Vajra Yoga Fall Term

with Michele Loew & Robert Thurman

October 23, 2022 - January 28, 2023 | Online with Optional In-Person Immersions 

Join us this Fall for 11 weeks of livestream with Robert Thurman & Michele Loew for weekly teachings of philosophy and Vajra Yoga practices.

This Fall Immersion can be taken by anyone interested in deepening their understanding in Buddhism and yoga. This immersion is also part of a 300 hour Yoga Alliance certification program, to be continued through the Winter and Spring.

This course is a deep investigation into the 3 vehicles of Buddhism & Comparative Indic sciences. This Fall term, Tenzin Bob Thurman and Michele Loew will be teaching new material, including

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and selected Pali Suttas, such as the Samaññaphala. Dr. Thurman will teach from the excellent Yoga Sutras translation by P.P. Gokhale which supports the connection between Buddhism and classical yoga, and he will teach Lamrim as well as dive into Vajrayana Sadhanas.  
  • Michele will teach the science of Tibetan Healing Yoga, Nejang, and we will prepare for the practices of tantra with Ngondro, Guru yoga, Grounded alignment based Hatha Yoga and Shamatha Vipassana. We will lay the foundation for Tsa Lung Trul khor. We will also explore and practice Vajrayana Sadhanas.  

This Course will also include Pre-recorded materials and talks along with optional interactive self study quizzes to help you retain the material.  

Students wanting to take this course for Yoga Alliance certification must attend sessions live with cameras on. Students wishing to take the course just to deepen their own practices and light their spiritual path can glean from it ongoing.  

All material will be available online to watch replays for 1 year after airing.

October 23- 28, Menla Mountain In-person or Livestream

  • 10/23: 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
  • 10/24: 9:15-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
  • 10/25: 9-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
  • 10/26: 9-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
  • 10/27: 9-noon EST; 4-6pm EST; 7:30-9pm EST
  • 10/28: 9-noon EST

Ongoing Weekly Zoom Sessions until January 28th:

Philosophy sessions with on-demand replays with Robert Thurman:

  • Fridays 11-1pm Eastern Standard time

Vajra Yoga practice and meditations/ philosophy Sessions with Michele Loew:

  • Saturdays 1-3pm Eastern Standard Time.

About the Vajra Yoga Online Program

In collaboration with Professor Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman, renowned scholar & practitioner, authority on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist science, Indic spirituality and world philosophy, the course will provide a foundational understanding of the philosophy and science of the Buddhist contributions to success in yoga practice (such as were available interactively for over a thousand years in India with such texts as Paṭāñjali’s Yoga Sutras) Students can learn during weekdays through select, self-paced, on-demand videos of the unique Vajrayoga Archive of inspiring talks given recently by Dr. Thurman to elucidate the Buddha’s personal instructions interwoven comparatively with the Hindu yogas, as well as new live teachings & Q&As.  

Michele Loew will teach supporting asana, meditation, philosophy and guide sadhana both from Vajrayana, Tibetan Yogas, and Hatha Yoga from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, blending the Vinyasa flow, internal form, and intelligent progression found in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, the precise alignment instructions and supported poses of the Iyengar System, and the modifications and therapeutics to the individual that Desikachara and modern therapeutics expanded yoga intelligence on. Interfacing with Hatha Yoga, are the Vajrayana Buddhist yoga practices and their guiding science of mind and body transformation that we feel informed the Hatha Schools of yoga as they were established, and continue to do so today as they evolve further together—the Vajrayana offerings are in the nonsectarian lineage of H. H. the Dalai Lama, Professor Thurman’s long-time principal teacher, and Michele Loew’s principal teacher since 2014.  

Vajra Yoga explores the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Vajra Yoga traditions. If you are looking for a Yoga Teacher Training course that brings in yoga and the meditative sciences from both traditions, this is the course. The journey is deeply educational and spiritually transformational while giving you the practical skills to support other students on their path.

Working with Vajrayana practices and Hatha yoga, we are supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 4th aim in life: to bring back the Indian Inner Sciences, “Adhyatma Vidya” and the teachings of yoga and Buddhism back to India to support human beings’ inner awakening for happiness and freedom.

This course is a deeply contemplative and embodied investigation into the yogas of Vajrayana and Hatha Yoga practices with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman and Michele Loew.

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