Daniel presents ancient texts for modern times.
Combining storytelling, humour and insight, his practical approach makes yoga philosophy accessible and relevant. He teaches courses for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, on teacher trainings around the UK, and at Triyoga in London. He also offers private tuition, online and in person.
A former reporter, Daniel brings clarity to complex subjects. Drawing on a master’s degree from SOAS, and two decades of experience, he aims to help students explore their own path.
He is writing a book about yoga philosophy aimed at practitioners. He also writes for magazines, while working freelance as an editor.
Modern yoga is focused on postures, but other forms of practice are even more powerful. Join us on a London rooftop for an uplifting fusion of physical methods and inner inquiry, with practical insights from yoga philosophy. This integrated workshop includes a playfully challenging postural sequence, traditional breath-work, silent sitting and a little bit of chanting. We conclude with a group discussion and Q&A. Our aim is to nurture independent practice. Book now for Saturday, 20 July (14:00-17:00).
Two of Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga highlight ethics. Although the Yoga Sutra’s teachings on yama and niyama have social aspects, their ultimate goal is renouncing the world. Unless we retreat like Iron Age ascetics, might they need rethinking? Are other rules more relevant to modern challenges, from social instability to environmental meltdown? Can yogic ethics be adapted to serve new priorities? Come and share ideas and discuss alternatives! Booking now for Sunday, 18 August (14:30 - 17:00), at Triyoga Camden.
It can be hard to express liberating insights without sounding banal. Perhaps mindful of the limits of words, some of the earliest teachings on oneness say it is conveyed by a single syllable. Chanting Om is said to teach the meaning of all of the Upanishads. This message is meant to be realised, not discussed, but some interpretive guidance is helpful. The first author to offer it as a philosophy was Gaudapada, whose verses - or Karika - on the Mandukya Upanishad laid the foundations of Advaita Vedanta, a widely influential system of ideas.
It can feel daunting to study alone. We often have books that we’d like to explore, but don’t find time to sit and read. And even if we do, they might spark questions we struggle to answer. It helps to discuss ideas with someone else who offers structure and support. Whatever your priorities — from reading a text to a broader inquiry on how modern practice relates to tradition — we’ll focus clearly on your goals, devising a plan that helps achieve them. Online and in person (location permitting).
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Mindfulness adapts Buddhist meditation to everyday life. It seems effective at managing depression and anxiety, and is taught in schools to boost resilience and grades. Whilst it can help to share techniques to cope with stress, this limits the scope for transformation. A fixation on self gets reinforced, which serves a brutal market system. However, if mindfulness in schools were to cultivate "moral and civic virtues," as British MPs suggest it should, it could foster compassionate "pro-social" action.
It was an honour to be part of this discussion with two of the foremost scholars on yoga, James Mallinson and Mark Singleton, reflecting on the work behind their book Roots of Yoga, which was recently published. The conversation took place in the members' room at the New York Society Library, and was filmed. An audio recording is available for download.