The History of Yoga

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Gudrun Buhnemann
Yoga: Ancient Philosophy and Modern Practice
Lecture 1, 1:00–2:15 TR
Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
Lecture 1, 9:55–10:45 TR; Discussion 336, 12:05–12:55 W
Introduction to Philosophy
Lecture 1, 9:55–10:45 MWF; Discussion 304, 12:05–12:55 M

The word yoga is now commonly associated with postures and physical exercise. Originally it referred to diverse ascetic and meditative practices aiming at release from the cycle of rebirth.

The main course in this FIG, Languages & Cultures of Asia 300: “Yoga: Ancient Philosophy, Modern Practice,” traces the history and development of yoga practices in the Hindu traditions of India from early to modern times. We will also examine the adaptation of these practices in the West and survey styles of practice from Hot Yoga to Aerial Yoga. The course will include workshops on academic writing, co-taught with instructors from the UW Writing Center, and hands-on instructional sessions in Memorial Library focusing on the effective use of library resources, including academic databases, and research strategies. Thus the course will provide skills that will be useful for future coursework at UW-Madison.

Anthropology 104: “Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity” — A comparative cross-cultural consideration of social organization, economics, politics, language, religion, ecology, gender, and cultural change.

Philosophy 101: “Introduction to Philosophy” — Compare various philosophical positions such as the nature of reality, the foundations of knowledge, and the justification of values.