Local in-person Yogic Studies workshops and trainings.
This summer school provides an introduction to yoga studies with classes on key aspects of yoga history, philosophy and contemporary practice. The course is structured into sections: textual history, philosophy, ethnography and bodily practice, Sanskrit language, and critical thought. The history section will constitute the primary focus of study and draw on the expertise of the SOAS Haṭha Yoga Project team to survey the history of hatha yoga through Sanskrit texts. The philosophy classes will introduce students to key concepts in classical yoga and to contextual readings of the Yogasūtra of Patañjali. In the ethnography class, students will reflect on ways to analyse experience and movement in postural yoga practice. The course also provides an introduction to key terms in the Sanskrit language for yoga studies and to scholarship on critical issues in contemporary yoga.
Seth will be teaching the following classes during Week 2:
June 27 Thur — Yoga in the Bhagavadgītā
June 27 Thur — The Haṭhapradīpikā
June 28 Fri — The Śivayogapradīpikā (2 sessions)
*Register by March 31 for a 10% tuition reduction.soas.ac.uk/yoga-studies
The Ritualization of Aṣṭāṅgayoga in the Śivayogapradīpikā
Fri June 28, 2019
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
The Śivayogapradīpikā of Cennasadāśivayogin is a lesser-known 15th century Sanskrit yoga treatise. This “Lamp on Śiva’s Yoga” is unique in adding a fifth approach to the standard tetrad of medieval yoga systems (Mantrayoga, Layayoga, Haṭhayoga, and Rājayoga), namely Śivayoga, for devotees of Śiva. Using the well-known “eight-limbed” Aṣṭāṅgayoga schema as a blueprint for yogic praxis, the text maps the psychophysical methods of yoga (e.g., yama, niyama, āsana, etc.) onto a framework of ritual devotion (pūjā) and devotion (bhakti) to the god Śiva. The Śivayogin ritually worships God internally within the heart, through the ritualization of Aṣṭāṅgayoga. Rather than worshipping Śiva as a fixed image or liṅga residing externally in a static temple, the Śivayogin ritually worships God internally within the heart, through the ritualization of Aṣṭāṅgayoga.
A study of the Śivayogapradīpikā invites us in to a lively conversation about the nature and function of yogic practice in late-medieval South India, and into a discourse concerning the relationship between yoga, ritual, and devotion.Register for FREE
15-Hour Immersion Weekend // 300-Hour Advanced YTT
July 5 Fri — History of Yoga (1-6pm)
July 6 Sat — Intro to Sanskrit (1-6pm)
July 7 Sun — The Haṭha (Yoga) Pradīpikā (1-6pm)
* Limited enrollment still available for the 300 hour YTT
** Sessions are also open to the public at Om Shala Yoga.
Group 1: June 22 - July 19 (location TBA)
Group 2: Aug 3 - 30 (Cosmos Oasis, Canggu)
Seth will be teaching yoga history + philosophy during the last 10 days of Group 1, and the first 10 days of Group 2.