Bhagavad Gita: Yoga Philosophy Study Series
It is our pleasure to begin the year of 2019 by welcoming Harvard Ph.D candidate, Seth Powell back to Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley for another Yogic Studies series. We invite you to join us for four two-hour sessions where Seth will present this timeless text.
Sundays: January 20th & 27th and February 3rd & 17th 2019
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley
Series Tuition: $79.00
Drop In tuition: $30.00 - available in person
Seth’s recommended translation: Graham M. Schweig, Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song. Available on Amazon or for purchase at the shala.
About the series…..
In this new 4-part series, we will read, chant, discuss, and contemplate the Bhagavad Gita, or the “Song of the Lord”—one of the great Sanskrit yoga texts of classical India. Through this timeless dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna—teacher and student, God and devotee—we are gifted a spiritual excursus on the meaning of life, the nature of yoga, one’s social and moral duty (dharma), devotion (bhakti), and ethical action (karma) in the world. Over the course of four Sunday morning sessions, we will dive deep into this Indian spiritual classic. We’ll begin by learning about the Gita’s literary and historical context as part of the great Mahabharata epic, followed by an immersion into the yogic philosophy and theology Krishna “sings” forth.
The Gita offers two of the earliest definitions of yoga in a Sanskrit text, both of which we will explore, in addition to the following models of yoga: Karmayoga (“the yoga of action”), Dhyanayoga (“the yoga of meditation”), Jñanayoga (“the yoga of knowledge”), and Bhaktiyoga (“the yoga of devotion”). Unlike more ascetic models of classical Yoga which suggest that the yogin must retreat from the world, the Gita’s universal message promotes a social ethic of engaging in the world through yogic practice, by turning all of one’s activities into yogic service and devotion. We will reflect on the ethical and philosophical challenges the Gita puts forth, contemplating their relation to our own modern lives and yoga practice.
ABOUT SETH POWELL
Seth Powell is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and
yoga traditions, and is the founder of Yogic Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South
Asian Religions at Harvard University. His research focuses on the history, theory, and practice of medieval and early modern Sanskrit yoga texts and traditions, as well as their intersections with the culture and practice of modern transnational yoga. Seth also holds degrees in the study of religion from the University of Washington (MA) and Humboldt State University (BA). 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. Seth conducts workshops and lectures regularly on the history and philosophy of yoga at studios, teacher trainings, and universities around the country.
You can find him online at www.yogicstudies.com.