Wednesday Night Lecture Series

Wednesday Night Lecture Series

Join the LMU Yoga Studies community for a series of free talks, open to the public.

  • September 19th, 2018: Sophia According to Rudolf Steiner and Sri Aurobindo

    Sophia According to Rudolf Steiner and Sri Aurobindo
    Lecture by Robert McDermott Ph.D., president emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

    Rudolf Steiner and Sri Aurobindo have affirmed the reality and influence of the divine feminine, Steiner by his esoteric research concerning Isis and Sophia, Sri Aurobindo by his affirmation of Mirra Richard, his spiritual collaborator, as the manifestation of shakti, divine feminine creativity. This lecture will explain and recommend Steiner’s and Aurobindo’s insights on the divine feminine and their contemporary relevance for individuals, religious traditions, and Earth.

  • October 24th, 2018: Becoming an Advanced Beginner: The Great Secret of Yoga Practice

    Becoming an Advanced Beginner: The Great Secret of Yoga Practice
    Lecture by Stephen Parker (Stoma) PsyD, LP, ERYT500, C-IAYT

    What is an advanced yoga practice? So often we think of making progress in yoga as a matter of learning more and more advanced techniques and practices. The true secret, however, is in continually returning to deeper and deeper refinements of the fundamentals. That is why the deepest paths of yoga have the least technique. In this free lecture we will explore such refinement.

    Speaker information:

    Stephen Parker (Stoma) PsyD, LP, ERYT500, C-IAYT, was initiated in the Himalayan Yoga lineage by Swami Veda Bharati in 1971. He studied with both Swami Veda and his master Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Stoma also practiced as a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist in Minnesota for 35 years and taught in graduate psychology programs at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and as a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Delhi University, the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Social Sciences University of Poland, among others. In 2007 he received initiation into Vānaprasthā (preliminary vows of renunciation) by Swāmī Veda Bhāratī and the Śaṅkarācārya of Karvirapīṭha.

  • November 7th, 2018: Yogananda: The Life, the Legacy, the Lessons to be Learned

    Yogananda: The Life, the Legacy, the Lessons to be Learned
    Lecture by Philip Goldberg, Author, Speaker, Spiritual Counselor

    He was called (by the LA Times) “the 20th Century’s first superstar guru,” and he remains the best-known and most beloved of all the Yoga masters who came here from India. Philip Goldberg, whose new biography fills the gaps in the iconic Autobiography of a Yogi, will describe how Yogananda skillfully adapted yogic teachings to American culture and set the stage for the Yoga explosion that began in the 1960s, long after his passing. His highly consequential life contains important lessons for every student and teacher of Yoga.

    Speaker information:

    Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for nearly 50 years as a practitioner, teacher, and writer. The cohost of the Spirit Matters podcast, he has written numerous acclaimed books, including American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, and his latest, The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. His website is

  • Driving, Parking, and Directions


    After paying for parking until 8 pm, proceed to the ground floor via the elevator. From the ground floor, take the elevator to the third floor. Upon exiting the elevator lobby, take an immediate left into the Theology Department (before the stairs), continue down the hallway into the common area.

    Driving directions to LMU are available here.


    When parking on Campus, enter via Lincoln Boulevard. Turn in to the first parking garage entrance into University Hall as you arrive at the LMU Campus.

    Parking fines are enforced Monday-Friday 7am-8pm. Please note your license plate number before leaving your car and pay for parking if necessary at the kiosk near the elevator.  

    You may also purchase parking prior to arrival here.