The Place of Samkhya in Yogic Philosophy


Short Workshops - 1 day or less

Short Workshops - 1 day or less



12 Jun 2021

12 Jun 2021


2pm - 4pm


$40 - $50

Members Price: A$40 / Non-members: A$50


Alyssa Bird

What is the nature of reality, and how do we know that this is so?

Saints and sages have pondered such questions in the East and West from ancient days through to now. Sometime before 550 CE one such great yogi by the name of Isvarakrisna composed a text (not unlike Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras) that outlined a paradigm that proposed a way to think about such metaphysical matters as these, and this he referred to as Samkhya.

While we are all familiar with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali fewer of us may be aware of the fact that they are underpinned by Samkhya philosophy.  In better understanding Samkhya we better understand Patanjali, which whether we be students or teachers of yoga (and most likely both), is greatly to our and our students’ advantage.

It is from Samkhya that many of the terms we employ in our teaching today are derived: the gunas, the tattwas, manas, buddhi, ahamkara yet many of us are not aware of how these entities and processes interrelate.

This workshop will give a detailed overview of these interrelationships and their place in the development of yogic philosophy as we understand it today.

As one of David’s favorite teachers used to say “understanding yoga without practicing it is meaningless, but equally so too is practicing without understanding”.

Learning outcomes:

  • A thorough introduction to Samkhya philosophy
  • Historical context of Samkhya
  • Samkhya’s place amongst Indian Philosophies
  • Connection of Samkhya to Yoga

Benefits of attending:

  • Enhanced understanding of philosophy
  • Enhanced understanding of Yogic history and evolution
  • Enhanced understanding of the hard question of consciousness
  • A clearer understanding of the desired outcome of yoga

Don’t miss this opportunity to join senior IYTA lecturer and highly regarded presenter David Burgess in this 2 hour online workshop as we engage in understanding how the philosophy of Samkhya informs and underpins our practice of modern day yoga.

This workshop will be recorded. 

Lecturer: David Burgess

David has many decades of yogic practice, yogic lifestyle and teaching experience behind him. Along with lecturing on Pranayama & Meditation for IYTA, he has a broad knowledge of the history and philosophy of yoga and has been a major contributor to yoga teacher training within and beyond Australia. He is a Life member of IYTA.

To attend this online workshop you will need:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • the ability to join a zoom meeting
  • this workshop is open to non-teachers as well as teachers

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