A Weekly Study Course with Douglas Ridings

Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays, September 22-December 22, 2020, 7:00-8:30pm (Pacific)

Half-day Retreat: Sunday, November 8, 1:00-5:00pm (Pacific)

Epics, poems, music, sculpture, dance, myths, and treatises on yoga will come alive in this 14 week series exploring the history of yoga and its relationship to Indian art. Connect with some of the roots of yoga and explore the way it has both influenced and been represented in the performing, literary, and visual arts of India. Drawing on his background in Indian classical dance and martial arts, as well as his extensive experience as a yoga practitioner and performing artist, Douglas will guide you toward opportunities to dive into subjects that nourish and deepen your practice.

We will examine the progression of yoga, starting with the earliest appearance of a yogi, or something like one, in the Rg Veda, and continuing with the forest dwellers of the Upanishads, the heroes of the epics, and the medieval hatha yogis and their internal alchemy, as well as their roles as mercenary soldiers, roadside acrobats, and eventually health enthusiasts. We will also explore paintings, temple sculpture, music, poetry, and of course “Natya”, also known as the 5th Veda- Dance and Dramatic art. As Bharata says in the Natya Shastra, a sanskrit treatise on performing arts, “There is no art, no knowledge, no yoga, no action that is not found in Natya.”

The course is open to everyone with an interest! It includes weekly classes, a half-day retreat, and a Private Session with Douglas where you can pursue your own personal interests and questions more deeply.

Class size limited, register early to reserve your space.

Cost: $495 through September 15, $550 after

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To inquire about an income-relevant partial discount, please email access8@8limbsyoga.com with “History & Art of Yoga” in the subject field.

Featured Art: Madan-Bhasma (Shiva Turns to Ashes), from India, 1890 CE

Teacher Training

These workshops can be taken as part of our 500-hour Teacher Training. The hours all count as Philosophy, Lifestyle & EthicsClick here for more information on joining us! If you are enrolled in our 500-hour Teacher Training and would like to take this course for credit, please email teachertraining@8limbsyoga.com.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds of 90% up to fifteen days prior to start of series. No refunds allowable after that time.