HISTORY OF YOGA: Explore Ancient Roots

with Karen Macklin

Ever wonder how the yoga postures that we practice today came to be? Or how our modern, studio-based yoga practice evolved from the ancient traditions and texts of the past 2000+ years?

During this illuminating day of inquiry, we’ll examine the history of yoga and its multitudinous roots by looking at pivotal texts (like the Bhagavad Gita, Upansihads, Yoga Sutras, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika). We’ll also discuss the many forms yoga has taken over the years–devotional ritual, concentration-based meditation, energetic cultivation, embodied physical practice–as a way of better understanding how we’ve arrived at what yoga is today. Mostly lecture with some meditation and physical practice.



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Tuition is $55.
YGSF Members receive 10% off the regular price of this workshop.
Alumni receive 15% off the regular price of this workshop.




About Karen Macklin:

 Karen Macklin (RYT-500) has been studying yoga and meditation since 2000 and has received training in the yoga traditions of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Shadow Yoga, AcroYoga, Therapeutic, and Restorative, as well as in various forms of Buddhist meditation, yogic philosophy, and the science of Ayurveda. She has studied with many wonderful teachers, and has been most influenced by Scott Blossom, Sean Feit, Chisandra Fox, Gary Kraftsow, and Jason Crandell.

She teaches with an emphasis on building internal and external strength, creating mindfulness, and establishing a deep connection with the energetic body. Her classes are typically strong but slow, rhythmic flows that incorporate hands-on adjustments, verbal alignment cues, and an opportunity for students to enter a space of meditation and inquiry. Karen has also written about yoga for Yoga Journal, Yoga International, FitYoga, Tricycle, San Francisco Weekly, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Visit  Karen here.