The Liberation of the Self in Indic Traditions

Brahmanism, Jainism and Buddhism are traditions indigenous to ancient India; while they share common origins, they developed distinct worldviews and methodologies. The purpose of this research is to explore their historical, semantic and doctrinal development and demonstrate links between their meditation systems. This second part of the series is centred around the exchange and divergence of the concept of liberation, and its corresponding beliefs and practices.

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The Meaning of Yoga in the Oldest Text: The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavadgītā of the Mahābhārata is a post-Vedic text seeking to affirm Brahmanism. It achieves it through a revision of the religious and philosophical doctrines of its milieu. It is the first material to comprehensively promote worldly activity by adopting yoga—appropriated from ascetic-renunciatory settings. The modernised yogic methods and orientations, weaved into Vedic dharma, are the prime focus. This research examines their composition by relying on a selection of academic translations.

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Is the Body to Be Cultivated or Mortified in Yoga?

This research evaluates yoga’s historical development and discerns continuities and discontinuities within the practice. Prominence is given to changing attitudes towards physical mortification and cultivation over the period of 2,500 years. In addition to the exposition of the development of body ideals, this essay attempts to recognise and combine yoga’s substantial legacy with the demands of the present-day world.

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Yogi Food: Spiritual Veganism

Lots of yogis choose to mindfully eat vegan. Some do it for health reasons, some diet for peace, while others aim to deepen their spiritual practice. Let’s explore what’s the connection between veganism and yoga, and where on the spectrum would you place yourself.

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What is Yoga?

'What is yoga?' At first glance this is a seemingly simple question. However, by getting a flavour of how rich and varied the complete toolkit of yoga techniques is, it's easy to realise that yoga is just an umbrella term for a variety of practices.

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The Yogi on YouTube!

Check out our new YouTube channel for short and informative videos about yoga techniques and exercises. Subscribe to be up to date. We will release a new video every week.

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The Yogi TV

We take our mission seriously – we want to share our yoga with those who need it the most, whether they live in Exeter or anywhere in the world!

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