Jun 21 • 1HR 7M

Is This Yoga? – Anya Foxen + Christa Kuberry

Asking if questions are better than answers, and whether that's yoga-ish in itself...

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Daniel Simpson
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Can anything be yoga? Or does everything crumble to dust if it’s analysed hard enough? What do you get if you cross Indian tradition with Western esotericism? Might it need a new name? Where do all these questions lead…? 🤯

Anya Foxen and Christa Kuberry

I recently discussed this, and much else besides, with Anya Foxen and Christa Kuberry, who co-wrote a book titled Is This Yoga? There are no simple answers, but asking the question can still be insightful – particularly since both authors are also practitioners. Along the way, we consider:

  • If yoga’s roots are too knotted to distinguish lotuses from waterlilies

  • How Western traditions dating back to ancient Greece echo yogic ideas

  • Whether classes called “harmonic gymnastics” would attract any students

  • What might help modern yoga preserve a connection to Indic tradition

  • How to build a dating app combining Western and Vedic astrology

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