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300 Hour Core Module: Advanced Philosophy & Contemplative Practices (Winter 2024)

February 8 - March 10


This module focuses on studying Yoga and Buddhist philosophy, and how to use these teachings to develop a deeper understanding of how to live consciously and with purpose. Darren Main will take you on a journey of self-discovery, unveiling the timeless teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, so you can integrate them into your personal yoga practice and life. From understanding the complexities of dharma and the art of living consciously to exploring the nature of the self and the path to liberation, this part of the training will provide you with a rich and comprehensive understanding of the Bhagavad Gita’s profound teachings.

Karen Macklin will guide you through the origins and practice of mindfulness, as expressed in the Buddha’s Eightfold Path and Foundations of Mindfulness, and explore what it means to live a life that honors ethical responsibility and self-awareness in the name of personal growth, global peace, and spiritual freedom. You’ll also explore some of these teachings in connection with the Yoga Sutra. Topics covered in this two-part course include exploration of one’s inner purpose, appropriate livelihood and mindful speech, social justice, working with trauma, developing compassionate relationships, and acting from a place of discernment and love in our practices and lives.

The course includes reading, journaling, discussion, meditation, asana, and practice teaching. The course is part online (with Karen Macklin), and part in-person (with Darren Main). You must be able to attend the whole course for credit.

Required Reading: 

1. The Bhagavad Gita (Eknath Easwaran translation)

Read the whole book before you meet with Darren.

2. Yoga Sutra by Patanjali (any translation)

Review Chapters 1 & 2 (before you meet with Karen).

3. Additional readings and notes on the Eightfold Path.

These will be emailed to you by Karen before you meet.


Part 1: Mindfulness and the Eightfold Path with Karen Macklin

Thursday, February 8th, 2024 | 6-9pm (virtual via zoom)

Thursday, February 15th, 2024 | 6-9pm (virtual via zoom)

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 | 6-9pm (virtual via zoom)

Thursday, February 29th, 2024 | 6-9pm (virtual via zoom)

Part 2: The Bhagavad Gita with Darren Main

Saturday, March 9th, 2024 | 12-6:30pm (in person at Folk NOPA)

Sunday, March 10th, 2024 | 12-6:30pm (in person at Folk NOPA)


Tuition is $850 or $800 if enrolled by January 25th, 2024. Gain unlimited access to all Folk trainings, workshops, and classes with our Yoga School All Access Membership! To learn more, schedule a call with our Folk Yoga School Advisor.

Drop-in participants are required to hold a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate, or have some equivalent of yoga teaching experience to enroll.

300 Hour Program:

Completion of this 30 hour module will apply to the 300 hours required by Yoga Alliance for your 300-hour Advanced certification; 30 CEUs. Core modules can be taken in any order. Students may re-take any of the Core Modules for full credit at a slightly reduced rate.

Learn more about our 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training or contact us!


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286 Divisadero Street
San Francisco,CA94117United States
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