Episode: 145

Understanding the Role of a Guru in Yoga with Dr. Manasa Rao

I am thrilled to share today’s conversation with you. It’s a topic that I have been eager to bring to the show for a long time, and I am delighted that we are finally doing so. It’s fascinating to explore the topic of gurus in yoga and the meaning behind the word. In this episode, we delve into the characteristics of a guru, when you might need one, whether it’s possible to practice yoga without a teacher, and so much more.

Our guest today is Dr. Manasa Rao, who has been on the show before, and if you are a regular listener, you may have heard our insightful conversation about sadhana. I highly recommend that you listen to that one after you finish today’s episode.

Dr. Manasa Rao is a yoga expert, holding a master’s and PhD in Yoga Sciences from SVYASA in Bangalore. She is relatable, knowledgeable, and immersed in her own yoga practice, making her an excellent guest on the show to discuss yoga-related topics.

Dr. Manasa Rao does an excellent job of breaking down and simplifying this complex topic, highlighting the importance of having a teacher at various points in your yoga journey. As someone who believes that yoga cannot be practiced alone, I highly recommend listening to this episode to gain a deeper understanding of the role of a guru in yoga.

Guru in Yoga Episode Highlights:

  • What is the role of a guru in yoga?
  • What traits or characteristics to look for in a guru?
  • The different levels of teachers and the different types of students
  • The difference between a regular teacher and a guru
  • Is guru a title
  • Do gurus impact more deeply than teachers?
  • The caliber of the student
  • The responsibilities of a guru and a student
  • Discerning a fake guru from a competent teacher
  • When is a student ready for a guru?
  • Insights for seeking a guru

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Dr. Manasa Rao

Dr Manasa Rao is practising yoga since the year 1995. She has done her Bachelor’s in Psychology, English literature and Communicative English under Bangalore University & Post-graduation in Media law from NALSAR, Hyderabad. She was working as a media professional till 2011 when she realised that her calling was Yoga.


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