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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
The Great Stupa at Sanchi. Madhya Pradesh, Stone Relief, (c. 50 BCE- 50 CE).
Image from Diamond (2013, 28).
Part 3/4 of Seth Powell's interview with Patrice Priya Wagner from Accessible Yoga. Reposted with permission. The original post can be found here.
While taking an online course “An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Yoga” with Seth Powell, I became very curious about the origins of yoga instruction for people who weren’t male and from an upper caste in India—the primary demographic we had studied. When, for example, did...