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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?


Nineteenth-century yoga

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?

An American trail-blazer

Which of these well-known authors was one of the first Americans to practise yoga?

Swami Kuvalayananda

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?


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:


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?


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?

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?

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