A Path, or a Goal?
For the purposes of this course, Yoga can be broken down broadly into two categories;
Yoga as a path, or discipline. And,
Yoga as a goal, state or outcome.
2 main opposing Historical Yoga Positions:
The Essentialist = Yoga is a 5000 year old tradition (timeless, unchanging somehow) divinely revealed by the gods and vedic sages.
The Constructivist = Postural Yoga was invented during the colonial period and exported transnationally.
NB// Neither hold up against the historical evidence.