What will the online module on yoga philosophy include?

Our online philosophy module will be quite distinctive. One can study the basic ideas of yoga philosophy as in a classroom, yet through an online environment. This enables the students to get the best of both worlds. Since philosophy is mostly studied online, that will give more time for giving a maximum amount of practical guidance onsite. The philosophy module is also unique, as it presents a unified understanding of the central ideas of Yoga-sutra and Bhagavad-gita, which despite their different emphases, share much common ground. Much of the philosophical ethos in modern yoga is influenced by the neo-Advaita-Vedanta of Vivekananda, as well as by Buddhism. There are historical reasons for this, but these lines of thought work better on their own and are not quite suited for understanding the Yoga-sutra and Bhagavad-gita. To understand the central ideas of these texts, we need to approach the traditional commentaries and see what kinds of possibilities open up. The insights of the commentarial traditions are quite remarkable. In living traditions, theory is always connected to practice. The online module will have the two-fold focus of introducing both important philosophical ideas, as well as ideas about how they can be practically implemented. Hence, we try to avoid armchair philosophy, which is not suitable to yoga’s practical approach. One could, of course, study the module out of plain academic curiosity.

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