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ROOTS OF YOGA: DECOLONIZING YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

UNDERSTAND CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AND SPIRITUAL BYPASSING

This May, join the Kripalu community and learn about how you can fully honor the South Asian roots of the yoga practice. Under the guidance of renowned speaker, author, and teacher Anusha Wijeyakumar, this live online program is designed to deconstruct the colonization of yoga in the west from an authentic South Asian perspective.

Through live lecture, Q&A, and group discussions, Anusha leads this journey with expertise and compassion. In the program, you explore and practice

  • The philosophy of yoga as one of the six schools of Hinduism
  • The ancient text the Yoga Sutras by Sage Patanjali with background on Lord Vishnu and Adisesha
  • Lord Shiva as the original yogi and Lord of Yoga and his connection to key poses and their meaning
  • The meaning behind the number 108 and AUM/OM, the universal symbol of Yoga and Hinduism
  • Traditional yogic mantra practices and a Lord Shiva mantra for protection and upliftment.

Contemporary yoga lies not with an individual doing the practice, but with how yoga is commonly taught and commercialized in Western contexts. Conclude this study with a guided look into the ways you can start unpacking and decolonizing your yoga practice.

Note You will have access to the video recording(s) for 30 days after the program ends. All recordings will be available within 72 hours of the end of each session.


"There's a history of racism in Westernized wellness culture, and the cultural appropriation of yoga is a huge part of the problem."
— Anusha Wijeyakumar

Read Anusha's article "We Need to Talk about the Rise of White Supremacy in Yoga" published in Instyle October 6, 2020, for more perspective on the topic of this program.


Preview the Schedule

Session 1 Introduction to Hinduism and Philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
Session 2 Lecture on Lord Shiva and Significance in Yoga Philosophy
Session 3 Introduction to Traditional Mantra Practice with Mala Beads and the Significance of 108
Session 4 Decolonize Your Yoga Practice


Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
None
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga

Presenter(s)

Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, RYT, Dip Mentoring, is a sought-after motivational speaker around the world on the science of mindfulness and meditation.

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