May 08, 2021
CLWR 3480 - The History of Yoga: From Ancient Discipline to Modern Movement
This course traces the history of yoga from ancient texts like the Yoga Sutra to modern practices developed by innovators like Bikram and Iyengar. The course also examines the forms yoga has taken in contemporary western society and the varied responses its popularity has inspired. Along with readings, lectures, films, and discussions, the coursework includes the actual practice of different styles of yoga led by a certified instructor.
Requisites: Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Analyze and describe current and recent debates about what relationship, if any, modern yoga has with Hinduism.
- Demonstrate practical experience in the breathing and postures associated with different systems of physical yoga, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar.
- Describe key elements of the biography, philosophy, and historical significance of significant figures like Patanjali, Yogananda, and Krishnamacharya and key works like the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra, and Light on Yoga.
- Describe the philosophical ideas about matter and energy that underlie the system of yoga.
- Differentiate and explain the relationship of the diverse ideas and practice that have gone under the name yoga over the centuries.
- Identify and define the historical contexts and the human actors that have shaped the development of the yoga tradition from ancient India to the contemporary United States.
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