Yoga Transformed: From Patanjali to Modern Asana

with Eric Shaw


Wednesday’s May 21st and 28th, 2014 – 5pm PST/8pm EST

Online – Accessible via web browser, skype or phone


About the ecourse

Many of the poses popularly associated with yoga today have their origins in the early 1900s and were influenced by a hybrid of Indian physical culture and European gymnastics. Yet, the yoga tradition spans thousands of years and is rooted in spiritual practices, ethics, philosophy and a distinct culture. Join Eric Shaw, M.A., in this fascinating 2-part online ecourse that explores some of the key people, places, events and ideas that shaped yoga into the global phenomenon that it is today.


Course Highlights: 

• What has yoga practice looked like over the ages?

• Key insights from the Yoga Sutras & Bhagavad Gita and how they’ve influenced the yoga tradition.

• The central contributions of Vivekananda, Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois & Iyengar.

• Learn about Swami Abenenandha, the first person to publicly teach asana in America.

• Go inside the Yogasala palace and discover what sequences/poses Krishnamacharya taught.

• Learn how the modern vinyasa sequence and sun salutation came together.

• How yoga became focused on asana, fitness & health.

• Yoga’s development in the context of colonialism.

• Indra Devi, Pierre Bernard, Delsarte, Sivananda, Viniyoga, Ana Forrest, Jivamukti…


About Eric Shaw, M.A.

A graphic artist, lifelong academic, and 30-year practitioner of yoga and meditation, Eric Shaw MA.RS, MA.SE, MA.AS, is an international teacher of yoga history, philosophy and practice who passionately adapts the ancient traditions to modern understanding. He is widely celebrated for his elaborate visual presentations, provocative writing, and unique approaches to the work of the body. His essays appear in Yoga Journal, Common Ground, Mantra Yoga and other magazines, and he is the creator of the teaching modules of Yoga Education Through Imagery and Prasana Yoga’s Alignment-in-Movement system.