Yoga Trivia Quiz
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The form of yoga familiar to most people is hatha yoga, the physical branch of yoga that is concerned with performing sequencs of postures. What does the word hatha actually mean?
D) Union of the opposing principles of the Sun (ha) and the Moon (tha)
An important aspect of yoga practice is the use of asanas. What is an asana?
B) A posture used in hatha yoga
C) A student of intermediate level who helps tutor others
D) A thin flexible mat on which yoga routines can be performed
In his 1851 book, A Treatise on the Yoga Philosophy, N.G. Paul stated that yogis practised just two postures, named padmásana and siddhásana. He also explained their goal in practising these postures. What was it?
B) To inhibit the aging process
C) To slow the breathing
D) To stimulate creativity
An American trail-blazer
Which of these well-known authors was one of the first Americans to practise yoga?
Swami Kuvalayananda (1883-1966) was a famous yogi who is regarded as having had a profound influence on modern yoga. Which of the following achievements is among those for which he is remembered?
B) Developing the “Kuvalayananda knot”, a famously difficult yoga posture
C) Founding the first scientific journal devoted to yoga
D) Taking the central part in the first display of yoga ever televised
Swami Jnanananda Giri
Unlike many prominent yogis, Swami Jnanananda Giri (1929-2015) did not seek celebrity and fortune. His followers were encouraged to renounce all worldly interests, as he himself had done. This guru’s biography is also unusual, in that he was also:
B) The brother of India’s first female member of parliament
C) The father of a renowned Bollywood actor
D) The son of a well-off Swiss-German accountant
Besides hatha yoga, another widespread yoga form is kundalini yoga. What does the word kundalini refer to?
B) Energy coiled in snakelike fashion at the base of the spine
C) Gradual annihilation of the ego through meditation and exercise
D) Rhythmic contraction and expansion of consciousness connected with breathing
There are numerous styles and schools of yoga practice. One that has grown to wide popularity since it was founded in the 1970s is Bikram Yoga, named for its creator Bikram Choudhury. What is a key distinguishing feature of Bikram Yoga?
B) It is practised in a heated room
C) No words may be used when teaching the asanas
D) The postures are timed to Indian classical music
Yoga for Muslims?
In 2008, the Malaysian National Fatwa Council issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, declaring that Muslims should not practise yoga. What reason did the council give for the decree?
B) The physical movements of yoga tend to arouse salacious thoughts
C) Traditionally Islamic systems of physical training are more appropriate
D) Yoga’s ultimate aim is to be at one with a god of a different religion
Happy Yoga Day!
In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed that the United Nations should institute an annual International Day of Yoga, to be celebrated on June 21. What was the reaction of the international community to this idea?
B) Although some countries campaigned against it, India’s motion narrowly succeeded
C) Nations insisted on moving the date to June 25 to avoid conflict with the summer solstice
D) The proposal was withdrawn by India after arousing domestic controversy
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