Three thousand years of yoga, an art with a thousand variations – Meeting with seven figures of yogis and yoginis
From their origins, the practices and theories of yoga have reached us today thanks to currents of transmission that have shown uninterrupted creativity and renewal. At the heart of this profusion, however, it is essential to discern fundamental principles, criteria for an authentic path of practice and knowledge. Like an art, such as music or painting, yoga, the art of life in its purest form, has known, in the course of its long history, many known variations, thanks to visionary yogis and yoginis. From the Vedic Vipras, ‘those whose souls vibrate’, the Munis, the silent sages of the Upanishads, Arjuna, the archer of the Bhagavad Gîtâ, Abhinavagupta, the master of Kashmir Shivaism, Goraksha, the Yogi alchemist, Lalla, the Sufi Shivaite from Kashmir, Vimala Thakar, our contemporary, these words, springing from experience, come to resonate in our hearts and minds, in bursts of intuition.
Colette Poggi, Doctor of Indian Philosophy and Sanskritist, specialist in Kashmiri Shivaism, teaches in various university centres and yoga teacher training schools. It was the experience of yoga that led her to discover the wonders of Sanskrit in her early years at university. She is the author of numerous reference books: La Bhagavad Gîtâ ou l’art d’agir (Les Equateurs, 2020); Goraksha, yogin et alchimiste (Les Deux Océans, 2019); Dans la confidence du souffle. Rencontre avec Éva Ruchpaul, une yogini impertinente (Almora, 2019); Sept joyaux du tantra shivaïte. Encounter with seven masters of medieval Kashmir (Accarias- L’Originel, 2018); Le Sanskrit, Souffle et Lumière (Almora, re-education. 2020).