Philosophy in Contemporary Yoga Symposium - Triyoga (London)


Philosophy in Contemporary Yoga Symposium - Triyoga (London)

Triyoga London

Hamish Hendry, James Mallinson, Suzanne Newcombe + Carlos Pomeda
philosophy - a teachers' symposium
wed 03 may 2017 5.30pm – 7.30pm
triyoga camden
a teachers' symposium for teachers or teacher trainees only £5 (all proceeds go to Birth Companions)

Philosophy - Where is its place in the teaching of contemporary yoga? Yoga, as taught in the West, can sometimes focus on the instruction of āsana (posture) at the expense of the philosophy of it. Some yoga teachers, from the newly-qualified to the more experienced, may find themselves uncomfortable integrating the teachings of the Upanișads (seventh – first century BCE), the Yogasūtra of Patañjali (400 CE) or Tantric texts (sixth to thirteenth centuries CE) into their classes.

This Teachers Symposium seeks to identify philosophy’s place in the teaching of modern yoga, and will hopefully help yoga teachers better understand how they can translate ancient – sometimes esoteric – concepts and ideas into action in our every day lives on and off the mat.

The panelists are Hamish Hendry, James Mallinson, Suzanne Newcombe and Carlos Pomeda.

Hamish Hendry is the UK’s only certified Astanga teacher and has been practicing yoga and studying philosophy since he was 18 years old. In his every day classes and conferences, Hamish draws from the Yogasūtra of Patañjali, the Mahābhārata, and the Rāmayāņa. He is the publisher of Pushpam Magazine, a yoga magazine with articles focusing on yoga beyond the āsana.

James Mallinson is a Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Civilization at SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on the yoga tradition, in particular the texts, techniques and practitioners of traditional hațha yoga. He recently published “Roots of Yoga,” a collection of core teachings of yoga in their original form.

Suzanne Newcombe researches yoga and Ayurveda from a sociological and social historical perspective. She is a lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University and currently working on a European Research Council project that overlaps between Yoga, Ayurveda and longevity practices in India. Her previous research has focused on the popularization of yoga and ayurvedic medicine in Britain and has published chapters in several edited books on the subject as well as articles in the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Religion Compass and Asian Medicine.

Carlos Pomeda received traditional training in all aspects and systems of yoga during his 18 years as a monk of the Saraswati order in the Siddha Yoga Ashram in India. He has two Masters Degrees – one in Sanskrit and the other in Religious Studies, and teaches the philosophy modules on the triyoga teacher trainings and around the world. He has recorded and produced a set of six DVDs called “The Wisdom of Yoga” – a series of lectures on the history, philosophy and practice of yoga.

Proceeds from this Teachers Symposium will go to Birth Companions, a charity that supports pregnant women facing severe disadvantages in prisons and the community.

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