Roots of Yoga: Decolonizing Your Practice with Anusha Wijeyakumar
The Roots of Yoga is a 4-part series working on deconstructing the colonization of yoga in the west from an authentic South Asian perspective.
This series will be discussing the philosophy of yoga as one of the six schools of Hinduism. In this course, we will be exploring
- Introduction to the ancient text the Yoga Sutras by Sage Patanjali with background on Lord Vishnu and Adisesha.
- We will be delving into Lord Shiva as the original yogi & Lord of Yoga and explaining key poses to do with Lord Shiva and the meaning behind them.
- Discussion on the meaning behind the number 108 and AUM/OM, the universal symbol of Yoga and Hinduism.
- Understanding traditional yogic mantra practices and engaging in a Lord Shiva mantra for protection and upliftment.
- The series will conclude by looking at ways you can start unpacking and decolonizing your yoga practice.
Session 1: Introduction to Hinduism and philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
Session 2: Lecture on Lord Shiva and significance in yoga philosophy. Exploring the true essence of AUM.
Session 3: Introduction to traditional mantra practice with mala beads and significance of 108.
Session 4: Decolonizing your yoga practice. Tools to navigate the whitewashing of yoga in the west.
Live courses are Tuesdays and Thursdays November 10, 2020 until November 19, 2020 3:30 PM PST-4:45 PM PST/ 6:30PM EST-7:45 PM EST
Nov 10, 2020 03:30 PM-4:45 PM PST/ 6:30PM EST-7:45 PM EST
Nov 19, 2020 03:30 PM-4:45 PM PST/ 6:30PM EST-7:45 PM EST
The recordings will be available within 24 hours after each session's end and available for 48 hours only. We recommend attending live or insuring you can watch all lectures November 10-21, 2020 before registering.
Meet Your Teachers
Anusha is the Founder of Shanti Within Wellness and a professional speaker around the world on the science of mindfulness and meditation. Anusha is also the Wellness Consultant for Hoag Hospital in Orange County, CA where she is actively engaged on championing mindfulness and meditation practices for maternal mental health programs, early risk assessment for breast & ovarian cancer prevention programs and breast cancer survivorship programs. Anusha is one of the first people to create a meditation program to be used in clinical research at Hoag Hospital.
Anusha has over 15 years of international senior management experience working for Fortune 50, 100 and 500 global corporations, charitable organizations & private companies in three continents. She holds a BA, MA, Diploma in Mentoring, Certified Professional Life Coach qualification, Registered Yoga Teacher/RYT with Yoga Alliance and is a Meditation Practitioner. Anusha leads yoga and meditation workshops across the USA and internationally and is part of the teaching faculty for a number of Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training Courses across Southern California where she has created curriculum on deconstructing and decolonizing yoga in the west from an authentic Hindu South Asian perspective.
Anusha combines her commitment towards social justice, racial equality and health equity by serving on the Board of Directors for the non-profit MOMS Orange County. She is very involved in working with inner city communities and women of color to bring the power of yoga for a healthy mind, body and spirit into these localities to nurture and empower change from within. Anusha co-founded the movement Womxn of Color + Wellness www.womxnofcolorandwellness.com @wocandwellness which is focused on decolonizing wellness and making yoga and wellness more equitable, accessible, diverse and inclusive. Anusha is a published Author and her first book on meditation and mindfulness and the importance of representation in this space is due out in Jan 2021 by Llewellyn Worldwide.
StartWelcome-Live Course Details
StartSession 1: Introduction to Hinduism and philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
StartSession 2: Lecture on Lord Shiva and significance in yoga philosophy. Exploring the true essence of AUM.
StartSession 3: Introduction to traditional mantra practice with mala beads and significance of 108.
StartSession 4: Decolonizing your yoga practice. Tools to navigate the whitewashing of yoga in the west.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note: The recordings will be available within 24 hours after each session's end and available for 48 hours only. We recommend attending live or insuring you can watch all lectures November 10-21, 2020 before registering.