EPISODE 157: The People’s History of Hot Yoga

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Modern Hot Yoga practice originated from a teacher named, Bishnu Gosh, in Calcutta, India, though it’s probably best-known today from one of Gosh’s most influential (and notorious) students, Bikram Choudhury in Los Angeles.

The Hot Yoga world is changing very quickly, and while 20 years ago, Bikram studios were the only game in town, there are now dozens of new and alternative Hot Yoga styles and studio groups popping up.

In Canada, Moksha Yoga is a really great school founded by Ted Grand. In Asia and Europe, Absolute Yoga Academy is a leader, and in Mexico, there’s Tony Sanchez (just to name a few). It’s truly amazing how Hot Yoga has spread to all corners of the world since it’s such an impactful style of yoga.

In this week’s Yoga Talk Show, we deep dive into the real history of Hot Yoga, not just the “creative” history that has informed pop yoga culture up until now. Hot Yoga historian and researcher, Jerome Armstrong, joins us to talk about his republishing of some previously lost manuscripts including one by Gosh’s star student, Buddha Bose.

In this Show, You’ll learn:

  • The real origins of Hot Yoga
  • Hot Yoga vs. Bikram Yoga
  • All about Buddha Bose and his “lost manuscript”
  • What the “84 advanced poses” sequence is all about

Nutritional Tip of the Week:

  • Matcha – what it is, how it is grown, and the difference between matcha and regular green tea.

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