Matthew Clark gave a truly brilliant down to earth, insightful talk on the origins of yoga yesterday in the first of his Shala lectures on Yoga Philosophy. Matthew's wealth of knowledge is remarkable but more remarkable still is how he makes his subject so accessible, interesting and relevant to modern day practitioners. In this first of five lectures he pulled together many threads not only of this complex history but the relationship to early civilisations and to our modern day lifestyles. It was fascinating to hear him talk about how in the early Vedic times yogis were more interested in escaping reality rather than actually opening themselves up to being present to reality. With the Bhagavad Gita there was a shift towards exploring the importance of mental attitude and how you can be a yogi in everyday life.
These highly engaging lectures can be taken as one-off sessions or as part of more of a comprehensive series. Our next lecture on February 18th will explore the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.