Courses:

Loyola Marymount University:

  • Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program: Yoga Sutra of Patañjali (Online); Sāṃkhya Kārikā (Online)
  • Yoga and the Healing Sciences Training: The Rāmāyana: Story and Philosophy; Introduction to Sanskrit; The History of Yoga

Workshops:

The Evolution of Yoga

  • Abstract: Yoga can trace its root at least 5000 years (if not more) to ancient India’s thriving Indus Valley civilization.  However, the dynamic nature of the methodology has the practice changing even to this day.  In this course, we explore Yoga's historic path and evolution that includes: Indian Mythology; Indus Valley civilization (Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa); Vedic concepts of Yoga, cosmology, and liberation; Sāṃkhya; Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra; Jain and Buddhist Connections to Yoga; Tantra; Ascetism; Haṭhayoga; Vivekananda and Yoga's Introduction to the West; Transcendentalism and the early western yogis; Science and the resurgence of postural Yoga; Modern Indian and Western lineages; and The Future of Yoga as a business, commodity, and spiritual discipline. 

The Rāmāyaa and the Mahābhārata: Yogic and Philosophical Inquiry

  • Abstract: The Indian epics have long been treasured for their myths, stories, and entertainment value. They are a source of joy and inspiration for Indians and many other Asian nations. They have become optimal examples of Sanskrit poetry and spiritual jubilation for people all over the world.  However, these texts offer a great deal of philosophy that underscore many of the core values of South Asian cultures. From the dharma aspects of the Rāmāṇaya to the Sāṃkhya, Karma, Jñana, and Bhaktiyoga elements of the Mahābhārata, these stories represent the human psychological paradigm that has readers keep coming back for.  Whether you are a practicing Hindu, a householder, or a seeker, the stories in this timeless tale will help shape your moral compass and stay with you for a lifetime.

The Story of Siddhārtha Gautama, Buddhism, and the Connection to Yoga

  • Abstract: Understanding Buddhism and the role it has played on Yoga and modern Western society.

Kuṇḍalinī and Chakra Workshop:  A Visceral Experience 

  • Abstract: Using Sanskrit mantras, chants, and bīja sounds with specific āsana, prāṇāyāma, and meditations techniques focused on cultivating a visceral energetic experience with the chakras.

Papers

  • The Business of Yoga: The Dissemination and Transmission of Yoga as a Spiritual Practice in Western Lineages (Master’s Thesis)
  • Sound: Universal Structure, Cosmology, and Causality
  • The Yoga of the Upaniṣads: Concepts of the Yoga Sutras as introduced in the Principal Upaniṣads
  • The Four Gatekeepers & Seven Bhūmikās of the Yoga Vaṣiṣṭha
  • Defining Citta in the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali: The Ramifications of Choosing a Particular Perspective
  • The Development of Haṭhayoga: From the 12th Century to the 15th
  • Buddhism in Modern Western Society
  • Jaina Yoga: Understanding Cosmology, Ethics, Meditations, and Liberation
  • Swami Kuvalayānanda: The Proliferator of Modern Yoga and Its Scientific Approach
  • Ayahuasca, San Pedro, and Shamanic Mysticism: The Use of Plant Medicine in Peru

Research Topics and Interests

  • Sound, Cymatics, and the Induction of a Spiritual Experience
  • Meditation: An Analysis of Various Techniques Through Biofeedback
  • Interfaith Yoga and Mysticism
  • Spiritual Ecology
  • Yogic and Mindful Practice for Sustainable Business
  • The Reconciliation of Vedic and Pythagorean Cosmology with Musicology and Modern Theoretical Physics