Yoga corrects misperception to free us from suffering.
That's the basic message of most ancient texts, but there are many different teachings and some contradict each other. How do they all fit together? What explains why they change?
If you've ever felt puzzled by yoga philosophy, you're in the right place for some straightforward clarity. And if you have questions about yoga's history – or how traditional ideas relate to modern priorities – they're answered here too.
The Truth of Yoga is a comprehensive guide to how yoga evolved. The book highlights themes that have shaped its development over the centuries, and the courses on this site bring those subjects to life in accessible ways. The interactive format is:
- Engaging and fun
- Designed for practitioners
- Grounded in evidence
Join us to explore a mix of scholarship and practical insight.
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Accessible online courses
Join Daniel Simpson to explore the evolution of philosophy and practice in yogic texts.
Author and Teacher
Daniel Simpson teaches yoga philosophy at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and on teacher trainings at Triyoga in London. He also offers online talks and international workshops.
He is a graduate of Cambridge University and has a master's degree in yoga studies from SOAS. In a previous career, he was a foreign correspondent, working for Reuters and the New York Times.
"If you are [a] student of yoga or simply interested in its historical and philosophical underpinnings, you will walk away from this book wiser."
"If you’re both fascinated and overwhelmed by yoga philosophy, this is the book for you... It’s the book I wish I was assigned for my 200 hour training."
"I am always asked by students what non-academic books they could read... I had high hopes for [The Truth of Yoga] and it did not disappoint."
The One-Minute Version
A very quick introduction to The Truth of Yoga (N.B. course videos are regular speed).