In light of William J. Broad’s (and the New York Times‘) recent false assertions that yoga began as a practice of Tantric sex cults, I present again my original post sharing the awesome Alison Hinks’ graphic showing the development of yoga over time, with its philosophical roots.
The link didn’t translate on the reblog; her graphic is here: An overly brief and incomplete history of yoga. Enjoy learning about the broad influences on yoga.
Came across this awesome graphic this morning that shows the development of yoga over time. Bravo to Alison Hinks for creating it!
If you’ve ever wondered about the many different types of yoga and where they came from, this chart shows them very nicely.
Almost all my yoga experience has been in the Krishnamacharya lineage through Iyengar, although I have taken a class in Sivananda yoga in the Bahamas and took classes for a couple of years from a teacher whose background was in Integral yoga.
One omission I see is Shiva Rea. I understand she has studied with Krishnamacharya’s son and associates Desikachar, Mohan, and Ramaswami. (Maybe it was too difficult to show that!)
I’m unfamiliar with Babu Bhagwan Das, who is shown to have influenced Krishnamacharya. I haven’t encountered that name in my readings about Krishnamacharya. When I googled it, I got links to Bhagwan Das, the follower…
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