Yoga’s Foundational Philosophies – Samkhya, Advaita Vedanta, Tantra

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce three foundational philosophies of yoga.


Gain an understanding of key assumptions built into the foundational philosophies upon which various branches of yoga are based: Samkhya, Advaita Vedanta and Tantra.


Learn the philosophy upon which Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are based, and the way in which this philosophy is “dualistic.” Contrast Samkhya philosophy with Advaita Vedanta and Tantra and describe the conclusion of the latter philosophies regarding consciousness. Define tantra and the purpose of tantric practices.


advaita vedanta, atman, Brahman, brahmin gunas, jivatman, karma, maya, paramatman, prakrti, purusha, samkhya, shakti, shiva, tantra, vedanta

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