DANC 045. Dance Technique: Yoga


This course is meant to provide students with a consistent opportunity to develop a more conscious connection with their minds, bodies and spirits through the ancient, traditional Vedic practice of Hatha Yoga.  This ancient methodology is designed to balance the polarity in all aspects of the human experience creating a deep sense of inner peace and presence. 

Each class includes a short lesson on yogic philosophy to provide students with a deeper understanding of what yoga is; including its aims, practices, and the results of regular practice.  Following that there is a physical practice which includes asana (Yogic postures), pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) and meditation (mindfulness focus and concentration).  Students will acquire a practical knowledge of body alignment, experience the regenerative effect of the physical and mental relaxation that hatha yoga practices produce and a deep understanding of ancient philosophy which underpins all yogic practices.  These teaching provide a foundational and practical approach for a healthy lifestyle that can reach well beyond the college experience and can play a significant role in coping with the challenges of life. 

If taken for academic credit, three short papers are required.  
Students are required to supply their own yoga mats.
Graded CR/NC.
0.5 credit or P.E.
Fall 2021. Shiva Das.
Spring 2022. Shiva Das.
Fall 2022. Shiva Das.
Spring 2023. Shiva Das.
Fall 2023. Staff.
Spring 2024. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Music and Dance: Dance  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/dance-program


Check the Spring 2022 Schedule of Courses

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