yoga &  the mind

Journey to the heart of Yoga Psychology

yoga &  the mind

Journey to the heart of
Yoga Psychology

WHY DO ANY OF US CHOOSE TO DO YOGA?

Ultimately, it isn’t about the shapes we make, it’s about our search for meaning. We have big questions about life, and our purpose in the world, and we want to know how to answer them.

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My signature course Yoga & The Mind meets you at the point when you’re ready to step beyond the mat and find the answers to your
big life questions through a deeper appreciation of
what’s going on inside of you.

My signature course Yoga & The Mind meets you at the point when you’re ready to step beyond the mat and find the answers to your big life questions through a deeper appreciation of what’s going on inside of you.

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I left my university job and my Ph.D. studies almost a decade ago to pursue the teachings of the yoga tradition full time. I identified as a ‘seeker’ before that, practicing and teaching yoga, and full of questions about my life and a fierce quest for meaning. Yoga offered answers. It’s the teachings from this tradition - and its framework for understanding - that I offer you in this course.

 

If you want to learn how to apply yoga’s ancient wisdom to your own quest for meaning, let me show you how!

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Yoga courses so often focus on the body and movement. In Yoga & the Mind, the focus is internal. It is an exploration of how we can use yoga to overcome our mind’s limitations, rise above our environments, and become better humans.

This is your invitation, and your permission,
to do things differently!

Introducing:

yoga &  the mind

Your roadmap to the heart of yoga ‘psychology’, to help you build a more skilful relationship with your thoughts and emotions and touch the awareness beyond… all in a 30 hour, 13 module, self-paced program backed by like-minded dedicated yogis.

This is very different from ‘yoga for flexibility’ or ‘yoga for exercise’. Although mat practices are a great first step, it’s the least of what yoga offers.

Explore a step-by-step guide to reaching a deeper connection with self, others and the world at large.

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How did my journey start?

My first love was classical ballet. It gave me my first taste of conscious movement. I trained in it for 14 years. During this time, I also started to read books on philosophy. They were full of big questions, as was I: Why am I here? What’s my purpose? What is the meaning of my existence?

I didn’t realise at the time that the books on philosophy and years of ballet were paving my way to yoga’s door. It was some time before I dedicated my life to yoga. Actually, in my early career I was a university lecturer. I taught International Security studies and studied for a Ph.D. in Civil Aviation Safety and Security (Pretty niche, huh?!).

 

On the outside, I was ticking all the boxes, but internally I knew that there was more out there for me...

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On a trip to Bali, the penny dropped. I realised that what I’d been looking for had been under my nose the whole time (Isn’t that so often the way?). Yoga was ‘my thing’. I went home, quit my job, resigned from my studies and took a leap of faith...

 

I didn’t have a blueprint for how to make a living teaching. Coming from a family that valued academic achievement, I wasn’t sure my yoga dream would be embraced. Still, as something that I’d chosen for myself I felt liberated.

 

As humans, we are all searching for meaning, self-acceptance, and connection to something bigger. When we come to yoga, our mat practice is a first step. Beyond that, if we want to dive into these questions more deeply, we need to explore further.

 

Yoga’s system of psychology and philosophy is as deep as it is wide. It’s deeply personal in the way it navigates these questions, and I want to share it with you!

client love

"This training has been a beautiful experience for me. Being able to go at my own pace gave me so much freedom.

My understanding of philosophy, yoga and the mind are deeper, and I have more faith in myself and my journey."

CLARE

"Thank you for returning me to my heart.

My biggest lesson from this course is remembering that I am already whole.”

CATE

"I am loving Yoga and the Mind. It has come at the perfect time. The resources and information has given me so much to learn.

I feel that, because of this course, I’m better able to explain big ideas to my students, and actually teach the students in front of me so they get more out of their journey."

LAUREN

Yoga & The Mind empowers you to integrate yogic techniques, philosophies and wisdom into your own life, and embody the teachings so that they become a part of you.

What’s at the center of this course?

YOU.

The teachings in this course are not intended to be yet another box you stuff yourself into. The teachings are designed to expand you!

They’re intended to develop within you a deep appreciation of the workings of your mind, an easier access to expanded awareness, and a more joyful connection between your inner and outer worlds.

What You’ll Learn Inside Yoga & The Mind:

  • Samkhya philosophy; the yogic worldview that explains our life’s journey
  • A brief history of the socio-political climate in which the Yoga Sutra was written and why it's relevant to us now
  • Yoga's teachings on suffering and how to overcome it
  • A detailed breakdown of the Vedantic model of the mind and how we can use this model to reweave our relationship with our thought processes and conditioning
  • A detailed exploration of the relationship between the mind and the physical, energetic and intuitive systems that lie beyond it, through the lens of the koshas
  • An exploration of two meditation styles: mindfulness meditation and mantra japa (including the 'why' and the 'how' of practicing each)
  • A range of contemplative exercises and free movement practices
  • Asana, pranayama and meditation (12 asana practices, 6 additional meditations and 6 pranayamas)
  • 30 journaling prompts as well as off-the-mat practices to help you make these teachings your own
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Already a teacher? Great! Yoga & The Mind is registered as a 30-hour continuing education program with Yoga Alliance.

By journeying through our layers of story and conditioning, we're able to...

  • Experience more personal freedom and a sense of self-trust
  • Develop a personal relationship with teachings that can sometimes feel abstract
  • Have a richer pool of resources to draw from when teaching others
  • Better understand the relationship between our mind, physical body and energy systems
  • Support others through their own journey of self enquiry

client love

"This course showed me a new understanding of yoga! It awakened my curiosity and opened me to new avenues of exploration.

I'm coming back to the content again and again

NICKY

"I loved how complete this course has been. You've taken what feel like abstract and confusing ideas and taught them in a way that is interesting and clear.

I feel inspired to keep learning and to teach in a way that is more relatable and accessible."

SZOEY

"Something has shifted for me. I’m allowing myself to rest more, I’ve changed the way I practice, I’m being so much more present with myself and the world around me. I am so grateful to continue learning from you!

EMMY

WHAT’S THE INVESTMENT?

I want this course to be accessible to everyone who is pursuing the answers to life’s big or small questions, no matter what stage of ‘Yogi’ you identify as, from beginners with a dream to the experienced yoga teacher.

If you’re ready to go deeper into Yoga’s traditional teachings (and change your life along the way) you’re in the right place!

Full Course Access

12 months full access to Yoga & The Mind course

30+ hours of content and support material

faq's

Frequently asked questions

What if I have questions once I start? Is there someone I can reach out to ask?

Yes! Send me a direct message through the message function on Podia (the online platform the course is hosted on). I’ll respond within 48hours.

I’m busy! What’s the time commitment?

The course is broken into ‘bite sized chunks’ to accommodate even the busiest schedule. Some videos are as short as five minutes, others are longer (15-30 minutes) to make moving through the course easier. You don’t have to have hours free each day to finish the course. And, you have access to the course material for 12 months from the day you register!

Do I have to be a teacher to do this course?

No! Although existing teachers can use the program to meet their continuing education commitment to Yoga Alliance, anyone who wants to explore yoga beyond the asana will benefit from this course.

I like to move! If this course is about the mind does that mean there aren’t any asana classes?

No! You’ll have access to a ‘practice library’ as part of the course. It includes nine full length classes in addition to the ‘stand alone’ pranayama and meditation practices included as part of the course. If  ‘awareness through movement’ is your jam, you can still do that here.

I’ve never meditated before. Is that ok?

Yes! Everything you need to get started is included in the course.

I’ve never encountered yogic philosophy before, will this be too abstract for me?

No! Yoga philosophy isn’t supposed to be abstract. It’s purpose is to help you be the best human you can be. If you’ve asked big questions about life (but haven’t been sure how to answer them), yoga philosophy is there to help you do that. For sure.

I still have questions. Where can I direct them?

Email me directly at: karina@karinaguthrieyoga.com

I’m considering another program that’s similar to this. What sets this one apart?

There are lots of great courses out there. You’ll find, though, that although many offer great information, they provide few opportunities for integration. Often, you finish the course without ever really feeling like it’s ‘yours’. “Information that doesn’t travel beyond the mind rarely leads to change”. Yoga and the Mind has opportunities for integration built into into it from the start, using a range of journaling prompts, free movement practices and off-the-mat ‘explorations’ too.

If you have any questions
please email: karina@karinaguthrieyoga.com