YOGA – International Day of Yoga!

Relaxation in forest at the Waterfall. Ardha Padmasana pose.

Relaxation in forest at the Waterfall. Ardha Padmasana pose.

yogaToday is the International Yoga Day!

Yoga’s root goes back to the ancient religion and culture of Hinduism all the way back to the  antiquity of Indian culture.

Almost every deity of the Hindu pantheon is shown in Yoga poses

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Since the time Yoga became popular in the  west, the  non Hindu religious conservatives and the political left  who cannot bring themselves to be pluralistic and tolerant are unable to digit the fact that Yoga is rooted in Hinduism.   These groups are trying to deal with their denial in different ways.

The honest bigoted Christians (ironically the evangelicals) are honest about it and acknowledge that Yoga is Hinduism and openly preach and discourage Christians from doing Yoga.

Few other dishonest bigoted Christians have tried to hijack and are trying to digest  Yoga by making their own version called Christian Yoga.  This is not unlike how they digested the “pagan” Solstice  or yule  tree and Santa Claus by hijacking them into a Christian Holiday.   The sun salutation is now renamed as “son salutation”.   Whelp!  I guess we have to give them props for being creative?

But the most vile group of people are the illiberal political left I call “The capitalist Hippies”, who out rightly lie for the sake of profit. These are the carpetbaggers of Western “Yogies”.  The Yoga Journal is part of this group. For this group, Hinduism means “caste and curry” and so have tried to seperate yoga from Hinduism and make a false history for Yoga.  Like writing articles saying Yoga predates Hinduism, like Hinduism even  has a specific date of origin.    Their motive is to appeal to the larger group of anti Hindu bigots of the world to sell more subscriptions.  There was even an article in “Yoga Journal” about how Yoga originated in Germany and how it went to India from Germany. This is as ridiculous as the Aryan Invasion theory”.  (e.g. THE “SICK-ULAR” INDOCTRINATION OF INDIAN CHILDREN – PART 1) 

The Controversy is discussed here in an Al Jazeera TV.

TAKE BACK YOGA – HAF.

The question of who “owns” yoga has gained traction in recent years. In the United States, the Hindu America Foundation started a Take Back Yoga campaign. Shripad Yesso Naik, India’s yoga minister, told The Washington Post, “There is little doubt about yoga being an Indian art form. We’re trying to establish to the world that it’s ours.” Shankar stressed the importance of understanding the origins of yoga and its important texts, such as the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. He also worries about “inauthentic” yoga and informed me that the Indian government is considering starting a certification program and standardizing the requirements to be a yoga teacher.

I like this Yoga.  🙂

 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE A HINDU?

Steve Jobs’s Secret to Greatness: Yogananda

Yoga, a discipline from India that is so ancient in its roots that you can credit it only to unknown truth-seekers from some glorious past era, has an outer form that has seized our collective imagination: For 30 minutes every day, disconnect from the world, take your body through an array of yoga poses, breathe deeply, keep the mind focused, and presto! You will emerge relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready again to re-engage with the relentless pace of life.

By all accounts, yoga is one of modern civilization’s great movements. In the U.S. alone, more than 20 million people today are pursuing yoga–one of every 10 adults. This yoga revival is in direct response to an increased hunger for physical and mental well-being, and a growing suspicion that there’s more to the pursuit of happiness than the material accoutrements of modern civilization. A panoply of yoga instructors have arrived to offer their own twists to ancient poses. Western inventiveness has flourished in the bountiful soil of yoga; today, some instructors are even offering doga–yoga for your dog.

Yoga’s deeper purpose: Inner transformation.

But Jobs was on a quest for something altogether more powerful than stress-reduction, toning, and fitness. He was seeking the kind of inner transformation that many practitioners sense yoga is inviting them to embark on, but don’t know where it will take them or how to get there.

For this deeper dive, you can turn to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the authoritative and few-surviving ancient texts on yoga. Patanjali teaches that “yoga” means “union”–the dissolving of one’s individual self in the larger ocean of consciousness that pervades the universe–and that to help us achieve this union is yoga’s real purpose. Now you might think: “What is this ‘universal consciousness’ that Patanjali is talking about? And how can I ever get there?”

And that may be why Jobs, in his own quest for higher consciousness, turned to Yogananda.

About Yoga And Yogis

47 Islamic Nations also join in on International Yoga Day

 

Some  photos from around the world:

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Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Mother and daughter doing yoga at city
Mother and daughter doing yoga at city
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Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Woman doing stretching yoga exercises outdoors on the bridge
Young woman in yoga pose sitting near watefall, Rear view
Young woman in yoga pose sitting near watefall, Rear view
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Healthy family - mother and son doing exercises against blue sky
Healthy family – mother and son doing exercises against blue sky
Pacific Islander woman practicing yoga under wooden pier on beach
Pacific Islander woman practicing yoga under wooden pier on beach

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Marilyn Monroe Was A Badass Yogi

(Dhanurasana)

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) curls herself into a bow shape and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) curls herself into a bow shape and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Salamba Sarvangasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Paschimottanasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) reaches to touch her toes. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) reaches to touch her toes. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Paschimottanasana

circa 1956: American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) sits on the grass with her legs outstretched, touching her toes. (Photo by Dave Cicero/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1956: American actor Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) sits on the grass with her legs outstretched, touching her toes. (Photo by Dave Cicero/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Navasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Navasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Salamba Sarvangasana

1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1948: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) raises her legs in the air and assumes a yogic exercise position. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Our New Favorite Yogi Is Teaching Us All About Body Confidence

And then we have Angrier Yoga!

The Confidence Of Hindus

Quote: Rambachan advocates ‘self-critical humility’ as the appropriate approach for Hindus in this context; I say the days of being meek and mild are over.
 
In the context of Hinduphobia, this unlevel playing field on which we are forced to compete, this negative baggage that others saddle Hinduism with, developing a strong, positive Hindu identity founded on pride and confidence is absolutely necessary. Confidence counters bigotry and gives us the courage and conviction to stand up for ourselves, our tradition and our identity.Confidence is what allows us to define ourselves rather than letting others define us.
 
Confidence does not mean fundamentalism or fanaticism; it does not mean violence or the issuance of fatwas. It means that we will fight scholarship with scholarship (but we absolutely do not accept that the only valid scholarship is that which is produced by academic cartels in the Ivy League and other elite Western universities); we will fight bias in the media through media channels of our own; we will counter stereotypes in popular culture and art through new art forms of our own; we will proceed with gharwapsi programmes of our own so long as predatory proselytization continues unchecked and unimpeded.
 
We will not let our traditions of yoga and meditation be looted, distorted, digested and appropriated by the West and we will not concede sovereignty over the definition and depiction of our dharma to outside interests.
And then we have this evil.
https://youtu.be/VFJFvcNogFU

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