How yoga can enhance your creativity, connections, and life’s purpose with Professor Douglas Brooks (Part 2)

Episode Summary

Part two of our 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. Learn how the practice of yoga provides a deeper connection with ourselves, our creativity, community, and greater purpose.

Episode Notes

Part two of Derik’s conversation with Professor of Religion Dr. Douglas Brooks expands on the origins of yoga, its rich history of borrowing from other cultures and time periods, and its connection to our understanding of true freedom today. They also discuss yoga as a form of self-care—in body and mind—and how we can ultimately live a more healthy, fulfilled life of connection and purpose. 

If you missed part one (episode #10) of this conversation, you can listen to it on, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your preferred podcast app. For more teachings by Douglas Brooks, go to, and for more related content, use the links below to check out our extensive library on

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

Reading list