Study and immerse in the depth of yoga traditions at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home.
Engage in the traditional practice of "Self-Study," using the latest in modern online learning technologies.
Join a thriving online community of yoga teachers, practitioners, and students from around the world.
An 18-Hour Course Featuring the Latest Research in Yoga Studies.
In this foundational course, you will be guided through some of the latest and most exciting research in yoga studies—illuminating yoga’s past and present. Along the way, we will debunk common misperceptions about yoga’s antiquity and uncover the incredible ways yoga has changed, innovated, and been adopted by millions of practitioners over the past 2,500+ years!LEARN MORE
An 18-Hour Course in the Foundations of Sanskrit.
This online course will provide an accessible and reliable introduction to the Sanskrit language—aimed especially at yoga teachers and practitioners. Immerse in the rich history and practice of one of the world's most ancient, sacred, and continuously used languages. This course will provide a primer on the basics of Sanskrit grammar, pronunciation, and syntax. Students will learn how to effectively pronounce yogic terminology, sūtras, and ślokas, by learning the common transliteration schema and diacritic marks. No prior experience or language-learning is required.LEARN MORE
A 22-Hour Online Course in Textual Study
Dive deep into classical yoga philosophy through an immersive study of one of yoga's most important and mis-understood Sanskrit texts, the Yogasūtra of Patañjali. Placing the YS within its historical and philosophical context, this course invites students on an accessible and illuminating textual journey, guiding participants through a close reading of the Sūtras, one Sanskrit word at a time.LEARN MORE
Seth Powell is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions, and is the founder of Yogic Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University, where he is writing his dissertation on the history, theory, and practice of medieval and early modern yoga traditions. Seth also holds degrees in the study of religion from the University of Washington (MA) and Humboldt State University (BA). He has taught and lectured for numerous university courses on the religions and literature of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga traditions, and presents his research regularly at international conferences.
As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems. Seth conducts workshops and lectures regularly on the history and philosophy of yoga at studios, teacher trainings, and universities around the country.
"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."
"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."
"As a long time student and teacher, I feel lucky to have found Seth Powell and Yogic Studies. It's such a gift to have access to easily understandable and current information about the long and complex history of yoga. Seth has the special skill of making this esoteric material accessible and enjoyable to all of us."
"I cannot recommend Seth's course highly enough. He is a passionate, personable, and knowledgeable lecturer who is inspired by continued learning. He has the ability to present the complexity of the material in a clear and accessible manner and is always willing to answer questions mindfully. I looked forward to each week's release with anticipation. I felt very much part of a global community all wanting to learn and to grow through curiosity. All the while I was able to do this from my home so it was not disruptive to (family) life. I look forward to continuing my studies with him."
"As a yoga practitioner and teacher for the last 20 years I have always valued the importance of studying Yoga philosophy and have tried to integrate it into my life and practice. Yet there was always some missing links in that knowledge as I tried to bridge the gap between theory and practice. In the courses I’ve taken with Yogic Studies a whole new perspective on what Yoga is, and how we got to where we are today, has been revealed, and a sense of inquiry and a new found interest has been sparked within myself. Seth has a great ability to share these ancients teachings, and the latest scholarly research, in a way that promotes a sense of open-minded inquiry. I highly recommend his courses to all students and teachers of Yoga."
You will have indefinite access to all three courses and their materials. There is no time limit to complete the courses!
You can study and move through the modules entirely at your own pace. You will have the ability to stream and/or download the video lectures.
This is really entirely up to the student. You can move through the modules according to your own pace and schedule. To get the most out of the rich materials, we recommend taking about 6-8 weeks per course. However, you may wish to speed up or slow down. It's up to you!
Each course is slightly different. But most modules include pre-recorded video lectures, PDF handouts, pre-recorded Q&A sessions, optional suggested readings, and fun quizzes to reinforce your knowledge as you go!
Yes! You can reach out anytime via email with questions. Seth does his best to respond to each student personally.
There is also be a private online Yogic Studies community that you will have access to, where you will be able to connect with hundreds of other yoga teachers and practitioners, from around the globe.
Nope! Recommended readings will be provided, especially for the YS 101 course. Links are also provided for free readings and articles.
For YS 201, students will receive a complimentary digital copy (PDF) of Seth's unpublished Sanskrit-English translation of the Yogasūtra, which is the primary text for the course.
Students will receive a digital PDF copy of Seth's unpublished Sanskrit workbook, Yogabhāṣā: A Brief Introduction to the Sanskrit Language for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners, which will be the primary text for the SKT 101 course.
Nope. These courses assume no prior knowledge or experience in yoga philosophy or Sanskrit language training. Though if you have some background in these subjects, you will only stand to gain more from each course.
Yes! Upon completion of each course, you will be eligible for an official Yogic Studies certificate of completion. So you can receive a total of 3 certificates with this bundle.
This is a bonus feature for those who are Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Once you've completed the course you can login to your YA account, search for the course in their registry, and add the course and your hours. Once Yogic Studies has received a confirmation request, we can confirm your CE hours.
If for some reason you are unsatisfied with the course, contact us in the first 30 days and we will issue you a full refund! See, you have nothing to lose. So what are you waiting for? : )