“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver.
Embodied Pedagogy teaches how to explore identity, agency and notions of the self in society and culture as an inward process through living meditative practices. Meditative practices must be experienced through the framework of the body and cultivate in us an embodied self-awareness of our subjective experience and therefore a greater understanding of our interconnected role(s) in society and culture, and beyond. Integral Yoga of the school Dharma Ananda is an accessible and powerful meditative practice that I live, teach, and practise. It is highly compatible with a broad range of meditative practices and living philosophies, both ancient and modern. Integral Yoga, as a complete meditative practice, combines Hatha Yoga (working the physical body), Kundalini Yoga (working the energetic body) and most importantly Dhyana Yoga (working the mind) with a Taoist twist.
You can learn a little more about Integral Yoga of the school Dharma Ananda by watching the short video below.
This website offers both updates on my educational research on integrating meditative practices into Higher Education Pedagogy as Embodied Pedagogy for students’ holistic development as well as updates on my Integral Yoga living and teaching practice. The meditative practices I draw upon come from a variety of traditions and modalities and have been used in courses and modules from multiple disciplines; some of the practices can be used as autonomous activities, while others need to be embedded in ongoing living practice and real-world teaching contexts.
This website is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather has been created as a rich resource of ideas and living meditative practices (especially Integral Yoga) that can broaden our repertoire of teaching and learning tools and connect us with other agents of social change.
This space is well suited to you if you are any one of the following:
- A practising yogi;
- A practising integral yogi;
- A habitual meditator;
- A yoga teacher;
- A meditation teacher;
- A travelling yogi;
- A (critical) pedagogue;
- A qualitative education researcher;
- A university lecturer, professor or teacher with an interest/experience in integrating meditative practices in their teaching;
- A university lecturer, professor or teacher working in the fields of Education and Social Sciences and/or The Arts and Humanities;
- A teacher (interested in) promoting students’ holistic development in the classroom;
- A teacher (interested in) engaging in social equality issues in the classroom;
- A university lecturer, professor or teacher who aims to cultivate students’ holistic development through living meditative practices.
In the event that you happen to be all of the above, then this space really is perfect for you. And you and I are two peas in pod. We seem to be few but are in fact many. And we are growing in numbers every day. This is my work. Take as much as you wish. Go as far as you see fit. Dip in and out, and back and forth, whenever you need to. And join me on your journey.
Uma Shakti Devi
Creator of Integral Yoga World
“I am not the teacher. The practice through the body is the teacher. The technique its assistant”.
Integral Yoga teacher of the school Yoga Integral Dharma Ananda
Member of the educational association Centre for Contemplative Mind in Society
Partner of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition
Registered at the Non Violent Project
Vipassana meditator of S.N.Goenka Dhamma