by Bob Weisenberg The Bhagavad Gita is so rich and versatile that it tends to take on the character of the translator or commentator: Give it to an historian and you get history. (Feuerstein) Give it to a Bhakti (yoga of love) and you get love. (Schweig) Give it to a teacher of dharma (life [...]
Many of us rise and shine with the sun salutations, but do we know the history behind the sequence?* Yoga scholar Mark Singleton shares his take from his book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, via Decolonizing Yoga. Mark Singleton is also a co-founder (with James Mallison) of the Roots of Yoga project, a [...]
Hear ye, hear ye, yoga shall be museumified. The Smithsonian in Washington, DC will debut the first visual history of yoga exhibit in October 2013 and we shall marvel and look on with awe-inspiring delight at more than 120 objects borrowed from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe, and the United States showing thousands [...]
Happy Birthday, Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar! Born December 14th, 1918 the "Lion of Pune" turns a young 94 years of age today. The 11th of 13 children, Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja grew up battling multiple diseases including malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and general malnutrition. At 15 years old he moved to Mysore to live and study [...]
A single book to clear up all the questions over history, lineage and traditions of yoga, by the dorkiest of yogadork scholars? Sound like the the yoga bible you've been looking for?
Excuse us? News like this doesn't exactly help to brighten up the week. According to a German historian, Mathias Tietke, who's putting out a book on the subject, the Third Reich had a real interest in yoga and some SS death camp guards were even recommended to try the practice. According to Tietke's new book, Yoga In National Socialism, SS overlord Heinrich Himmler was fascinated with yoga, and manipulated it to justify the Holocaust, and the Nazi goal to attain 'perfect spiritual insight and tranquility'.
Happy 93rd Birthday B.K.S. Iyengar, 'Light on Yoga' Giveaway. Happy 93rd Birthday to Sri B. K. S. Iyengar! Also known as the 'Lion of Pune' and the man with the snazziestly bushy eyebrows this side of the rope wall. Born in 1918, the 11th of 13 children, Iyengar grew up battling multiple diseases
A very happy modern YogaDork birthday to the "father of modern yoga" T. Krishnamacharya! Not only did Sri T. Krishnamacharya aid in the revival of hatha yoga with his own teachings, he was the guru for many of the most influential teachers we still look to for wisdom today: BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, [...]
OK so Kriya Yoga isn't only 150 years old, but the anniversary of the revival is! <Cheers from the crowd> As the story goes, the practice and techniques lay dormant for centuries until yogi Lahiri Mahasaya met his guru, Mahavatar Babaji, in a cave in the Himalayan Mountains in the fall of 1861, where he [...]
Happiest of happy birthdays to a legend of modern yoga, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. The student of T. Krishnamacharya and founder of Ashtanga yoga, the vigorous vinyasa practice we know today (and Madonna's fave), would have turned 96 this year. Guruji passed away in May 2009, but his legacy lives on on the mat, and in his famous words, "Practice, practice, [...]
We at YD love infographics! Almost as much as we love yoga, which means we're giddier than a kundalini at a gong fest when the two come together. Here, we are provided a moment to ponder the meaning of AUM and thanks to Alison Hinks, are given a visualization of its vibrational layers. Click to [...]
Speaking of overly briefness, here's a 5-minute video on the story of modern Hatha yoga. Sure it's not the most in-depth chronicling, nor the most thrilling recount (especially when it gets all A Current Affair reenactment) but we kind of dig these historical pop in your back pocket nuggets. Can you guess who the guru [...]
We were impressed by this 'overly brief and incomplete history of yoga' chart before, but creator Alison Hinks has made some updates. Enjoy the little less-brief, tad more completeness!* Click the image to enlarge or click here for pdf Originally at Alison Hinks Yoga. Yes you may bug her for the poster size. *this is [...]
It's Patanjali's 8-limbed path in beautiful chartastic form! AKA our new wallpaper. Pretty yoga history (ch)art brought to you by the same graphic goddess of ‘An overly brief and incomplete history of yoga’ Flowchart, Alison Hinks. Click the image to enlarge or save the pdf. More about Alison at her blog. ----- Earlier... ‘An overly [...]
Something new is something old is something new again. Apparently this is part of the 1938 film featuring Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar and others practicing yoga with grace and splendor. Behold... [via NY Acro Yoga Queen Mary Aranas] ps. if you haven't spent at least 2 lunch hours huddled round your screen marveling at [...]