The Kleshas: Navigating Life's Roadblocks

with Stephanie Snyder


The journey of self-discovery contains obstacles to overcome. This course will explore the five innermost roadblocks (kleshas) that can limit your potential, as outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Each klesha can influence your perception of the world, and thus affect your thoughts and habits. Learn to transcend these powerful triggers, and explore constructive ways to incorporate them in your teaching.

The course provides a comprehensive approach to working with the kleshas through lecture, asana, meditation and contemplation. Each practice will help you identify what is currently limiting you, and empower you to help your students do the same. By the end of the course you'll have a framework for profound personal growth that you can continue to work with through any stage of your life.


This course is designed for both teachers and dedicated students of yoga. Teachers will learn how to present the philosophy to their students in an accessible and digestible format, however anyone can benefit from discovering how the kleshas are influencing them personally.

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17 videos
organized into
7 chapters

This course is made up of seventeen videos organized into five chapters. Each chapter contains lectures, asana and meditation, with assignments and quizzes to affirm your learning. There are also downloadable PDF's containing the mantras used throughout the course and a Sanskrit glossary and pronunciation guide.

Comprehensive video lectures translate complex topics into user-friendly language.

Bring the teachings onto your mat through asana and meditation practices.

Link together in-depth philosophical concepts into historical context.

Learn from master teachers in the comfort of your home.

1 Lecture 1 quiz
Avidyā - Lack of Knowledge
1 Lecture 2 Practices 1 quiz 1 assignment
Asmitā - Ego
1 Lecture 2 Practices 1 quiz 1 assignment
Rāga - Clinging to Past Pleasure
1 Lecture 2 Practices 1 quiz 1 assignment
Dveṣa - Clinging to Past Pain
1 Lecture 2 Practices 1 quiz 1 assignment
Abhiniveśa - Fear of Death
1 Lecture 2 Practices 1 quiz 1 assignment
1 Lecture 1 quiz

Stephanie Snyder

Stephanie is a student of the Krishnamacharya lineage and in particular Ramanand Patel. She is respected for her ability to balance strategic sequencing, sound alignment, and sophisticated philosophical concepts into a devotional vinyasa practice. Recognized for her love and deep knowledge of yogic philosophy, Stephanie has offered these teachin...

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How long do I have access to this course?

You will have access at any time, no matter when you purchase or begin the course, for the life of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible anytime and can be completed on your schedule.

How does it work?

  • The course content is delivered to you via online streaming video with downloadable supporting documents, organized into 5 chapters with 17 instructional videos total.
  • There are self–reflection assignments throughout the course to help you connect personally with the teachings. Each chapter also has a short quiz to test your absorption of the material.
  • The Discussion Forum is a place for you to post your experiences and questions as you move through the content, as well as to connect with other enrolled students and faculty.

The total running time is about 3 hours 45 mins.

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The Kleshas: Navigating Life's Roadblocks

with Stephanie Snyder