RELI 376: Special Topics in Religious Thought

RELI 376-DL1: Yoga
(Spring 2022)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW


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Section Information for Spring 2022

RELI 376 - DL1: Yoga

Yoga originated in India but is a global phenomenon today. The popularity of yoga around the world during the past 150 years brought about many changes in its theory and practice, as yoga was adapted to different social and cultural conditions that were often far removed from its Indian roots. However, it is important to learn about the roots of Yoga, its history, philosophy, and practice developed over a period of 5,000 years in India.

This course introduces students to different branches and schools of yoga. Yoga teachings and practices have always been directed towards both wellbeing of people and spiritual pursuits. Though all yoga schools are distinctive in their approach, they all seek to help people to break though the patterns of ordinary consciousness to realize their identity with the perennial Reality. Though this Reality is called by different names in the diverse traditions associated with yoga, they all share the goal of freeing path-seekers from conventional conditioning and suffering, to accomplish the highest spiritual goal of God-realization or Self-realization or Nirvana. The yoga paths are developed as avenues to explore the inner universe of consciousness, and yoga techniques are used to achieve self-transformation and transcendence beyond material existence.

We also explore different yoga types, techniques of posture, breath control, sensory withdrawal and meditation, and models of esoteric and physical bodies. This course will acquaint students with the comprehensive history of Yoga and the fascinating stories of yoga masters and spiritual gurus.

RELI 376 DL1 is a distance education section

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Selected topics from a philosophical perspective. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of Religious Studies or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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