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Course Number: 4001

Tirthankarasana: An Introduction to Jain Yoga Practice

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The goal of Jain yoga and meditation is to make progress towards liberation. The purpose of this course is to learn the proper practice of āsanas (poses) related to each of the 24 Tīrthaṅkāras, integrated with related mantras. Each class will consist of yogāsanas, mantras, prāṇāyāma, and dhyāna along with related theory. By dedicated practice of these limbs of yoga, we honour the Tīrthaṅkāras and are continuously inspired by their example.

Jain yoga can be practiced by Jains of all sects, as well as by non-Jains. Students will start to understand the true potential of the soul by understanding how the practice of Jain yoga can help shed karma, prevent the influx of new karma, and allow an individual to progress in spiritual development. This is a course of learning and doing. Theoretical background will be provided, but you will be expected to practice what is being taught to the best of your ability.