by Diane Malaspina, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist

To many, yoga philosophy can feel out of reach, from the brief references we hear in our vinyasa classes to the foggy memory of the assigned readings in our first yoga teacher training. This online course will shift your perspective on yoga philosophy with approachable five-week practice and meditation program on each of the five yamas — the moral, ethical, and societal guidelines for the practicing yogi. Each week’s theme is presented in a brief lecture followed by a guided meditation and yoga practice so you can begin naturally integrating these principles conceptually and on the mat! Whether you are a curious yoga practitioner or you would like to teach yoga philosophy more effectively, this course will give you the tools to build a solid understanding of the Yoga Sutra’s yamas and how to incorporate these themes in a steady practice.

The tools any student or teacher will take from this course include:

  • How to internalize each yama by using mantra meditation
  • Tips to identify outward behaviors as they relate to each yama and mantra
  • How to shift behaviors are connected to internal thought patterns
  • Self-study skills through journal prompts to help monitor thoughts and behaviors as they align with the principles of the yamas
  • Useful tools for teaching others how to use the yamas for meditation and asana practice. This is particularly beneficial for teachers looking for strategies to teach the yamas in both group and private settings.

Course features:

  • 5 guided, meditative mantra practices
  • 5 guided yoga practice sessions (45 to 60-minutes each)
  • Simple yet informative lectures on how the yamas impact our thoughts and behaviors
  • An informative course handout available for download
  • This course is available on demand and does not expire, so you can always return to practice and revisit the material to deepen your understanding over time.
  • Please note that this course is not eligible for CEU hours.

About your teacher:

Diane Malaspina, Ph.D., is a psychologist, yoga teacher, and consultant working in the field of health and wellness since 2001. Diane’s work is split between teaching yoga and her consulting business as a psychologist, where her specialty is implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce stress and foster healthy behaviors. Diane is currently working on a 1000 hour certification with Yoga Medicine lead by Tiffany Cruikshank, and developing therapeutic yoga and meditation programs in her community. She earned 200-hour certifications from Shiva Rea (Prana Vinyasa Flow) and YogaWorks and a 500-hour certification from Yoga Medicine, as well as hundreds of hours of advanced training in meditation, pranayama, and philosophy. Diane is registered as a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist. She lives a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach with her husband, Omar and rescue dog, Prana.