- Yoga started in India around 3000 B.C.
- The Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali teaches how to practice yoga.
- Lord Shiva is considered to be the first teacher of yoga or Adiyogi.
- The oldest text about yoga, the Rig Veda, is dated 4,000 B.C.E.
- It is in the late 19th century that yoga was first introduced in the United States.
- Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) is known for introducing yoga to the West by addressing to the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.
- Traditionally, yoga was practiced on grass known as kusha grass or on an animal skin rug.
- Angela Farmer, the mother of today’s yoga mats, practiced yoga on carpet padding.
- Traditionally, yoga was practiced by men.
- Women who practice yoga today have to thank teacher Krishnamacharya who reluctantly permitted Indra Devi to join practice.
- Modern dance and American yoga share their origins.
- Yoga blocks were introduced as props in the 1970’s by BKS Iyengar.
- The first high-quality study on yoga was published in The Lancet journal in 1975.
- George Harrison, from the Beatles, promoted yoga to the West.
- The actress Eva Gabor was a student of Indra Devi, herself a disciple of Krishnamacharya.
- In 1998, Madonna sings “Shanti/Ashtangi”. The lyrics of the song include the mantra Om shanti.
- International Yoga Day, celebrated annually on June 21, was first proposed by Prime Minister Narenda Modi.
- The yoga wheel was created in 2014 by Dov Vargas and Raquel Vamos.
- In 2015, College Humor featured a sarcastic sketch in which a fictitious Gandhi follows a yoga class.
- In 2016, UNESCO listed yoga as an intangible cultural heritage.
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