Yoga – Anticolonial Philosophy

Yoga – Anticolonial Philosophy


An Evening with Dr Shyam Ranganathan
Thursday, April 25th, 7 pm
Cost: $35
Ticket price includes a signed copy of the book

Please join us for the US launch of Yoga – Anticolonial Philosophy, Dr. Ranganathan’s latest book, which is a new guide to yoga from an expert in Indian moral philosophy and Yoga. With exploration and advice on unlearning colonialism, learning the activism of Yoga from various sources such as the Yoga Sūtra and Bhagavad gītā, and how to bring authenticity into your daily practice.

Dr Shyam Ranganathan (MA South Asian Studies, MA and PhD Philosophy) is a field-changing researcher, scholar, author, and teacher of philosophy, and an expert in the neglected traditions of Indian moral philosophy, including Yoga. He translated Patañjali’s Yoga Sutra (Penguin 2008). Dr Ranganathan founded Yoga Philosophy, a scholar-practitioner initiative, to bring anti-colonial, anti-Eurocentric, research-based knowledge about Yoga and Philosophy to practitioners. He is a yoga teacher (E-RHT-500 and CYA-RYT Gold). He is a member of the Department of Philosophy, and York Center for Asian Research, at York University, Toronto.

Praise for Yoga – Anticolonial Philosophy

As a deeply respected South Asian scholar on Yoga and historian Dr Ranganathan offers a much needed nuanced perspective on the history of colonization of South Asia and the ongoing impact this has had on Yoga in the west. Dr Ranganathan’s work is rooted in a long overdue decolonial perspective dismantling harmful neoliberalism and cultural appropriation and guides us on the path of how we can embrace and live the philosophy of Yoga in our daily lives in a practical and sustainable way. This is a must read book for us all! I am truly honored to learn from Dr Ranganathan’s vast knowledge and ancestral wisdom. — Anusha Wijeyakumar, author of Meditation with Intention, Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University and Wellness Consultant Hoag Hospital

Shyam Ranganathan has made yet another vitally important contribution to the field of Yoga philosophy in his deeply thoughtful Yoga, Anti-Colonial Philosophy. Ranganathan strives to present Yoga in its true form as a philosophy, and in doing so, challenges assumptions, beliefs, and misperceptions about yoga that are pervasive in the present day culture. This is an important book for all yoga students, yoga teachers, and yoga academics to read. If Yoga is to persist as a valuable philosophical endeavor and not be demeaned to a spiritual commodity as much of the Western world has shaped it, then deep thinkers, who are courageous in their thought and studied in their field, are essential to uphold the tradition that Yoga is placed within. — Eddie Stern, MSc, CYT, Author of One Simple Thing, a New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life

In this groundbreaking volume, Shyam Ranganathan develops a sophisticated metaethics of ecology grounded in the philosophy of the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali. Applying the ethical framework of yoga as hermeneutics for understanding the ecological necessity of bestowing personhood on the human “other” and the more-than-human world, Ranganathan brilliantly argues for epistemic recovery of submerged knowledge systems, including that of yoga, as a corrective. As with the best work of other critical indigenous research methodologies, this brilliantly-argued volume does not merely critique, but addresses epistemic retrieval and application to the central crisis of our time. — Rita D. Sherma, PhD Professor of Religion, GTU Berkeley

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