Yogic Studies news, writings, interviews, media, and other vṛttis.
This December, our friends at Yoga Alliance hosted founder and director Seth Powell for an informative and entertaining lecture series on the history of Āsana. The recordings have been posted to the YA YouTube page, and we have made them available to you right here. We hope you enjoy!
Part 1: Sthira Sukham Āsanam: Early Meditative Seats and Asceticism
Part 2: Complex Non-Seated Postures: Medieval Haṭha Yoga
Part 3: Salutations to the Sun: The Rise of Modern Postural Yoga
Australian National University Roundtable: Teaching South Asian Languages in 2020
Leading members of the Yogic Studies Team, Seth Powell and Dr. Antonia Ruppel, were recently interviewed at the ANU Roundtable for South Asian Languages among other scholars in the field before gathering for roundtable discussions on South Asian Language instruction in 2020.
Seth Powell's interview:
Antonia Ruppel's Interview:
Roundtable Discussion on Teaching Sanskrit.
Featuring Dr. Sadananda Das (Leipzig University), Dr. Antonia Ruppel (Yogic Studies, LMU, Munich), Dr. Varun...
Yogic Studies Founder and Director Seth Powell was recently interviewed at his alma mater, the University of Washington, where he completed his MA in Comparative Religion with a focus on Sanskrit and South Asian Religions in 2014.
Click here to read more about his experience at the Jackson School and the founding of Yogic Studies.
YS Founder and Director Seth Powell was recently interviewed by Dr. Raj Balkaran for the New Books in Hindu Studies Podcast. Listen below for a rich discussion of Seth's doctoral work on the 15th-century Śivayogapradīpikā, new developments in Hindu and Yoga studies, and the balance and interaction of entrepreneurship and scholarship in the burgeoning world of online education.
It is with great excitement to announce the launch of our latest venture, The Yogic Studies Podcast! This Podcast has been a long-time in the making, and the timing was finally right to bring this project to fruition.
The Yogic Studies Podcast, hosted by Seth Powell, will offer in-depth explorations into the traditions of Yoga, Sanskrit, Indian Philosophy, and South Asian Religions. Featuring candid conversations and interviews with scholars and practitioners.
You can find episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, or most other Podcast applications. If you enjoy the...
Seth Powell and Chase Bossart come together with J Brown on his Yoga Talks podcast for an in-depth debate and inquiry into the nature and substance of Patañjali’s Yogasūtras.
They discuss whether the Sūtras and their commentary are written by the same person, differing views on what the text says yoga is, whether it involves stilling the mind to reach a liberation beyond this world or a means of finding clarity and purpose in this existence, distinguishing between mind and consciousness, and the power of deep yogic inquiry. You might want to have your favorite copy of the...
Introducing the Kajabi Mobile App
Kajabi, which is the web-based software we use and love to power Yogic Studies, has just recently launched their new mobile app. This means that students can now access and stream all of their Yogic Studies content right on your favorite iOS or Android device.
We've had a chance to play around with it a bit, and while there is still room for improvement (e.g. the Quizzes are not yet accessible; coming soon), overall I think you'll agree that this is a really fantastic tool for us!
I invite you to download the app right here: ...
Seth was recently featured on Kathryn Bruni-Young's Mindful Strength Podcast.
Episode 130. Seth Powell: Bringing Yoga Philosophy to Life
In this wide-ranging conversation, Seth and Kathryn talk about what yoga is, how we can define it, what yoga isn’t and some of the problems with our understanding of yoga philosophy. This is a great introduction to yoga philosophy in this day in age, when yoga can mean so many different things to different people. Seth shares information on the history of the strap, and how far back straps have been used. He comments that Iyengar did not invent...
Rishi Singh Gherwal demonstrating uḍḍīyāna bandha. From Complete Yoga, September 1937. From the collection of the Philip Deslippe.
The above black and white photograph depicts a fascinating yet lesser-known figure in the history yoga’s early transmission from India to the West, one "Rishi Singh Gherwal." The Rishi's tale is paradigmatic of an informative, albeit lost, period in yoga's transmission from East to West, and is a case study we will be exploring in the upcoming online course, YS 102: Modern Yoga in the West.
Rakha Singh Gherwal (1889-1964), born an...
The Bhagavad Gītā, the "Song of the Lord"—or simply the Gītā, as it is affectionately known—is many things. At approximately 700 verses, spread across 18 chapters, it is first and foremost, an “epic” poem, situated within the sixth book (parvan) of the great Mahābhārata, one of India’s and the world’s longest stories ever told; it is ancient Indian treatise adjudicating the ethics of battle and just war; an excursus on proper conduct (karma) and one’s moral and social duty (dharma) within the cosmic order. It is...