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Core Philosophy – October 2017 Part Time w/Sean Feit

October 7, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Core Philosophy : From Inner Peace to Inner Power

In this philosophy and practice intensive, we’ll look closely at two primary root texts of modern yoga: Patañjali’s Yoga Sutra and Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We will weave between historical context, close reading and discussion, and embodied practice.

These two texts teach a full range of yoga practice, including ethics, meditation, mindfulness, and personal inquiry; asana, pranayama, energetic cultivation, and the awakening of the feminine embodied force called kundalini. Exploring the roots of Hatha Yoga in Tantra, we will also look briefly at an accessible tantric source text, Kṣemarāja’s Heart of Recognition.


    • The path of Classical Yoga, including meditation and embodied inquiry.
    • In-depth engagement with Patañjali’s 8-Limb model.
    • The Tantric roots of Hatha Yoga, with emphasis on the beautiful Śaiva Tantra tradition.
    • Understanding Hatha Yoga’s subtle anatomy of nadi, cakra, and kundalini.
    • Working with energy: asana, pranayama, and bandha as an integrated practice.
    • Nervous system and trauma physiology, working safely with energy and attention.

Completion of this 50 hour module will apply to the 300 hours required by Yoga Alliance for your 300-hour Advanced certification; 50 CEUs.

12:30 -8:30 PM on following weekends:

Sat & Sun: 10/7/2017 – 10/8/2017

Sat & Sun: 10/28/2017 – 10/29/2017

Sat & Sun: 11/18/2017 – 11/19/2017

Required Reading:
Tantra: the Path of Ecstasy by George Feuerstein
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft
Original Yoga by Richard Rose
Hatha Yoga Pradipika (recommended translation by Akers)

300-Hour Program:
Completion of this 50 hour module will apply to the 300 hours required by Yoga Alliance for your 300-hour Advanced certification; 50 CEUs. Core modules can be taken in any order. Students may re-take any of the Core Modules for full credit at a slightly reduced rate.

You must fill out an application and be accepted for enrollment to register. Graduates of YGSF 200-Hour Teacher Training Program are automatically accepted.


Tuition is $1095, or $945 when you enroll with your $250 deposit on or before 8/28.

About Sean Feit

Sean Feit Oakes, PhD teaches Buddhism, Haṭha Yoga, and Organic Intelligence® with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self-inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has studied in Zen, Tibetan, and Theravāda Buddhist lineages, including training as a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield. Other primary teachers include Anam Thubten, Sayadaw U Janaka (vipassanā), Eugene Cash and Sylvia Boorstein (Insight Meditation), Alice Joanou (yoga), and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing/Organic Intelligence).

Sean is core Teacher Training faculty for Yoga Garden SF and Piedmont Yoga in Oakland, as well as teaching Buddhism at Spirit Rock, East Bay Meditation Center, and Yoga Tree. He works with teens through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is Faculty with Organic Intelligence® (SEP/OIX, Mentor), integrating mindfulness with trauma resolution. Sean received his PhD in Performance Studies from UC Davis, writing on states of consciousness in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance, and lives in Oakland with a beautiful family and community.

Full schedule, writings, practice resources, and videos at SeanFeitOakes.com.



Start: October 7, 2017 - End: November 19, 2017

Schedule Details: 12:30 -8:30 PM on following weekends: Oct 7-8, Oct 28-29 & Nov 18-19

Price: $945 - $1095

Location: Yoga Garden SF

Address: 286 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States