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Yoga and Meditation in India: Theory and Practice Winter 2019

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This course delves into the theory and practice of both Hindu and Buddhist yoga in their land of origin, India. In the first half, we stay in the North Indian town of Rishikesh, one of the main centers of Hindu yoga today, located on the banks of the Ganges River. There we practice yoga and meditation daily, study yoga philosophy, and visit leading yoga centers. In addition, we volunteer daily at Mother Miracle Community Development Program, where a K-12 school is dedicated to teaching exceptionally intelligent poor children. In the second part of the course, we travel to South India and stay at Sera Je Monastic University, the largest center of Tibetan Buddhist monastic learning in India. There we continue our daily practice of yoga and meditation, and study with a Tibetan monastic scholar the theory of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoons students volunteer with Tibetan students and visit Tibetan service organizations in the area. In this way we gain a solid overview of the practice of yoga and meditation in India. We come to appreciate and learn from the people upholding the living traditions of yoga, as well as helping these people to strengthen the education that will allow them to interact with the global world. Required Reading: The Path to Enlightenment by The Dalai Lama; Yoga and the Luminous: Patanjali’s Spiritual Path to Freedom by Christopher Key Chapple; selected articles about yoga and contemporary yoga exchanges. Adjunct Co-Instructor Bio: Tasha Judson, M.Ed., is a certified alignment oriented Hatha yoga teacher and authorized meditation teacher. She has directed Tasha Yoga studio in Williamstown since 2003.
The Class: Format: travel
Limit: 10
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: 10-page paper; daily journal
Prerequisites: none; not open to first-year students
Enrollment Preferences: interview
Materials/Lab Fee: $3,327
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
TRVL Winter Study Travel Course

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