Two talks exploring the history and challenges of yoga take place at Cal Poly this month.
The first titled “The Lost Early History of Yoga in America” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. UCSB doctoral candidate Philip Dislippe will discuss yoga’s 130-year history and evolution in the U.S., touching on traveling teachers, public scandals, secret teaching and “claims to mental and magical power.” The event will be held in Room 101, Baker Center for Sciences and Mathematics (Building 180).
The second, “From Turbans to Yoga Pants: Race, Sex and the Feminization of American Yoga” will be at 7 p.m. May 26 in the Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Building (Building 8) in Room 123. Cal Poly faculty member Anna Pokazanyeva will discuss how “mainstream yoga continues to be branded the ‘bastard child’ of an ancient practice,” and related issues, a Cal Poly press release said.
Hosted by the Cal Poly Religious Studies Program, the talks are free and open to the public.