From the Yoga R&D podcast
Reinterpreting the Yoga Sutra
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton, who have written a book about practical engagement with yoga philosophy (which I wholeheartedly recommend).
Ranju and Dave have decades of experience as teachers and practitioners, and their approach to the Yoga Sutra is a refreshing combination of accessible and scholarly.
Although the text has the ultimate aim of renouncing the world, they show how its underlying psychology can also be applied in daily life - improving our relationships both with each other and ourselves.
Drawing on my experience as a reporter - and my studies at SOAS with yoga academics - I asked Dave and Ranju to explain how they work with Patanjali’s teachings.
Although they reinterpret his message, they do so in a way that’s faithful to the spirit of the text, which makes it more relevant to modern practitioners. You can listen to the interview below - it’s from their new podcast, Yoga R&D, which is launching soon.