JAN 326

Effortless Effort: Yoga and Indian Philosophy

Professors Charlotte
Knotts-Zides and Steven Zides

January 10 - February 4, 2005

Click here to view photos from this interim. 

Click here to view photos from 2004.


In this interim we will focus on classic Indian medicine and philosophy and the relationship between the mind and the body in promoting health. During the mornings under the guidance of a master instructor, students will experience first-hand the benefits of yoga.  The afternoon classes will feature films, guest speakers, and discussions. Additionally, through readings and daily directed journals, students will explore the roots of Indian philosophy and its connection to a healthy state of being.

PLEASE NOTE:  Students need to be aware of the physical nature of any form of exercise, including yoga.  Students of all levels of physical fitness are encouraged to participate in yoga;  however, if there are any questions regarding whether yoga is appropriate for you, we encourage you to consult your doctor before enrolling in this interim.  

Additional Information


Returning from last year's interim course is our wonderful yoga instructor, Elaine Lang, RN, MS, CS; please visit her website for information on current classes and workshops at her studio, Body & Soul, which is located about 5-10 minutes from Wofford College on Highway 221. 

Elaine also offers one-on-one yoga sessions for relief of chronic pain as well as Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy by appointment. 


A session of yoga consists of a series of physical postures called asanas with names such as Mountain Pose (Tadasana) or Downward Facing Dog.  For information about these postures, go to www.yogasite.com/postures.html, www.yogajournal.com, or the page on asanas at www.yogabasics.com.  

          Proud Warrior Pose              Triangle Pose


This interim is graded pass/fail. Students are expected to attend every morning yoga session and every afternoon session. Students will be expected to read approximately 30-40 pages out of the class book every class night and to write a journal entry after each reading. Journals will be collected on Thursday afternoon, read over the weekend, and returned on Monday. Students are also expected to participate in discussions during the afternoon sessions.


Guest speakers will talk on ayurvedic medicine, chakras, reiki, meditation, Buddhism, and devotional chanting.  Occasionally the afternoon class schedule may be altered to accommodate the schedule of the guest speaker;  allowances will be made for those who cannot attend due to athletic or work schedules.     


Last Update: February 4, 2005
email: knottszideca@wofford.edu