Shared or Private Room
9 days / 8 nights (24 October - 1 November, 2020)
from 1438 euro
Residential date: 24th October – 1st November 2020
The focus our “Living Yoga” module is on the History of Yoga and other Indian darshan. You will get acquainted with the seminal texts of classical Yoga, Hatha yoga, and Tantra. We will discuss how to bring these teaching into our lives to live a yogic way of life, and how to incorporate yoga philosophy in the teachings we deliver in our asana classes.
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.
Besides from the lectures with Daniela, the residential course will also feature:
•Pranayama and Yogic meditation (pratyahara): theory and practice. The classes place emphasis on strengthening one’s self-practice. Several kriyas are explained and practiced.
•Teaching Labs: How to bring yoga philosophy in our yoga classes: creating powerful themes, weaving them into the classes, sharing difficult concepts in an accessible way. Practice teaching themes for yoga classes.
Daniela Bevilacqua received her PhD in Civilizations of Africa and Asia from Sapienza University of Rome and in Anthropology from the University of Paris Nanterre.
Through fieldworks in India, she looks at the present practices of haṭha yoga among sadhus belonging to “traditional” ascetic orders connected with the physical practice of yoga and with austerities. The purpose of this research is to confront ethnographic material with textual and historical evidences to reconstruct the development of these practices.
Daniela has an online course on Indian Yoga and Hindu Asceticism that you can look at here:
Daniela has a super contagious energy and her work is super interesting as she has the ability of bringing you on an ethnographic journey among the Indian sadhus and yogis that she has met during her fieldwork.
The “Living Yoga” module covers the following topics:
•A comprehensive overview of the development of Indian philosophies, religions and spiritual practices. The lectures cover contemporary academic debates, and resources are shared widely, to empower the students to further continue to study on their own. Among the topics, we will cover:
• Indus Valley Religion: what we do not know about ancient yoga.
• Vedic period: the 4 Vedas.
• Second Urbanization and Shramana Orders: the Upanishads.
• Bhagavad Gita and the rise of devotional yoga.
• Yoga Sutras.
• The Tantras: scriptures and subtle body physiology (chakras, nadis etc.). • The rise and development of Hatha Yoga.
• Swami Vivekananda, T. Krishnamacharya and modern postural yoga.
• Pranayama and Yogic meditation (pratyahara): theory and practice. The classes place emphasis on strengthening one’s self-practice. Several kriyas are explained and practiced.
•Bhakti Yoga, through Vedic Chanting and chanting kirtan with harmonium.
•How to bring yoga philosophy in our yoga classes: creating powerful themes, weaving them into the classes, sharing difficult concepts in an accessible way. Practice teaching themes for yoga classes.
•Asana workshops on selected days.
You can purchase the entire module (online part + residential part) and price will be 1438 euro full board in shared room
only the online part with Daniela and price is will be 199 euro