Yogis worldwide love the practice of yoga, and we love yoga practitioners. Yoga is a fast spreading practice, but it’s been around for millenia. That’s why – for today’s blog – we’ll be talking about the history, facts, and the figures behind yoga.
The History of The Practice of Yoga
As we’ve just mentioned, yoga’s been around for millenia. The origins of yoga – although grey – can be traced back to Northern India and the Indus Valley. Yoga is thought to have been born between 3300 – 550 BC. Since then, yoga has been growing in both types of practice and amount of practitioners.
Modern-day yoga practitioners exist around the globe. And the practice has vastly changed. Here at Collierville Yoga, we practice modern yoga techniques like Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a form of therapy for the body, and it was developed in the mid-20th century. Yoga practitioners have exploded to some 20 million people (a rough census number recorded in 2011).
International Yoga Day is a true holiday! A few years ago, the United Nations General Assembly voted to have June 21st dedicated as our International Yoga Day. June 21st is also the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Record Breaking Lesson
In conjunction with the advent of International Yoga Day, a couple of records were broken! Some 35,985 people attended a lesson in New Delhi. Of this populous, 84 nationalities were represented! That’s a huge number of attendees, and that speaks to the growing popularity of the practice that we all love!