Episode: 96

History of Vinyasa Yoga with Vikram Jeet Singh

When people hear the word yoga, especially in North America, they often think of Vinyasa yoga as it is one of the more recognized and popular styles of yoga. So for this episode, I want my listeners to get a clearer understanding of the history of vinyasa with one of our favorite repeat guests, Vikram Jeet Singh.

I've been wanting to do a detailed history of the yoga series on the podcast but it's not possible to pack everything just into one episode. Given that, Vikram and I are going to specifically talk about Vinyasa yoga, from tracing its origins to bringing clarity as to how it spread from India across the different parts of the world and gave birth to various new-age “Vinyasa” yoga styles.

It just warms my heart how Vikram always willingly comes back on the show every time I ask him to because I really admire how he puts so much love and effort into our conversations, which I hope in turn benefits all my listeners!

History of Vinyasa Yoga Episode Highlights:

  • What is Vinyasa?
  • How does Vinyasa fit into the grand scheme of yoga?
  • The history of Vinyasa
  • Did Krishnamacharya learn or invent Vinyasa?
  • The impact of the British rule on yoga
  • How did Vinyasa spread all over the world
  • The birth of various new-age Vinyasa yoga styles
  • The reasons behind breaking away from Ashtanga Vinyasa
  • Is vinyasa safe for everyone?
  • Where Vinyasa yoga is today?

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Vikram Jeet Singh

Vikram took his first asana class at Modo Yoga in the fall of 2006 and right away fell in love with the practice. After regularly practicing for about a year and a half, he finished the 500 hour Modo Teacher Training in Kerala, India in March 2008. After teaching part-time for a few months, Vikram decided to switch careers and ultimately left his HR job to pursue a full-time teaching career. Vikram has taught at various Modo locations in the GTA since November 2008. Over the course of the years, he has accumulated over 11,000+ hours of teaching experience.


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