If you theme in class, or are interested in themeing, this course is for you. Sitting underneath the surface of these poses are rigorous philosophical traditions and the better part of 6,000 years of collective mythic consciousness. The myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition have the power to help yoga students in body and practice, and understanding them adds layers. In this course we examine some tales that correspond with yoga poses, and explore story and myth in practicing yoga. Together we create a tapestry of step-by-step postural instruction with evocative power of metaphor and myth. You will learn many techniques to bring philosophy and myth and metaphor into your classes. This course includes the Stories of Yoga Poses.
The symbolism and stories of yoga poses can open doors of curiosity and learning. In this course we explore the stories and symbolism behind poses that you regularly practice. Learn basic yoga philosophy and mythology and gain an understanding for the depth and richness of these traditions. If you are curious and would like to know more about what sits behind the poses, this course is for you! When you practice these poses, you will more deeply taste and be part of the living traditions of yoga, interpretation and artistic expression.
This course introduces the main currents of yoga philosophy and religious traditions of South Asia. We will examine the indigenous religious traditions of South Asia, namely Hinduisim, Buddhism and Jainism. What do these traditions say about the nature of the cosmos and human nature? What relevance do these traditions have to us? We examine how yoga has come to be associated with posture, asana, and the dissemination of yoga to the west and subsequent proliferation of modern postural yoga. We study these traditions from historical, psychological, philosophical, sociological, contemplative and experiential perspectives. We consider myth, story telling, symbolism, ritual, philosophical and theological formulations and iconography.