The eleventh-century Amṛtasiddhi teaches, for the first time, bodily practices that become central to haṭha yoga. The novel teachings are explained systematically, in terms of the nature of the body, the practices, and the results of the practice in this tantric Buddhist source text. In this course we will read the Sanskrit and discuss in English the section on ‘the body’ as set out in chapters five to eight of the Amṛtasiddhi. The course comprises four online sessions and one in-person workshop in London. The in-person workshop will explore the history of physical postures by practicing postures in historical sequence.
Online 3, 13*, 20, 27 Nov 2023 18.30 – 20.00 (Zoom) (* 7pm start on 13 Nov)
In-person 2 December 2023 11.00 – 14.00 (The Shala, Euston, London)
This course is offered on a 'pay-it forward' basis. Ruth has received funding to run this course. Donations you make will go towards the provision of the next course. As a guide, similar courses are priced around £100 to £200. Enrolments are capped to ensure everyone can talk and be heard.
Sessions are open to all - practitioners, scholars, the curious. No previous knowledge is required and the sessions will start by setting out key concepts and contexts before diving in deep.
Online sessions are held on zoom. Sessions will be recorded and available to participants to re-watch within one week. Please do not circulate these recordings or make your own recordings. The in-person workshop will not be recorded.
Please download the open access critical edition of the Amṛtasiddhi to accompany the course from https://hal.science/hal-04031405v1.