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Yoga History

Iyengar And The Invention Of Yoga

The New Yorker | Michelle Goldberg | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

In contemporary yoga classes, teachers often speak of Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutras,” a philosophical text compiled around two thousand years ago, as...

5 Ways the West Is Improving Yoga (And the World)

Rudy Mettia | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rudy Mettia

Just like the sun, which rises in the east but sets in the west, yoga's home is right here in the US of A. Here are five ways the West has improve...

The Father of Modern Yoga

Larry Payne, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Payne, Ph.D.

While Sri T. Krishnamacharya may not be a household name, we can thank him for the diversity of styles of yoga we now enjoy, ranging from the strenuous to the therapeutic.

How We Got Here: Where Yoga Poses Come From

Alanna Kaivalya | Posted 06.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Alanna Kaivalya

In order to make our beloved asana practices ready to sustain the test of time, we have to make it relevant by using these practices to create sustained freedom and joy... just as the history of yoga has intended.

Has Yoga Lost Its Soul?

Justin Hakuta | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Justin Hakuta

What happens next in a world where yoga is being used to sell everything from yogurt, air fresheners, pain killers and cars? Has commercialization diluted the practice to the point of triviality, becoming just another easily bought, packaged and sterilized commodity? Hardly.

It's a Woman Thing

Stefanie Syman | Posted 08.16.2011 | Women
Stefanie Syman

Anyone reading the headlines about Lady Gaga taking up yoga and Jennifer Aniston committing to downward dogs for life and Michelle Obama advocating yo...

Yoga: Reaffirming the Transformational Practice's Hindu Roots

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

I look forward to the day when people like me can use the term Hinduism without fear of being misconstrued. In the meantime, it is incumbent upon yoga proponents to give credit where it is due and acknowledge yoga's Hindu origins.