The Myth of Yoga

Mythic Dimensions

Myth is one of those wonderful words that most people don’t completely understand. For most, a myth is a lie. It is a story that did not actually take place, a legend or fable. When we hear the word myth today, it often has a negative connotation, as in “Those weapons of mass destruction were a myth”.

Used in this sense, and with our title in mind, I will venture to say that commonplace presumptions of the history of yoga are in fact a myth.

Another way to understand the word myth is that it is synonymous with the word religion. Myths are the stories that inspire and bind together civilizations. Myths ultimately spring from deep within us, and the rituals associated with myth are vehicles which enable us to experience a connection between ourselves and the Mystery of life.

“It would not be too much to say…

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One thought on “The Myth of Yoga

  1. Chris Daniels says:

    This is great and I highly recommend Mark Singleton’s book entitled “Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice” I find it interesting that although it is nice to see credit for yoga going to a former colonial Asian country, it obscures the contributions of women like Genevieve Stebbins and Mollie Bagot Stack in favor of men, with the possible exception of Indra Devi. Maybe its time to rethink some of this.

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