Here’s a continuation of my Bhagavad Gita studies, for students and friends, now entering into a chapter-by-chapter overview. Here is Chapter 1’s summary.
DK22 – Yoga Teacher Training Exam Prep 3 of 3
Part 3 of 3: I’m making use of my podcast for my current class of Yoga Teacher Trainees (I teach yogic philosophy, history, etc) to help prepare them for the written exam at the end of the course. However, I think this stuff is interesting to others as well, if they are at all into yoga or Eastern philosophy and the like.
DK21 – Yoga Teacher Training Exam Prep 2 of 3
Part 2 of 3: I’m making use of my podcast for my current class of Yoga Teacher Trainees (I teach yogic philosophy, history, etc) to help prepare them for the written exam at the end of the course. However, I think this stuff is interesting to others as well, if they are at all into yoga or Eastern philosophy and the like.
DK20 – Yoga Teacher Training Exam Prep 1 of 3
Part 1 of 3: I’m making use of my podcast for my current class of Yoga Teacher Trainees (I teach yogic philosophy, history, etc) to help prepare them for the written exam at the end of the course. However, I think this stuff is interesting to others as well, if they are at all into yoga or Eastern philosophy and the like.
DK19-Bhagavad Gita and Its Many Contexts
This is another re-wrapping of some of my course material about the Bhagavad Gita, which I usually teach to Yoga Teacher Training students. This episode combines two context-related topics: authorship of the Gita, as well as its historical contexts and the greater Mahabharata story context from which the Gita is an exploded chapter.
New Course! Bhagavad Gita Overview for Yogis Part 1
I’ve got a new course up on Udemy!
Yogis who read the Bhagavad Gita for the first time can be in for a very bumpy ride, if they did not grow up in a cultural setting wherein these concepts were more commonly discussed. It is a challenging read even for those familiar with the contents, which is why it rewards reading again and again. This guide is meant to provide some help before the new yogi dives into more confusion than they can immediately handle without some context.Read More
The Gita is not only an incredible sacred text for yogis, but is a treasure for the whole world. It’s one of the most cherished contributions to world literature, and it’s influence has gone beyond Hindus or even Yogis. But perhaps the most special thing about this wonderful book is that it has something to offer everyone: spiritual seekers, appreciators of sacred poetry, everyday people looking for ways to determine what action to take when confused (and how to take it), and — of course — yogis.
You’ll leave your reading experience with a drastically expanded definition of what it means to “do yoga” after reading the Gita, and hopefully this guide helps you to deepen your understanding of that expanded defition of yoga. You’ll learn more about how the Gita contains a way of seeing the world with a new dimension of “the divine” you may not have considered before. You’ll be introduced to new ways of looking at the relationships between people and their shared world. You’ll learn about the fascinating (and profound) way of looking at the deepest inner “Self” as described and defined in this work.
What you’ll learn
- Bhagavad Gita Studies, Jnana Yoga, Sacred Hindu Scripture, Yoga Philosophy
- Understand the story underlying the narrative, its historical context, and its modern significance
- Understand key philosophical concepts underlying Yoga and Hinduism
- Identify the primary paths of yoga as described in the text
Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
- Some familiarity with yoga or hinduism helps, but is not required
Who this course is for:
- Yogis, World Literature students, Philosophy lovers, Spiritual Seekers
DK18 – Bhagavad Gita Study – Key Divinity Terms
I’m continuing my series on Bhagavad Gita reading guide materials, both for my current students and the generally interested audience out there. This one focuses on clarifying some of the terms used to describe divinity and divine beings mentioned in the Gita, which are notoriously difficult for new readers to disentangle… especially given translation quirks.
DK17 – Bhagavad Gita Key Concepts
Here’s another sampling of Bhagavad Gita lecture materials Matt (host of Dharma Knights podcast) has made elsewhere. The audio is compiled here in podcast format for convenient access and reference for Matt’s students, but also all the other listeners who have expressed interest in these assets. This episode focuses on the key concepts to understand before reading the Bhagavad Gita, most of which are assumed to be familiar to the Gita’s readers.
DK16 – Matt Coaches Erin, Part 2
This is the second part of a coaching session Matt did with his partner Erin, the host of “Thrive Yoga Fit Transformational Podcast”. The first part is on her podcast. Matt is using the tools Erin teaches in her Thrive Coach School program, with his own particular flavor.
DK15 – Key Bhagavad Gita Terms
I’ve had some students and listeners (respectively) ask for more Bhagavad Gita content, and I’m happy to oblige! Here’s some content from a course I’m putting together about the Gita. This material is about some key terms that benefit from clarification, due to translation quirks and more.