Is yoga the practice, or the state it results in? Where did it come from and what is it for? It's often said yoga means “union”, but with what? How do modern classes relate to what's taught in ancient texts? If you’re curious about yoga philosophy, this afternoon workshop will help you explore it in practical ways. We’ll look at a range of definitions of yoga from traditional texts and put some of their theory into practice. The venue is Globe House Yoga, near London Bridge (Saturday, 9 November, 2:00 - 4:00 pm). Contact Daniel to book.
It can feel daunting to study alone. We often have books that we’d like to explore, but don’t find time to sit and read. And even if we do, they might spark questions we struggle to answer. It helps to discuss ideas with someone else who offers structure and support. Whatever your priorities — from reading a text to a broader inquiry on how modern practice relates to tradition — we’ll focus clearly on your goals, devising a plan that helps achieve them. Online and in person (location permitting).
Daniel’s next online course for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies begins on 13 October. There are seven weekly lessons on yoga philosophy, with supplementary reading, a forum for discussion and an optional essay at the end of the course. Including all materials, it costs £110 (or $140). Enrol via the OCHS website, which has more details.
In the past 2,500 years, yoga has evolved from a way of transcending the world to a multi-billion-dollar industry. But where did it come from and what was it for? A Brief History of Yoga is a four-week course that puts practice in context, presenting an overview of how it developed. Accessible and fun, combined with academic depth, it explores common themes in yogic teachings, and their relevance today.