history of yoga course by brett larkin

Do you have a hunger to know more about yoga’s origins? After 3+ years of research, propelled by my own unanswered questions, I’m *SO* excited to have assembled my History of Yoga Course, designed for passionate yoga students and teachers.


The true origins of Yoga, REVEALED.

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Detailed timeline of how yoga evolved from 4,000 BCE through today

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Presentations on the Vedas, Upanishads, Time of Siddhartha (the Buddha), the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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Evolution of modern yoga postures – from Krishnamacharya, Patthabi Jois, Iyengar, TKV Deiskchar, and Paramahansa Yogananda

I wanted to go beyond the Yoga Sutras, and dive into the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika…

HOW did yoga evolve from a spiritual practice, thousands of years ago, into the group fitness classes we practice today?

WHICH yoga asana are ancient, dating back thousands of years? Which are modern inventions?

WHO was yoga designed for? And are we honoring those intentions today?

Yoga is not static.

It’s been evolving since 5,000 BCE.

Yoga has ancient roots, but has always been in a state of constant metamorphosis.

I created this History of Yoga program due to my own unanswered questions about yoga’s origins.

The best part is finally here… getting to share all that I discovered with YOU!

It’s time! 

Together, let’s:

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Demystify yoga’s origins

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Debunk common misconceptions about the poses

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Discover yogic texts *beyond* the Yoga Sutras

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  • First occurrence of the work yoga
  • Cultural context of the Vedas
  • Emergence of pre-prototypal yogis

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  • Unpacking the Ratha Kalpana
  • Direct contact with the Divine
  • Cultural shifts at 400 BCE

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  • Buddhism’s influence on yoga
  • The Middle Way
  • The Four Noble Truths

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  • Deep dive into yoga’s most overlooked text
  • Yoga redefined for those who are “in action”
  • Krishna & Arjuna: key passages broken down

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  • Who was Patajanli?
  • Translation comparisons 
  • The SAD DARSHANAS: 6 Visions of Indian Philosophy

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  • What is Hatha Yoga?
  • The Gheranda Samhita
  • The Shiva Samhita

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  • “Father of Modern Yoga” pivots yoga forever
  • European influences on yoga asana
  • Yoga comes to America

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  • Iyanger, Jois and Desikachar 
  • Paramahansa Yogananda 
  • Uplifted Yoga lineage

I deeply appreciate the manner in which Brett has synthesized a mind-blowing amount of research and enthusiasm in this course. This program brought me a much deeper connection to and appreciation of the ancient wisdom of yoga!

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High-quality video lectures & tutorials that are easy to digest for on-the-go learning

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All content downloadable to your device of choice for offline viewing via iPhone & Android app, desktop, AppleTV, Roku, AndroidTV, or FireTV

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5 hours of earnable Yoga Alliance continuing education credit under the Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, & Ethics (YPLE) category

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Gorgeous printable manual for students & teachers

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Q&A Live Call replay

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Download Everything to Mobile Phone or Tablet for Offline Viewing

Easy On-the-Go Access through the Uplifted™ App

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Let’s go back to school!

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I can’t wait to share the AHA moments that helped me grasp how yoga evolved from an ancient practice to the physical group classes we teach today.

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Don’t allow ignorance or confusion to limit your relationship with yoga. Come into full alignment with this practice by understanding where it came from, who it was for, and how it has changed.

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Exit this course empowered in your knowledge and interpretation. Honor yoga’s rich history while evolving this life-transforming technology to best impact yourself and students.


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About Brett Larkin

Passionate yogis and yoga teachers from around the world turn to Brett for guidance on how to live their best life — on and off the mat.

While getting her degree, Brett studied in both New York and India with her first teacher, the original co-founder of YogaWorks, Yogiraj Alan Finger. She’s completed multiple Yoga Alliance, KRI, and prenatal certified trainings with teachers who inspire her like Gurmukh, Rod Stryker, Elena Brower, Kia Miller, and Guru Singh. Brett is also a Massage Therapist specializing in myofascial release and unwinding, certified under physical therapist John Barnes. Today, Brett’s online classes are streamed for over 4 million minutes each month. Her now 499K+ subscriber channel won YouTube’s “Next Up” award in 2015.

Using her proven high-touch method in the online world, Brett helps her students find their authentic voice, create thriving online communities, and accelerate their yoga and wellness business revenue.


What happens immediately after I order?

Look for an email from “info@upliftedyoga.com” in your inbox with a link to the content within minutes after placing your order. You can watch on a computer, through our Uplifted mobile app for iPhone & Android app, or on AppleTV, Roku, AndroidTV, and FireTV.

Note: This course will be available on the Uplifted Yoga Teacher Training speciality app.


Do I have lifetime access to the course?

Once you purchase, the videos are yours to keep forever. There is no expiration date on this course.


Is there a “Live” component to the program?

No, this is a home study course for you to complete at your own pace. For live instruction, consider Brett’s full 200-Hour Teacher Training Program


Is the History of Yoga included in the Uplifted™ membership?

The History of Yoga is a standalone, comprehensive course for students wishing to dive deeper into understanding yoga from the inside out, and to elevate their at-home yoga practice. Everything you receive upon purchase can’t be found anywhere else and is exclusive to this course.  


Can I get a refund on this course if I don’t like it?

All digital product sales are final and non-refundable.


Should I pursue this course before or after your Online Yoga Teacher Training?

Either one! If you take the History of Yoga course before YTT, you set the stage to go deeper with your training using the knowledge you obtain from yogic history. However, this course is designed specifically with enthusiast students and yoga educators in mind. Yoga teachers, it will empower you with knowledge that will better serve your own students.


I’m an Uplifted 200-Hour or 300-Hour graduate. Are there discounts?

There are no discounts on the History of Yoga course at this time. Please stay subscribed to Brett’s emails for occasional promotions.