Dr Jason Birch: Premodern Yoga- Texts and Traditions
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.
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
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This course qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits for teachers.
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