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This course is designed to be an aid to the millions of people who have been exposed to modern yoga, which has become predominantly focused on physical postures and exercises. Our journey in this course is to introduce ways of transitioning from those approaches into the more traditional principles and practices as systematized and taught by the ancient sages of Yoga, without being opposed to what you are already doing. This is a process of blending in with your current practices, not merely replacing yours with the ours.
We will extensively draw upon the yogic wisdom of the Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, as well as a few of the traditional Hatha Yoga texts. We will also review some of the more modern resources and teachers, which focus on these more traditional approaches. Please note that we are not trying to recruit you into any particular tradition or lineage. We come from a specific lineage or tradition, but attempt to keep the perspective very broad, so that you can apply the principles to your own life in your own way.
There are three major reasons you may find this course to be useful:
First: You are already practicing and/or teaching any version of modern, postural Yoga, and have come to see that there is more to Yoga than postures.. You would like to begin the process of transitioning into the traditional Yoga of the ancient sages.
Second: You are already practicing both modern, postural Yoga, and one of the many faces of traditional Yoga of the ancient sages. For your personal growth, you would like some added suggestions about how to expand your practices of traditional Yoga.
Third: You would like to increasingly be able to teach or share with others (students or friends) some of the subtler, deeper, traditional perspectives of the Yoga of the sages, and help them know where to start. In this course, you will gain some tips that you can share with others.
The transition to traditional Yoga is an extremely exciting journey, and I hope you will enjoy being together with us.
In loving service,
Swami Jnaneshvara (Swami J)
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