Origin and Evolution of Yoga

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Course Discussion

This course traces the origin and evolution of Yoga from prehistoric to modern times. The narrative is an interesting mix of historical facts, nuggets of philosophy and symbolic Yogic tales.

The course challenges many common and deep-routed misconceptions about Yoga and induces many “a ha” moments. Explore issues such as how old is the Yogic tradition, is Yoga Hindu religion in disguise, why so many different interpretations of Yogic texts exist and where is Yoga going in the modern world.

Participants also get glimpses of some of the ancient texts of India such as the Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. This course introduces many Yogis of ancient and modern times. It discusses the influence the West has had on how Yoga is perceived and also includes a section on how Yoga influences western minds, especially that of western scientists.

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Registered Yoga TeacherRam Vakkalanka is a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 registered yoga teacher. This course qualifies for six non-contact hours of RYT continuing education credit.

Upon course completion, participants are awarded a Certificate of Completion which can be submitted online to the Yoga Alliance for continuing education credit.

In addition to online video-based lessons, quizzes and group discussion, this course includes downloadable audio versions of all lessons – great in the car or on the go.

It is very interesting to note how Yoga is bringing men and women of all backgrounds together in the spirit of one global family. Upon completion, course participants will have clear knowledge of the philosophical and historical roots and evolution of Yoga. This course will benefit Yoga practitioners, teachers, enthusiasts and academics as well as anyone interested in knowing more about the history Yoga. No prerequisites are needed for this course except an open heart and inquisitive mind.