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 seven and eight of the Amṛtasiddhi.
The course comprises a number of sessions - you may join all or some. There are four online reading workshops and one online movement workshop. There is one in-person day in London comprising a movement workshop in the morning (The Shala, Euston) and a museum trip in the afternoon - to the British Museum - with dosas in between.
The afternoon visit is to the South Asia collection of the British Museum which houses key artefacts that speak to yoga’s past and present. We will frame the visit in relation to interactions with sacred material culture, cultural flows and appropriation and imperial collection practices. We will explore the public collection and discuss the resonance of artefacts to the history of yoga and ourselves. We will ask how this material history of yoga illuminates yoga’s traveling, and perhaps, landing.
Please pay what you can afford with a 'pay it forward' basis - 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. Online 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.