A clear historical understanding of the histories of yoga is vital to developing an appreciation of how we practice today. We will begin in Pre-Arya India considering both the Indus Valley and the proto-Dravidians of south India and then step into Vedism and its development into Brahmanism. Along side these developments that lead us to Hinduism are the so-called Strivers (Shramana) such as Buddhists and Jainas and others who are advancing the conversation and the seminal debates. How do Vedism and Brahmanism become “Hinduism”? How does yoga evolve from these sources? We will come to the edge of the commentarial traditions past Patanjali and towards the rise of Vedanta.
Dr. Brooks’ lectures have been very influential in the way I see and experience the world of yoga and the world as a whole. His insights into spiritual life— the very essence of religion—and his refined use of semantics and metaphors help me to grasp, in a non-dogmatic way, the classical and tantric currents of Indian philosophy. This a must for any serious (and not so serious) yoga student.
—FRANÇOIS RAOULT, Director of Open Sky Yoga
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