PE 105 Yoga

Yoga is an ancient philosophy, one of six, from India. Originating in the oral tradition, there are 196 sutras or threads - short statements which explain the philosophy of Yoga - written by Patanjali. The word yoga means union, to bring together the mind, body, and spirit. There are eight aspects of yoga: Yama (universal moral commandments), Niyama (personal disciplines), Asanas (practice of the poses), Pranayama (rhythmic controlled breathing), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (a state of super-consciousness or bliss). This course will explore these different aspects of the yoga experience, looking into the meanings and practice of each and its role in yoga