Goddess Stories

Telling Tales of the Sacred Feminine

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What wisdom can we learn from Ancient Indian Goddess stories?

Indian Goddess Stories are rich, featuring diverse and powerful feminine faces. From devout consort Goddesses such as SńętńĀ to fierce martial mothers such as DurgńĀ, these captivating characters have much to teach.

In this course, your will:

  • Learn about the myths behind 8¬†popular Goddess-inspired poses
  • Transform your asana practice into a source of spiritual growth and creative power
  • Support your development beyond the mat with traditional yoga teachings
  • Honor the yoga tradition by learning about Its origins and lessons

This 4-part online course is taught by renowned online teacher Dr. Raj Balkaran. It draws from his book The Stories Behind the Poses.

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6+ Hours of Video Lessons

Valuable for the simply curious, longtime yogis,  expert practitioners and everyone in between

Downloadable Notes

Easily follow along with and refer back to the class slides

Access Anytime, Anywhere

Whether day or night, wherever you are, you have forever access to this course

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Applications

Learn mantra and other techniques to apply teachings to your life

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Yoga Alliance Credit

This course counts as 12 hours of YA Continuing Education Credit

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"I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for your Goddess Stories online course. Completing it has been a truly enriching experience.Your delivery of the course was impeccable, and I found it to be both insightful and accessible. I particularly admired how you seamlessly connected lessons from the past to our present moment, showcasing their enduring relevance.

As someone with a strong feminist perspective, I was especially drawn to your interpretations of Durga and Kali. However, it took me a few days of reflection to fully grasp and appreciate the gentle strength embodied by Sita‚ÄĒan embodiment of the power of water over rock, as the saying goes."

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"Over the past 5 months I have had the pleasure to study with Dr. Raj Balkaran on a number of different platforms, and have thoroughly enjoyed each class. Dr. Raj presents challenging topics and information in an approachable manner, welcoming all students, no matter where they are on their life path. Ideas that I have been trying to grasp in my yoga studies for years have been illuminated in new ways through these courses and discussion sessions."

Lauren Brown
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Hawaii, USA

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Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Raj Balkaran is the founder of The Indian Wisdom School, scholar, and author, including for the popular book this course is based on, The Stories Behind the Poses. He teaches a number of courses through the Indian Wisdom School, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Yogic Studies, and Embodied Philosophy. He also hosts the New Books in Indian Religions podcast.

Before becoming a scholar, Dr. Balkaran was initiated into Indian Wisdom Traditions by multiple lineal teachers and apprenticed with a renowned Indian spiritual master for twelve years. For the past two decades, he has been immersed in daily spiritual practice and study, cultivating a deep understanding of these traditions.

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