Sages Stories 

Yogic Wisdom from Ancient India  

What wisdom can we learn from the Sages of Ancient India?


Stories of the ancient Indian Sages are rich with yogic wisdom.
This is why so many yoga poses are named after them.

From Sage Bharadvāja’s quest for complete knowledge to Viśvāmitra’s feud with Sage Vasiṣṭha over his wish-fulfilling cow, these riveting stories have much to teach about the yogic quest.

This course integrates academic content, captivating storytelling, and esoteric exposition to bring to life the wisdom found in the stories of the sages. We will also examine specific yoga postures connected with the sages.

This 4-week online course is taught by renowned online teacher Dr. Raj Balkaran.
It draws from his forthcoming book The Stories Behind the Poses (released June 21, 2022).

 

Stories Covered

  • Celestial Sages 
    • Sage Marīci: The Legacy of Light (Sage Marīci Pose)
    • Sage Kaśyapa: Father of Creatures (Sage Kaśyapa Pose)
    • Mārkaṇḍeya’s Meditation (Noose Pose)
    • Surviving Divine Dissolution (Tree Pose)

  • Sacred Power vs. Secular Power
    • Sage Vasiṣṭha: Best of Sages (Sage Vasiṣṭha Pose)
    • Sage Viśvāmitra: The Royal Sage – Part I (Sage Viśvāmitra Pose)
    • Sage Viśvāmitra: The Royal Sage – Part II (Yogic Staff Pose)

  • Divine Difficulties
    • Sage Gālava: White Horses with Black Ears (Sage Gālava Pose)
    • Sage Aṣṭāvakra: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice (Sage Aṣṭāvakra Pose)
    • Sage Durvāsas: The Curse-Throwing Sage (Sage Durvāsas Pose)

  • The Power of Reversals
    • Sage Ṛcīka: The Inversion of Sage and King (Sage Ṛcīka Pose)
    • Sage Matsyendra: Reversal of Fate (Sage Matsyendra Pose)
    • Sage Bharadvāja: The Quest for Complete Knowledge (Sage Bharadvāja Pose)

Learning Outcomes

  • ™Sage stories and their profound meanings
  • ™Sage significations and archetypal energy
  • ™Insight into key yoga postures related to stories of the sages 
  • ™Insight into human nature and spiritual evolution

Classes Include

  • Live storytelling 
  • Academic content
  • Wisdom teachings

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1 - Released April 8, 2022
Celestial Sages

Module  2 - Released April 15, 2022
Sacred Power

Module 3 - Released April 22, 2022
Divine Difficulties

Module 4 - Released April 29, 2022
The Power of Reversals


OPTIONAL LIVE ZOOM TUTORIALS

Tutorial 1 - April 11, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
Celestial Sages

Tutorial 2 - April 18, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
Sacred vs Secular Power

Tutorial  3 - Apr 25, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
Divine Difficulties

Tutorial 4 - May 2, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
The Power of Reversals

Celestial Sages

Module 1
• Sage Marīci: The Legacy of Light (Sage Marīci Pose)
• Sage Kaśyapa: Father of Creatures (Sage Kaśyapa Pose)
• Mārkaṇḍeya’s Meditation (Noose Pose)

Sacred Power

Module 2
• Sage Vasiṣṭha: Best of Sages (Sage Vasiṣṭha Pose)
• Sage Viśvāmitra: The Royal Sage – Part I (Sage Viśvāmitra Pose)
• Sage Viśvāmitra: The Royal Sage – Part II (Yogic Staff Pose)

 

Divine Difficulty

Module 3
• Sage Gālava: White Horses with Black Ears (Sage Gālava Pose)
• Sage Aṣṭāvakra: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice (Sage Aṣṭāvakra Pose)
• Sage Durvāsas: The Curse-Throwing Sage (Sage Durvāsas Pose)

 

The Power of Reversals

Module 4
• Sage Ṛcīka: The Inversion of Sage and King (Sage Ṛcīka Pose)
• Sage Matsyendra: Reversal of Fate (Sage Matsyendra Pose)
• Sage Bharadvāja: The Quest for Complete Knowledge (Sage Bharadvāja Pose)

 


 

Course Instructor 

Dr. Raj Balkaran is an expert in Indian traditions. Skilled at applying ancient Indian teachings to modern life, he dovetails academic training, live storytelling, and life wisdom to nourish his students’ hearts and minds alike.

He is also an avid spiritual practitioner and initiate into ancient Indian wisdom practices, which he has been engaged in for nearly two decades. He has literally done thousands of hours of mantra practice.

He has extensive experience teaching academics, continuing studies learners, and practitioners alike, and is a seasoned online educator.

See https://rajbalkaran.com for more information. 

Questions about this course?
Contact him directly at [email protected]

 

One-Time Payment

$197 USD

Lifetime Access

  • 4 60-minute Pre-Recorded Video Lectures (also available audio-only)
  • 4 60-minute Live Zoom Q&A Sessions (recorded if you can’t make it live)
  • PDF of Course Readings
  • Access to School’s Private Facebook Group where you can connect with its Global Wisdom Community
  • Access to weekly Live Zoom Wisdom Transmissions
  • Access to Dr. Raj Balkaran  
  • 12 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit 
  • 30-Day Full Refund Guarantee
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Two Monthly Payments

$99 USD X 2

Lifetime Access

  • 4 60-minute Pre-Recorded Video Lectures (also available audio-only)
  • 4 60-minute Live Zoom Q&A Sessions (recorded if you can’t make it live)
  • PDF of Course Readings
  • Access to School’s Private Facebook Group where you can connect with its Global Wisdom Community
  • Access to weekly Live Zoom Wisdom Transmissions
  • Access to Dr. Raj Balkaran  
  • 12 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit 
  • 30-Day Full Refund Guarantee
ENROLL NOW