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Yoga Studies Institute (YSI) 

YSI is a school that teaches how to achieve the ultimate goal of yoga: a life of love, wisdom, authenticity, fulfillment and purpose. YSI courses teach the yogic path as a lifestyle; a complete, daily practice that helps you step into your ultimate self, while honoring your every-day self,  and show others how to do the same.YSI trainings are among the few worldwide that reunite the "outer" and "inner" methods of asana, breath awareness, ethical actions, meditation, and wisdom. This powerful synthesis of physical yoga and spiritual understanding is referred to in scriptures as royal yoga or raja yoga and includes all eight limbs described by Master Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutra. YSI yoga accesses all three bodies of being; gross (physical body) subtle (pranic body), and causal (ultimate body). Each asana class facilitates an experience of these bodies, including safe, expert guidance in physical practice, awareness of and instruction in feeling the subtle or energetic body, and finally dissolution in our ultimate nature. The YSI curriculum sources the oldest known Yogic scriptures, teaching an ancient, authentic lineage that traces back 2,500 years. 

Our trainings incorporate the Tibetan Buddhist, Indian Yogic and Vedantic traditions as well as Kashmir Shivism, translated and presented by prominent scholars, and yogis. YSI teaches time-tested methods that have awakened countless people to enlightened states, while evolving the mind and body.  All our trainings incorporate the latest in developmental psychology, philosophy, physiology and nutrition, ensuring profound, transformational practices that are relevant to modern life.YSI offers a range of programs that vary in length and depth and cater to both new and seasoned students and teachers around the world. Courses are offered in person and online.  Our programs cover asana, philosophy and meditation instruction, and include courses that focus solely on philosophy. We also offer technical yoga teacher training through our 300-Hour Teacher Training program.

Please view our course offerings and formats in Our Curriculum, and browse the Schedule page to find out when courses are happening near you or online.



Announcements:

August 16, 2012

The YSI Board and Advisors have updated our Policies.  All YSI Teachers commit to adhering to these policies in order to be affiliated with the organization.

YSI Guidelines:
Each teacher offering courses and curriculum through YSI agrees to the following guidelines:

1.  We seek to promote a curriculum where participants feel happier, and more deeply satisfied with life and their own unique contribution to the world.
2.  We seek to connect students with a broad range of people and communities.
3.  We support and facilitate students to feel centered, living according to their own values and goals, cultivating a positive self-image and their own distinct path.
4.  We support and encourage students to make their own decisions, not to give power or decision-making capacity away to someone or something else.
5.  Our students and staff are welcome and empowered to openly question the path, teachings, and actions of the community and teachers, without fear of any sort of consequences.
6.  Our teachers and staff formally submit all their courses and materials for peer review before teaching and gathers feedback post-teaching. Materials and teacher performance are reviewed on a regular basis.
7.  We recognize that each spiritual path discussed or encouraged in our courses is not the one and only true path to reach real spiritual goals.
8.  We recognize that how we design and define our mission, curriculum, guidelines and teachings today will likely be different from how we define them several years from now.
9.  We regularly benefit from, and welcome ideas and practices that come from other traditions/perspectives, and ask for community feedback in order to get a richer perspective.
10.  We seek to confirm and accord the practices and claims of our curriculum with findings in the scientific and academic community and the world's major enduring religions.
12.  We maintain systems by which students and community can voice their concerns and questions about our material, teachers, and methods.
13.  We seek to openly acknowledge and address problems that arise or any negative impact we've had on people.
14.  Our teachers have a deep knowledge of the spiritual path they are sharing with their students.
15.  Our teachers are not experts nor infallible in areas outside their specific area(s) of expertise.
16.  Our teachers avoid making or requiring excessive participation from individual students and we strive to make our programs as accessible as possible while still covering our program costs and paying our staff fair wages.
17.  We publish our yearly financial statements for the public annually, are open to any questions, and actively maintain our non-profit (501(c)(3)) status.
18.  Our staff does not have inappropriate sexual relations with their students.

19.  Our staff does not use its authority inappropriately along gender lines.
20.  We never claim or imply any permanent superiority over other people or their
students.
21.  We are open to constructive criticism; we ask for and genuinely listen to input and feedback from others.
22.  We  do not claim to have exclusive insights or unquestionable authority; We seek to collaborate with respect with other groups or teachers whose views differ from their own.
23.  We put our students' welfare ahead of our own personal success, and the success of our programs and organization.
24. We strive to leave, a positive wake over time: a high ratio of happy, healthy, fulfilled, evolving community members.  When this goal is not reached, we reassess our teachings, teachers, and methods.

             
YSI Community Code of Ethics

Above all, YSI is a community of teachers and practitioners who strive to care for and better serve the world around us and all its inhabitants.  We believe that the actions of each individual matter to the world at large and therefore seek to cultivate a community of ethical and mature individuals that can support the worldwide community to grow and develop and flourish.  To that end, we as teachers, teacher trainees, and administrators, agree to uphold the five following ethical commitments:

1) Honor Life.
We acknowledge the interconnection of all beings and respect every member of the global community. We agree to refine our understanding of non-violence in the spirit of reverence for life.

2) Honor Property.
We respect the physical and intellectual property of others. We agree to bring consciousness to the use of all of the earth's resources in a respectful and ecological way. We agree to be honest in our dealing with money and not to misappropriate money committed to charitable projects. We agree to offer teachings without favoritism in regard to student's financial circumstances.

3) Honesty.
We agree to speak that which is true and useful, keep promises, and to refrain from gossip. We agree to cultivate conscious and clear communication, and to cultivate care, honesty and love as the basis of our speech.

4) Responsible Sexuality.
We agree to use care and love and service as the motivation for engaging in relationships. We agree to avoid creating harm through sexuality and to avoid sexual exploitation or cheating. All teachers agree not to use their teaching role to exploit their authority and position in order to assume a sexual relationship with a student.

To avoid the dangers of misuse of power, we agree that if a teacher and student are meeting for the first time during our programming but have interest in starting a romantic relationship, they will voluntarily wait a minimum of three months after the program has ended before beginning their relationship and will clearly leave their roles as teacher and student beforehand.

5) Honor Mental Clarity.
It is clear that substance abuse is the cause of tremendous suffering. We agree not to abuse or misuse intoxicants at any time. We agree that if any teacher has a drug or alcohol addiction problem, it should be immediately addressed in a skillful, loving and helpful manner.




June 11, 2012

In May, 2012, YSI issued this Spiritual Health & Balance Assessment designed by the board & advisors to try to enhance the dialogue and communication about issues in our larger spiritual community.  The results after participation from 123 people can be found here.




May 12, 2012

In light of the controversial events this year in the yoga and dharma community, the YSI Board of Directors is actively meeting with its advisors for counsel and open discussion.  

During the next few weeks, in order to listen, learn and assess what will best serve the community going forward, YSI will offer opportunities for any interested person to share experiences and personal insights anonymously, at all our events, and online. We embark in this process of self reflection and inquiry, to invite any unspoken struggles to be voiced, and to refine, clarify, and communicate YSI's core values, guiding principles, curriculum, and methodology in a relevant and complete way.

YSI has always strived to provide the most pertinent, complete, and sound teachings for our students and teacher trainees.  Our decision as of December, 2011 to bring in new facilitators were made in the interest of balancing and expanding our curriculum to include teachings in all of the main lines of development inherent to the growth of a person: Mental, Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, & Emotional.  We made this decision after assessing that our programming historically has mainly emphasized the first three of these lines.


YSI Community Code of Ethics


Above all, YSI is a community of teachers who strive to care for and better serve the world around us and all its inhabitants. We believe that the actions of each individual matter to the world at large and therefore seek to cultivate a community of ethical and mature individuals that can support the worldwide community to grow and develop and flourish.  To that end, we as teachers, teacher trainees, and administrators, agree to uphold the five following ethical commitments:

1) Honor Life.
We acknowledge the interconnection of all beings and respect all the global community. We agree to refine our understanding of non-violence in the spirit of reverence for life.

2) Honor Property.
We respect the physical and intellectual property of others. We agree to bring consciousness to the use of all of the earth's resources in a respectful and ecological way. We agree to be honest in our dealing with money and not to misappropriate money committed to charitable projects. We agree to offer teachings without favoritism in regard to student's financial circumstances.

3) Honesty.
We agree to speak that which is true and useful, keep promises, and to refrain from gossip. We agree to cultivate conscious and clear communication, and to cultivate care, honesty and love as the basis of our speech.

4) Responsible Sexuality.
We agree to use care and love and service as the motivation for engaging in relationships. We agree to avoid creating harm through sexuality and to avoid sexual exploitation or cheating. All teachers agree not to use their teaching role to exploit their authority and position in order to assume a sexual relationship with a student.

To avoid the dangers of misuse of power, we agree that if a teacher and student are meeting for the first time during our programming but have interest in starting a romantic relationship, they will voluntarily wait a minimum of three months after the program has ended before beginning a relationship and will clearly leave their roles as teacher and student beforehand.

5) Honor Mental Clarity.
It is clear that substance abuse is the cause of tremendous suffering. We agree not to abuse or misuse intoxicants at any time. We agree that if any teacher has a drug or alcohol addiction problem, it should be immediately addressed by the community.