Yoga was first practiced in India, back in the 6th century. However, it wasn’t until the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were published in the first millennium of the current era that yoga became known all over the globe.
Here are some curious things you don’t know about yoga’s Indian origins but should, plus some quirky things India has inspired along the way.
Yoga Means ‘Union’ in Sanskrit
In the Sanskrit language, yoga means union, to join, to attach, which translates to the union of mind, body, and soul, all in one.
More than 5K Years Old
According to the oldest Hindu transcriptions, yoga is mentioned in texts as old as 5 thousand years, when the Vedas was found.
Yoga was Only for Men
According to old Indian texts, Yoga was practiced by monks as a way to heal the body and the soul at the same time. As monks are only male, yoga was also depicted as a practice for men only.
History has Changed and Women Can do Yoga, Too
Although in ancient times women yoga practitioners were sexually objectified by it, nowadays, more than 70% of yogis are women.
Yogi Is a Male Title
The term ‘Yogi’ is commonly used to describe yoga practitioners. However, a yogi is the male version of the title while ‘Yogini’ is the recently used term for female yoga practitioners.
There are Countless Yoga Styles
According to yoga history, there 100+ styles of yoga for people to practice and take advantage of. Some of the yoga styles include Hatha, kundalini, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Bikram, vinyasa, and Kripalu yoga, among others.
India has Inspired Other things Besides Yoga
India is known for its vast cultural and religious variety, in which yoga is just one school of practice rather than a religion or cultural practice.
Bollywood is highly influenced by Yoga
The powerful colours, a mix of cultural practices, and a variety of dance styles are what make Bollywood a captivating industry. Classic Indian dance moves, also called Bharatanatyam style, are highly inspired by yoga asanas, which are used as a way to represent Hindu gods.
There are Indian and Yoga-Themed Online Casino Games
Although it may seem weird, there are online casinos and slot games based on Indian and yoga-related themes. Ohmbet online casino, 7 sultans online casino, and Golden Tiger Slots are just a few examples of this.
These curious facts about yoga and its Indian roots are basic knowledge for true yogis out there. If you want to keep learning about this healing technique and become an advanced yoga practitioner, it’s time to learn and get immersed in Indian and Hindu history.
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