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CLASSICAL INDIAN PHILOSOPHY

A HISTORY FOR NON-ACADEMICS

TAKE A RESPECTFUL JOURNEY BACK IN TIME

If you've ever picked up a history or philosophy book and needed your dictionary before you get through chapter one, this course is for you. A step-by-step journey through the history of classical Indian philosophy (up to around 500AD) that will help you contextualise familiar yoga texts and and get acquainted with rival schools of thought in classical times.

While, ironically, we will anchor our studies using a text produced by white, western academics, it is broad in its range, highly readable, and supported by short podcasts. However, you will be pointed to read further and more widely from other voices, languages and perspectives, especially those of South Asian origin.

  • Clarify current understanding of the historical timeline of texts and voices.

  • Identify fundamental themes of philosophical enquiry

  • Become familiar with the six schools/systems of thought

  • Locate the literature of the period commonly accessed in current yoga trainings

  • Recognise the divergence in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain perspectives

While this is a stand alone course for teachers and non-teaching practitioners, it also forms part of our 300H teacher training programme.

To dive deeper into the language most associated with yoga, Sanskrit, please join Tiffany Thorne on her next embodied exploration.

LIVE ONLINE  |  AFTERNOON or EVENING CLASSES BEGIN SEPT 2021 |  £234

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COURSE CONTENT

The course runs in two parts in a termly format. You can join in September on Thursday afternoons, or from January on Thursday evenings.

PART 1 ORIGINS

Content and conversation in Part 1 aim to help you establish confident ground in the history of philosophy in classical India and its practice from the earliest literature of the Vedas and Upanishads, as well as making reference to other texts including the Mahabaharata (in particular the section known as the Bhagavad Gita). You will also get a glimpse of the so-called six systems of philosophical thought and the contentions between them.

PART 2 THE AGE OF THE SUTRA

In Part 2, we pick up on the flourishing discourse across the six main schools of thought and their dissemination through the sutra composition style and accompanying commentaries, bhasyas. You will get to see their similarities and differences and also observe the divergence in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain philosophical perspectives.

***please note that sanskrit terms are shown in italics and without diacritical marks that would indicate their specific sound and meaning.

COURSE DATES

Part 1 and Part 2 of the course run over 12 Zoom sessions. Exact dates will be provided to you on receipt of your application. All sessions are recorded, if you happen to miss one.

SEP 2021

Start: 2 Sep 2021
Finish: 25 Nov 2021

Thursdays
2-3.30pm

JAN 2022

Start: 6 Jan 2022
Finish: 7 Apr 2022

Thursdays
7.30-9pm

 

SEP 2022

Start: 8 Sep 2022
Finish: 24 Nov 2022

Thursdays
2-3.30pm

Who is this course suitable for? 

Anyone that considers themselves to be a curious, committed yoga practitioner. Might be useful to outline a bit more of what would make someone suitable... how long or often might they have been practising?

 

STUDY

& MATERIALS

There is a total of 18 hours of online live sessions spread over 12 weeks (approx). Each live session lasts 1.5 hours. In addition, you will need to allow time for pre-session reading and post-session follow-up, perhaps a further 1-2 hours for each session.

MATERIALS

  • A copy of Classical Indian Philosophy by Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri is required to complement the associated podcasts (yes, this is written by white, western academics, however it is highly readable book and supported by podcast material and interviews)

  • Downloadable PDF materials will be provided for pre-course reading, pre-session preparation notes, and post-session further reading and listening pointers.

  • You will need access to a computer, (printer, if you like hard copy materials) and internet connectivity

  • You will also need to have access to Zoom for live sessions. Please note these will be recorded in case of absence.

ASSESSMENT

  • A final worksheet to help your capture and retain key information.

 

TUTOR

BEVERLEY NOLAN

Founder of Barefoot Body, Beverley specialises in embodied anatomy, somatic psychology and professional practice.

Beverley also confesses to being an armchair philosopher with particular interests in phenomenology and existentialism.

Are there any prerequisites?

This course is open to yoga teachers and non-teaching practitioners with some familiarity with yoga texts.

 
 
 
 
 

FEES & PAYMENT

Full course fees are £234 with payment plans to help spread the cost.

 Fees include:

  • 18 hours of live study sessions via Zoom with Beverley.

  • Downloadable materials in PDF format to support preparation and follow up.

  • Feedback from your short assessment worksheet.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We're committed to minimising financial barriers, which is why we offer a variety of payment options. Deposit payments are a guide and can be adapted to suit individual financial circumstances.

 

Flexible, multiple installments can be made. Please contact us to discuss a plan that works for you. We're here to help. Deposits and fees are non-refundable but may be deferred to the next available course.

PAY IN ONE GO

Make a one-off payment of

£234


...so you don't have to think about it anymore

PAYMENT PLAN

£134 deposit
+ 
2 payments of £50*
 

*all fees to be paid before your course start date

BURSARY

We are proud to offer bursary support on all our trainings.

Please get in touch.


 

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QUESTIONS? GET IN TOUCH

We're sure you have plenty of questions and we warmly welcome them. We'd love to advise and support you on this course or any other queries you may have. Send us an email or simply fill out the form below.

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