Welcome to Radical Practice!
For the next three months at Embodied Philosophy, from January through March 2016, we will be exploring through our feature articles the practices and philosophies of yoga as they are understood in two texts: the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.
These two texts and their associated traditions - classical yoga and Bhakti - are arguably the two most well represented and discussed traditions in modern practice and are usually first encountered as examples of yoga philosophy. However, a comprehensive exploration of these texts and traditions is not engaged with and therefore a true understanding of the philosophy, practices, and what distinguishes them from one another is rare.
Our engaging and thought-provoking articles scheduled for the next three months are an attempt to educate and illuminate in an interesting and accessible way - for both those new to the texts and those who know them well.
January is devoted almost exclusively to the Yoga Sutras, while February is devoted to the Bhagavad Gita. In March, we will set these texts alongside each other and discuss the similarities and the differences between their traditions and philosophies.
To help aid you in your journey through Radical Practice, we've created three resources:
- A Syllabus for Study: we've created our own twist on an old educational classic, the syllabus, complete with a breakdown of the months ahead and a reading list of books that will deepen your studies as you explore these works with us.
- Key Concepts from the Yoga Sutras: Sometimes it can feel like we're drowning in a sea of Sanskrit. These "key concepts" tools are designed to lay out, glossary-style, the most important concepts for a well-rounded understanding of the text.
- NOTE: for those looking to memorize these concepts, consider old-school flash cards.
- Key Concepts from the Bhagavad Gita: Released in February when we turn to the Bhagavad Gita, the key concepts of the text will be offered in a glossary-style PDF, available for download.
Understanding these texts requires more than simply the texts themselves. In our investigations, we will look to other texts and historical sources to explore the culture and the practices of these texts and philosophies.
In the spirit of Embodied Philosophy, we study not for the sake of empty intellectual discourse but for the sake of a deeper and more expansive embodiment. We engage with ideas, because they have a material impact on how we live our lives day to day.
If you are new to our site and haven't yet read the embodied philosophy 101 series, I would encourage you to read the introduction and all four articles of the series to better grasp what inspires this project and what we stand for. It will surely enrich the rest of your journey with us at embodied philosophy.
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Namaste and best wishes on your path,
Jacob Kyle, Creator of Embodied Philosophy