Five major eras in the history of yoga

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Welcome to episode 27 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

In this episode, Joe Simek, our lead teacher for our 200-hour teacher training, will guide you through the full timeline of yoga history. 

There is a lot of information that one could present when talking about this topic so this is going to be a brief yet comprehensive introduction as we dig into the various time periods of yoga.

To study the history of yoga is to study the philosophy of yoga.

There are 5 major time periods that we cover in this episode:

  • Vedic
  • Preclassical 
  • Classical period
  • The tantric age (post-classical)
  • Modern yoga

For each section, Joe gives a brief introduction and the main philosophical takeaways for each of the eras in yoga history.

What we’ve come to know in the west as ‘yoga’, these exercise classes that have risen in popularity in the last 20-30 years, is a drop in the bucket of the history and knowledge of yoga.

Hopefully, this acts as an introduction and charts you on your own course of discovery.

This video has been taken directly from our 200-hour therapeutic yoga teacher training. Are you ready to start your journey to becoming a yoga teacher or yoga therapist? For more information and to find out when our next intake starts, click here:

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Breathing Deeply · Five Major Time Periods In The History Of Yoga

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.

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