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Wednesday Lecture Series – Yoga in the West

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Yoga as a Transnational Product. Spirituality, extreme sport or the perfection of the self?

Alma Duran, Ph.D., is an anthropologist, researcher, educator and writer. Mobility and migration have been at the center of her scholarly work for decades: ideas, music, ideologies, food, images, rituals, products, as well as people who travel through time and space. Dr. Duran has also been a yoga, meditation and mindfulness practitioner and teacher for decades. She is a Yoga Alliance registered master instructor and a Yoga Accesible Ambassador.
Her studies about human migration have produced dozens of publications, such as the books Villa Carlota -Germans Colonies in Yucatán, and “In Our Sphere of Life”: German-Speaking Immigrants in Yucatán and Their Descendants, 1876-1914.

In the conference she will offer as part of the MEL Lectures on Wednesday, the 6th of February 2019, Dr. Duran will present an analysis of how yoga has become a transnational product. Departing from a historical-anthropological perspective, she will highlight how yoga was brought to the West, then to México and after that to Mérida, to later assess some of its main contemporary expressions.

Free and open to the public, donations encouraged.
For the past seven years, MEL has sponsored a lecture series from mid-October to mid-April. We try to include a wide range of speakers and subjects. There are always a couple of talks about some aspect of the history of Mexico or the Yucatan or the city of Merida. And we usually have a lecture or two about the Maya – their architecture, spiritual beliefs or customs. Sometimes an archaeologist will discuss something exciting about a newly discovered ruin or offer a new look at a well-known site. Mixed in among these “academic” topics might be talks about backyard composting in the city, or the state of solar power technology, or recent changes in Mexico’s immigration laws, or how to become a “birder.”

Most of the programs are free; for some, there is a nominal suggested donation.

Wednesdays, 7 pm to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted)


February 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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