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Shared or Private Room


9 days / 8 nights (24 October - 1 November, 2020)


from 1438 euro

This module will be also held in virtual format: if you prefer to join this format enquire at welcome@floripa.it for more infos!

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.

Our Living Yoga module 24th October – 1st November 2020 will feature a VERY special guest: SOAS research Daniela Bevilacqua, one of the 5 scholars who is researching for the Hatha Yoga Project at SOAS!

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.

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