Date / Time: May 3-5, 2024
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Catherine Collobert, PhD
Location: Education Centre and Online
For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
The practice of yoga dates back at least 1,000 years and continues to this day to be an experiential path to spiritual enlightenment.
Understanding the history and evolution of this practice can shed more light on its current iteration and allow us to explore its various aspects in more depth, as yoga was meant to be much more than exercise.
This training will explore central themes in some of the most significant historical texts on yoga and yoga practice such as the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in order to gain a better understanding of yoga’s beginnings and cultural roots.

Program Outline

We will examine in more detail the larger context of yoga practice beyond asana and pranayama, as well as the origins of the physical practice of yoga postures and its evolution as the central focus in the West’s adoption of yoga.
This training is designed for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, and all those wanting to learn more about the origins of yoga, its historical and cultural context, and philosophical underpinnings.
Learning Objectives:
  • A better understanding of the cultural context of yoga’s origins and its overall aims.
  • A clearer picture of how yoga has evolved to what it is today, especially in the West.
  • How we can apply classical yoga philosophy concepts to modern-day practice to enrich our experience and that of our students.

Dates and Times

Friday, May 3, 2024 to Sunday, May 5, 2024

  • Friday, May 3, 2024 – 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024 – 10 am ET to 5 pm ET
  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 – 10 am ET to 5 pm ET


SAVE $45.00 by registering on or before February 29, 2024, for $450.00 per person. $495.00 per person thereafter.

Fee includes the training, manual and certificate.


This course is open to general public. 6 months to 1 year of regular yoga practice is recommended for participation.

For 200 hour certified Yoga Teachers this course provides CEUs with Yoga Alliance. This course is also part of our Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

300 Hour Core Module: 15 Hours

About Your Teacher

Catherine is a Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. She received her PhD at the University of La Sorbonne in Paris (France). She specializes in Ancient Greek philosophy and Buddhist philosophy, and teaches meditation. She is co-founder of the Contemplative Studies Programme at the University of Ottawa, and a member of the University’s Academy of Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.

She has published numerous books and articles on Homer, the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus. Her current research focuses on Buddhist philosophy, especially on metaphysics and consciousness, as the foundation for an original conception of philosophy, which she calls ‘contemplative philosophy’, based on contemplative practices including meditation and yoga. 

Contemplative philosophy develops a dialogue between Buddhist philosophy and contemplative neuroscience. Its chief topics include the nature of the mind, its functioning, and its potential to be transformed. Its purpose is to demonstrate that philosophy is a way of life and a path to liberation—a path that leads to a unique sense of freedom.

She has practiced meditation and yoga for more than a decade and has participated in various short- and long-term meditation retreats.