David Gordon White explores the interface and intersection between yoga, alchemy, and Ayurveda. Brilliantly and mischievously weaving facts about India's natural geography, weather patterns, and historical context of the yogic traditions, he unpacks the relationship between the sun and moon, the origin story of karma and rebirth, and the varying points of view of kundalini while simultaneously threading the alchemical tradition of mercury as central to the yogic effort of transformation. Mind blowing and delightfully humorous, several listens might be necessary. Warning: if language about sexual intercourse, bodily functions, and violence is offensive, then this talk is not for you.
Image Credit: The Bodleian Libraries, The University of Oxford. Shelfmark: MS. Douce Or. a. 2, fol. 12
What You'll Need: No props needed