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Understanding the Bhagavad Gita

For yoga teachers and interested students with min. 6 months yoga experience.

The Bhagavad Gita is a 2,000-year-old Sanskrit text that offers profound insights into the deeper practices of yoga. As the seeker in the Gita metaphorically prepares for the battle of spiritual transformation, he asks his teacher a series of questions. In his answers, the teacher explains the many challenges and stages of the yogic spiritual path.

Explore themes from the Bhagavad Gita that are meaningful for contemporary yoga practice. While study of the Gita is the primary focus of this program, each morning also includes asana and pranayama practice, with stretch breaks during the day and relaxation or pranayama before the end of some sessions to integrate your experience.

Required reading We will use the Bhagavad Gita translated by Winthrop Sargeant as our text. Please purchase this book before the program begins or download the PDF.

This program may be taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, or as a standalone program. Participants receive 34 hours of philosophy credit in the Pranakriya 300-hour training.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Min 6 month
Suitable For
Yoga Teachers
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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