Episode: 68

What Yoga in India is Like Today

To welcome 2022, we're going to talk about what yoga is like in India today. For this episode, I have a lifelong yoga student and educator who was born and raised in India, Vikram Jeet Singh.

Many of you may be wondering about the differences between studying yoga in India and studying yoga in Western countries. We're lucky to have Vikram share his personal experience with us so we can get a glimpse of what studying and teaching yoga in India is like today, in 2022.

If you have been doing yoga for a while now and you're considering traveling to India for a more authentic experience of the practice, this episode might just help you decide whether to push through with it or not.

In this podcast, Vikram shared a lot of personal stories and insights that will help show you what it's actually like to study yoga in India. It will give you a fresh perspective. As well as many things to think about.

Yoga In India in 2022 Episode Highlights:

  • Vikram shares his personal background and how he got into yoga
  • What is studying yoga like in India today?
  • Does studying in India make someone a better yoga student?
  • How one's cultural upbringing plays a role in learning yoga
  • How to find a credible yoga teacher in India
  • Expertise in yoga
  • Do the Western yoga trends also exist in India?
  • Is yoga sometimes seen as political in India?
  • Yoga tourism and its advantages and disadvantages
  • Vikram shares his thoughts on the idea that "India should be grateful that the West has revived yoga"
  • Does appropriation exist in India?
  • Vikram talks about what Western yoga seekers must understand about yoga in India
  • Is yoga very fitness-like in India?
  • Do women in India do yoga?
  • Is there hot yoga in India?
  • The major hubs of yoga in India

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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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