23 Yoga Philosophy with Diana Hulet
Yoga Philosophy with Diana
Diana has been practicing yoga for almost three decades because of how spacious her body feels—particularly in savasana—likely due to that subtle sensation of feeling fully alive while preparing for death. Her teaching is an offering of the poetic awareness of presence in the interplay of movement and stillness. She has been teaching in Portland for 14 years. She benefits from the teachings of James Morrison and Manorama; has been greatly influenced by Dana Flynn, Jasmine Tarkeshi, and Matthew Remski, and is inspired by her dog, nature, ancient texts and mystic poets. Diana weaves mindfulness and yoga philosophy into asana classes as a reverent recognition of the fact that, as she’s apt to saying, “We’re Dying!”
A closer look at the word “Vedanta” is revealing: “Vedanta” is a combination of two words: “Veda” which means “knowledge” and “anta” which means “the end of” or “the goal of.” In this context the goal of knowledge isn’t intellectual—the limited knowledge we acquire by reading books. “Knowledge” here means the knowledge of God as well as the knowledge of our own divine nature. Vedanta, then, is the search for Self-knowledge as well as the search for God.
We recorded this episode on the day of the dead, the day after Diana taught a Day of the Dead themed class. We focused on one of the most loved Upanishads, the Kata Upanishad, which can be translated as “death of the teacher.” It’s a story about a teenager named Nachiketa, who visits death to find out what happens after you die.
I don’t want to do a disservice to Diana’s explanation and discussion, so hop on over to the episode to learn more. Please feel free to get in touch with Diana on Instagram @dianahulet to ask any questions; I would love it if you could tag me in them, too! I would love to hear from you on what you want to hear discussed in future philosophy episodes, so get in touch on Instagram or Facebook at moyoga.lessproblems.
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