Brought to You By Senior Students of Lama Marut

To honor their Teacher’s commitment to help us all become better for others, The Classical Texts and Authentic Practices curriculum will now be taught by senior students of Lama Marut.

What You Can Expect

The complete and systematic practice of yoga includes much, much more than just physical poses.  This courses surveys the spectrum of yoga and all its practices and philosophy according to the classic texts of the Indian yogic tradition.  This course is for both yoga practitioners and those interested in a thorough yogic path of spiritual training.

Topics include: “The Meaning, Purpose, and Method of Yoga,” “The Yoga of Ethical Self-Discipline and Karma,” “The Yoga of the Heart,” and “The Yoga of Wisdom.”

Benefits of the Course:

  • Discover the entire range of “off the mat” wholistic yoga according to the classical texts
  • Discern the beneficial and detrimental lifestyle choices for yoga practice
  • Manage your ethical life and receive the benefits of doing so
  • Learn the secrets of how to act selflessly and without karmic consequence
  • Appreciate the power of the yoga of devotion and learn how to use it to enhance your relationships
  • Gain clarity and wisdom about the ultimate goal of yoga and how to achieve it

Based on selections from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Narada Bhakti Sutra.

  • 12 July - 16 August 2020

    6:30pm CT (two hours), Sundays

Senior Teacher

Denise Deniger

Through her own life and practice, Denise has developed a robust toolbelt of skills and practice. Her 20+ years of study spans a wide range of modalities, from Western anatomical models to Eastern esoteric practices. She is certified in multiple yoga asana methods and is a graduate of the Asian Classics Institute’s Advanced Buddhist Studies Course, focused onTibetan Buddhism, meditation and yoga. Denise’s dive into meditation and yoga began in 1998 and her practice has been guided by her remarkable spiritual teachers, Lama Sumati Marut, Cindy Lee, and Richard Miller, PhD. She is motivated to share these practices in a practical, grounded way. Denise’s inspired, fiery, and clear-sighted presence invites students to see their own potential for more joy and power in their lives.

About the Series

It's not too late to join the whole two-year study.  All sessions are recorded for you to visit again and again.  Register Here.

Taught by senior students of Lama Marut, the CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES curriculum offers a progressively unfolding, comprehensive course of study in the wisdom and practical application of Eastern spirituality as it pertains to modern life.  Based on Lama Marut’s original translations and relevant, applicable interpretations of the Sanskrit classics of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Yogic traditions, these courses cover a wide range of teachings and practices from an inclusive, comparative, and non-sectarian point of view.  They are designed to provide an in-depth, systematic, and coherent foundation and overall framework for any serious spiritual practitioner --  from beginners to experienced teachers, regardless of one’s religious affiliation or the lack thereof.

Each course consists of six weekly interactive online classes, including lecture and discussion as well as guided meditations led by the course facilitator.  Each class also includes an easily applicable and effective practice designed to integrate the teachings into daily life.  You'll have an opportunity to discuss, interact, and share your thoughts, reactions, and experiences of the material covered.

The curriculum as a whole is comprised of twelve courses to be taught over two years.  When taken together, these stand-alone courses constitute an extensive course of study in the classical scriptures and principal practices of Eastern spirituality.  Participants are, however, welcome to register for any one, several, or all of these interrelated yet self-contained course offerings. Recorded content is available for each module upon completion -- it's never too late to sign up!

Lama Marut (a.k.a. Dr. Brian K. Smith) had been immersed in the Sanskrit classics of Eastern spirituality for over forty-five years until his recent passing in October 2019.  He held a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for twenty-five years in the academic world before retiring in 2004.  For the past twenty years he offered classes, mentored students, and led spiritual retreats for practitioners around the world.  In addition to his academic books, he was the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life and of Be Nobody (both published by Beyond Words).  The CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES represents the culmination of a lifetime’s study and spiritual practice.