Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester Coordinator: dr Matylda Ciołkosz
The aim of the course is to get the participants acquainted with the polysemy of the term yoga and to instill in them a thorough understanding of the historical transformation of the phenomenon in question, from its ancient roots up to the modern forms of practice observable both in India and globally. Yoga shall be presented as a theoretical system (darśana) grounded in firm cosmo- anthropo- and soteriological assumptions and as practical means of achieving (or supporting the achievement of) soteriological goals in different contexts. Attention will be given to the sociopolitical context of modernity, which resulted in the emergence of modern yoga, as well as to the contemporary developments both in India and worldwide. The history of yoga shall be presented as a non-linear process of diversification and unification, during which various interdependent phenomena sprouted under different historical conditions.