A Beginners Guide to Yoga
Yoga can seem like a complicated concept; or, at the very least, a dizzying array
of physical manipulations that turn seemingly happy-looking human beings into
happy looking human pretzels.
Or even more disconcerting, as we have alluded to in the Introduction, a
stereotype does exist in places where the term yoga is synonymous with cult, or
some kind of archaic spiritual belief that compels one to quit their job, sell their
house, and go live in the middle of nowhere.
In actual fact, Yoga is a very basic thing; and if you’ve had the opportunity to visit
a country where it has been established for generations – India, Japan, China, and
others – it’s really rather, well, ordinary.
The practice of yoga came to the west back in 1893 when one of India’s
celebrated gurus, Swami Vivekananda, was welcomed at the World Fair in
Chicago. He is now known for having sparked the West’s interest in yoga.