How the history of yoga can transform your spiritual path with Professor Douglas Brooks (Part 1)

Episode Summary

Part one of a two-part deep dive into yoga’s roots with Dr. Douglas Brooks, Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester and scholar of Hinduism, south Asian languages, and the comparative study of religions. Get to know the vast history and evolution of yoga and the meaning behind many common yoga terms.

Episode Notes

In this episode, Derik speaks with Professor Douglas Brooks about the history and evolution of yoga in theory and in practice. As a Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester, Professor Brooks was a Fulbright Fellow in Sanskrit at Madurai University, and holds both a master’s and a doctoral degree from Harvard University. 

They discuss Professor Brooks’ spiritual and philosophical journey into yoga, from his study abroad program in India, where he lived with his teacher, Dr. Gopala Aiyar Sundaramoorthy, and how that experience influenced his path to spiritual growth and his life’s purpose. Professor Brooks also discusses how Hinduism and Buddhism coalesce in manifestations of yoga, our ancient interconnectedness, and how self-care can lead to radical empathy for a more joyful world.

Learn more about Douglas Brooks and his teachings by going to and tune in for part two on May 23, 2021. 

Links to Glo Classes:

Teacher page

Part 1: The Origins of the Word ‘Yoga’

How the World Was Created by Yoga

Is Yoga Religious?

Part 2: A Deeper Understanding of Yoga Definitions and Traditions

Vedas and Upanishads

Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita