Vishnu Stories   

Inspiring Tales of Divine Descent    

What does Vishnu incarnate again and again in so many forms?


Vishnu is the cosmic Preserver, striving to protect the world age after age. He takes on a variety of incarnations – from fish, to tortoise, to boar, to lion-man, to dwarf, to human beingto protect the world and the beings within in.

Tales of Vishnu are full of vibrant characters, powerful lessons, and mind-blowing wisdom.

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

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

  • Cosmic Vishnu 
    • Vishnu’s Serpent Couch on the Cosmic Ocean (Reclining Pose)
    • Vishnu’s Slumber (Yogic Sleep Pose)
    • Embodying Vishnu’s Discus (Wheel Pose)

  • The Power of Vishnu
    • Garuḍa, Vishnu’s Eagle Mount (Eagle Pose)
    • The Two-Headed Eagle (Two-Headed Bird Pose)
    • Vishnu’s Dwarf Incarnation (Three Strides Pose)

  • Vishnu's Animal Avatars
    • Vishnu’s Fish Incarnation (Fish Pose)
    • The Churning of the Cosmic Ocean (Tortoise Pose)
    • Narasiṃha, Vishnu’s Lion Incarnation (Lion Pose)

  • Vishnu's Human Avatars 
    • Arjuna’s Aim (Archer Pose)
    • Krishna’s Divine Play (Child Pose)
    • The Leap of Faith (Monkey Pose)

Learning Outcomes

  • Viṣṇu’s stories and their profound meanings
  • Significations of stories and their archetypal energy
  • Insight into key yoga postures related to Vishnu stories  
  • Insight into human nature and spiritual evolution
  • Mantras to Vishnu

Classes Include

  • Live storytelling 
  • Academic content
  • Wisdom teachings

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1 - Released May 6, 2022
Vishnu and the Cosmos

Module  2 - Released May 13, 2022
The Power of Vishnu

Module 3 - Released May 20, 2022
Vishnu's Animal Avatars

Module 4 - Released May 27, 2022
Vishnu's Human Avatars


(OPTIONAL) LIVE ZOOM TUTORIALS

Tutorial 1 - May 9, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
Cosmic Vishnu

Tutorial 2 - May 16, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
The Power of Vishnu

Tutorial  3 - May 23, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
Vishnu's Animal Avatars

Tutorial 4 - May 30, 2022 @ 2pm EDT
Vishnu's Human Avatars

Cosmic Vishnu

Module 1

• Vishnu’s Serpent Couch on the Cosmic Ocean (Reclining Pose)
• Vishnu’s Slumber (Yogic Sleep Pose)
• Embodying Vishnu’s Discus (Wheel Pose)

The Power of Vishnu

Module 2

• Garuḍa, Vishnu’s Eagle Mount (Eagle Pose)
• The Two-Headed Eagle (Two-Headed Bird Pose)
• Vishnu’s Dwarf Incarnation (Three Strides Pose)

 

Vishnu’s Animal Avatars

Module 3
• Vishnu’s Fish Incarnation (Fish Pose)
• The Churning of the Cosmic Ocean (Tortoise Pose)
• Narasiṃha, Vishnu’s Lion Incarnation (Lion Pose)

 

Vishnu’s Human Avatars

Module 4
• Arjuna’s Aim (Archer Pose)
• Krishna’s Divine Play (Child Pose)
• The Leap of Faith (Monkey 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