Feb 23, 2023
Don't Forget the Vedas with Austin Sanderson
One way to remember yoga is to learn about the timelines of the spiritual traditions and cultures that yoga emerged from. Yoga was first mentioned in the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, which were passed on orally for centuries before being written down (mantras and mnemonics!). They are filled with rituals, ceremonies, sacrifices, mantras and benedictions. As time went on, spiritual discourse evolved into the Upanishads, which introduce karma, bhakti, meditation, the atman and Brahman, and other spiritual concepts in forms that are more recognizeable to serious yoga practicioners today.
In this first part of a two part interview, our guest Austin Sanderson takes us through the Vedic era, the Upanishads, and the Puranas (stories of gods like Krishna, Ram, Saraswati, etc;). We cover the difference between dualism and non-dualism, and between Shruti and Smriti. We also touch briefly on the Bhagavad Gita, and how it made yoga accessible to the everyone. This episode lays the foundation for part two of the interview, where we will talk about the Yoga Sutras, Tantra, the Shiva Sutras, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and more.
Includes Derek's original Veda Song to help remember the Vedas and Upanishads with, accompanied by harmonium and bass guitar.
Austin K. Sanderson is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. In 2020, Austin founded the Urban Sadhu Yoga Method, “a method of applying ancient yogic wisdom in a contemporary context.” He and his partner Bob are the co-owners of Urban Sadhu Yoga Shala, formally Jivamukti Yoga Center Jersey City (opened in 2013). Austin is the co-founder and co-producer of Yoga Fest Jersey City, a free public yoga, music and vegan food festival held in the heart of downtown Jersey City. He is the author of the Urban Sadhu Chant Book, with illustrations by Devdutt Pattanaik.
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