Today, ‘Yoga’ is popping up wherever with a rich variety; Hot yoga, power yoga, Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga, Mindfulness, including whatnot. Practices from within the gut of the East essentially India and Tibet, are gaining the trust of westerners with a completely distinctive form. Unlike the east whose exercises are related to spiritual connection, yoga for westerners is for passionate and mental salvation.
With the practice of yoga basically sweeping the westward world under its rigid feet, it’s intriguing to wonder just how yoga obtained popularity over the west. To find out how yoga achieved an audience of over 20 million in the western world, we must trace back the history of its representation and modern adaptation.
Yoga Was Introduced At The Right Time
Filmmakers of AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda, talked about a line of Himalayan masters prepared for years in advance to send Paramahansa Yoga Ananda to the West in line to introduce “Kriya Yoga”. In 1920, Yogananda came to Boston talking about “The Science of Religion.”
It was the exact time when people in the West were just searching quantum physics- a language to understand energy and consciousness, a prime aspect of yoga. As a consequence, these two ideas complemented one different and thus played a big role to awaken the west.
Its Progressive Nature
The practice in Yoga is Soft and changes are per the purpose of the master. Anyone can do yoga, a child, an elderly, a sick/ unhealthy or even someone who is fit, all due to its continuous nature. Hence it is popular and easily raised into people’s life.
The Answer For Life, Its Purpose and Spiritual Questions
Yoga is identified more with a deeper essence and benefits people look at how they could serve others around them. While most of the people in the west are in the race for money and success, they have little time to think about themselves. Finally, when many people practicing yoga shared their amazing experiences and expressed about being closer to themselves, it made many others responsible to discover themselves. The sense to find “the real person inside me” or “to know the one-self” made the mass drawn to yoga initially.
Commercialization of Yoga
Yoga in the west was not always a smooth Development. While many people still have grave effects with the idea of the commercialization of yoga, it’s already a 27 billion dollar industry in America alone. Today, yoga teachers, yoga centers, and yoga studios can be located in almost every major city and with multiple options.
Initially, yoga could not be a thing for every normal working individual due to its lack of availability and expenses, its large commercialization has made it possible for almost anyone. Also, within the mobile purposes and websites, yoga’s concept has reached each person with easy day-to-day practices.
The ‘Promising -Effectiveness’ of Yoga
Stories such as, NBC war correspondent who healed himself from a broken backbone through yoga; people recovering from alcohol dependence, and many more have fascinated everyone. Such numerous stories of yoga healing people heal from physical, mental, and emotional ailments have made already made a deep positive impression on everyone.
Simply, when tested, ‘Yoga never fails to delivery’. Since the practices in yoga are totally natural, anyone who does it will surely feel the positive changes it delivers. As a result, anyone who authentically practices yoga gets the wanted result and is bound to love it.
In the west, society is changing from standard labor to, the service industry. This age puts us in front of computers that supposedly save our time but make us even busier. In this fast-paced society finding personally is hard. And in order to get calmness of mind in a fast-paced world, meditation/ yoga has become the key.