Yoga: Choice, Change and Faith with John Campbell

Yoga: Choice, Change and Faith with John Campbell

Teacher: John Campbell, Ph.D.
Host: Beryl Bender Birch

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In one of our more philosophical episodes, host Beryl Bender Birch and John Campbell answer questions from our audience about choice, change and faith in the practice of yoga. Which is altogether fitting, given that John is not only a master Ashtanga teacher, but also the founder of the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center, where he teaches Religious Studies.

Join us as we explore how all systems of yoga practice can help us question our sense of self in ways that can lead to a more comprehensive set of choices. Or, as John says in answer to a question from Rob in Colorado, “This is not about becoming an automaton…The very act of doing yoga is a fairly radical choice.” When Trish from Boston asks John about how our practices change as we age, John describes how the practice that you do has to be appropriate to whatever circumstances you are in, but that “freedom and the awakening of enlightenment only happens within structure.” 

Finally, when Sarah in Maryland asks about the role of faith in yoga, John talks about the tension between “the effort to get somewhere that you ought to get and the recognition that there’s nowhere to go.” And how “Every moment that you wake up and do yoga and you don’t really know if it’s worth it, there’s faith involved there.”

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