The Radiant Yogi by Laura Cornell
Do you desire to go deeper into yogic principles and practices to create a life you can love and celebrate – a life filled with radiant health, soulful depth and profound impact on the world?
Do you want to integrate the many paths of yoga – from Hatha to Bhakti to Tantra – into one, FULL-SPECTRUM experience of evolution
and greater joy?
And, if you’re a yoga teacher, are you excited to not only to transform personally – but also to share this with your students – infusing your classes with new INSPIRATION, clarity and wisdom?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any or all of the above, then you’ve come to the right place…
When you began your yoga practice, you were probably like most of us: You looked at it as a way to retreat from the world, heal pain, reduce stress, cure aches and illness, and improve your flexibility and fitness.
And that truly is a beautiful place to start.
Yet, as you evolve, there is a natural impulse to widen and deepen your practice so that it begins to change how you think, feel, move and act in the world – and relate to Spirit. You shift from being someone who “does” some yoga to someone who increasingly “is” a yogi.
This shift holds the key to elevating the quality of all areas of your life, and the lives you touch
Healing our bodies of chronic stress and fatigue is only the beginning of the evolutionary journey of a true yogi. Eventually, you can experience new depths of emotional intimacy and new levels of philanthropic service – and open to new creative possibilities and experiences of divine union that can liberate your soul.
You become RADICALLY RADIANT ~ no matter what else is going on in your life.
You see the miraculous in everyday, ordinary life.
And miracles do begin to appear!
When you have fully integrated yoga deep down into your bones, here is what begins to happen:
- You feel a pervading deep peace, even when your life appears to be in chaos.
- You experience profound bliss, no matter how challenging your circumstances.
- You heal more quickly from physical illness and injury.
- You can immediately turn to a deep well of inner wisdom whenever something troubles you.
- You see beauty surrounding you, and you naturally end up in better places!
- New opportunities come to you, even without your asking.
- You are weather the storms of day-to-day life, and still feel a profound level of bliss.
Someone who can integrate and LIVE the full spectrum of yoga is a “radiant yogi” because when you open to the full potentials, subtle currents of energies infuse and illumine your entire being.
And you become a magnet for vibrant, creative and awake people who want to partner and work with you and engage in long-term relationships. You start attracting a better life by virtue of the quality of life force that emanates from you.
As you become more radiant, other people respond to you in new ways, so you have more love reflected back at you.
It’s a joyful, powerful, amazing way to live!
An Integrated Approach
The key to shifting from someone who does yoga for fitness or healing to someone who is a radiant yogi lies in an integrated approach that views every aspect of your life as an arena for deep and committed application of yogic principles.
That means in the bedroom and the boardroom, at school board meetings and in the kitchen. It’s about living, breathing and moving in a holistic, sacred and life-affirming way.
This is actually a relatively NEW phenomenon. In ancient traditions yoga idealized extended retreat from the world, with greater withdrawal into monasticism and renunciation encouraged.
But we are now in a new era for yogic practice, and the quintessential image of the ascetic monk is no longer the ideal. We’re finding ways to stay more deeply involved in LIFE, make bigger and better contributions to the world, love more deeply and powerfully, and stay connected with others while also evolving spiritually.
A truly radiant yogi is able to bring it all together in one transformative, blissful package.
But it takes time, skillful practice and great mentorship to transition into this evolutionary and luminous way of life.
The good news is that the Radiant Yogi Course is here to help you with your transformation and guide you on the journey to this new way of being.
These things don’t happen overnight, but as you let yogic principles infuse every area of your life, you’ll experience a natural shedding of behaviors and habits that reflect a duller level of “vibration,” and instead attract those that reflect the next level of radiance and luminosity.
The Shift from Random Growth to
The real power of a yogic life is unleashed when you make the shift from passively witnessing positive changes to choosing to evolve ALL aspects of your life in an integral way. When you become intentional, you can blossom in a more rapid and fulfilling way.
At the root level, you begin to see yourself as a soul who has incarnated to learn, grow and serve. Your yogic practices become a means for advancing your soul’s work in a body.
Many of us recognize that the symptoms of distress that drove us to yoga (physical pain, addictions, burnout, scarcity, loneliness) are indicators of aspects of ourselves that need loving attention and soul-infused power.
Our on-the-mat practice becomes one of the primary sources to cultivate the awakened energy that we apply in all areas of our life. However, it doesn’t stop there.
You can source this awakened energy from your meditation practice, from nature, relationships, from a teacher (or student) – and even social activism. You can source this energy simply with the breath, or by feeling reverence from within.
That’s when LIFE simultaneously becomes your practice and your expression.
8 Paths of Yoga Pointing to One Radiant Life
In the Radiant Yogi course, you will learn about eight different and complementary paths for living a yogic life, all of which work in a complementary fashion. Some are ancient paths you may be familiar with, others are born of yoga’s interface with the modern world and are only now emerging.
Together, they create a sacred synthesis that allows you to see your life as a mandala of awakening and transformation. You’ll approach each day yogically, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom juggling carpool and errands, CEO or hardworking therapist.
And if you’re a yoga teacher, you’ll not only get to revel in the many benefits personally, you’ll also be able to share them – illumining your classes with new inspiration, clarity and wisdom. (Additionally, living as a radiant yogi is one of the most powerful gifts you can give your students, as they can source awakened energy from YOU.)
This synthesis can apply to your work, personal relationships, connection to nature – and even your activism.
A truly committed yogi practices all these paths and realizes a far more balanced, holistic, grounded and sacred life.
After exploring more fully all eight paths, you may choose to emphasize one more than others – or even live one more than others for some years. But these paths will continue to enhance each other and strengthen your overall practice. They include:
- Hatha Yoga
- Bhakti Yoga
- Jnana Yoga
- Raja Yoga
- Karma Yoga
- Aranyaka Yoga
- Sangha Yoga
- Tantra Yoga
During the Radiant Yogi program, you will learn the powerful gifts within the foundational principles and practices of each of these eight paths, as well as understand how to weave them together into a program tailored just for you.
Most practitioners begin with a single path, but then keep expanding to include others. Each new path adds flavor, richness and depth to your current practice – helping it expand to encompass your entire life. For example, Hatha Yoga can go way beyond exercise and fitness into the experience of true reverence and love of the body, especially as you complement it with Bhakti Yoga.
The Importance of a Skilled Guide
Even though we are all life-long students, learning to bring your radiant yogic nature to all areas of your life is far easier if you have a skilled teacher who understands the terrain and can provide guidance.
Dr. Laura Cornell is that wise guide. She not only holds a Ph.D. as a scholar, she is also a long-time yoga teacher, and founder of two respected pioneering groups: the Green Yoga Association and Divine Feminine Yoga. She hosted the 2014 Future of Yoga Summit, where many of yoga’s top teachers explored the growing edge of yoga in today’s world.
Early in her journey as a teacher, Laura realized that she needed to heal her relationship with nature, which evolved into an understanding of how yoga could also heal interpersonal relationships.
Over time, Laura recognized the deep complementarity of the different yogic paths and found great benefit in “cross-training” to address different imbalances and engage positively in the world. From this pioneering inquiry she has distilled the essential foundations, teachings and practices of the Radiant Yogi program.
What You’ll Learn in These 8 Modules
In the 8-module Radiant Yogi course, Laura will guide you through the nuances of the fundamental skills and competencies that you’ll need to integrate yogic principles more deeply into each area of your life, so you can consistently experience yoga far beyond the studio.
Each contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next, giving you a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles of the radiant yogi.
Module 1: Hatha Yoga: Generate Health and Vitality in the Body (Recorded August 26)
Caring for your body is your most basic responsibility, which radiates outward, to your care of others and the planet. Yoga postures, or asanas, express your integral connection with all of existence – your body, others, animals and plants, and the entire cosmos.
Moving your body, stretching your soul, and breathwork expand the Self, and allow you to nurture and embrace divinity within and without. Every moment becomes an expression of your unity with all that is.
In this first session, you’ll learn how to:
- Elevate your daily physical practice (whatever your experience level) for optimal wellness and vitality
- Come home to the truth of the body, and ground your heart and mind in its wisdom
- Bring sacred awareness to everyday experiences as you learn to move and breathe with reverence
- Expand your sense of Self, and strengthen your connection with nature and humanity
- Embody the soul aspects of the animal yoga poses from different traditions
- Practice gentleness and kindness toward all beings by allowing your practice to vary according to your stage of life and any illnesses (and for women, your monthly cycle)
- Notice that every moment is an opportunity to practice asana and be in communion with Spirit
Module 2: Bhakti Yoga: Live with Reverence and Devotion (Recorded September 2)
Yogic traditions invite you to treat yourself, your relationships and the world with reverence, and to pray for the well-being of all. The greatest vow of a yogi is that of non-injury, or ahimsa, as a means for expressing your love.
Fostering reverence in all that you do is a sacred contribution that will serve the Divine in you, the planet and the cosmos. Imagine what your life can become when you deepen your daily reverence and devotion at work, with your loved ones – and in sacred service to the planet.
In this module, you will learn how to:
- Generate compassion in every cell of your body, as you send blessings of love and peace to all beings through your yoga poses
- Experience your body as a miracle, and expand this experience out to the world
- Practice gratitude and devotion, so you see the Divine presence in everything and everyone
- Learn the art of puja, and create your own simple rituals for daily living that weaves reverence into all you do
- Bring the sacred experience of your morning meditation or yoga practice into your entire day
- Build a foundation for compassion and connection in every moment
Module 3: Jnana Yoga: Know Your Oneness with All (Recorded September 9)
Inherent in yoga is the principle of union, or the non-duality of Spirit and matter, heaven and Earth, humans and nature. Wisdom is gained when you understand that you are one with the Earth, the cosmos and the divinity that supports you. When you experience yourself as inseparable from all others and the Earth, you expand the energy of your essence and become a conscious part of the cosmic pulse of life.
In this module, you’ll learn how to:
- Experience the oneness of your body with the Earth, heaven and sky – you are a vital part of the cosmic web!
- Access wisdom and peace as you touch the deeper truth of who you really are, beyond limited identities, health or illness, happiness or unhappiness
- Integrate a deep feeling of oneness into your relationships with others and your work in the world
- Practice traditional yogic meditation on the five elements (one of the earliest forms of meditation), and understand the unity of all beings
- Embrace dying as a part of living – and experience every moment with renewed vitality
Module 4: Raja Yoga: Evolve with Conscious Awareness (Recorded September 16)
As you learn to live more consciously, guided by your deepest values, you will begin to transform not only your own body and life, but also your relationship to others and the Earth. Through this yoga, the gems of wisdom are passed onto you as you learn conscious energy management to revitalize yourself and the planet every day. You will recognize an overflowing love of the world through this new consciousness that will overflow into your relationships and service in the world.
In this module, you’ll learn how to:
- Watch the thought-waves of the mind, and experience yourself as the witness, the seer
- Immerse your cells in non-violence (ahimsa) and truth (sat) to create a field of peace and wisdom that surrounds you in every moment
- Become an integral part of the conscious evolution of our species
- See painful experiences as purification, and let go of struggle – so you move more easily through difficult life situations
- Free yourself of judgments that don’t serve you and keep you from accessing inner joy and freedom
- Experience yourself as the ground of being behind your limited identities
Module 5: Karma Yoga: Serve with Love and Joy (Recorded September 23)
A life lived out of cynicism, fear or anger is very tiring, and will have limited effects. Instead – when you dedicate every action, large or small, in service of the Divine – your actions are purified and flow naturally, and you experience peace and steadiness. As you lean into the intention of fostering a sense of service in your own life, your relationships to others and the planet will become healthier, and you will experience more joy, ease and effectiveness.
In this module, you’ll learn how to:
- Find more joy through knowing your actions are guided from a clear inner source
- Inspire change in the world and give back through the presence of your love and compassion for yourself and others
- Release the need to change others and instead find yourself inspiring change from within
- Experience your work in the world as service to the Divine, no matter the field
- Strengthen your ability to engage in conscious activism without fear of burnout as you release attachment to specific outcomes and move with love
- Bring yogic virtues – such as courage, commitment, peace and love – to every action
- Overcome inertia, depression or dejection caused by your beliefs that your desired goals are unattainable or imperfect
Module 6: Aranyaka Yoga: Connect to Essential Self Through Nature (Recorded September 30)
Turning to nature as friend and teacher is a healing practice for the soul that will orient you to the trees, stars, galaxies and all of humanity as one interconnected web. Consciously connecting with the amazing diversity of the Sacred as it manifests in birds, flowers, trees, rivers and mountains is an essential practice for healing yourself and the planet. Using your senses to absorb all that is available in your environment, you will gain a spiritual richness and a deeper connection to yourself, others and the planet.
In this module, you’ll learn how to:
- Gain insight into the shimmering quality of nature through new practices of open sensory awareness
- Receive wisdom, love and guidance from the spirits of the elements, earth, plants and animals
- Access energy from the soul-force of the planet by being in unity with it
- Befriend a local tree (whether you live in the forest or the inner city!) and experience true strength and companionship
- Allow a mountain to teach you to meditate
- Experience the vitality of nature’s life force wherever you are – a mountaintop, beach, river or urban park – through new practices for opening sensory awareness
Module 7: Sangha Yoga: Create Community for Healing (Recorded October 7)
Conscious connection fosters a sense of community that can help heal the tremendous isolation of our age. Those who come together generate growth and conscious living practices, provide support and assistance, and give back to each other and the Earth through teaching and practicing of compassion. Conscious community is the best tool we have to evolve our species and planet for the better! We will need this more and more over the next 100 years, as ecological and economic shifts continue to emerge.
In this module, you’ll learn how to:
- Practice loving communication of needs and feelings, and increase your intimacy with others
- Expand your conscious connection with others by practicing yoga in a circle or with a partner
- Enhance your experience of vulnerability and empathy as the best way to build intimacy and connection
- Partner with others to consciously create the world we long for, sharing ideas and potentials to help move us forward as a species and as a planet
- Experience the power of the circle to resolve conflict and deepen support
- Build yogic friendships near and far, and expand your resources for love, support and growth
Module 8: Tantra Yoga: Dance the Ecstatic Dance of Life (Recorded October 14)
Tantra recognizes the Divinity of all that pulses through you and the world, and it affirms the possibility of spiritual realization with a focus on being in the world, rather than pulling away from it. By embracing and unifying the opposites – Spirit and nature, male and female, light and dark, grief and joy – you unify the disparate parts of yourself. By honoring the immanent (feminine) and transcendent (male) energies of yourself and the cosmos, you can move toward spiritual transcendence and an underlying sense of both peace and ecstatic bliss.
In this module, you’ll learn how to:
- Embrace the opposites in your life, such as striving vs. contentment, to find true peace and joy
- Abandon all concepts of right and wrong, pure and impure, to experience freedom beyond what you ever imagined
- Open to the wisdom of your inner demons – the parts of yourself you most want to avoid – and experience renewed energy and bliss
- Play with the subtle energies of masculine and feminine in your own being, so you become fully balanced and alive
- Experience the qualities of yin and yang, activity and rest, in the subtle energy centers (nadis) of the body, and learn to run energy through the central channel of your body
- Experience your sexual essence as part of the core life force of your body, and engage this force for your spiritual evolution – whether single or in relationship, and whether you choose celibacy or an active sex life