Transitions and Tapas
A Weekend Immersion at Tejas Yoga, Chicago with Eric Shaw
Art and Science of Yoga Flow
Friday: 6 – 8pm
- How pose transitions function
- How to create anuloma, ”moving with the grain” of the body
- How to cultivate, contain, and direct life force (prana)
- How to make pose choreography (kalayata) that abides by the spiral Theory Take-aways:
- The pranic nature of yogic motion
- The principles of meditation in movement
- The psychic flow behind physical flow
- The vocabulary of yogic motion
The Birth of Modern Yoga
The past creates new possibilities for the present.
Yoga appeared with the dawn of civilization and shaped politics, religion and medical science. Its sweeping drama of streetwise monks, Tantric kings and bold athletes gives us giants like Vivekananda, Krishnamacharya and Indra Devi. Knowing their creative response to yoga inspires our own.
This lecture, given by a prominent yoga scholar, anchors you deeply and accurately in yoga’s story. It prepares you respond to critical questions like “how old is the tradition?” or “is yoga a religion?” and “where do the poses come from?”
Inaccurate information about yoga is everywhere.
This lecture will help you to sift truth from fantasy.
Lean this story simply for the delight of it, and then use it to empower your practice and skills as a teacher.
Karma kanda: Yogas of Ritual and Heat from the Vedas
The word “yoga” does not appear in the Vedas, but yogic-style practices do.
These first sacred books of India date to 1200 BCE, near the time of the Jewish Old Testament. They contain heaps of instruction around chant and ritual, but they also teach sun salutations and tapasic practices—activities that build inner heat.
Tapas is a bridge to the yoga that suddenly appears some 500 years later.
This lecture unfolds the Vedas’ magic, myth and karma kanda—its practical approaches to managing the mind and the universe that provide roots for our modern practice of yoga posture.