05 April 2013

From the Vedas to the Magazines

A Short History of Yoga


Mysticism is a word for the philosophy or science of human transformation. Some of you may be familiar with the phrase “the method of Science – the aim of Religion” – which is a particularly succinct way of describing mysticism. Despite its contemporary, “Westernized” manifestation of rhythmic breathing and stretches or poses for building a strong body, yoga is such a system of methodical experimentation, observation, and data collection applied to the self as a means to know oneself, know reality, and unite or harmonize with that reality. This sounds a bit more intense than the activities that go on in gyms and studios across the country, so how did this stuff develop from such a rich spiritual tradition?