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dr jason birch premodern yoga texts traditions workshop

Dr Jason Birch: Premodern Yoga- Texts and Traditions

April 22, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Tags : | advaitavedānta | bhagavadgītā | haṭhapradīpikā | pātañjalayogaśāstra | saivism | sanskrit | vaiṣṇavism | yoga philosophy | yogasūtra

In a more in depth look into the history and philosophy of yoga, Jason Birch, doctor in Oriental Studies from Oxford University will share the most current research and its correlation to modern lifestyle.

This course will assume that students have a basic understanding of the history of yoga and its most well-known texts, such as the Yogasūtra, Bhagavadgītā, Haṭhapradīpikā, etc.

It will present an overview of how religious traditions, such as Śaivism and Vaiṣṇavism, have produced types of yoga that are related but different, and how philosophical traditions, such as Advaitavedānta, have reinterpreted yoga in their own way.

Several lectures will examine more closely the Pātañjalayogaśāstra and the Haṭhapradīpikā, with a view to explaining the salient features of these yogas.

The most important Sanskrit terminology of these works will be discussed, thus providing a basic introduction to the language. Questions of how yoga philosophy can be applied to practice and teaching and whether there is such a thing as yoga philosophy, will be addressed.


Lecture 1: Yoga in Tantra, Advaitavedānta and Renunicant traditions.
Sunday, April 8. 14:00-18:00

Lecture 2: Two important premodern sources of Yoga: the Pātañjalayogaśāstra and Haṭhapradīpikā
Sunday, April 15. 14:00-18:00

Lecture 3: Applying philosophy to practice and teaching: Is there such a thing as Yoga philosophy?
Sunday, April 22. 14:00-18:00

Lecture 4: Introduction to Sanskrit.
Saturday, May 5:. 14:00-18:00


Each Session:

Members: ¥7500
Non-members: ¥8000
YJAT: ¥7000


Members: ¥25000
Non-members: ¥27000
YJAT: ¥22000


To get the Membership Pricing, first purchase a Membership from the Pricing page.

This course qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits for teachers.

Yoga Alliance continuing education for yoga practice and philosophy


Featured Instructors

Dr. Jason Birch

PhD in Oriental Studies: Oxford University | ERYT500

Jason Birch received a doctorate in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford in 2013. His area of research is the medieval yoga traditions of India, in particular, those called Haṭha- and Rājayoga.


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