Yoga World

Yoga World

Yoga Masters Scott and Ida travel all over the world to study and teach yoga. These are their adventures and misadventures. Tales of travel, culture, oddity and humanity. Look into the origin, history, evolution and meaning of yoga.

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November 24, 2021 41 min
Prior to the Yoga Sutras, the body is mostly held still to facilitate meditation. Also, a discussion of the Jain practices of austerity to burn karma. And an exploration of the Buddhist walking meditation, a practice that intentionally moves the body!
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We dig into the Yoga Sutras to see what they say about asana practice. They are briefly explained as part of the eight-limbed system, and often included in arguments about disease and health. Are they a suitable form of meditation? Is modern asana practice squeezed into the Yoga Sutras via a loophole?
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Following last week's episode which looked at yoga postures in the main texts of hathayoga, this week we look at postures in the earliest hathayoga as well as the tantric practices that influenced them. Plus discussion of the three (or four) ways to use the body in spiritual practice. And a brief appearance of Tibetan Buddhism.
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What are yoga postures like in hathayoga? Scott & Ida dig into a couple Hatha texts and compare the asana instruction to modern practice.
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October 15, 2021 1 min
Season 3 of Yoga World is all about asana! Myths, questions, history- a whole bunch of fascinating topics that relate to the practice of yoga postures. Heat? Oxygenation? We will dive into the concept of yoga as health.

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September 22, 2020 35 min
Scott & Ida consider the whole century, including its progression, its changes, and the questions left unanswered. Is yoga healthy? Do the internal organs relate to the chakras? Is yoga inherently peaceful? They cover lots of territory as they sort out the entire season's topics.
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September 16, 2020 50 min
In the 1990s, yoga becomes powerful and hot. The birth of "Power Yoga", and everyone ties their teaching back to the Yoga Sutras. AG Mohan stimulates a conversation about the paradox of belief.
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September 2, 2020 39 min
Fitness is king. While yoga has gradually become more physical, now we just want the exercise without the label 'yoga'. The first significant scientific study about yoga's aerobic impact, and Iyengar writes about performing for crowds.
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August 19, 2020 47 min
The spiritual roots get stripped out of both yoga and meditation, leaving non-denominational practices for health and happiness. Add to that new trends in fitness and the dawn of aerobic exercise. Plus a special Elvis song about yoga.
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The culture of the world changes drastically in the 1960s and yoga is part of it. Even the Beatles are meditating and put Yogananda on their cover. Two of the most game-changing books of the 20th century are here, as asana becomes central, with a side of yoga philosophy.
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Scott and Ida discuss yoga in the 1950s, including the arrival of yoga in Hollywood, the rise of contortion, and whether holistic health is in opposition to accomplishing the impossible.
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July 8, 2020 53 min
The second world war puts a lot of things on hold including yoga, but it creates famine and Indian Independence. This week we discuss yogic superpowers, nationalism and the idea that all religions are actually the same. Join us!
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June 17, 2020 48 min
By 1930 yoga and physical exercise are synonymous. The 1930s bring the marriage of the Sun Salute with yoga asanas, as well as the continuation of exercises for beauty, for women this time.
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June 10, 2020 48 min
Yogis in India develop scientific experiments and strive for the perfectly proportioned body. Above all, yoga is refashioned as a health regimen that is fit for Indian nationalism.
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May 27, 2020 43 min
Aurobindo marries Western science with Eastern consciousness, Bukh encourages suppleness for health and Yogendra invents the yoga studio. Yoga tries to outgrow the occult mysticism of its recent past while embracing the idea that 'will-power' can grant all wishes.
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The first episode of "Traveling Through the Decades" which digs into each decade of the 20th century and its impact on yoga. The first decade of the century brings the reintegration of Hatha Yoga into the conversation, as well as some new techniques from Denmark. And a prolific yogi from Baltimore.
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A month at an ashram in the Bahamas and up before dawn. Breathing practice, chores and 12+ hours spent sitting. Plus, how Swami Vishnudevananda started the first teacher training (maybe) in the West.
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April 15, 2020 21 min
Hatha yoga underwent a big change in the 1920s and 30s, mixing with various health and exercise practices to resemble what we think of as modern yoga. Scott & Ida discuss the transition and their trip to Kuvalayananda's laboratory in Lonavla, India, a vital piece of yoga history.
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April 8, 2020 23 min
Ida spends countless painful hours at the library in search of Labanya Palit's mythical lost book from the 1950s.
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March 31, 2020 19 min
Scott and Ida remember the first time they heard about the lost manuscript of Buddha Bose. How it brought them to Kolkata, introduced them to the family of Buddha Bose, and how they spent months shipping thousands of books around the world.
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