History and Texts Overview – History of Modern Practice
This lecture/workshop contains the story of the history of Yoga, beginning with some of the world’s oldest known wisdom teachings - the four Vedas. We move timeline style through the various yogic texts: the Upaniṣads, The Bhagavad Gītā, the Yoga Su̅tras of Patañjali. Coming to the richness of the Haṭha Yoga medieval texts, we decipher how these oftentimes obscure writings make sense in relation to how/what we practice today. We then come to the topic of how our āsana practice has morphed and evolved under the guidance and genius of Sri Krishnamacharya, beginning with his background and school in Mysore, India in the early 20th century. He is considered to be the father of modern yoga, having taught the most influential teachers of modern postural practices - Indra Devi, Sri K. Pattābhi Jois, B.K.S Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar. Further discussion includes how American yoga has grown in the last 150 years, and what our yoga practice might look like going forward.