What is Yoga: a modern history

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Finally, the answers to all your questions!

WHAT IS YOGA?

The practice of yoga involves far more than the sequences of postures, breathing exercises, and meditations that we do in the studio. In fact, it has an incredibly rich history that goes back thousands of years. In the last century in particular, since yoga’s popularization in the West, the practice has undergone tremendous change and diversification.
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With an eye to this larger question, ‘What is Yoga?’, over 6 weeks we’ll examine the various dimensions of the philosophy and practice of yoga, from its revival in India in the late-nineteenth century, through its early-twentieth century modernization and migration westward, up to its current commercialization with myriad styles and hybrids.
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Each class will include a reading, a short presentation, group discussion, and a short meditation. The reading for the first class, which presents an excellent overview of the material to be covered, can be found here.
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The countdown has begun (10 days!); the journey through modern yoga history is imminent. The teacher is ready, the schedule is set, what are you waiting for? The time machine through yoga history takes off Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6pm. It runs on Thursdays, 6-8pm, from November 3 to December 15, with a break in the middle for Thanksgiving.
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Book your passage here.
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Note: If you can’t commit to all 6 weeks, you can still drop in to individual classes.
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Do you communicate via Facebook and prefer to register your excitement there?
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Still have questions? (Don’t we all.) Shoot me an email through the form below, or just turn up on the first day. Bring loads of questions. I can’t wait.
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Namaste.
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Aum for my Autumn Teaching Schedule

Don’t you just love those crisp fall mornings with the clear sun, the feeling of freshness, the smell of  morning dew … This season is such a natural time to come back inside physically and mentally, reconnecting with yourself, returning to familiar routines, and remaining attuned to circadian rhythms. Much as I love this time of year, I also know how hard it can be to find your way onto the yoga mat on the cooler and darker days. The body’s just a little bit stiffer, whines a little bit more, makes all kinds of excuses why now is not the best time to fit in your yoga practice.

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve got a full spate of classes for the fall months with plenty of morning and evening options. So whatever suits your temperament best, choose a time and keep your date on the mat!

Step 1: Check out my Fall Teaching Schedule. There are a few changes to note: September 27 will be my last Tuesday morning Gentle Yoga class at Thomaston Yoga Studio. And from October 12, my Thursday evening Yoga+Meditation class in Thomaston will shift to Wednesdays at 6:30pm [note time change].

What will I do with my Thursday evenings? I’m excited to announce that for 6 weeks starting in November, I’ll be teaching a short course (off the mat!) on the contemporary History of Yoga at the Dancing Elephant called “What is Yoga?”. Have you ever wondered about what’s at the core of “yoga” as it goes more mainstream; and what is ‘authentic’ among all of the different classes offered at studios these days; or where yoga comes from in general? Are you a history buff who just loves to delve into specific topics and learn what was going on ‘way back when’? Look no further. And mark your calendars now. It’s going to be a nice stretch for the brain muscles – nice, gentle, and soothing, aummm.

More information, including registration, can be found on the Dancing Elephant website or by contacting me. Further details will follow shortly, so watch this space!

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