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History of Women in Yoga

Tutor: Ameilia Wood

Date: 2nd & 23rd November 2024

Time: 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm both days

Location: Online

Tutor: Amelia Wood

Suitability: Suitable for all

YS Accredited Teacher Member: £53

YS Love Yoga Member: £59.63

Non-Member Price: £66.25

Event Details

In this course, we will explore the changing relationship between women and yoga. Amelia will present the research and sources on women’s representation and what was expected of them in premodern yoga contexts. It will become clear that, during this period, yoga was predominantly the domain of men. In modern yoga contexts, this is not the case. How has this changed, and why are most yoga practitioners and teachers now women? Drawing on hatha texts, ethnographic work, and recent scholarship, Amelia will trace the relationship between yoga—as a practice, philosophy, and spiritual goal—and women, as well as their role and social expectations. Can spiritual goals or movement practice be inherently gendered? We will look at the impact of some prominent women on what has become modern, globalised yoga. There will be time to discuss our own yoga practice as students and teachers in relation to our findings.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will understand where representations of women can be found in pre-modern yoga texts and images. You will learn about the key historical moments, movements and individuals that shaped the yoga landscape into what it became in the 20th century. You will develop a critical understanding of the history of yoga and question previously accepted norms.

Tutor Bio

Amelia Wood

Amelia Wood is a yoga teacher and yoga studies doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London. She completed the MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS (2015) where she specialised in the representations of women in pre-modern yoga practices. She is currently researching abuse in modern yoga contexts. This course brings together her MA and doctoral research. Amelia has been teaching yoga and working in the yoga industry since 2010. She trained as a yoga therapist in the Krishnamacharya tradition. She facilitates courses on historical and contemporary critical issues and trains yoga teachers; is a board member of the Yogacampus teacher training diploma and has delivered courses for Yoga Scotland, the British Wheel of Yoga, SOAS and Nourish Yoga Training. She has presented her work at international conferences and contributed an essay to the book The Yoga Teacher’s Survival Guide: Social Justice, Science, Politics and Power.

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