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Philosophy Series w/ Bob Gilbo
Oct 4, 2019 - Mar 20, 2020

Friday, October 4, 2019; 5-7pm
Intro to Philosophy: from Vedic Roots to the Hatha Period

This brief survey of the sacred literature of Hinduism will outline the philosophical roots of the yoga tradition, from the Sanatana Dharma of the Vedas through the classical period of the six orthodox darshanas to the variegated hatha yoga tradition.
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to situate three authoritative texts—the Sankya Karika, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika—in their historical eras and preview how each understands the goal of yoga.

• The session will conclude with an overview of the framework of classical Sankhya and is recommended for those attending the Sankhya Karika lecture.


Friday, October 18, 2019; 5-8pm
The Sankyha Karika: the Dance of Prakriti for Purusha

Sankhya theory underpins the Yoga, Ayurveda, and some Buddhist traditions. An introduction to the function and ultimate purpose of the gunas and other metaphysical principles is essential to understanding yoga practice as Patanjali presents it.
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to dive into the seldom taught root text of the Sankhya darshana, the Sankhya Karika of Ishavarakrishna (ca. 350 C.E.).
We will read, chant and discuss verses and look at how they illuminate some of the more arcane yoga sutras.

• Suggested pre-reading: any edition of the Sankhya Karika


Friday, November 15, 2019; 5-8pm
The Bhagavad Gita: Yoga For a World in conflict

Spoken by Lord Krishna to the warrior Arjuna, who is undergoing a moment of existential crisis on a battlefield, the compelling dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita is all about taking our yoga off the mat. As Krishna helps Arjuna resolve his crisis, we receive guidance on how to act skillfully in meeting the challenges of day-to-day life: conflict, work, family, dharma.
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to delve into this essential yoga text. We will read and chant selected verses from the Gita that outline the many paths of yoga that can reveal the nature of the self, the world, ultimate reality, and the purpose of human existence.

• Please bring any edition of the Gita with numbered verses (Graham Schweig translation is recommended).


Bob Gilbo is a seasoned teacher of philosophy and a regular in the Yoga Union Teacher Training. He studied Hindu philosophy with Ravi Ravindra and under Satya Narayana Das of the Jiva Institute in Vrndavan, as well as with Edwin Bryant at Rutgers University. Bob edited Dr. Bryant's landmark translation and commentary on The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (North Point Press, 2009). He has been studying Sanskrit since 2005.



Intro to Philosophy, $35

Sankhya Karika, $50

Bhagavad Ghita, $50

All three, $125

*If you wish to book individual sessions, please call the studio. 212-510-7404

Mar 20, 2020
5:00 - 7:00pm