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What is Yoga?
Between Philosophy and Practice
A Brief Introduction
17/11/2023
1 |
By Raphaël Semeteys
• DevRel, Senior Architect, Open Source Expert
• Certified Yoga Teacher
• +30 years long practitioner
• https://raphiki.github.io
To get into the topic
Quick Chair Yoga Practice
17/11/2023
Find the full sequence on https://www.yogarkana.com/a-laise-sur-la-chaise-1/ (in French)
2 |
• I often hear
• It's a sport, gymnastics
• It's a wellness practice
• I'm not flexible, it's not for me!
• It's meditation
• It's religious or sectarian
• And also
• What type of Yoga is right for me?
• How to choose your teacher?
• ...
• And more generally: I don't understand anything about it
So that's what Yoga is all about!?
17/11/2023
3 |
• Veda
• 1500 B.C. to 1200 B.C.
• Ritualism
• Philosophical Systems: Vedanta, Samkhya, Yoga
• Yoga Sutra
• 1st – 2nd centuries BC
• 2 Interesting Keys
• The 8 Components of Yoga
• The 5 Bodies
• Physical Body
• Vital Body
• Mental body (senses, emotions)
• Body of Discrimination (Intellect, Intuition)
• Spiritual Body
Historical and cultural elements
Classical Period: Veda and Yoga Sutra
17/11/2023
Individual Discipline
Social Discipline
Body Mastery
Breath Control
Mastery of the
senses
Mastery of the Mind
Meditation
Ecstasy
4 |
• Popular Mythology
• Reaction to Orthodoxy
• Liberating oneself without renouncing the world
• Feminine Energy
• Sometimes transgressive
• Anatomy of the Subtle Body
• Hatha Yoga
• Moon/Sun Union
• Use of the body: purifications and postures
• Sometimes opposed to Raja Yoga
Historical and cultural elements
Middle Ages: Resurgence of Tantra
17/11/2023
5 |
• Philosophical and spiritual aspects
• Vivekananda : Karma/Jnana/Bhakti/Raja Yoga
• Yogananda : Kriya Yoga
• More practical aspects
• Yogi Bhajan : Kundalini Yoga
• Sivananda/Satyananda : popularization (books, conferences)
• Krishnamacharya/Iyengar/Jois : Individualized and therapeutic practice
Historical and cultural elements
Discovery of Yoga by the West (XIX century)
17/11/2023
6 |
• Globalization of Yoga
• Creation of Yoga Schools and Styles
• Lifestyle phenomenon
• Economic ecosystem (2027: $66 billion, 9.6%)
• Yoga is an ancient but living discipline
• Modified by contact with the West
• Holistic Tradition VS Richness of Diversity
Historical and cultural elements
Contemporary Period
17/11/2023
7 |
• Several axes to decipher the multitude of practices
• Context: traditional or modern
• Scope: Holistic or Specialized
• Integrated components: 1 to 8
• Bodies worked: from 1 to 5
• Examples I know of
• Hatha Yoga: Postures and Breath
• Iyengar: Alignment
• Kundalini: Energy Practices
• Vinyasa: Movement
• Bikram: intense and hot
• And remember
• Yoga is first and foremost an experience
• It can become a journey
Draw me a your Yoga!
17/11/2023
8 |
• Contact me
To go further
17/11/2023
9 |

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2023 - Between Philosophy and Practice: Introducing Yoga

  • 1. What is Yoga? Between Philosophy and Practice A Brief Introduction 17/11/2023 1 | By Raphaël Semeteys • DevRel, Senior Architect, Open Source Expert • Certified Yoga Teacher • +30 years long practitioner • https://raphiki.github.io
  • 2. To get into the topic Quick Chair Yoga Practice 17/11/2023 Find the full sequence on https://www.yogarkana.com/a-laise-sur-la-chaise-1/ (in French) 2 |
  • 3. • I often hear • It's a sport, gymnastics • It's a wellness practice • I'm not flexible, it's not for me! • It's meditation • It's religious or sectarian • And also • What type of Yoga is right for me? • How to choose your teacher? • ... • And more generally: I don't understand anything about it So that's what Yoga is all about!? 17/11/2023 3 |
  • 4. • Veda • 1500 B.C. to 1200 B.C. • Ritualism • Philosophical Systems: Vedanta, Samkhya, Yoga • Yoga Sutra • 1st – 2nd centuries BC • 2 Interesting Keys • The 8 Components of Yoga • The 5 Bodies • Physical Body • Vital Body • Mental body (senses, emotions) • Body of Discrimination (Intellect, Intuition) • Spiritual Body Historical and cultural elements Classical Period: Veda and Yoga Sutra 17/11/2023 Individual Discipline Social Discipline Body Mastery Breath Control Mastery of the senses Mastery of the Mind Meditation Ecstasy 4 |
  • 5. • Popular Mythology • Reaction to Orthodoxy • Liberating oneself without renouncing the world • Feminine Energy • Sometimes transgressive • Anatomy of the Subtle Body • Hatha Yoga • Moon/Sun Union • Use of the body: purifications and postures • Sometimes opposed to Raja Yoga Historical and cultural elements Middle Ages: Resurgence of Tantra 17/11/2023 5 |
  • 6. • Philosophical and spiritual aspects • Vivekananda : Karma/Jnana/Bhakti/Raja Yoga • Yogananda : Kriya Yoga • More practical aspects • Yogi Bhajan : Kundalini Yoga • Sivananda/Satyananda : popularization (books, conferences) • Krishnamacharya/Iyengar/Jois : Individualized and therapeutic practice Historical and cultural elements Discovery of Yoga by the West (XIX century) 17/11/2023 6 |
  • 7. • Globalization of Yoga • Creation of Yoga Schools and Styles • Lifestyle phenomenon • Economic ecosystem (2027: $66 billion, 9.6%) • Yoga is an ancient but living discipline • Modified by contact with the West • Holistic Tradition VS Richness of Diversity Historical and cultural elements Contemporary Period 17/11/2023 7 |
  • 8. • Several axes to decipher the multitude of practices • Context: traditional or modern • Scope: Holistic or Specialized • Integrated components: 1 to 8 • Bodies worked: from 1 to 5 • Examples I know of • Hatha Yoga: Postures and Breath • Iyengar: Alignment • Kundalini: Energy Practices • Vinyasa: Movement • Bikram: intense and hot • And remember • Yoga is first and foremost an experience • It can become a journey Draw me a your Yoga! 17/11/2023 8 |
  • 9. • Contact me To go further 17/11/2023 9 |