Core Module 2: Sutras, Chakras, Bliss

with Sean Feit

Understand what it means to practice Classical Yoga according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Understand and experience the energetic body practices relating to the Nadis, Chakras, and Kundalini of Hatha Yoga. Top it off with an overview of Tantra, the profound vision of non-dual awareness at the heart of yoga. Practices include: asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra, visualization, and meditation.


This session is taught by Sean Feit, focusing on the integration of embodied practice with self-inquiry and the study of the core texts of the yoga traditions. 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.


  • Bioenergetics of asana
  • 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


July 12 – August 1, 2015

  • Saturdays:  12:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Sundays:  12:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Tuesdays & Fridays:  6:30 – 9:00pm

Required Reading:

  • Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley
  • Tantra: the Path of Ecstasy by George Feuerstein
  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by Chip Hartranft
  • Touched By Fire by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika (recommended translation by Akers)

*You may take Core Module 1 and Core Module 2 in any order as pre-requisites for Core Module 3. You must fill out an application and be accepted for enrollment to register. Graduates of YGSF 200-Hour Teacher Training Program are automatically accepted. Students may re-take any of the Core Modules for full credit at a slightly reduced rate.

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Tuition is $975, or $825 when you enroll with your $250 deposit on or before 6/28.
Save even more when you purchase the YGSF Core Curriculum Package!


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



About Sean Feit:

IMG_1117Sean Feit (SEP, E-RYT500) teaches Buddhism and Yoga with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has practiced in Zen and Theravada Buddhist lineages, practiced as a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield. Other primary teachers include Alice Joanou (yoga) and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing/Organic Intelligence).


Sean teaches at Yoga Tree, Yoga Garden SF, East Bay Meditation Center, and Piedmont Yoga in the SF Bay Area, and has been a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he completed the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program and the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, and is a member of the Community Dharma Leader program. Sean is a PhD candidate at UC Davis, writing on Buddhist contemplative practice and experimental dance, and lives in Oakland, enjoying a thriving community of yogis and artists.