Philosophy Immersion: Upaniṣads

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When: Saturday and Sunday on October 16, 17, 23, 24 from 10-12:30pm

Where: ZoomAll sessions will be recorded and available for download.

Tuition: $65; Early Bird $49 (ends October 1st).Unlimited Live members receive an automatic 15% off either rate.

The sacred Indian texts, the Upaniṣads, contain the accumulation and interpretations of the many philosophical ideas presented in the Vedas (and that in later times would come to represent the place where all orthodox Indian philosophy sprung out of), forming the concluding portion of Veda. For this reason, the Upaniṣads are referred to as the Veda-anta, literally meaning the end or anta. Underlying this literal meaning is a far more implicit of spiritual interpretation of a central goal or purpose, whereby their ultimate reason for existence – their highest Knowledge – is expressed. Such inference suggests that within the Upaniṣad writings are the distilled essence of Vedic teachings. In this course we will dive into the history and philosophies presented in the Upaniṣads, taking a non-sectarian purview of the texts and the traditions that would later come to represent. we will be guided by an academic and spiritual study of the meaning of the tales and teachings contained in their stories. By placing the Upaniṣads in its right context, we will come to know the ideas they present, how the revolutionized the religious and spiritual practice of the time, how concepts like Karma, Brahman, Atman, prana, energy channels, the totality of existence, and specially, a way to reach those “higher destinations” took prevalence in shaping the practice of millions, first in India, as they germinated into a variety of philosophies that had and still see their ultimate revelation in these texts (Vedanta, Samkhya and Yoga, among others) but later around the world, when Yoga became a transnational phenomenon. By shading light into the Upaniṣads we reach the seed of what all other philosophies are trying to explain, and more important, we come to better understand the nature of our practice, and, as the Upaniṣads say, “our place in the universe”. Who Am I? well, if I were to follow the teachings of this course, one answer would be Ayam Ātmā Brahma! “This Atman is Brahman”, a sort of recognition of the ultimate nature of the self, but as this answer may not suffice, and to make it a bit (or a lot) more complicated.

About Sebastian Berrittella
About his practice: He begins his path in the practice of Yoga by taking Hot Vinyasa Yoga classes in Baltimore (USA) where he lived for a while. He later returns to Buenos Aires (ARG) and is introduced to Ashtanga Yoga with Cecilia Massa and Hernán Delbene. He complements his practice by taking classes and workshops with Kino MacGregor, Laruga Glaser, Eddie Stern, Day Christensen, Dany Sá and Jared McCann. About his Teacher Training: He attends the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Alejandro Chiarella (ARG). Later on, he travels to Nicaragua to do the Flow Yoga Teacher Training with Meghan Currie (CAN). He is also trained as a Yin Yoga teacher in Arhanta Yoga and, Additionally, he studies History and Philosophy of Yoga at Oxford Center for Hindu Studies (Univ. Oxford), as well as course in Vedanta and Samkhya, The Puranas, History and practice of Hatha Yoga, and Upaniṣads.

Additionally, he has taken courses from the Bhagavad Gita, History and Philosophy of Yoga, Asana development over time, all these in Yogic Studies. Finally, he graduates as an Advanced Teacher (200 hrs.) Of the J.M Vinyasa Yoga directed by Jared McCann at Lighthouse Yoga (New York).
He ́s being teaching Yoga since 2013 and facilitating workshops and Yoga teacher trainings since 2006 in Govinda Yoga Studio, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.