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Yoga Sūtra: The Classical Yoga of Patañjali

Course Number: 3002

Yoga Sūtra: The Classical Yoga of Patañjali

Length: 20 hours Self-Study (Professor available by appointment in office hours)

Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra provides a systematic account of yoga and contains a wide range of Jain, Buddhist, and Vedic influences. Take a close look at the philosophy, goals, and practices of Patañjali’s text with Vyāsa’s commentary and learn to appreciate some of the nuanced scholarly debates regarding the text’s intended meanings and outcomes. You’ll also learn the historical conditions that allowed the Yoga Sūtra to take on a new life as the canonical text of modern postural yoga, where its authority continues to inform contemporary yoga practice into the present.