Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Yoga & Philosophy

Instructor: Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma

(281) 216-8348

Yoga has a long history of transmission that is interwoven with rapid remembering and forgetting. This transmission of knowledge is further compounded by religious systems, geographical preferences, and new trends. The class traces the history of yoga from ancient texts like the Yoga Sutra to modern practices developed by innovators like Bikram and Iyengar. We will also examine the forms yoga has taken in contemporary western society and the varied responses its popularity has inspired. Who owns yoga? Who defines yoga identity? Yoga and politics? Neo-liberalism and yoga, and so forth.  

Required Texts: 

Da. White, History of Yoga.
M. Singleton, E. Goldberg, Gurus of Modern Yoga.
A. Jain, Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture
C. Brown, Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion?