From health centres and hospitals to schools and corporations, yoga has become an integral part of various cultures, all over the globe. The ancient mind-body healing art which originated in the east 5000 years ago has travelled and disseminated to almost all the nooks and corners of the globe. It is interesting to see how this eastern art is becoming prevalent in the western society with every passing day. Millions of people from western society are making yoga a part of daily routine every year. Many yoga enthusiasts travel to India every year--its origin place to learn and explore and understand this healing art in a better way. In the past few years, yoga has gained an audience with a great number of western people.
It all started around the 19th century. Initially, the western society got attracted toward this practice for its philosophical foundations. Their fascinations with Hindu theological writings can be referred as the first step towards the popularization of yoga in the western society. Indians travelled and introduced yoga into the western world. There were English works available that discussed yoga more in the context of physical practice such as ‘A treatise on the Yoga philosophy’ written by N.C Paul and published in 1851 in London. Talks about Asana practice began to spread in the first half of the twentieth century. But the physical aspect of yoga did not grasp full attention until the 1950s. In 1954, Romanian scholar and Mircea Eliade, a student of religion composed a holistic understanding of yoga asanas in their groundbreaking book, “Le Yoga: Immortalite’ et Liberte’”. With its English and German translations, this became one of the most recognized sources in the western world on yoga. In this book, both writers reflected asanas primarily as preparation practices for meditation and Pranayama. Also, they shed light upon ‘Hatha Yoga Pradipika’, a 15th century manual of yoga practices that emphasize upon the link between body, prana, and the mind. One of the conclusions drawn from the book was that ultimate purpose of yoga is creating harmony between the body and mind, which leads to liberation. The idea of spiritual liberation contributed to further spread of yoga in the west. It appealed the western people to a great extent as they were seeking ways to emancipate from the pressure of capitalist ideologies. In this way, the first boom was witnessed in the mid-20th century.
The increasing popularity of yoga in the west was heavily influenced by the students of Sri T. Krishnamacharya in particular. In the late 1940’s, Indra Devi stayed in Hollywood circles for a few decades and started teaching asanas. Later she travelled to Mexico and California and left for Argentina in 1982 where she kept on spreading the yogic knowledge. Meanwhile in 1966, one of the prominent yoga gurus of all times- B.K.S Iyengar published a comprehensive guide on asana practice in the form of ‘Light on Yoga’ which enhanced the popularity of yoga to a great extent across the globe. Just after a few years, another great yogi and the founder of Ashtanga Yoga --K.Pattabhi Jois taught Yoga in U.S and Australia. Since then, yoga never looked back and kept on spreading its wings across the globe.
In the past few decades, it has been learned, explored, discovered, reimagined and reconstructed. Myriad of yoga styles blossomed and flourished across many western countries and developed in a range of directions. But the constant thing about all of them was the intention of creating mind-body balance.
With the growing industrialization, modernization and technological advancement, the resources of information also expanded in the form of Cable TV and Internet. The public in the west became democratic and got greater access to science and knowledge. Since 1960, the western world had witnessed a major cultural change. Now, there was more need for stress and anxiety relief and physical fitness. There was more need of liberation to match-up the pace of the change. Yoga became a major practice to achieve liberation- liberation from the fear of failure, from the fear of pain, and the fear of change. Yoga witnessed a great boom at the dawn of the postmodern age and since then, it found a fertile ground.
At present, yoga in the west, in the east and around the globe is celebrated as the profound and most effective remedy for imbalances of daily life. If you haven’t witnessed its healing benefits, then roll out your yoga mat from the very now, and begin your journey of self-transformation.
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