Bridging Yoga Traditions and Academics
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 1997 with a dissertation on the “Indigenous Aryans Debate”. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently professor of Religions of India at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous fellowships.
In addition to his academic courses, Bryant currently teaches workshops at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His lectures and workshop engagements include: The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras, Indian Philosophy and Bhakti, and the Krishna Tradition. Indian Philosophy workshop includes “the foundational philosophical texts of yoga and examine the underpinnings and essential principles of the classical schools of Hindu philosophy… beginning with their foundations in the Upanishads, the earliest mystico-philosophical tradition of India, and evolving into the Yoga Sutras, Vedanta Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other post-Vedic texts.
As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35-years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity to traditional knowledge systems.
Fascinated with India from a very young age, Edwin spent his teenage years hitchhiking through India in the 70s – ending up and living at an ashram there from several years. Eventually coming back to the states to gain a Ph.D in Indic language and cultures from Columbia in 1997.
Curiously Edwin is not just a practitioner, but he is also a scholar, which is a rare trait.
Edwin’s work is an authoritative breathe of fresh air for anyone treading the ocean of under-accountable, inaccurate, and over-commodified teachings that inundate contemporary yoga culture.