Power, postures & practice – yoga asana history and modern understandings

This week we welcome Indu Vashist to the podcast for a conversation on the history of yoga asana, and how it has been informed by physical culture, power dynamics, caste, and artistic exploration. Indu shares new insights into cultural appropriation, the difference between yoga’s physical history and philosophical history, demystifying the asana practice, and using it for good in this day in age.

Indu Vashist is a yoga teacher, historian, and executive director of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre in Toronto. She has studied the history of yoga and its intersections with physical culture extensively and brings new insights to the topics of asana, appropriation, and how yoga is being practiced today worldwide.


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More About Indu

Indu has completed their 300-hour teacher training with Kathryn Bruni Young and Carly Stong in 2022 and their foundational 200-hour teacher training at Union Yoga + Wellness. As a lifelong learner, she continues to study and practice with my mentors and teachers. She has studied Yoga Nidra with Taryn Diamond, Breathing Mechanics, Somatic Principles and Sequencing with Jules Mitchell, and Somatics and Restorative Yoga with Kim McBean.
Indu Vashist: “As a second-generation settler on this land with relations to other lands, I aim to honour the histories of my ancestors of sharing this land and resources with care and responsibility. Within the context of my yoga practice, this means that I invite mindfulness and integration of the body, mind, spirit and land. I integrate a somatic approach into all of my classes whether they are vigourous movement, exploratory gentle movements or even restorative shapes. Through movement, I encourage developing greater understanding of proprioception (your body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location), interoception (your perception of sensations from inside the body), exteroception (your sensitivity to stimuli that are outside the body), and nociception (your ability to discern what is painful stimuli)”.

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