Many of us practice yoga because of it’s many physical and mental benefits. Just for fun, here are 10 fun facts about yoga that you may or may not know. It may make for fun conversation next time you and your yogi friends get together…
10 Fun Facts About Yoga
Men that practice yoga are yogis, women are yoginis.
There are over 100 different schools of yoga, including Hatha yoga, Raja yoga (“royal yoga”), Jnana yoga (“path of knowledge”), Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, (“discipline of action”), and Bikram yoga. They have a unified goal: the state of pure bliss and oneness with the universe.
The Guinness World Records currently lists 85-year-old Bette Calman from Australia as the world’s oldest yoga teacher.
Lotus pose is meant to resemble the perfect symmetry and beauty of a lotus flower.
Traditionally women were not invited to practice the physical aspect of yoga that is asana. The first female pupil permitted into an Indian ashram was a Russian lady by the name of Eugenia Peterson-Labunskaya in 1937.
The ancient yogi’s traditionally practiced yoga on a type of grass known as ‘kusha’ grass or on a rug made from animal skin. In 1982, Angela Farmer began to use carpet underlay cut to size while teaching yoga in Germany. On returning home to London with the material, her father contacted the German manufacturer of the padding and became the first retailer of ‘sticky mats’.
Yep, dogs do yoga too now, didn’t you know? In Doga, owners, and pets practice side-by-side… the practice first started in New York in 2002 when Suzi Teitelman started yoga for dogs.
The largest yoga class at a single venue was with 35,000 people at the New Delhi Global Yoga Day on June 21st, 2015.
Modern postural yoga, the practice of actually holding poses, originated with early 20th-century guru Krishnamacharya.
14 million people doing yoga are over the age of 50.