Events

Peaceful Warriors - Gentle Yoga for Parents of Children with Special Needs
FREE
8PM on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Blue Sun Yoga in Lake Bluff

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Lake Forest College Summer Programs, July 2018 Session
RELG 200: Topics: Yoga: Culture, Theory, and Practice
What is the history of yoga, from ancient Eastern religious origins to contemporary Western body culture? Taking a multidisciplinary approach towards the cultural, philosophical, and physical practices that we call yoga, we will analyze a range of media from written texts and documentary films to Instagram and reality television. We will spend three days each week in a seminar setting and once a week we will roll out our mats for a firsthand exploration of postures, meditation, and mindfulness. Topics will include colonialism, orientalism, and cultural appropriation in yoga’s history, a comparative analysis of the Eastern yogic subject and the Western modern subject, and their distinctive concepts of body, mind, and spirit. We will ask what a “yoga body” looks like, from Lululemon and yoga as a competitive sport to the body positivity and disability rights movements. We will also consider the emergent scientific discourse around yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.

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