The folks at Mettaversity have teamed up with yoga scholar Eric Shaw to present a fascinating online course on the origins and evolution of yoga and how it has grown into a global phenomenon. Yoga Transformed: From Patanjali to Modern Asana* is a two-part interactive course that you can participate in from the comfort of your home on May 21 and 28.
The course description:
Many of the poses popularly associated with yoga today have their origins in the early 1900s and were influenced by a hybrid of Indian physical culture and European gymnastics. Yet, the yoga tradition spans thousands of years and is rooted in spiritual practices, ethics, philosophy and a distinct culture. Join Eric Shaw, M.A., in this fascinating 2-part online ecourse that explores some of the key people, places, events and ideas that shaped yoga into the global phenomenon that it is today.
• What has yoga practice looked like over the ages?
• Key insights from the “Yoga Sutras” & “Bhagavad Gita” and how they’ve influenced the yoga tradition.
• The central contributions of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Krishnamacharya, K. Pattabhi Jois & B. K. S. Iyengar.
• Learn about Swami Abhedananda, the first person to publicly teach asana in America.
• Go inside the Yogasala of the Mysore Palace and discover what sequences/poses Krishnamacharya taught.
• Learn how the modern vinyasa sequences and the sun salutation came together.
• Discover how yoga became focused on asana, fitness & health.
• See yoga’s development in the context of colonialism.
• Investigate the biographies of Indra Devi, Pierre Bernard, Francois Delsarte, Swami Sivananda, T. K. V. Desikachar, Ana Forrest, and Sharon Gannon and more . . .
Yoga Transformed: From Patanjali to Modern Asana*
Wednesdays, May 21 & 28
5pm PST/8pm EST – 1.5 hours – Includes 30 minutes Q&A
*IAYB is a proud affiliate of this course. If you sign up through the links in this post, IAYB will get a commission of the sales, at no additional cost to you.