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Yoga, Pramana and Lineage: An Epistemological Approach to Self
Epistemology is the study of how we know what we know. In Sanskrit the word pramana describes the ‘means of knowing’ or instruments of knowledge, i.e. what methods are available to you for knowing the world around you, including yourself.
One means of knowledge is pratyaksa, direct perception. Through direct perception you can gain knowledge of things that can be objectified. The eyes are a means of knowledge for perceiving light and form, they have no access to sound. All modes of knowledge have their unique spheres of knowledge reception.
If we apply an epistemological analysis to Yoga, two questions arise. What is Yoga from its own standpoint? And, what are the texts that describe Yoga’s identity and process? Are these Yoga texts rooted in other texts? The saddarshanas all except Veda as pramana, as a valid means of knowledge, which implies the Veda has a unique sphere of knowledge not accessed through other means of knowledge.
By analysing the Vedic means of knowing, we’ll begin to understand the role knowledge plays in Yoga, in understanding your self-reality. Through the lens of pramana, we’ll explore if Asana or Meditation is a means for self-knowledge? Is the self you seek to understand an object in the creation? If so, then pratyaksa will suffice. If the self that you seek is not an object/form in the creation, but the very subject/formlessness of all experience, how will you come to know yourself? What means of knowledge are available to you?
Yoga: An Epistemological Approach to Self, seeks to demystify the current consumer industrial complex by rooting the practice of Yoga into the theory of pramana.
The first 30 minuets will be used to conceptually explore prama, what is valid knowledge, pramana, the means of knowledge and the pramata, the knower.
We’ll then engage the practice of Asana, Pranayama and Dhyanam, mediation to discern between direct and indirect modes of knowledge as they pertain to Yoga and the pursuit of self-knowledge.
This Yoga workshop is open to all levels.
OTHER WORKSHOPS OF Sri Louise
Janet and Sri have enjoyed a long-term friendship spanning almost two decades. Over this time they have deeply influenced each other in their respective fields.
Sensing a viable interconnectedness between their epistemological approaches, which includes the joy of moving and a sense of spiritual expansiveness, they have joined forces to collaborate on an experimental intensive that uses Yoga asana to help access the Ballet body.
Sri has been a student of Janet since 1994 and is able to physically translate asana practice into the clarity of the Ballet. Janet has spent decades distilling ballet technique into an accessible approach to functional movement every dancer can benefit from regardless of professional or personal style. Together they provide a container to explore the subtle grace and vitality of classical embodiment.
The intensive will alternate between disciplines. Participants will be able to study certain aspects of ballet practice like á la seconde, arabesque and fourth front not just from the classical ballet standpoint, but supported through the somatics of Yoga asana with breath, or the processing of breathing, being a fundamental component of the interdisciplinary exchange.
This intends to be a deeply physical workshop open to intermediate dancers, who want to hone their skills and delve deeper into movement studies.
Evolution of an Inversion
Evolution of an Inversion is meant to take you from Child’s Pose, to Downward Facing Dog into Handstand as a progression of events that share the same arm position. Understanding the scapulohumeral rhythm, the interconnected movement between the arm and the scapula when the arm is raised overhead, is essential to a functional inversion.
Sri has developed somatic exercises to help awaken the serratus anterior, a multifaceted muscle that protracts, widens and rotates the scapula. If one of these movements is missing, the arm support will be compromised.
The confidence to invert is about structural support. This workshop will offer the anatomical awareness for developing the infrastructural readiness to access the technique of an inversion.
Suitable for all levels and invaluable for Yoga and Movement teachers.
ARTISTBIO: Sri Louise
Sri Louise is an internationally recognised dance performer and Yoga teacher. She currently resides in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico where she co-curates ACES, Albuquerque Curated Experiments Salon, which is a migrating platform encouraging experimental approaches to performance. She has performed with such choreographers as Sarah Michelson and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Sri Louise has been teaching Yoga since 1995 and is a disciple of Swami Dayananda Sarasvati. Sri is a vocal critique of the Western Yoga Industrial Complex and maintains a blog, PostYoga, where she writes about some of the most important issues facing the Euro-American Yoga community: whiteness, settler colonialism and Hinduphobia. All her adventures can be found on her website.
Last update: 07.04.2017