Online Courses for YTTs

Elevate your Teacher Training curriculum, and empower your yoga trainees with the depth of Yogic Studies online courses. Offering the highest standards of yoga education in Philosophy, History, and Sanskrit language.  

NEW! Yogic Studies 20-Hour YTT Program

A comprehensive immersion into the History, Philosophy, and Language of Yoga. This foundational 20-hour online course features the latest research in yoga studies. Enhance your YTT curriculum today!


20+ Hours of Online Curriculum

Yoga History + Philosophy

Join Seth Powell, PhD Candidate at Harvard University, for an immersive online course that will provide your YTTs with an in-depth introduction to yoga’s multifaceted history and philosophy. Through video lectures, slides, PDF handouts, quizzes, and optional readings, together we will journey from yoga’s shrouded origins as an ascetic tradition in ancient India, to the emergence of postural yoga in the West and around the globe—a journey that takes us from the periphery of premodern Indian civilization to the center of modern American health and wellness.


Module 1 — What is Yoga? An Introduction to Yoga in History, Theory, and Practice

Module 2 — Forest Ascetics and Sages: The Early History of Yoga 

Module 3 — Stilling the Body, Stilling the Mind: The Yogasūtra of Patañjali

Module 4 — The Song of the Lord: The Bhagavad Gītā and the Yoga of Devotion

Module 5 — The Yoga of Force: Tantra and Medieval Haṭhayoga 

Module 6 — Yoga in the Modern World: The Rise of Modern Postural Yoga

Sanskrit Language

These modules will provide students with a reliable introduction to the Sanskrit language, its alphabet, and proper pronunciation. In particular, we will give special attention to yogic terminology and break down the etymology, meaning, and pronunciation of many common names of the yogic postures (āsana). 


Module 7 — Beginning Sanskrit for Yogis

What is Sanskrit? Why is it considered the language of the gods (devavāṇī)? And the language of yoga? This first module will provide a brief history of this ancient “perfected” (saṃskṛta) language—from the Vedic period to contemporary India. We will then begin learning to pronounce the sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, arranged in accordance with the human vocal apparatus. We will be using the familiar Roman “script”, learning the common rules of Sanskrit transliteration and diacritic marks.

We'll also learn 10 of the top mis-pronounced Sanskrit yoga terms!



Module 8 — Naming the Āsanas

This module will focus on the name and meaning of many of the common yogic postures (āsana). We’ll give attention to the particular ways in which so many of the postures are named after animals, renowned yogis and sages, or bodily parts. We will unpack these fun Sanskrit compounds, break down their etymology, and shine new light on the meaning of well-known postural formations like “Warrior Pose”, “Extended Side Angle” and “Shoulder Stand.” 

Have confidence in your pronunciation and knowledge of the Āsana names. 


"An accessible, Harvard-quality course in Yoga Studies"

Provide your YTT students with the highest quality yoga education — with a course that will last a lifetime.

All YTT participants will receive:

  • Lifetime access to all course materials
  • 13 Video Lectures (Pre-recorded)
  • 6 Q&A Sessions (Pre-recorded)
  • 6 Multiple Choice Quizzes
  • Timeline of the History of Yoga + other Handouts (PDF)
  • Seth’s Unpublished Sanskrit Handbook: Yogabhāṣā (PDF)
  • Yogabhāṣā Audio Companion (MP3 Album)
  • YS 101 Course Syllabus with Recommend Readings (PDF)
  • Yogic Studies Certificate upon completion (PDF)
  • ACCESS to Private Online Community Forum
  • BONUS Resources to aid your continued study
Rate: $100/student

Contact us today for a quote or to request more information.

Send us a message to begin a conversation about how our online courses can best serve your unique YTT program.

"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
Founder of The Practice, CIYT, C-IAYT

"Seth’s reverence for all things yoga, depth of knowledge and highly engaging personality takes his students on an exquisite journey that leaves them wanting more. As a studio owner and facilitator of a teacher training program I assure you your students and your studio will benefit greatly from Seth Powell’s enriching contributions. "

Megan Grace
Owner, Perennial—Yoga, Wisdom, Community, Madison, WI

"Seth has taught the Yoga Sutras in our yoga teacher training program as well as conducted public workshops on yoga history and philosophy at our yoga studio. He brings forth a wealth of academic knowledge and presents it in a way that both honors the historical context and makes it applicable to modern day experiences on and off the yoga mat. His innate thoughtful and passionate way of teaching provides a welcoming space for study and self-reflection and his clarity of presentation keeps the material memorable. Seth brings forth a unique opportunity for asana students to access the ever evolving academic understanding of yogic teachings."

Daniel Max
Yoga Teacher, Owner, JP Centre Yoga, Boston, MA

"Having Seth on staff for the Balanced Yoga YTT was a brilliant decision. He was very available and easy to coordinate with. He brought such a solid understanding of the Yoga Sutras to the students, tying together the ancient wisdom of these sacred texts to our modern day practices. Every one of my students loved him. Seth is an ocean of knowledge. A very clear and poised educator. I'm looking forward to future trainings with Seth on my staff."

Lori Bonazzoli
Yoga Teacher, Owner, Balanced Yoga, New Haven, CT

"As a longtime practitioner of yoga, Seth’s direct experience and intuition inform his understanding and presentation of the most current yoga history, philosophy, and scholarship. Although his indefatigable research alongside the world’s top yogic scholars makes him a living, breathing source of Yoga Vidya, his humble, clear, and concise delivery of the material facilitates a palatable and memorable Satsang for all who are fortunate enough to study with him. Our shala doors are always open to Seth as a friend, yogi, and formidable scholar."

Joey Paz
Yoga Teacher, Om Shala Yoga, Arcata, CA

“From self-study, let there be yoga. 
From yoga, may there be self-study!
Though success in both self-study and yoga, 
the supreme Self shines forth." 

— Viṣṇupurāṇa 6.6.2


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