History of Yoga

with Dr. Chris Chapple


Explore the origins and evolution of Yoga in this series of lectures and stories by renowned scholar-practitioner, Dr. Chris Chapple. From its ancient roots to contemporary practices, you'll follow the development of the various forms of Yoga by examining archaeological findings, cultural records and historical texts. As the founding Director of Loyola Marymount University's Master of Arts in Yoga Studies Program, Dr. Chapple challenges traditional Western narratives and considers the diverse philosophical frameworks that have shaped Yoga over time. Use this course to gain a deeper understanding of the rich history of an enduring and expansive system of knowledge, and develop a contextual basis for your own practice.


This course is best suited for Yoga teachers looking to expand their knowledge, Yoga teachers who would like to teach their students Yoga history and Yoga teacher trainees looking to fulfill non-contact hours. This course may also be of interest to serious Yoga practitioners who want to understand Yoga's origins.

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32 videos
organized into
12 chapters

An in-depth exploration of the history and philosophy of Yoga through academic lectures and storytelling. There are 30 videos throughout 10 instructional chapters, each with a corresponding quiz and supporting PDF's to help you master the information.

Learn from master teachers in the comfort of your home.

Comprehensive video lectures translate complex topics into user-friendly language.

Link together in-depth philosophical concepts into historical context.

Supplementary course materials enhance your learning and keep you accountable, while providing opportunities to integrate the teachings into your daily life.

1 Lecture
Yoga's Origins
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
The Upaniṣads
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Yoga in the Mahābhārata
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Yoga and Mindfulness in Buddhism
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Classical Yoga and Sāṁkhya
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Yoga in the Purāṇas
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Yoga in Jainsim
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Haṭha Yoga
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Tantra and Yoga Vāsiṣṭha
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
Modern Yoga
3 Lectures 3 quizzes
1 Lecture

Dr. Chris Chapple

Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he founded and currently directs the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, delivered face to face and through hybrid learning. This Glo course counts toward one of the certificates required for the completion of the degree....

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How long do I have access to this course?

You will have access at any time, no matter when you purchase or begin the course, for the life of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible anytime and can be completed on your schedule.

How does it work?

  • The course content is delivered to you via online streaming video with downloadable supporting documents and images, organized into chapters with 30 instructional videos total.
  • Each instructional video is followed by a quiz.
  • There is a "Discussion" feature that allows you to interact with Chris and your peers regarding questions that arise for you over the course of your study.
  • You will have access to History of Yoga for the life of the course. The course and all included materials are accessible any time and can be completed on your schedule and on any computer.

The total run time is 10 hours.

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History of Yoga

with Dr. Chris Chapple