On Campus Program

The Meaning of Life and Yoga Through the Katha Upanishad

The Katha Upanishad, an early Indian text that was one of the first to call its teachings yoga, presented many concepts that were later incorporated by the sages who developed yoga practice, including the authors of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. The text tells the story of Nachiketa, who has the privilege of questioning Yama, the Hindu god of death on the meaning of life. In response, Yama teaches Nachiketa an early form of Vedanta and encourages him to explore his own deepest self.

Drawing inspiration from this ancient text, Yoganand Michael Carroll seeks to increase your understanding of yoga philosophy and offers

  • Group study of the Katha Upanishad
  • Guided meditations and early-morning practices based on the text
  • Discussions on how to incorporate these teachings into your modern practice.

Special Pricing!
Take this program with The Radiance of Being, December 27–29, for a 10 percent tuition discount for each program. You must call to register.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT 500, senior faculty member for the Kripalu School of Yoga, has a profound ability to distill and interpret esoteric yoga texts and techniques.

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