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Study yoga history, philosophy, and Sanskrit language, from the comfort of your own home.
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A 4-Week Online Course (Jan 20—Feb 15, 2019)
This online course will provide an accessible and reliable introduction to the Sanskrit language—aimed especially at yoga teachers and practitioners. Immerse in the rich history and practice of one of the world's most ancient, sacred, and continuously used languages. This course will provide a primer on the basics of Sanskrit grammar, pronunciation, and syntax. Students will learn how to effectively pronounce yogic terminology, sūtras, and ślokas, by learning the common transliteration schema and diacritic marks. No prior experience or language-learning is required.
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An 18-Hour Online Course Featuring the Latest Research in Yoga Studies
In this foundational course, you will be guided through some of the latest and most exciting research in yoga studies—illuminating yoga’s past and present. Along the way, we will debunk common misperceptions about yoga’s antiquity and uncover the incredible ways yoga has changed, innovated, and been adopted by millions of practitioners over the past 2,500+ years!
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A 22-Hour Online Course Featuring the Latest Research in Yoga Studies
Dive deep into classical yoga philosophy through an immersive study of one of yoga's most important and mis-understood Sanskrit texts, the Yogasūtra of Patañjali. Placing the YS within its historical and philosophical context, this course invites students on an accessible and illuminating textual journey, guiding participants through a close reading of the Sūtras, one Sanskrit word at a time.
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"Seth Powell has created courses for Yogic Studies that engage the yoga practitioner in an honest, insightful and inspiring dialogue, bringing ancient practices into modern conversations. By illuminating the historical, cultural and social context of yoga, we come to see and understand the emergence and popularity of modern postural yoga as an ever evolving expression of the seeker’s journey toward self-development and ultimately self realization."
"I cannot recommend Seth's courses highly enough. His presentation of the material is deep and nuanced while remaining clear and accessible. I eagerly awaited the release of each week's material and plan to return to them periodically for years to come."
"This course was exactly what I needed. The term 'yoga' and its history have become so politicized and weaponized, it's hard—but crucially important, especially for yoga teachers—to separate myth from fact. Seth gently lays out the historical evidence alongside various existing narratives with clarity and compassion."
"To everyone who takes a yogic way of life seriously this course is fundamental. Seth Powell is a young and active scholar not just with deep knowledge about yoga, but also a great and kind teacher who generously explains the history of yoga, clearing misconceptions and encouraging everyone to continue studying."
Today, there is much confusion regarding the history of yogic postures (āsana). This 90 minute lecture will provide some insights into yoga's past based on Seth Powell's recent field work from south India.LEARN MORE