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Manhattanville College Department of Dance & Theatre Spring 2007 DTH 4112 Yoga Instructor: Lisa Harris Section 1: Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm 703-501-9642 Section 2 :Wednesday 8:30-10:30am firstname.lastname@example.org COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class will introduce the physical practice of yoga which includes postures, breathing and meditation. Students often find it reduces stress and increases focus for other courses. This course will also cover the vast history, philosophy and language of yoga and define this practice which is over 6000 years old. Wear comfortable clothing, bare feet and bring a sticky mat (Wai Lana Yoga Mats tend to be non slippery and inexpensive). This course will be graded on a Pass/Fail system. Grades will be based on based on: To pass this course you must attend 13 of 15 sessions and submit all written assignments on time. Required Reading: Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith The Complete Book of Yoga by James Hewitt Other Suggested Reading: Pantajali’s Yoga Sutra Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life Syllabus: Each class will consist of 1.5 hrs of practice (Meditation, Pranayama, Asana) and one half hour of lecture/discussion I. Introduction History and Evolution of Yoga II. Pantanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga III. Different Styles of Yoga Basic overview of Sanskrit Language IV The Roots of Chanting and Mantra –The power of sound and heart opening **Kirtan (chant and repeat) with Wynne Paris (Tues Night class only but students from 8:30 am class are welcome) V. Basic Branches of Yoga Jnana Bhakti Raja Karma Writing Assignment -5 postures you like and dislike (use Sanskrit names)why and what branch(es) of yoga you tend to gravitate to-why and give examples Due next class. VI. Pranayama (Styles of controlled breathing and awareness) VII. Chakra System/Bhandas/Metaphysical Body VIII. Anatomy: Eastern vs. Western Philosophies Writing Assignment-Name 5 heart openers in English and Sanskrit , what muscles are used, chakras affected , and how they make you feel-due following class) IX. Overview of Ayurveda/ Yoga Diet/Awareness X. Yoga Diet/Awareness XI. Meditation (George Harrison meets Maharishi introduces US to TM on grand scale-influence on the Beatles music) XII. Yoga Deities and Stories XIII. Ego/Right Action/Karma Final Paper-What have you learned about yourself through yoga on and off the mat and how you can integrate what you have learned and take your yoga off the mat into every day life (due last class) XIV. In class Assignment-Each Student teaches short sequence XV. Closing Review of class/teacher Explanation and awareness of Buddha Pashmina Holiday **This class will include hands-on physical adjustments by the instructor and the use of aromatherapy. If you have adversities to either please inform your instructor before class. Also, it is imperative that you inform the instructor if you have any injuries and/or are pregnant.
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