Top 7 Myths about Yoga – Busted!
There is a lot of “yoga” happening in the world today that has very little to do with what yoga really is. Several myths about this ancient practice have long been masquerading as facts. It’s time we demystify yoga, in Sadhguru’s very own words.
 
 

There is a lot of “yoga” happening in the world today that has very little to do with what yoga really is. Several myths about this ancient practice have long been masquerading as facts. It’s time we demystify yoga, in Sadhguru’s very own words.

Read in Hindi: योग से जुड़ी सात भ्रांतियां
எது யோகா இல்லை?

Myth 1: Yoga comes from Hinduism

Sadhguru: Yoga is Hindu just the way gravity is Christian. Just because the law of gravity was propounded by Isaac Newton, who lived in a Christian culture, does it make gravity Christian? Yoga is a technology. Anybody who is willing to make use of it can make use of it.

Why the yogic sciences have gotten labeled as Hindu by a few ignorant people is because this science and technology grew and prospered in this culture, so naturally it has gotten associated with the Hindu way of life. The word "Hindu" has come from the word “Sindhu”, which is a river. Because this culture grew from the banks of the river Sindhu or Indus, this culture got labeled as Hindu. Hindu is not an “ism” – it is not a religion. It is a geographical and cultural identity.

Myth 2: Why be a human when you can be a pretzel? Yoga is all about impossible postures.

Sadhguru: When we utter the word “yoga”, most people on the planet only think of asanas . Of all the different things that the science of yoga explores – just about every aspect of life – today’s world has chosen to represent yoga with only the physical aspect. In the yogic system, there is very little significance given to asanas. For a little over two hundred Yoga Sutras, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas. But somehow, in modern times, this one sutra has gained significance over everything else.

In many ways, it is a clear manifestation of where the world is going. The whole journey of the modern world is just this, from deeper dimensions – from the spirit – to body. That is exactly what we want to reverse. We want human beings to start their journey with the body but move towards their inner nature.

I am incapable of being depressed, otherwise I would be depressed looking at the way hata yoga is being practiced around the world and people thinking that is what it is. The practice as you see it – the mechanics of it, is simply of the body. You have to breathe life into it, otherwise it will not become alive. This is why traditionally, there has been so much stress on a live Guru – to make it alive. The yogic system is a subtle manipulation of your system to allow it to rise to a different level. Yoga means that which allows you to attain to your higher nature. Every asana, every mudra, every way of breathing – everything – is focused towards this.

Myth 3: Want six-pack abs? Yoga is a great exercise regime.

Sadhguru: If fitness is what you are seeking, if you want six-pack abs or whatever number, I would say go and play tennis or hike in the mountains. Yoga is not an exercise, it has other dimensions attached to it. A different dimension of fitness – yes – you get health out of it, but not six-pack abs. If you are doing yoga to burn calories or tone up your muscle, obviously you are doing improper yoga, there is no question about that. For abs, you can go to the gym. Yoga needs to be practiced in a very subtle, gentle way, not in a forceful muscle-building way, because this is not about exercise.

The physical body has a whole memory structure. If you are willing to read this physical body, everything – how this cosmos evolved from nothingness to this point – is written into this body. When you do asanas, you are opening up that memory and trying to restructure this life towards an ultimate possibility. If hata yoga is taught in a proper atmosphere, it is a fantastic process of shaping your system into a fantastic vessel, a fabulous device to receive the Divine.

Myth 4: It is only in the last century that yoga has gone global

Sadhguru: Today, though it is being practiced in all kinds of manifestations and distortions, at least the word “yoga” is getting a global presence. There has never been one organized body to propagate this, but still, it has survived and lived on because it has worked like nothing else for human wellbeing for the longest period of time.

Millions of people are practicing it, but where did this come from? Who originated yoga? The story is very long; its antiquity is lost in the hoary of time. In the yogic culture, Shiva is not known as a God, but as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind.

The first part of Shiva’s teaching was to Parvathi, his wife. The second set of yoga teachings were expounded to the first seven disciples. This happened at the banks of Kanti Sarovar at Kedarnath. This is where the world’s first yoga program happened.

After many years, when the transmission of the yogic science was complete, it produced seven fully enlightened beings – the seven celebrated sages who are today known as the Sapta Rishis, and are worshipped and admired in Indian culture. Shiva put different aspects of yoga into each of these seven people, and these aspects became the seven basic forms of yoga. Even today, yoga has maintained these seven distinct forms.

The Sapta Rishis were sent in seven different directions to different parts of the world to carry this dimension with which a human being can evolve beyond his present limitations and compulsions.

One went to Central Asia, one to the Middle East and North Africa, one to South America, one stayed right there with Adiyogi, one to the lower regions of Himalayas, one to Eastern Asia and one travelled south into the Indian subcontinent. Time has ravaged many things, but when the cultures of those lands are carefully looked at, small strands of these people’s work can be seen, still alive. It has taken on various colors and forms, and has changed its complexion in a million different ways, but these strands can still be seen.

Myth 5: Find your groove. Yoga & music go well.

Sadhguru: There should never be a mirror or music when you practice asanas. Hata yoga demands a certain involvement of your body, mind, energy and the innermost core. If you want to get the involvement of that which is the source of creation within you, your body, your mind, your energy must be absolutely involved. You should approach it with a certain reverence and certain focus. Not just going, playing music and doing something. One of the biggest problems in yoga studios is, the teacher is doing asanas and speaking. This is a sure way to cause damage to yourself.

No talking in the asana is not just a norm, it is a rule. You never ever speak in postures. The breath, the mental focus and the stability of energy is most important when you are doing the asana. If you speak, you will destroy all that. At least eight to ten people have come to us with serious imbalances with which we have helped them. I think about four of them have given up their profession now because they knew what nonsense they were doing.

A few years ago when I was in America, I was invited to speak in a yoga studio by someone. So I went to her yoga studio and music was playing – chang, chang, chang – to keep everybody enthusiastic. She was in ardhamatsyendrasana and was talking to a group of people. When she saw me, she just jumped up from the table, came and hugged me.

I took her aside and told her, “See, you will bring serious imbalances into your system. How long have you been doing this?” She said some fifteen, sixteen years. I said, “If you've done this for sixteen years, you must be suffering from this, this and this.” She looked at me terrified and the next day she comes to me and says, “Sadhguru, what you said has been happening to me. I'm going through all sorts of treatment from the doctors.” I said, “You don’t need a doctor, you are causing it. You stop this, this will go away.” After about one-and-a-half years, she gave up teaching yoga.

A lot of people who have done improper yoga have lost their mental balance. This is not because yoga is dangerous. Stupidity has always been a dangerous thing on the planet. You do something stupid, it will cause damage to you. Stupidity is one thing which has always been a dangerous thing on this planet, right from ancient times.

Myth 6: Need a yoga study guide? You can learn yoga from a book.

Sadhguru: Today, if you enter any major bookstore, you will find a minimum of 15 to 20 different yoga books. How to learn yoga in 7 days, how to become a yogi in 21 days... Many people have caused immense damage to themselves by learning yoga through books. It seems to be very simple, but when you do it, you will see it is a very subtle aspect. This has to be done with perfect understanding and proper guidance. Without this, one can get into deep trouble. A book can inspire you, but it is not meant to teach a practice.

Myth 7: Yoga is something you practice every morning and evening

Sadhguru: Yoga is not something that you do morning-evening. It is a certain way of being. One must become yoga. If it’s morning-evening yoga, the rest of the time entanglement – this is not yoga, this is only yoga practice.

There is no aspect of life which is excluded from the yogic process. If your life becomes yoga, then you can do everything. You can run your family, you can go to the office, you can run your business, you can do whatever you want without any problem if your way of being becomes yoga. Every aspect of life, either you can use it to entangle yourself or to liberate yourself. If you are using it to entangle yourself, we call it as karma. If you are using it to liberate yourself, we call it yoga.

Editor's Note: If you would like to explore the science of yoga from an enlightened master, download "Inner Management" - a free e-book by Sadhguru.

 
 
 
 
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5 years 7 months ago

I am glad you are able to invoke pity and shows your humane side. Please do not take your guru's words on face value. The comparison with Newton's science exploits vis a vis a Rishi's quest for self awareness is pathetic. Yoga is no doubt a tool....be it all the aasanas or the very varied forms of meditation, but it is a tool for spiritual salvation. Yoga Sutra writting by Panini is essentially a dharmic text. It is no doubt not the starting point of Yoga but a compilation of best methods discovered till then. But all sources of yogic knowledge start from essentially a religious text either of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain tradition. None of these tools were discovered in a vacuum of devoid of spiritual quest. The life of an ascetic even before the time of buddha was characterized by severe tapas and observance of other austerities(pali canons). There are several instances of direct or personified mention right from Rig Veda of either Tapas or Yoga. It is essentially an indic spiritual element and no westerner or new age guru can divorce one from another. However for us to start practicing yoga we need not belong to either of these indic schools.

3 years 10 months ago

again text books.. go on.. way to go!!!

5 years 7 months ago

There was no comparison of Newtonian physics with yoga. Only the common attribution of yoga to Hinduism (as a subset) is compared with a hypothetical attribution of Newton's ideas to Christianity (as a subset), in order to make the point that yoga is NOT peculiar to or an aspect of Hinduism. Stay clear when you read or you will not read what is written!

3 years ago

Regular exercise boosts brain health, and a fit brain is generally
able to learn, think and remember better. But a few recent studies offer an
additional exercise-related tip: time your workouts for just after a study
session, and you might better retain the information you just learned. In a
variety of experiments, people who biked, did leg presses or even simply
squeezed a handgrip shortly after or before learning did better on tests of
recall in the hours, days or weeks that followed.

It is indeed a misleading statement that yoga practices make us " happier and peaceful human beings." If yoga can
give us happiness and peace why millions in India are wallowing in misery,
frustration and sorrow? Suicide rate is also higher than European countries.
Yoga was introduced by Indian ascetics to attain nirvana, not happiness and peace. They tortured their bodies through painful asanas (postures) to appease their gods. Some of them meditated by standing on one leg for hours. They preferred early death, not long life, to attain smadhi. Modern yoga practices are plagiarized from physical exercise. Exercise in a gym, games like tennis, jogging will give muscular power and mental alertness. These plagiarized yoga practices are to fool the gullible to get money by giving false promises such
as 'happiness,' and 'peace.' It's all bunkum..

5 years 7 months ago

While the intention to make the traditional practice of yoga more accessible & inclusive by adding music and classes in various environments is a good one, sometimes the result of this is a trivialization of the practice to the extent that it barely scratches the surface. Consequently, yoga ends up as an exotic and au courant way of "working out". However, if having more people doing asana and feeling good is yoga's biggest challenge, what a great problem we have. Are there not many paths to the same destination?

4 years 11 months ago

Traditional styles of yoga like Iyengar and Ashtanga were new and innovative at some point decades ago. Yoga has changed and developed with the human being and their needs, the same as science and technology. I understand that yoga is more than a physical work out but if through physical exercise , music, colours etc we achieved a higher level of living...isn't that what yoga is about? Tolerance and an open mind are vey important when it comes to practice yoga.

1 year 6 months ago

The word Hindu had a relation more to do with geography rather than religion in the early days. It was coined by the Persians to refer to people living beyond the Hind-Kush mountains. Same was for the river Indus which Alexandar managed to cross with his army. The concept was about Dharma and way of life using Vedas. The word Hindu, creation of religion called Hinduism happened much later. Even Sanskrit was only a spoken language. There is no single way of following Hinduism as there is no religious text on hinduism. Even region has it's own identity, customs and rituals. The common things are vedas. The rest are poetry - stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

5 years 7 months ago

Mandeep, I am a very proud to be born in bharath a land of great knowledgeand amazing discoveriess. But I will not let shallow scholarship ruin what is left of my tradition. While you wait for Isha to come up with a book, I asure you the answers to Myth 4 was what I wanted to hear - my istadevatha being Siva. I am only trying to understand where it is being refered to. I am guessing it is from Shaiva sidhantha texts and an assimilation of shiva puranas. I will be truly interested to know the texts and verses

3 years 10 months ago

No use of shouting this again n again.. you need to prove scientifically..otherwise it is ignored.. whatever it is.. just bla bla bla..

5 years 7 months ago

Wonderful article.. today a 7 day course will create the "so called yoga guru". Just a piece of paper (a certificate from a third rate yoga school) is sufficient to run yoga classes. I have seen so many Americans calling themselves as masters of yoga. One person needs a minimum of 12 years to master all asanas leave alone yoga. It is really sad, but this is the current state of affairs..

5 years 7 months ago

The spiritual does not belong to any religious construct, however rich that construct.

2 years 11 months ago

Then why missionaries are imitating yoga in churches? Why not create tennis courts in hallloooya sessions ?;)

5 years 7 months ago

Sadguru !! Regarding Yoga similar thoughts shared by a Master by name E.K to unravel myths about Yoga, who hailed from Viskhapatnam !! Whenver I listen to you I feel as though I am listening to the Master E.K. Of course The SOURCE is the same. Namskarams !!!

4 years 5 months ago

Incorrect and offensive

Yoga is HINDU

To say it isnt is to deny the holocaust !

I cannot believe you said that, utterly irresponsible and sad. Why dont you start wearing a burkha and performing Muslim prayers then come back and say its not apart of Islam

5 years 7 months ago

somebody taught you that these texts are talking the truth and you believe so. all i am saying is this, yoga as it is not usually presented properly and without understanding of every nut and bolt of human system, is being taught in many ridiculous ways. so isha wants that this phenomenal technology should be only done in a committed way. that is the reason for this article. have you heard of something called as vigyan bhairav tantra. there are 114 meditations which shiva has taught and there is a science which he propagated. out of that science. different masters have made differ

3 years 10 months ago

Please get your facts right: in Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras there are three sūtras which deal with āsana (YS II.46-48). However, it is correct that the Yoga Sūtras have almost nothing nothing to do with the moving āsana-system of the Modern Postural Yoga. It is a text about meditation.

5 years 7 months ago

"I am incapable of being depressed, otherwise I would be depressed looking at the way hata yoga is being practiced around the world and people thinking that is what it is. " - Nice!!!!

5 years 7 months ago

What great sense you write, Saravanan!

2 years 8 months ago

I truly find it absurd that yoga has nothing to do with Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma..The entire premise and philosophy of yoga is ingrained in Sanatana Dharma. Strange ...Bhagwad gita to Puranas and Vedas. To shiva purana wherein Shiva has taught hatha yoga to Parvati...Shiva a god in hinduism aside of being an adiyogi..Strange to say it has nothing to do with hinduism. Don't know what prompted the author to write such a thing..Yes but it can be practised by anyone maybe that is what should have written.

5 years 7 months ago

I can only pity your ignorance my friend...

4 years 5 months ago

lmao

tell the 1 billion practicing Hindus that Hinduism isnt a religion

fucking moron

5 years 7 months ago

different masters have made different practices. which we enjoy now! but this science was obviously taught by the first yogi. whom we refer to as shiva. you can worship him as your god! thats perfectly okay.

3 years 6 months ago

This is how gullible people are misled: "One went to Central Asia, one to the Middle East and North Africa, one to South America, one stayed right there with Adiyogi, one to the lower regions of Himalayas, one to Eastern Asia and one traveled south into the Indian subcontinent.." No such thing ever happened. It is sheer mythology. Long before yoga was propagated in the West, there were healthy and strong people. There were conquerors like Alexander, Julius Caesar, Napoleon and others. Yoga has now completely plagiarized western physical exercise and that is the reason for its popularity.. Ancient yogis and modern yogis in India are not healthy as their lifespan is short compared to westerners who do not practice yoga.

5 years 7 months ago

Such an informative article by Sadhguru. This article needs to be published all over

2 years 7 months ago

Americans always bastardize every teaching we get from the East so everyone can make a buck off of it. All we care about is money and the physical body because we lack connection to spirit. There will be karma for doing yoga in this way and abusing this ancient spiritual technology. Fools..........

5 years 7 months ago

definitely there is proof enough today to show. how the sapta rishis went to different parts of the world to propagate this science. isha is coming up with a book. in which almost every part of the world has linga worship. the thing is our children are never taught about the beauty and wonderful history of our yogis and scientists. they are only taught about how india was attacked by this army and that army. so if they read something good about our country. they start dismissing it as nonsense. ANYWAYS which scriptures have you read to see that its not written anywhere.

4 years 4 months ago

The Law of gravity was explained by Rishi Bhaskaracharya 10 centuries before Issac Newton 'discovered' it from researching the vedas & sanskrit literature. So Gravity is not Christian at all. Everything that the world has nowadays had been acquired from our ancient vedic seers who were scientists.

5 years 7 months ago

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3 years ago

Disagree with the first one.The people who practises yoga is termed as yogi and they are also called Hindu.Now,we can replace the word hindu with x,y or z.However,it can be done by all,and but it is different from all religions.

5 years 7 months ago

soooo Much Info love it !! ENJOYING reading & practising them !!

5 years 7 months ago

Wow! This article is as interesting as the comments I have read but nonetheless, there is so much in this article that has awaken me. I am really astonished as to how I have yet to know so much about Yoga as well as people's varying opinions about it. But there are a lot of points that this article has that perhaps a lot of people would come to agree. Thank you for this interesting info.

2 years 7 months ago

Root word of Yog is "Yuj". The first occurrence of yoga is in Rigveda 5.81.1 "Yunjyathe mana uth yunjyathe dhiyo viprah viprasya brihatho vipashchitaha"

The
translation of Griffith may not give full justice to the mantra, but here it is... "The
priests of him the lofty Priest well-skilled in hymns harness their
spirit, yea, harness their holy thoughts."

5 years 7 months ago

You are asking for a scripture reference. How can anyone know that what is said is scripture is correct?. After all a scripture was man-made. A tree is nature made..a leaf is nature made..this body is nature made...but writing or recording a script is man made.

To compare it with scientific ways..let us say that a scripture is like a Standard code like IS800-2007. The code is respectable because it is the current best understood practice. You can validate with testing. Hence the ultimate reference is reality, nature or the absolute.

Can you validate for yourself the scriptures? OR you just accept just because somebody of your choice told? When a thought or information is put forth, can you see if you can 'understand' or 'do not understand'...that you 'know' or 'do not know'..OR the means of knowing are in your knowledge domain or not...

Weigh carefully - For - when you make conclusions/assumptions on what you do not know, you kill the very possibility of knowing.

4 years 4 months ago

I disagree that Yoga is not part of Hindu Dharma - read the Bhagavad Gita where Lord Sri Krishna describes various forms of Yoga to attain spiritual awareness. Kindly stop deluding people that Yoga & Hindu Dharma are not one and the same. Hindu-ism is not a religion but a Yogic philosophy that never remains stagnant. Christianity has problems with understanding this.

5 years 7 months ago

Reaching the treasure house and still not finding any valuables, Really feeling sorry for U !!!!

3 years ago

That is even worse. The western society started Hot Yoga from Hatha Yoga. People are going crazy over hot yoga which is the ultimate marketing gimmick.

5 years 7 months ago

Hope the WORLD atleast Now realises the Important of YOGA & MEDITATION :)

5 years 7 months ago

please understand that Hindu is a culture and not a religion. even the article says that though yoga originated in this culture (Hindu) it applies universally (similar to gravity)

2 years 7 months ago

"Why the yogic sciences have gotten labeled as Hindu by a few ignorant people is because this science and technology grew and prospered in this culture, so naturally it has gotten associated with the Hindu way of life."

Woah, if you're gonna be condescending, don't go and say it's natural right after!!

"A lot of people who have done improper yoga have lost their mental balance. This is not because yoga is dangerous. Stupidity has always been a dangerous thing on the planet. You do something stupid, it will cause damage to you. Stupidity is one thing which has always been a dangerous thing on this planet, right from ancient times."

This can't be a serious paper!?!! Such a zen moment in my life. Not.

5 years 7 months ago

so where does one start?

4 years 4 months ago

Allowing one part to be taken from Hinduism opens a door for the distortion of the teachings. We must remember that the roots to modern day yoga comes from Vedic Yoga. The same Vedic Yoga that is the authority of Hinduism. Allowing one branch to be severed from the tree of knowledge will not necessarily kill that tree, but it can produce strain and have an unbalancing effect upon the tree.

Hinduism should reclaim its full heritage and not allow other groups to rename its sacred teachings under their banner, especially when they have no history of those teaching within their own system. If they wish to ‘borrow’ and say this comes from our brothers and sisters in Hinduism, then that is another thing. But frequently groups attempt to privatize the information and present themselves as the original authority. Hinduism should guard against its sacred traditions becoming distorted and taken away.

5 years 7 months ago

what to say, i was searching for a yoga teacher! and found one, Thank you sadhguru, I am not gonna join it. I agree to all the myth's. How can we practice yoga then? Do you have your Yoga schools in DELHI?

3 years ago

Really insightful, Mr.
You deserve some awards for this piece of inspirative writing. You just demonstrated that you neither understand health, nor yoga. Napoleon was healthy and strong? Conquerors have nothing to do with physical health, it was hardly Goliath defeats David sort of story. He relied on military strategy and daring.
One last advice: please don't open your mouth here. And really, you will enjoy emigrating to some place where they fight with imagined phantoms of Christian theology, like the USA.

5 years 7 months ago

Amazing Article this!

5 years 7 months ago

Science too starts with an assumption and moves on to an experiment to prove whether it is right or wrong. Similarly one does not need scriptures but just an open mind. Adopt the technology on a trial basis and be objective and sincere with the results. Once the silence is experienced and is sustainable isn't that evidence enough that it works? Similarly when all of the technology given to you by someone works better and better and keeps you vibrant, calm, happy and joyful and resilient and in a pristine frame of psychological and mental health then it is not belief that one adopts but a trust that develops...........

2 years 7 months ago

Amen to that.

5 years 7 months ago

You have already started ! :)

4 years ago

dear Sadhguru, can you please give your thoughts on "hot yoga"..yoga practiced in a hot room with teachers pushing for extreme urgency to complete a particular asan

5 years 7 months ago

Most of de time i hav preffered to practisw with songs playing.
lernt m doin a mistake,

3 years ago

Sadhguru, thank you again!!! your gyan post is taking me through ....but i feel my inconsistency in practice of yoga and dhyan has put me in a jumping castle (like you said) sometime i am there and sometime i am not...

5 years 7 months ago

as a Yoga Student of many years and as a teacher of many years.... while the spirit of this article is well intended... it has a didactic crap that smells as bad as the myths it is trying to dispel. - om.

5 years 4 months ago

thanks and i am glad that i have been there at the invocation program. It was blissful,informative and an abode of energies.

2 years 7 months ago

Dear Saravanan Ayyasamy,

I get the feeling that you have not learned Hatha Yoga from Isha Foundation. All I can say is my comment is man made.

5 years 7 months ago

Don't pitty, just observe. Your pitty is a reaction of an emotion. It enhances your bubble. Instead, you want to break that bubble.

4 years ago

What damage is caused by talking while in an asana?

3 years ago

Sadhguru is contradicting himself . He points myth 1 as " Yoga comes from hindusim" and then talks about shiva as adi yogi and saptha rishi's emerged from yoga. This is inauthentic. Ofcourse, Yoga came from shiva and hence it is from santana darma. But that doesnt mean no one can practice it. Everyone can practice; But the source is hinduism. Where does the word hindu comes is completely irrelevant to wheather yoga came from Hinduism or not.
What is stopping us from authentically agreeing that source of yoga is hindusim is the fear of losing the secular image. True secularism can happen only if you acknowledge the source and at the same time be open for everyone to practice.

5 years 7 months ago

I want to know who wrote this absolute shit of an article............who are you to say it does not belong to Sanathana dharma..........new age gurus and their stinking wannabe fans

5 years 3 months ago

will height increase through yoga ?

2 years 7 months ago

You are totally mistaken! I would highly recommend you to spend some quality time learning about Yoga before you reach any conclusion. Yoga means a lot more than exercise. Yoga means union of body mind and spirit, conscious and unconscious mind, individual soul and divine soul, yin and yang etc etc. What you articulate as yoga is only part of it and that is Hata yoga! Yoga is a lifestyle, it includes njaana yoga, karma yoga and bhakthi yoga. Yoga is about activating your nadis, not just flexing muscles. Yoga results in increase of Serotonin levels in the brain which leads to 'happiness' and 'peace'. Sorry if I hurt your Christian sentiments or aggravate your Hindu hatred.

5 years 7 months ago

That is awesome information. I have not taken a formal yoga class yet. I am currently in Bali and plan to do so within the next few days. This is great information. It helps me to understand what yoga is really about. Great post.

3 years 10 months ago

I must affirm this way of thinking

5 years 7 months ago

Gosh, that surprised me. I found it quite free of didacticism and crap. Where do you find it?

3 years ago

i totally agree to your point. Point 1 and point 4 are completely contradicting. By accepting Yoga is from Hinduism doesnt mean nobody can follow it

5 years 7 months ago

All that content in myth 4.......what is being referred here? what scripture is used to get these 'facts'

5 years 2 months ago

Yoga IS an aspect of Sanatana Dharma or what you call Hinduism. Pranayama for example is part of daily rituals for thousands of years much before Patanjali. Yoga is one of the six philosophical branches of Sanatana Dharma. Earliest reference to meditation is in Bruhadaranyaka Upanishad.

Anyone can practice good things in another religion especially when the system is complete and allows for secular use. Yoga can be practiced in a secular sense although it is more appropriate to practice it with a appreciative mindset.

Do give credit where it belongs: Hinduism. I see people are so eager to call Caste System a part of Hinduism without much thought but when it comes to Yoga come up with all sorts of clueless ignorance as arguments!

2 years ago

Hindu scriptures are metaphoric. No one can simply understand its significance.

5 years 7 months ago

Only someone with no vested interest can agree on what is being said here ;)

3 years 10 months ago

first understand what is written there and argue..

5 years 7 months ago

Where do you live Pat?

3 years ago

Yoga is definitely contribution from Hindusim. It doesnt mean that it cannot be practiced by anybody. Acknowledging its source will help us to understand the context. Why we dont acknowledge teh source is the fear of losing the secular image that Sadhguru is maintaining

5 years 7 months ago

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5 years 1 month ago

Great article.

2 years ago

The great iyengar while teaching yoga, explains asanas by speaking to students while he is yogic positions. Does he also had imbalance in mind? I am not biased to any particular guru. But one thing is sure, instead of making a common man to use yoga without confusions all guru made people confused by making entirely contradicting statements on practice of yoga between themselves (gurus). Why is it so?