1.A 2008 market study in Yoga Journal reports that some 16 million Americans practice yoga and spend $5.7 billion a year on gear.
2.The yoga symbol “Om” is found in Hindu and Tibetan philosophy. It is said to be the primordial sound of the universe and is connected to the Ajna Chakra (the conscience) or “third eye” region.
3.The United States Product Safety Commission listed 4,450 reported yoga injuries in 2006, up from 3,760 in 2004.
4.Scholars believe that yoga incorporated elements of Stone Age shamanism, which dates back to at least 25,000 B.C. Yoga assimilated such elements as shamanic poses, transcendence, asceticism, and illumination.
5.Who was Patanjali? Patanjali is known as ‘the father of Yoga’ He established the practice of Ashtanga yoga direct from the Vedas. These ancient scriptures are the core of all yoga Practices and are very very important. They are the ‘holy grail’ of all Yoga philosophy and science. Through the practice of Yoga Patanjali made these ancient scriptures accessible for the common man’.
6.Scholars believe that the Rig-Veda (“praise of knowledge”) is one of the oldest known texts in the world. Containing elements of yoga, its earliest hymns are believed to be over 4,000 years old.
7.Yoga can improve orgasms. When a person has an orgasm, the pelvic floor muscles that run between the legs rapidly contract. In yoga, the pelvic floor muscles are known as moola bandha. Yoga strengthens them, providing benefits similar to Kegel exercises.
8.A town in Georgia banned yoga in 1990.
9.Yoga’s thousands of years old. Some archeologists have discovered seals from the Indus Valley that seem to show people in yogic poses. These seals date back to at least 3000 B.C. Some form of yoga has definitely been practiced since at least 400 B.C.
10.Yoga’s been practiced in the United States since the Victorian Era. Many folks believe that yoga suddenly arrived in the 1960’s but it’s been practiced since the late 1800’s! A Hindu teacher named Swami Vivekananda brought yoga to the west, including the United States, in the 1890’s. He lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago and other venues in major American cities in the east and midwest, and gathered devotees to the practice of yoga. He was a proponent of Hatha Yoga, which emphasizes the breath and postures called asanas. These postures and breathwork lead to the purification of both mind and body.
11.The Guinness World Records currently lists 85-year-old Bette Calman from Australia as the world’s oldest yoga teacher. However, 90-year-old yoga teacher Gladys Morris from Royton, Oldham, is petitioning the Guinness World Records to be recognized as the oldest.
12.Many people believe yoga is some sort of religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent, but it’s actually a discipline that has ties to Hinduism. Yoga is also associated with Buddhism and Jainism, a religion whose adherents practice a strict form of pacifism and nonviolence.
13.An Indian study claims that yoga can help premature ejaculation.
14.A growing body of research shows that yoga can improve sex and may even prevent and treat sex problems by increasing the overall health of the cardiovascular system.