Welcome to the

Subtle Anatomy 

course support page!

A required course for the Certificate in Hindu Studies and Diploma in Applied Theology programs.

In this 8 week course we will explore the Yogic and Tantric understanding of the energetic body and its relationship to the transformative practices of spiritual practice (sadhana).  

Our approach to the subjects of this course is traditional, yet informed by contemporary scholarship and responsive to modern challenges. At Ramakrishna Seminary our focus is on the practical applications of religious thought and philosophy to the active spiritual lives of our students. Emphasis is given to personal spiritual development, cultural authenticity and service of God in the world.

This course consists of 8 modules, one module per week. Materials for this course will be a combination of original content (such as live webinars, recordings, and writings from the instructor) and curated content (such as PDFs of articles, essays and selections from books and journals, readings from textbooks, and links to online videos and articles). 

Each Monday students will have access to the new module’s study material which includes a comprehensive lecture by the instructor presented as six 25-minute videos. Every Sunday, from 3:30-5pm (PST) the instructor will guide a live webinar via Zoom for questions and discussion on the weeks module. Recordings of webinars will be posted within a few hours of the live meetings for those who could not attend.

Tuition for this course (originally $500) has been reduced to $350 in consideration of the financial strain that many are experiencing due to COVID-19

Your Instructor


Rev. Dr. Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati


A Hindu monk, priest, author, and educator with more than twenty-six years of experience in presenting the teachings and practices of Sanatana Dharma, Indian philosophy, Tantric rituals, and the devotional schools.



Most study material for this course will be provided by the instructor as part of the modules, but students are requested to acquire these two books, which should be readily available from online booksellers. 

Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation

by Harish Johari,

Destiny Books , 2000

Pundit Johari's text is among the best of Western explications, combining traditional, visionary, and practical views. Chakras is illustrated, detailed, accessible to the neophyte, and notable for its valuable discussion of Tantric vocabulary.


Tantra: Path of Ecstasy

by Georg Feuerstein

Destiny Books , 2000

Dr. Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, removing many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition.


Evaluation of Student Performance

This course is worth 8 Seminary Credits, and can be taken for either Credit or No Credit.


No Credit Option

Students not taking the course to earn Seminary Credits are not required to turn in written assignments or a final paper, but are expected to participate in online lectures and discussions and keep up with assigned readings and other materials.

Credit Option


Attendance and Class Participation: Students, who are taking this course for Seminary credit, are expected to attend weekly online lectures and discussions. If students must miss a live lecture, they are expected to watch the recording of the session and to participate in the discussion forum.


Class assignments: Each module includes assigned reading and/or engagement with other curated material such as articles, videos, audio files, PDFs, etc. These assignments and their supporting material will be available on these Course Support Pages. Short writing assignments that may be assigned should be emailed to the instructor as Word files.

Final paper: At approximately the halfway point of the course several topics will be suggested for students to choose from for their writing project. The final paper should be six to twelve pages in length and be handed in or emailed to the instructor as a Word file within a week after the final day of the course.


Attendance and class participation    40%

Class assignments                                    40%

Final paper                                                  20%

90% - 100%     A (Credit)

80% -89%        B (Credit)

70% - 69%       C (Credit)

Under 70%      No Credit

Accessing Course Modules 

Click on the module links below to access online meetings, supportive materials, and assignments

(Access restricted to enrolled students)

MODULE 1: The Tantric World: Tantra, Yoga, and Cosmic  Evolution

January 4 - January 10 


MODULE 2:  Inner Landscape: Antarkarana, Koshas, Prana, and Nadis

January 11 - January 17

MODULE 3:  The Serpent Power: Kundalini and the Chakra System

January 18 - January 24

MODULE 4:  Steering Wheels of Prana: Asana, Bandha, Mudra, Pranayama, and Kriya

January 25 - January 31

MODULE 5:  Hidden in the Breath: Svara, Svara Yoga, and Yogic Therapy

February 1 - February 7

MODULE 6:  Inner Purification: Bhuta Shuddi and Tantric Ritual

February 8 - February 14

MODULE 7:  Inner Transformation: Puja, Mantra, Dharana, and Dhyana

February 15 - February21

MODULE 8:  Visualizing the Divine: Subtle Anatomy and Tantric Imagery and Myth  

February 22 - February 28

Ramakrishna Seminary is an educational ministry of Kali Mandir,

a California registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit religious organization

founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1995.

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Ramakrishna Seminary 

P.O. Box 4700

Laguna Beach, CA 92652 USA

(949) 715-6712
Email: RamakrishnaSeminary@KaliMandir.org