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Introduction to Mythology & Ancestral Narratives + Yoga Mythology in Particular


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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce mythology and its significance in yoga.

Objective

Become familiar with the meaning, purpose and significance of mythology and deities in yoga.

Description

Define “myth” and differentiate it from stories in general. Expand on the purpose and significance of myths. Define deity, god and goddess and explain the role of deities in yoga mythology. Tell two creation myths, one featuring Vishnu and Brahma and the other with Shiva as Nataraja. Explain how you might utilize deities in practice and teaching.

Vocabulary

brahman, deity, deva, devi, god, goddess, ishta devata, myth, pantheon

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