It's no secret that yoga is currently one of the most popular fitness routines around the world. Yoga, as we all know, originated in Northern India and was developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization over 5,000 years ago, but there are still plenty of things that you don't know about this discipline. In this article, we've compiled a lot of fascinating facts about yoga, here they are:
Yes, you've read that right. Yogis have written the first book - the Rig Veda. The Rig Veda is the first of the Vedas containing thousands of hymns and Sanskrit mantras, and that's not just that, this Veda is believed to be the oldest known text in the entire world, dating back to 1500 B.C. or earlier.
Although yoga did only become known in the USA in the 60s, it has been practiced in the country way before that. The renowned Hindu teacher Swami Vivekananda was credited for bringing the teachings of Yoga with him when he came to the United States in the 1890s. As pointed out in Wikipedia, "Vivekananda was the principal reason behind the enthusiastic reception of yoga, transcendental meditation and other forms of Indian spiritual self-improvement in the West."
Being a teacher, first in the Art Institute of Chicago, he transferred his yoga knowledge and practices to a number of students.
Nude yoga, as the phrase implies, is where people don't wear clothes while doing the yogasanas. People believe that doing nude yoga can deepen their yoga practice. It also teaches acceptance and love for their bodies.
Two of America's greatest literary writers are also fond of the teachings of yoga. Both of their writings have made several references pertaining to Bhagavad Gita - a 700 verse Hindu scripture. But what most people don't know is that Thoreau learned about this practice at Emerson's library. Thoreau came across Manusmriti (a Hindu law book) and became immensely interested with “solitude and meditative life in general.”
According to the Yoga Alliance, there were over 52,700 yoga teachers registered in 2016 alone.
Apart from all the health benefits that you reap by practicing yoga, your lifespan also increases since this practice helps expand the lungs, thus benefitting the heart.
And there you have it! Interesting facts about yoga that you probably don't know.