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Specializing in…

  • Healthcare Professionals

  • ​Military Members

  • School Teachers

  • College Students

Continuing Education Credit for Healthcare and Education Licenses Available for Most States

Defining and Differentiating the Mind, Spirit, and Soul

Course Description

“Yoga is a philosophy that combines a set of ethics with ways of connecting the head, hands, and heart. The ethics are common to most major religions. Some people feel the practice of yoga qualifies as a religion. In fact, the practice of yoga offers a set of tools that can be used by anyone to cultivate their sense of Awe, wherever they may find it.”

—Professor Diane Finlayson,

Many courses have connected the ‘heart’ with ‘yoga’ in their very titles, equating ‘yoga’ with single yoga philosophy, or idea of the "essence" of yoga teachings. This course is an exploration of yoga philosophy as an exploration of the ‘hearts’ of those practicing yoga — in its different forms — through the ages (2000 B.C to 2020 A.D.).

The different forms of yoga philosophy are expressions of their hearts — their understanding of what they seek through their practice, or the meaning and significance of their goals — through the ‘philosophy’ they taught as the guide for their practice.

This opens us up to the rich variety of approaches to yoga, and allows us to recognize those with whom we resonate, as well as giving us the space to recognize aspects of yoga philosophy arising at different times in history as aspects with which we do not resonate — and with which we may, in fact, argue.

And most of all, the study of yoga philosophy(ies), with its various tools and perspectives, is an invitation to you to study your own heart as a yogi or yogini, enriched by the contemplations that came before us.

This course is an independent certification.
It is also a required course of the
Yoga Teacher Training & Lifestyle Medicine Certifications.

                        Schedule:  2 hrs. Zoom Classes x 10

    One class every other week for 20 weeks unless negotiated differently. 
Class 1. India’s historic timeline, beginning 5,000 years ago

Class 2. Dualism and non-dualism philosophy
Class 3. The Vedas and preclassical yoga
Class 4. Overview of Sacred texts: Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita
Class 5. Mahabharata, Bhagavad  Gita

Class 6. Classical yoga philosophy, Patanjali, Samkhya
Class 7. Yamas & Niyamas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Class 8. Post classical yoga philosophy : Non-dualism as a response to preclassical dualism, Vedanta, Tantra, Hatha, Upanishads

Class 9. Modern Yoga, ashrams—communal living, neo-Vedanta, Vivikananda
Class 10. Modern styles of yoga (Hatha: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Bikram, Kripalu: Not Hatha, Kundalini) and their histories


1550–100 BCE

100 BCE--500 CE

1800–Today CE

500–1800 CE

3000 BCE–Today (5000 yrs)

Course Objectives

After this course you will be able to…

  1. Verbally compare and contrast preclassical, classical, and postclassical yoga philosophies in India.

  2. Analyze why philosophical changes in India occurred and assimilate which you use in your life.

  3. Differentiate the different styles of yoga, their origins, and their philosophies.

  4. Recognize the historic texts of Indian philosophy throughout history. 

  5. Understand how and why modern yoga has resurfaced and the many philosophies it carries with it.


Keller, D. (2015). Heart of the Yogi. 

Workshops Dates and Locations

Coming soon


Zoom 20 hrs. (divided into 10 sessions of 2 hrs. ea. for approximately 20 weeks) + 20 hrs. of reading time = 40 hours Total


Dr. Kim Byrd-Rider, PT, DPT, Founder


Complete two weekends of workshops for Certification in Food as Medicine (includes tuition and text books).


  • Payment plans available for 4 months

  • Discount rates for groups. Groups rates are negotiated with the group leader.

  • Large healthcare, college, military, or school groups may choose start date, location, and length of program.

  • If participating in our Yoga Teacher Training, the cost of this course is included in your tuition.

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