CE Workshop | The Stories Behind the Poses

July 13, 2022, 1pm ET

About This Workshop

Many yoga poses are named after ancient Indian gods, but what do their stories teach us about yoga, life, and ourselves? Dr. Raj Balkaran shares an exclusive preview of his new book “The Stories Behind the Poses: The Indian mythology that inspired 50 yoga postures” to teach you how to harness these stories to deepen your teaching and practice. In this workshop you will discover:

  • The profound relationship between ancient Indian mythological stories and yoga postures
  • How to honor the spiritual roots of yoga as expressed in 10 key ancient Indian stories
  • How to use key mythological stories to deepen your own yoga teaching and practice

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About the Presenter

Dr. Raj Balkaran is a prolific scholar of Indian mythology, having authored The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth (Routledge 2018), The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth (Routledge 2020), and several academic articles and book chapters since completing his Ph.D. in 2015. He is also a spiritual adept, having been initiated into ancient Indian wisdom traditions by multiple masters, engaged in daily practice for two decades. A seasoned online educator, he teaches at Yogic Studies, Embodied Philosophy, and at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies where he also serves on their Course Development Board. He is also the Founder of the School of Indian Wisdom where he creates and delivers original online courses combining scholarship, storytelling, and spirituality to apply Indian wisdom teachings to modern life. Beyond teaching and research, Dr. Balkaran runs a thriving life coaching practice, delivers public talks, and hosts the Indian Religions podcast. He’s currently working on a book about the mythological stories behind yoga poses. See for more information.

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