Yoga Philosophy

Yoga Philosophy

Philosophy is one of the cornerstone offerings at Citizen Yoga. Our in-depth understanding of philosophy truly sets Citizen apart in the industry. In each class, we discuss philosophy that ranges from Vedanta, topic lectures, student questions, and other traditional yoga philosophy texts.

Citizen Yoga hosts weekly philosophy discussions led by Kacee and a few other Citizen Teachers. For the live sessions, all levels are welcome to join. Sign up for a live philosophy class on our Citizen Yoga Royal Oak Schedule.

These videos are pre-recorded from past philosophy classes, we recommend you listen as if it was a podcast and get your pen and paper ready to take notes!

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Yoga Philosophy
  • Coffee + Philosophy: Is Selfcare Selfish?

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Reframing with the Intellect

    What we think and pursue becomes our life. Kacee taps into the concept of reframing with the intellect. The mind (our ego) wants to pursue desires in order to enjoy. How can we use our intellect to reframe that concept? Kacee talks about the concepts of extroversion and desires. Prepare to dive d...

  • Embracing the Present Moment with Kacee

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Human Tendencies with Kacee

  • Coffee + Philosophy: The Four Yogas

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Contentment and Social Media with Kacee + Alyson McAdams

    If you constantly find yourself comparing your body to others, in real life and on social media - it’s not your fault! In this online workshop, Kacee and Alyson McAdams, MPH, RDN will explore what drives our need to compare and share tools to reduce body checking to start finding more peace and c...

  • Coffee + Philosophy with Kacee and Josie Schweitzer

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Our Ability For Feedback

    This philosophy discussion dives into what it means to take accountability and receive feedback. Prepare to reflect on your journey of "Where Am I and How Did I Get Here?"
    the quote discussed is below:
    "When you hold someone accountable for hurtful behaviors and they feel shame, that’s not the ...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Conditioned Consciousness with Kacee

    In this episode, Kacee synthesizes ancient yogic wisdom with relevant modern issues. Kacee also explores the various states of consciousness and how we can distinguish conditioned consciousness from consciousness. By altering the perspective we look at ourselves and our thoughts, we can grow as ...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: You're Never Really Alone with Kacee

    In this pre-recorded philosophy session Kacee talks about the difference between aloneness and loneliness. The group explores how sitting in your own loneliness and learning to embrace it allows you the reflection and time to understand the self, realizing that non of us have the "void" that we m...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Exploring the Seasonal Cycle with Kacee

    Kacee begins the discussion with an overview of the theory of perception, Prana, and Qi. These foundations lead the discussion to the five elements which lead to our creation and destruction patterns. Each of the five elements connect to a season of life. Noticing each element within us can revea...

  • Basics of Philosophy

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Being Satisfied with Little with Kacee

    This discussion is centered around Good Citizens and The Vedanta Treatise: The Eternities. Kacee contemplates what our desires actually give us and the importance of cultivating present moment. Present moment embodies a home and offers a place of belonging. Furthermore, Kacee discusses the danger...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Gratitude with Kacee

    Kacee begins with a chant to encourage dropping into your being. This offers a descent from the intellect to the mind to support a devotional practice. We use this to continue the conversation about embodying your higher ideals and connecting as an individual to the whole.

    This video was record...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Doing versus Being with Kacee

    The class begins by defining doing versus being. This leads to the conversation of how to take stock of personality and how to be in the present moment. The concept of renunciation is discussed as it relates to right action. As the conversation continues, we relate this discussion to Good Citizen...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Resolving the Ego with Kacee

    Kacee and the class dive deep into the interworking of the ego. Through defining ego, love, attachment, and devotion the class deepens their understanding to bring the collective together. Within each of us there is a center that is connected to the whole circumference. Then, we connect these top...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Receipt, Reaction, Response with Kacee

    Kacee explores the concept of the three Gunas and the book Good Citizens to explore going from the known to the unknown within the self. We begin observation of the physical body, then the mind, and finally the intellect. Kacee and the class unpack the patterns that we recognize within ourselves ...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Seeing Your Wholeness with Kacee

    Kacee begins class with an embodying guided meditation. This leads to deconstructing ideas from the Bhagavad Gita and offering journaling prompts to encourage self inquiry into finding embodiment. We continue with the discussion about right action and defining success and failure. In finding a hi...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Acknowledging our Blind Spots with Kacee

    Kacee delves deep into the concept that although we may live in right action to the best of our abilities, we must acknowledge that we have blind spots. By doing this, you develop compassion for others who you perceive as blind and compassion for yourself.

    This class was recorded on November 6,...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Yoga for Mental Awareness with Kacee

    Kacee begins by defining what we are all here for: yoga. Break open the Bhagavad Gita because today we are studying the three Gunas: three broad mental conditions. Through the use of yoga, we may be able to have more control over these mental states.

    This video was recorded November 11, 2020.

  • Coffee and Philosophy: Finding Fearlessness with Kacee

    Kacee begins by discussing how consistently doing the right thing leads to a fearless mindset. Weaving in the text Bhagavad Gita, we discuss the three Gunas - attva, rajas and tamas. These three fundamental, intermingling characteristics make up the mental temperaments we experience throughout ou...

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Detachment + Observation with Kacee

    This conversation begins with the parable "Is that so?" that leads to finding the present moment and being in a state of sweet detachment. By doing this, we can be ourselves and be our best.

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Universal Suffering with Kacee

    Kacee continues philosophy class in a deep discussion about the similarities between suffering and happiness.

  • Coffee + Philosophy: Softening your Intellectual Pursuit with Kacee

    Kacee begins this discussion by having the class define suffering to synthesize with the knowledge of the Vedanta Treatise and the book Good Citizens. Kacee cautions against thinking in black + white while developing your intellect. The conversation moves through depression, violence, and fear an...