Episode: 69

Understanding traditional yoga & modern yoga with Prasad Rangnekar

Over the course of time, the face of yoga has evolved into so many various forms. It’s come a long way from its roots and the perception of people from different places who have adopted the practice has influenced its composition. This may not be news to you because it’s all over social media as yoga is now heavily commercialized. In the middle of all these yoga trends, how do we distinguish the authentic ones from the mere marketing fads?

As yoga teachers, we are morally obligated to preserve and nurture genuine yogic principles though it may be a difficult task in the advent of the so-called “modern” yoga. To help us see a clearer picture of authentic yoga, I have once again invited Prasad Rangnekar for another enlightening episode. Listen in as he explains the context of yoga and how to discern which among the several modern yoga teachings are genuine and which ones are not.

Traditional Yoga & Modern Yoga Episode Highlights:

  • Why it is necessary to discern between classical yoga and modern yoga
  • Does the process of shaping yoga teachers create the gap between traditional yoga and modern yoga?
  • Prasad shares his thoughts on the genuine yoga teachers being labeled as “traditionalists”
  • What are the characteristics to look for in a yoga teacher?
  • The things in modern yoga that we should start promoting and doing
  • What is authentic yoga?

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Prasad Rangnekar

Prasad Rangnekar, E-RYT500, is a Yoga Educator from India who teaches in over 15 countries for the past 26 years. Prasad’s Yoga education started at the age of 9, and over the last 36 years, he has been studying Yoga traditionally, in a lineage, as well as academically, at a university. Prasad regards meditative silence as his greatest teacher and goes into 3 month-long silence retreats every year.


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