Ali Bianchi received a Shansi In-Asia Undergraduate Grant for Winter Term 2013 to travel to Mysore, India. He conducted fieldwork on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Ali researched the pedagogy of the practice, notions of tradition in the Ashtanga lineage, and the embodied experience of the practice. He focused on such things as the practice environment, the teacher-student relationship, Mysore's development as a site of pilgrimage for Ashtanga practitioners, and the results yielded by a daily Ashtanga practice. He practiced at the shala for the month, took daily field notes, and did recorded interviews and conversations with other Ashtanga practitioners. The project is initial research for his Religion capstone. Additionally, he has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa regularly for two and a half years.
Please join Shansi and the Oberlin Community in sharing his experience. Light food and refreshments will be served.
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