Featured Online Courses

[YS 201] Classical Yoga: The History, Philosophy, and Practice of the Yogasūtra

(Oct 21-Dec 7, 2018, 7 Weeks)

[YS 101] An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Yoga

(18 Hours, Self-Study)

Deepen and expand your knowledge of yoga traditions…

Explore yoga’s ancient and multifaceted history and practice

Learn about yoga cosmology, theory, and philosophy

Engage in the study of yoga’s sacred texts

And immerse in the study and sounds of the Sanskrit language

“Yogic Studies aims to bridge the studio and the academy—making accessible the highest quality and most cutting-edge research for yoga teachers and students.” 

Seth Powell, PhD Candidate

Seth Powell, PhD Candidate

Founder, Yogic Studies

Seth is a longtime practitioner of yoga and scholar of Sanskrit, Indian religions, and yoga traditions. He is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University, where his doctoral work focuses on medieval and early modern Haṭha and Rāja yoga traditions… Read More
Yogic Studies provides a great opportunity to work with Seth Powell, the rare person who combines long years in a personal practice of yoga, deep learning in the ancient and modern texts of yoga, and all the gifts you could hope to find in a teacher who understands the needs and hopes of today’s yoga practitioners. Definitely a unique and valuable opportunity, not to be missed.” Dr. Francis X. Clooney, SJ

Parkman Professor of Divinity, Harvard University

“Seth Powell is at the forefront of a new generation of yoga scholars, and rare among them in that he combines textual studies, fieldwork in India, and a practical understanding of yoga in his scholarship. It’s great that he’s reaching out beyond the academy to share his hard-earned knowledge.” Dr. James Mallinson

Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies, SOAS, University of London

Seth Powell has created courses for Yogic Studies that engage the yoga practitioner in an honest, insightful and inspiring dialogue bringing ancient practices into modern conversations. By illuminating the historical, cultural and social context of yoga, we come to see and understand the emergence and popularity of modern postural yoga as an ever evolving expression of the seeker’s journey toward self-development and ultimately self realization.” 

Nikki Costello, CIYT, C-IAYT

Founder, The Practice

“Yoga is to be known through yoga. Yoga arises from yoga.
One who is undistracted by means of yoga, delights in yoga for a long time.”

 — Pātañjalayogaśāstra 3.6