Investigate the original function of the chakra systems of Tantrik yoga...

Chakras Illuminated

  • Discover the relationship between the chakras and kundalinī
  • Learn original practices associated with the chakras
  • Engage with primary texts as a source of chakra knowledge

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A four-module online course with Christopher Hareesh Wallis


Discover the Modern & Ancient Function of the Chakras

What really are the chakras? Somatic focal points, energy centers, Cosmological Maps, or all three? In the worlds of yoga, esoteric spirituality, and New Age religion, interest in the concept of the chakras is massive and growing all the time. What is often lacking is a thorough investigation into the original nature and function of the chakras in their tradition of origin, Tantrik Yoga, by a scholar-practitioner fluent in the Sanskrit language. Embodied Philosophy is proud to present an online course that fills that need, giving you access to both information about primary sources and a scholar-practitioner qualified to unpack their meaning and context.

  • About the historical origin of the chakra model in South Asia
  • The definitions of ‘chakra’ in the primary sources
  • How chakras were (and are) used in traditional Yoga systems
  • About the different varieties of premodern chakra systems and why they varied
  • How the chakra model was (and is) a blueprint for the application of multiple distinct yogic practices
  • About the relationship between the chakras and kundalinī
  • How to work with the chakras in a traditional yoga practice

Participants in this course will learn:

Course Includes

4 On-Demand Lectures

Supplemental Charts

8 Hours of Content

Three Bonus Lectures

Integrated Meditations

Course Readings


Christopher Wallis

Christopher Wallis, also known as Hareesh, has a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from University of California, Berkeley. He received traditional education at yoga āshrams in upstate New York and India in meditation, kīrtan, mantra-science, āsana, karma-yoga, and more. He currently teaches meditation, yoga darśana (philosophy), Tantrik philosophy, Sanskrit, mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling.

Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition. and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1000-Year Old Spiritual Masterpiece.

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  • 8 Hours of Video Content
  • Course Readings & Materials
  • BONUS 1: The Medieval Chakra System
  • BONUS 2: The Promise of Tantra
  • BONUS 3: Utilizing the Prana Map

Join Christopher Hareesh Wallis as he explores the evolution of the chakra system from its Tantrik roots to its modern psychological transplantations.

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