Knowledge, Experience, and the Yoga Teacher with Daniel Simpson (#160)

About the Guest

Daniel Simpson is the author of The Truth of Yoga, an accessible guide to yoga history and philosophy. His approach combines scholarly knowledge with humor and insight, informed by more than 20 years of practical experience. He holds a master’s degree in yoga studies (from SOAS at the University of London) and teaches courses at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, on yoga teacher trainings and via his website, In a previous career, he was a foreign correspondent, working for Reuters and the New York Times.

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. The relationship between intellectual knowledge and embodied experience.
  2. How the evolution of yoga scholarship has impacted the space of modern yoga.
  3. Reconciling ourselves to a more accurate representation of yoga history.
  4. The re-enchantment of yoga.
  5. Having an authentic relationship on our own terms with yoga here and now, and also with yoga tradition.
  6. What does an ideal yoga teacher-to-yoga learner relationship look like today?
  7. Faith, fidelity, and authenticity in our yoga practice.

NOTE: This episode was previously recorded as part of the Future of the Yoga Teacher Summit and is being republished for its depth and relevance.

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