Yoga’s Evolving Story Of Cross-Cultural Innovation

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 1.35.33 PM“Yoga” has a complex history with many twists and turns. It has always been an adaptive, evolving process, continually redefined by innovators with their own ideas and beliefs.

There is no pure, authentic, authoritative and infallible version or lineage of the practice, postures, or ideas, only an adventurous tale of great variation, innovation, and differences in emphasis.

But the story of how we get to where we are today is well worth exploring.

Are the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali the official philosophy of the yoga asana practice we get from 5,000 year old tradition?

Can we actually draw a straight line back 5,000 years from today’s yoga class?

Should we use the Sanskrit names for the poses, or might  Danish names actually be more accurate for the sun salutation and standing poses?

Do modern liberal values, psychological self-compassion, and brain science based insights already exist in ancient approaches to meditation and yoga, or are they part of an evolving adaptive, cross-cultural process?

Click here to read the fascinating story of Yoga, and where Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind fits into this evolving tale!