Yoga Masters Scott and Ida chat about various aspects of yoga from history and philosophy to practice and science. Through lively and thoughtful discussion, Yoga World communicates the meaning of these concepts in a simple way to explore how they impact yoga today. Part research, part conversation.
The Many Benefits of Posture Practice
46:55Why do we practice yoga postures? What are the benefits that we hope to get, and what have teachers told us will happen? This episode digs into the purpose and benefits of posture practice, especially in the past hundred years. Two big schools emerge, one of subtle energy and one of the body. Finally, what is the scientific evidence of any of it?
Alignment, Part 2: Prana and Virtue
43:30Continuing the conversation about alignment from the last episode, the discussion veers into 'prana' and 'virtue.' How does the body affect the flow of prana? For that matter, what is prana? And how does our physical alignment affect or symbolize our moral nature? Scott and Ida discuss these questions, along with abundant references and tangents.
The Body As Math: Alignment+Body=20th century
57:21Scott and Ida discuss the nature of "alignment" throughout the last hundred years. Did older texts talk about alignment? When did it become important, and how did that change the way we practice yoga? Is alignment a good idea? They cover early pioneers such as Krishnamacharya, Shivananda and Yogendra, as well as Iyengar and Jois, all the way into the modernity of Birch.This episode is the first of two about alignment, covering the first three "buckets" of what it means.
Asana in the Yoga Sutras
44:22We 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?
Ancient Postures, Part 2: Tantra & Early Hatha
34:37Following 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.
All About Asana: Season 3 Coming Soon
1:02Season 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. Make sure to subscribe and follow @ghoshyoga on social media. http://www.ghoshyoga.org#ghoshyoga
BONUS: Looking Back on the 20th Century
35:54Scott & 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.