Daniel Simpson on the Truth of Yoga (#121)

About the Guest

Daniel Simpson teaches yoga philosophy at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, on teacher trainings and online. He earned his Masters’s degree in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS (University of London), the home of the pioneering Hatha Yoga Project. He is the author of The Truth of Yoga, a comprehensive guide to the history of practice, which will be published in January by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His website is http://danielsimpson.info

In this episode we discuss:

  1. Daniel Simpson’s upcoming book, The Truth of Yoga. Daniel shares his intention and inspiration behind this comprehensive overview integrating contemporary history with scholarly history
  2. Differentiating yoga history and yoga philosophy as evolutionary systems of ideas
  3. Debunking commonly misunderstood concepts and myths of yoga evolution
  4. Connection points to tradition within modern practices
  5. Postural practice and being definitive about the unknown
  6. Reinterpreting yoga traditions, cultural appropriation and exploitation of yoga
  7. The nature of ultimate and relative truths in yoga
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