Yoga: Et projekt, der undersøger begrebet Yoga, den filosofiske tænkning bag og problematikken i Yogaens funktion i Vesten

Mathilde Hauge Nielsen, Asta Paludan Johnstad-Møller, Sabine Kronvold Asmussen, Nadia Avoghlian Kristensen & Maria Christine Andersen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This project seeks to examine the practice of yoga and what the philosophical thinking behind it represents. It will additionally attempt to identify and understand any discrepancies between the philosophy of yoga and the way that it is being practiced in Western contemporary societies. Yoga is defined in this project as a mental and physical practice. According to the philosophy, it’s purpose is to unite the individual self with the higher universal self. By applying Hans-Georg Gadamer’s philosophical method of Hermeneutics, this project has been composed with an interpretation lense. We have utilized the Hermeneutics approach to analyze the original text Yoga Sutras, authored by Patañjali, with the intent of understanding the sincere concepts of yoga, and how these authentic means of yoga are used differently in the Western world. In addition, the project uses virtue ethics, in order to create an understanding of how the yogic philosophy can be interpreted as such. In connection with the original writings of yoga, this project is exploring the differences between Yoga Sutras and yoga in the West, two practices that have become somewhat paradoxical. The project is investigating the function of yoga in a western culture, where people experience a greater urge for stress-relievers than ever before and feel the pressure of conforming to society’s normalized body standards. We have concluded that yoga is an irrational practice and non-scientific in nature, especially in Patañjali’s dualistic philosophical thinking, which is difficult to reconcile with the Western rational and scientific thinking.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2018
Antal sider77
VejledereDorthe Jelstrup


  • Yoga
  • Kropskultur
  • Mentale lidelser
  • Filosofi
  • Østlig filosofi
  • Livsstilsfilosofi
  • Vestlig kultur