — 28, 2024

The Healing Power of Yoga Philosophy

Dr. Shyam Ranganathan

What do ancient Yogic scriptures have to teach us about healing? Join us for an immersive exploration with renowned philosopher and yogi, Dr. Shyam Ranganathan, as we explore the ancient wisdom of Yoga philosophy and its profound insights into the nature of healing.

Based on the precolonial philosophy of Yoga as found in the Yoga Sūtra, and other texts such as the Bhagavad Gītā, and the Upaniṣads, Dr. Ranganathan will first guide us through the principles of healing in Yoga. With his extensive knowledge and expertise in Indian moral philosophy, Dr. Ranganathan is uniquely positioned to provide a deep and transformative learning experience that covers the practical questions of how to live, what to aim for, and where to place our values if we want to set the stage for the eradication of illness and experience true health.

After this introduction Dr. Ranganathan will introduce the basic practices of healing in Yoga. You will learn to connect more deeply with your personal healing power, which allows you to gain independence on your healing journey.

Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to Yoga, this workshop is designed to be accessible to all, with no prior background or preparation required. Join us for an enriching journey into the heart of ancient Yogic wisdom, and discover how the principles and practices of Yoga philosophy can heal your mind, body, and spirit.

Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with a 90-minute noon workshop on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

Dr. Shyam Ranganathan (MA South Asian Studies, MA and PhD Philosophy) is a field-changing researcher, scholar, author, and teacher of philosophy, and an expert in the neglected traditions of Indian moral philosophy.

He is the author, editor, and translator of over 50 peer-reviewed, scholarly works including Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy (MLBD 2008 and 2017); the Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics (2017); and Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge 2018).

Dr. Ranganathan is a specialist in translation. He wrote his PhD dissertation on the topic of how we can understand texts without projecting our beliefs onto them. He translated Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra (Penguin 2008).

In 2019, after over 20,000 teaching hours and 3000 students, Dr. Ranganathan founded YogaPhilosophy.com, an initiative to bring anti-colonial, anti-Eurocentric, research-based education about Yoga and Philosophy to Yoga teachers and practitioners.

Shyam is a E-RYT-500 and CYA-RYT Gold. He is a member of the Department of Philosophy, and York Center for Asian Research, York University, Toronto.


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