The self-paced 20 hrs online course "History, Philosophy and Ethnography of Yoga“ taught by Daniela Bevilacqua is part of our our 300 hrs Teacher Training Program.
It can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of the 80 hrs Teacher Training program “Living Yoga: History and Philosophy of Yoga”. The dates for the 2021 residential retreat will be announced soon.
This course is composed by:
Seven 90 minutes lectures + 2 Q&A sessions.
PLEASE NOTE: in order to receive 20 hrs CEU you need to complete the quizzes at the end of each modules.
These are the modules of the 20 hrs Online course:
Module 1) Hindus Valley, Vedas and Early Upanishads
This first module provides an introduction to ancient India, dealing with the Indus Valley civilization, the emergence of the Vedas and the religious systems which developed around the 5th century BCE.
Why? Because if we want to understand the origin and development of the major religious traditions of India, we have to look at their roots. Likewise, if we want to understand the origin of yogic traditions, solid historical bases have to be created and misunderstanding removed.
Module 2) Late Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra and Samkhya Yoga
This second module will explore the development of yoga theories in the late Upanishads and will introduce to the yoga presented in the Bhagavad Gita.
Eventually the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and his commentaries will be analyzed on the base of Samkhya philosophy and in confrontation with other philosophical and religious currents of the time.
Module 3) Tantra and Bhakti, theories and religious movements
This third module investigate two fundamental topics of the Indian religious landscape: the development of tantric and devotional movements. A particular attention will be given to early tantric’ movements and the theories developed by them, since they are going to influence the development of yoga practices.
Module 4) Haṭha yoga and Yogi
In this fourth module the meaning of haṭha yoga and yogi will be explored considering textual as well as ethnographic sources.
After the first section, indeed, there will be a quick introduction to contemporary traditional ascetic orders to analyse their understanding of haṭha yoga and the various “yogic figures” present in the traditional ascetic world.
Module 5) Ascetics’ practice of yoga
Through video and photos, in this module I am going to describe how contemporary ascetics learn physical yogic practices and how they explain the eightfold yogic path.
Module 6) Asanas and the Various context in which they developed
The purpose of this module is to show the various contexts in which the asana practice developed.
For this reason, we are going to reconstruct, as far as we can, the historical development of asanas through textual and visual evidence. We will reach the 19th century and explore the origin of the modern postural yoga with Krishnamacharya.
Module 7) Yoga Today
In this last module we will analyze transnational yoga in relation to sadhus and we will discuss the influence some religious orders have today, and how more and more foreigners look for “traditional” gurus for their practice.
We will see how social media and the Internet are influencing the practice and the way some sādhus talk about yoga. Eventually we will present some controversial yogic figures as Baba Ramdev and Yogi Adityanath and how they are received by the ascetic community.