The Histories of Yoga Artwork
Season 1 - Episode 3

Yoga is War

50 min - Talk


David Gordon White takes us on a fascinating and historical tour of the early meanings of the words yoga, yogi, and yogini. Referencing the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, early renderings of yogis, Tantric yogini temples, and Buddhist mandalas, David traces the the relationship between yoga and warfare from the battlefield into the subtle body. Your mind will be blown.
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Dec 18, 2017
Jnana, Tantra
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Love the stunning visuals accompanying this talk. Loving how this history is almost like pieces of a puzzle coming together. I’m looking forward to the next one!
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Dang, you are good. What a pleasure and gift you bring to everyone who practices modern day American yoga. I will for sure get your writings and seek out more of your writings as they deepen my practice. You have a great way of “telling how these things (yogas) got to be the way they are.” High regard for you and your work. Nahaaw, Ben.
Thanks you guys for your positive feedback. I thought it was time to put my ideas together with the many visuals I had, and YogaAnytime provided the perfect platform for doing so.
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I've enjoyed David's books and I've seen him speak. This is a wonderful presentation of his knowledge. Clear and beautifully presented. Can't get enough, please film more.
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Love this so much. It's so important to learn about this history and what it means for us as practitioners today. More content like this pls

Thanks for reaching out, Vanessa. I've been trying to set the record straight on the history of yoga for many years now, and am happy that YogaAnytime has provided me with a platform for presenting my research to professionals in the field.
Yours, David
This is very interesting.... Here are a couple of things that came to mind listening to this talk... In the middle east there is a famous dance  called the Sword Dance that fits right in with this. I have seen it performed many times and  although it has been labeled a ritual where the Divine Female energy "tames" the sword , this always seemed quite simplistic to me..... I have studied Indian Classical dance in India and always thought that the modern yogic asanas were derived from the "temple" dances and made static. The dances of the coast near Madras have a very specific free style form( if that makes sense) and is called Odissi (sp?) ...... one more thing.... I love the the Vacanik Poets that hung around outside of Benares,,,,They might not agree with anything that the Vedic Scholars have to say!....Great talk,I look forward to watching the rest. Really refreshing .Finally their is a bit of substance to the watered down version of yoga or should I say "chariot"? CHeers!!

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