Japan: The Land of the Rising Yoga Scene
It’s fair to say that Japan’s history of yoga is an interesting but blemished one: Accounts of alleged sexual misconduct of Bikram Choudhury and the terrorist activity of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo have somewhat tainted and stalled the yoga scene in Japan.
Bikram Choudhury, an Indian yoga teacher and yoga champion, opened his first yoga studios outside of India in Japan in the 1970s. In the depths of Japan’s cold winters, he found himself shivering through his asanas and so added...
Being surrounded by a vast expanse of snow, breathing in crisp, clear air and viewing vistas as far as the eye can see can bring a huge sense of relaxation, peace, calmness and serenity. And, even amongst the adrenaline-fuelled winter sports available, the mountains act as a sanctuary for the mind.
But have you ever considered packing your travel yoga mat when heading for the slopes?
From New York to LA and everywhere in between, the US is involved in a pretty serious love affair with yoga.
The Yoga Epicentres:
- San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose, CA
- Seattle-Tacoma, WA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Washington D.C.
- New York City
(US Cities with the most Yoga Practitioners)
The most interesting US Yoga facts:
- 55% of yoga practitioners have never practiced yoga in a yoga studio
- 98% of practitioners consider themselves to be beginner or intermediate level practitioners
- The top 3 reasons people do yoga are the enjoyment of yoga itself,...
You might be surprised to learn that yoga has an extensive tradition in the United States. Most would point back to the 1960s as the dawn of the yoga scene, a time when the ideas of meditation and spiritualism were adopted by the counterculture of the country. Yet it was as early as the 1800s that the fascinating story began.
Way back in 1883, when foundations were being formed for the statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge was finally opened to horse and carts, a Hindu man by the name of Swami Vivekananda made...