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Episode 39: Richard Rosen on Patanjali in Modern Yoga Practice

Richard Rosen is a yoga scholar and teacher who has written five yoga books that are well worth reading. In this episode, we talk about his most recent, “Yoga FAQ, Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga — from Asanas to Yamas.” This book is rich with historical info and yet, Richard is refreshingly honest about how traditions change and evolve. We focus mostly on his Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra — who was Patanjali? Who was Vyasa? And why is this text a seminal part of modern Western yoga?

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Yoga FAQ, Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga — from Asanas to Yamas, by Richard Rosen
The Shiva Sutras Mark Dyczkowski (SUNY 1992)
Vijnana Bhairava Jaideva Singh (SUNY 1991)
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (translation by Chip Hartranft)
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (translation by Georg Feuerstein)
Yoga Body: Origins of Modern Posture Practice, by Mark Singleton
The Roots of Yoga, by Sir James Mallinson & Mark Singleton
The Yoga of Breath, by Richard Rosen
Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga, by Richard Rosen
Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals, by Richard Rosen

David Szesztay – Traveller
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My Tip for a Sane, Happy Life: Breathe. Surrender. Repeat.

What does surrender look like to you? Do you have a snapshot in your head from a moment of surrender that you’ve recently experienced?

I have one from a family trip to London recently. Now, my story is going to be from the mom perspective. But I think this little foray into yoga philosophy can be helpful to anyone living in our modern media-driven world.

In April, Sofia and I joined Jason while he did the first of three teacher trainings this year at triyoga. This meant three-weeks of full-time Mom duty with a jet-lagged two-and-a-half year old. There were so many amazing firsts on this trip and moments I hope I’ll never forget. Then….there were some mother-daughter moments I wish I could permanently delete from the cache.

Like everyone, I find parenting challenging. One of the most difficult aspects is not having any control over how my days will go. Will she be sweet and happy? Or will she suddenly throw herself screaming onto the ground in the Tube because her princess sunglasses “make it too dark in here” and I didn’t take them off fast enough?

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