Understanding the components of yoga history and philosophy is vital to yoga practice and teaching. The vastness and complexity can be overwhelming and confusing, and it is important to study with knowledgable teachers.
At Yoga History & Philosophy Week you will learn the big picture of yoga tradition and delve deeply into a few texts from different eras of yoga.
We will be discussing the Yogasutras of Patanjali, arguably the single most important classical yogic text; the Yogayajnavalkya, a founding document of hathayoga; and Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda, instrumental in the concepts of modern yoga.
YOGASUTRAS & SAMKHYA
We will explore in depth the yogasutras of Patanjali, including the methods of attaining liberation, the levels of samadhi, the 3-pronged practice of kriya yoga, the five afflictions and how to overcome them, and the 8-limbed system of ashtanga yoga.
Also we will discuss the philosophy of Samkhya, the system upon which the yogasutras are based. Without an understanding of Samkhya, an understanding of the concepts of yoga is impossible.
This text from the 11th century is one of the first to describe the methods of hathayoga, focusing on practices of the body and breath. Interestingly, the text predates the term hathayoga, but its concepts are foundational to later texts that use it. The text contains 8 asanas as well as several pranayama and pratyahara techniques that we will practice.
Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda was published around 1900. It contains the seeds of what would become modern yoga philosophy, including Neo-Vedanta, New-Age spirituality and occultism. This text is under-appreciated for the profound impact it has had on what we know today as yoga.
WHEN & WHERE?
Two sessions each day: 8am-12pm, 2-6pm.
We will start at 8am on Monday, Feb 5 and end at 12pm on Saturday, Feb 10.
Practices and discussions are led by Scott Lamps & Ida Jo. They are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga) certified the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center; Ghosh's Yoga College in Kolkata, India; Advanced Forrest Yoga; and Tony Sanchez.
They are the authors of the Ghosh Yoga Practice Manuals, the editors of Buddha Bose's lost manuscript 84 Yoga Asanas, and the editors of Gouri Shankar Mukerji's 84 Yoga Asanas.
They travel internationally teaching anatomy, history, therapeutics and workshops on yoga in the Ghosh lineage.