Lonely Guru Dialogues with Ryan Spielman
About This Show
Inspired by many currents developing in the world of spiritual awakening and cultural transformation, I began the podcast as a way to contribute to this evolving dialogue. This podcast is an expression of my own passion for the exploration and realisation of Yoga. It is a way to honor the timeless wisdom that has given me so much in my life and expand our understanding of how to embody these truths in our everyday lives. In these dialogues I want to unearth what a real, transformative Yoga looks like and feels like in our culture. I hope to make you think deeply about who you are and how to live. I hope to inspire you to give yourself fully to the greatest expression of your deepest truth. Wishing you a rich and fruitful journey!
Most Recent Episode
LG35 – Karen O’Brien-Kop – Purusha and Prakriti
My guest is Karen O'Brien-Kop. In this episode we discuss two foundational concepts found in the Sankya philosphy, Purusha and Prakriti or pure consciousness and nature, which underpin the main ideas in much of yoga practice including the seminal text, the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.
Karen has been practising yoga in different forms since 1995. After a decade teaching yoga she began pursuing the academic study of yoga. Karen completed the MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2014 and is now continuing a PhD in the Department of Religions and Philosophies. Karen is in the third year of her research project, which centres on the Yogasutra of Patanjali as well as other cross-religious textual accounts of yoga in the 4th-5th century CE. Karen has studied Sanskrit with Dr James Mallinson of SOAS, and has been a recipient of the Phiroz Mehta scholarship and the Ouseley Memorial language scholarship.