A History of Āsana: The Roots of Postural Yoga, Lecture 2: Complex Non-Seated Postures: Medieval Hatha Yoga

December 8, 2020

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In this special 3-part webinar, yoga scholar Seth Powell (Harvard University) offers an accessible overview of the latest scholarly research on the history of yogic postures (āsana) in precolonial India—as understood through texts, sculptures, paintings, and more.

About the Presenter

Seth Powell (E-RYT 200, YACEP) is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions. He is the founder and director of the online educational platform, Yogic Studies, and also hosts the Yogic Studies Podcast. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University, where he is dissertating on a 15th-century South Indian yoga text called the Śivayogapradīpikā (Lamp on Śivayoga). He has taught and lectured for numerous university courses on the religions and literature of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga traditions, and presents his research regularly at international conferences.

As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems. In addition to his online teaching, during non-pandemic times he conducts workshops and lectures regularly on the history and philosophy of yoga at studios, teacher trainings, and universities around the country.

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