SRIVIDYALAYA

Overview

Whether you are new to yoga or have been studying and practicing for years, our courses will help you develop an ever-deepening understanding of yoga philosophy and the spiritual practices of yoga. Srividyalaya is designed to illumine, inspire, and nourish your experience as a yogin by bringing you directly and deeply into the conversations of tradition, history, practice, and understanding.


For over a decade Dr. Douglas Brooks has been committed to teaching with authenticity and honesty Rajanaka philosophy and the greater history of Indian philosophy, yoga, and particularly the complex traditions of Tantra. Srividyalaya represents a new kind of learning experience, dedicated to extending the process of learning by offering a systematic and ongoing curriculum of courses.


Each course consists of lectures delivered by Dr. Douglas Brooks, a study guide to accompany each lecture, and access to our Srividyalaya Facebook group where you will be able to ask questions, share insights, and converse with other course participants.


With Srividyalaya we hope to create an opportunity for a lifetime of learning in a living conversation.


Our archived courses are available anytime you are ready to dive into the ocean of yoga. Upon registration, the course materials will be made available to you via Dropbox or can be mailed to you directly on a thumb-drive.


To register for a course please email us at douglas@rajanaka.com. In your email, please include your mailing address, a contact number, and your preferred email address. Tuition payments may be made by check, money order, or through PayPal using the address svcourses@gmail.com.

CC102 An Introduction to the History and Practices of Yoga

In this course, we begin with the history and development of Yoga as it originates in India and work through the texts, traditions, and resources as they evolve chronologically. Our study includes readings from The Veda, the Upanishads, the early voices of Yoga as they appear in Buddhism, Jainism, and Patanjali's Classical Yoga through the developments of the schools of Vedanta and eventually Tantra. This is our course in the foundations, the essentials, and the historical development and is recommended for everyone.


This course includes twenty-four hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $600

CC201 Ganesha Puja: Crossing the Threshold of Tantric Understanding and Practice

 In this course we study the iconography, mythology, and symbolism of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is both the remover and the creator of obstacles. We also dive deeply into the traditions of mantra and yantra that form the essential basis of Tantric understanding and the threshold practices of ritual, meditation, and contemplation.


This course includes twenty-four hours of lecture and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $600

CC202 Tantrism: History, Teachings, and Practices

This course examines the origins and developments of Tantra. We look at a wide array of expressions of Tantra, from alchemy to contemplative mysticism, probing into the essential teachings to trace the developments of traditions such as Kashmir Shaivism and the Shakta goddess-centered Shrividya.


This course includes twenty-four hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $600

CC203 Siva Sutra, Book I

The Siva Sutra is perhaps the single most important resource for understanding the cosmology, teachings, and practices of Kashmir Shaivism and its legacy in Shakta Tantrism. This course will present an overview of Book One of the Siva Sutra paying close attention to the commentaries of Kshemaraja and Bhaskara.

This course includes twenty-four hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $600

CC204 Mantra Theory

In Mantra Theory we start with Vedic concepts of mantra and work our way historically through some of the most illuminating and important teachings of the Tantra. This course explains in detail the theory of Vac, the goddess who is Voice, as well as the practice of seed-mantra or bija as a Tantric practice.


This course includes twenty-four hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $600

C205 An Introduction to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Book I

The Yoga Sutra is founded upon a worldview to which few modern yogis would ascribe and yet offers a valuable compendium of advice and practices, drawn from diverse traditions, which are still effective and useful today. This course offers and introduction to the Samadhi Pada, the first book of Patanjali's treatise on yoga. We will examine the traditional commentators' understandings of the text and then explore how these great teachings might be of relevance to us as modern yogis.


This course includes twenty-four hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $600

CC301 The Bhagavadgita, Part I

Poised between two great armies arrayed for battle, Arjuna, the great, shining archer of the Mahabharata, questions his duty and collapses in his chariot with his eyes filled with tears. And there in the mid-line, in the moment before the battle, taking pause on the Field of Dharma he receives the teachings of Krsna in the form of The Song of the Blessed One, The Bhagavadgita. In this course we will begin our study of The Gita with Chapters One through Six. We will follow close readings of the traditional commentaries of Sankara, Ramanuja and Abhinavagupta as well as draw from the oral traditions of the late South Indian Sakta Tantra tradition of Rajanaka.


This course includes twelve hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $300

CC401 Key Concepts in Yoga Philosophy

This course examines some of the fundamental concepts needed to gain a basic understanding of Yoga Philosophy. The lectures focus primarily on the concepts of moksa, karma, maya, dharma, and yoga while pulling these ideas through the history and variety of yogic schools.


This course includes five hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $125

CC402 Tattva Theory

What is the nature of the universe? What is it that we are experiencing when we have an experience? This course will examine some of the ways the traditions of Yoga have sought to answer these questions through the concept of The Tattvas as they emerge in Sankhya Yoga and are then further developed by the traditions of Kashmir Saivism.


This course includes five hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $125

CC403 Mapping the Subtle Body

While there is much talk of the Subtle Body in modern yoga, there is no one single theory of what a Subtle Body might mean. In this course we will examine some of the various historical ways that the subtle body has been envisioned by the traditions of yoga and examine how the early views have led to our modern understandings of these esoteric traditions.


This course includes five hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $125

CC404 Krishna Stories

Whether pictured as the baby butter thief who holds the universe in his mouth or dancing the Rasa Lila with his beloved Radha, the stories of Krsna enchant us even as they reveal us to ourselves. In this course we will examine the myths of Krsna, gazing into his mouth and finding ourselves.


This course includes five hours of lecture, study guides, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $125

CC501 Durga: Empowering Yourself in a Challenging World

We live in a world that is at once offering us the opportunity to thrive and devouring us at the same time. Using the lens of Durga, the goddess whose very name means rough going, this course will explore how we can not only live and subsist in such a world, but how we can seize the opportunities of yoga in such a way as to thrive.


This course is the first in a new series of courses at Srividyalaya that will couple the serious scholarship of our previous courses with the conversational qualities of a live seminar.


This course includes 6 hours of lecture, 2 dharanas (meditations) based on the teachings, study guide, and access to the Srividyalaya discussion group on Facebook.


Course Tuition: $150

CC502 Nāga Stories and the Practice of Sarpa Dṛṣṭi

Everywhere one looks, across the entirety of India's storytelling traditions and vast iconographies, there are images of serpents, sometimes appearing as snakes and other times as serpentine creatures, half-snake, half-something-else. And everywhere we find them, we meet another story about what lies within us, often hidden, always rich and valuable. Humans may have some innate fear or trepidation about snakes but nagas in Indian lore are essential keys to our personal development: the heart of yoga tradition is the notion of waking up Kundalini, the inner serpent. What are these naga-experiences, who is Kundalini and why is she a naga? What are we to make of these living denizens of our shadows, dreams, and hidden desires? What might it mean to see as the serpent sees? There are so many illuminating stories and images to help us experience our inner nagas in shadow and light.


This course consists of 10 hours of lecture materials curated from live seminars and organized into several digestible, easily navigable sections. Two meditations and mantra instruction is included.


Course Tuition: $216