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Explorations with Matthew Remski - ENSO & Tandava


Friday, 3 November 2017 at 5:30 PM - Sunday, 5 November 2017 at 5:30 PM (PDT)

Explorations with Matthew Remski - ENSO & Tandava

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Early fee before September 15th 9 Aug 2017 $255.00 $14.63 $13.48
Regular fee after September 15th 9 Aug 2017 $295.00 $16.83 $15.59

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Between Transcendence and Therapy: What does the body in yoga want? 

This weekend will explore the unfolding history of practice, grounded with conceptions of the yoga body and its purpose through time. We’ll look at Indian sources for the cosmic body, the body of sacrifice, the body as temple, the meanings of dismemberment and mortification in mythology, and then the “hydraulic awakening laboratory” of the medieval Tantric body. 

How do these bodies relate to modern, global, middle-class bodies of therapy and performance? How did the perception and consideration of the yoga body change with colonization, industrialization, photography, and the burgeoning of the Indian Independence movement?

Who was T. Krishnamacharya? Why was he teaching yoga? For whom? How many roles did he have to play? What role did demonstration have in his pedagogy? What did he teach the students who would go on to globalize yoga as a “secular religion”?

Finally, how can we see all of these influences—somatic, psychological, philosophical, and religious—in the contemporary yoga marketplace?

Throughout this journey, we’ll see a primary tension and paradox emerge: it can be hard to know what we’re actually doing in asana, because we’re unclear about the relationship between drives towards transcendence and therapy.

In researching how modern practitioners navigated the physical and emotional costs of practice in terms of disillusionment and injury, Matthew has also had the great pleasure of interviewing thought-leaders who are revolutionizing practice to address these very stresses. Woven throughout the weekend will be the findings of researchers and teachers in biomechanics, neurophysiology and breath, psychology, cognitive/academic/language issues, and ultimate existential concerns.

The weekend will weave presentation, discussion, pairs work, and self-guided thematic movement together to foster heart-centred critical thinking. 


Friday 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • What sensations do we value in practice? The basic tension: Is "moksha" compatible with "self-care"?
Saturday 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Yoga bodies through history. How do we carry -- consciously or not -- drives towards sacrifice, transcendence, performance, perfectionism, consolation, protection? How do our yoga bodies reject, reflect, or spiritualize ideals from the culture in which we practice?

Sunday 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Yoga bodies moving forward. Are the values of scientific materialism and feminism compatible with yoga traditions? How does the singular body of the heroic yogi in history resonate with the individualistic body of neoliberalism? Can we practice in a way that fosters embodied interdependence?

40 spaces available.

Refund Policy

No refunds 30 days prior to start date of weekend workshop.  Full refunds issued prior to 30 days.  Registrants who are not able to attend within the 30 day time frame may find someone to take their place by passing their printed ticket along to a friend.  Administration is not able to find a replacement for your cancelled space.

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Tandava Yoga
3275 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9

Friday, 3 November 2017 at 5:30 PM - Sunday, 5 November 2017 at 5:30 PM (PDT)

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