This practice-oriented session offers different modalities of Ashtanga yoga. How should we approach the practising and teaching yoga in the light of abuses within the Ashtanga teaching lineage? The session will be an opportunity to consider how and in what way we could approach the practice, by feeling our way through sections of traditional Sanskrit count, self-practice sections, and more creatively-led explorations. We will take time to reflect on the felt experience of this modes, and methods for moving on in our practice and teaching.
This lecture will outline some of the key critical issues in the contemporary study of yoga. As globalised modern yoga becomes a dominant cultural phenomenon there has been a similar rise in the academic study of yoga both ancient and modern. The ‘critical issues’ in modern yoga which have absorbed both scholars and practitioners include power, abuse, gender, race, politics (both nationalism and neoliberalism), and science and religion. This talk will describe these phenomena and the methods from the academy which have been used to illuminate them, and the scope that this reflection may allow for change within globalised modern yoga.
We practice yoga with our sensing bodies. Our bodies are autobiographical. They are imprinted with stories and histories. They dialogue with us through sensation. We exist in an organic and ever-changing network of experience and relationship.
In this talk Eunice Laurel and Ruth Westoby will share their approach to facilitating in spaces where we teach and practice from an acknowledgement that our bodies are autobiographical; and what are the different possibilities open to us of making pathways home to it through practices that connect – rather than disconnect – and build agency.
Eunice and Ruth will touch on the ideas behind ‘trauma-informed’ and whether we need to add new lexicons into our teaching biographies or whether we need to rearrange the pedagogy of modern yoga.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT?
Lecture and space for questions and discussion.