Intro to Buddhist Yoga: The Subtle Body & the Vajra Rosary Tantra with David Kittay, Robert Thurman, and Michele Loew

All Levels | Online Virtual Course

Buddhist Yoga is the science and practice of learning and mastering the energy-winds of the subtle body and the use of mantra to create the conditions for enlightenment. Most of us will not undertake the advanced practices described in the Vajra Rosary Tantra in this life, but knowing a little about this path may be useful in deciding where to go in one's spiritual practice. We'll take an intensive look at this system over three days and combine this with some introductory yogas and meditation. 

Though practice of this tantric advanced system must always be under the supervision of an authentic guru, we will begin to learn about this system of yoga, one of the treasures of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.

David Kittay and Robert Thurman will provide expert instruction in the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of Buddhist yoga, while advanced yogini Michele Loew will offer practical instruction and daily yoga.

This course is designed for those wanting a comprehensive introduction to the subject matter, though the course is useful for people at all levels of familiarity with Buddhism and yoga.

Seven Part Study at Your Own Pace Online Course

Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa.

A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhist texts, and writer of popular Buddhist books. He recently has been awarded the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth highest civilian honor for achievement in enriching Indian education and literature.

To Learn More About Robert A.F. Thurman please visit: WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram

David Kittay

Dr. David Komodo Kittay teaches philosophy, religion, and technology at Columbia, where his courses are called "life changing".

Dr. Kittay translates exoteric and esoteric Buddhist texts, serves as a Tibet House US Board member, and founded The Harlem Clemente Course for the Humanities at the Drew Hamilton Houses on 143rd St.

His latest publication is The Vajra Rosary Tantra, available from Wisdom Publications.

Michele Loew

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon. 

She has practiced and taught Hatha & Vinyasa yoga since 1998, having studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions as well as the Sri Vidya lineage & since 2014, the Kalachakra Yogas. 

Michele is an avid student of Eastern & Western Philosophy and continues to study with her principal yoga teacher Richard Freeman.

Michele teaches regular classes and trainings in Portland, as well as retreats and workshops internationally. For more information on Michele please visit


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