Course Details

830: Exploring 2,500 Years of Yoga

July 16-18
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Yoga’s origin 2,500 years ago in India began with wandering ascetics seeking to transcend personal suffering, Yoga practitioners realized with physical postures, breath, and meditation that their bodies and minds could perceive a lasting spirituality. Yoga had been confined to Southeast Asia and its philosophy was absorbed into Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. Only since the 1700s were Yoga’s practices transmitted to the West and synthesized into a modern yoga in Europe and US. The 1960s youths’ embrace of Eastern metaphysics helped embed yoga into our cultural psyche and is now a bedrock of fitness programs. Yoga’s philosophy, psychology, and physiology will be fully explored.

Class Format: Reading and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Carl Weichel
Carl Weichel has degrees in marketing and communications, has held various positions over his career in marketing, design, and advertising in Australia, South Africa, Canada, and San Francisco, and continues to consult. Carl has led study groups on Political Polarization, Eastern Thought, The 60s Decade, and Our Brain's Hidden Patterns.