Loyola Marymount University Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program

“When there is bondage due to deliberation, the cultivation of the opposite [is prescribed].”


Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras (2.33)


I am so honored to have been entrusted by my teacher, Dr. Christopher Chapple, to bring this program, which explores many of the major philosophical traditions of yoga, to Orange County.


Please see for more details on the program.  It is possible to take the classes just for personal enrichment, or you may choose to complete the whole certificate program.


The first class (last fall) was the Upaniṣads, which contains some of the earliest practices of yoga.


Next, we looked at the Bhagavad Gītā, the classic Indian text dealing with such timeless topics such as karma and dharma.


LMU Haṭha Pradīpikā Extension Course

March 1-April 5, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

Classes held at Be The Change Yoga in Irvine

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the yoga we practice today? What was the original intent of this ancient tradition, and what did the early practices look like?


In this Loyola Marymount University Yoga Philosophy Extension Class (held here in Irvine at Be The Change Yoga) we will be examining these topics as put forth by Swami Svatmarama in the 15th century. An important text for any teacher or serious student of yoga, the Haṭha Pradīpikā lays forth descriptions of early asana practices as well as means of manipulating energy throughout the body and describing esoteric meditative techniques such as nāda yoga.


The course can be taken for personal enrichment or can be taken for credit towards the Certificate Program.

$195 (10 hours). Class dates are March 1, 15, 22, 29 and April 5.


Taught by Erika Burkhalter, MA Yoga Studies, MS Neuropsychology, YACEP (can be taken for continuing education credit). Required text Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā by Swami Mutibodhananda (Bihar school).


Upcoming classes will include:

Star Wars and Eastern Spirituality, Sāṃkhya, the Haţha Pradīpikā, and beginning Sanskrit (geared for yoga teachers and students).


Classes will be offered at Be The Change Yoga in Irvine,

3942 Portola Parkway, Irvine, CA 92602.




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