Last fall, ESPN visited Ghosh's Yoga College in Kolkata. Julia Henderson, a producer for 30 for 30 Podcasts was researching the roots of Ghosh Yoga for their new series about Bikram Choudhury. It comes out tomorrow.
The purpose of the trip was to look into the world of yoga, before Bikram was in the US. We stayed at the Great Eastern Hotel (which once housed the family of Buddha Bose), and Julia interviewed Ghosh family members and other teachers in the tradition.
As anyone who has visited Kolkata knows, the trip always seems to be whirlwind and this was no exception. Between jet lag, culture shock (it was her first time there), a busy interview schedule, there was never a dull moment. The first interview was at Ghosh's College with Muktamala Mitra. That was followed by interviews with Dr. PS Das, Mukul Dutta (student of Bishnu Ghosh) and several more. Between interviews, we spent our time walking through Kolkata or packing ourselves into Ubers, both of which give you a full sensory experience. (Think honking, lots of smells and more!) For me, this was coupled with making sure the new trainees were settling into Ghosh's Yoga College and that the beginning of the training was running smoothly.
The trip went smoothly, now let's see what the podcast has to say!
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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