The term “yoga” (from the Sanskrit wordyuj,
which means “yoke” or “to unite,” as in uniting the body, mind and spirit) was
first used in Hindu texts in the fifth century BC. Yoga originated in Hinduism,
and remains a large part of some Hindu practices today.
However, things have changed in the last few thousand years, and
most yoga currently practiced in America only slightly resembles the original
practice. In fact, most of what we call yoga in the West is not truly yoga at
all—it is onlyasana, the physical postures, andpranayama,
the breathing exercises. There are myriad schools of thought in modern yoga and
to sum all of them up in a few paragraphs would do them no justice. Hinduism
involves yoga; all yoga is not Hinduism.
Yoga is Hinduism.
Reviewed by Kannuri JOEL