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Yoga in General…yoga schools other than Ashtanga

See Krishnamacharya (and Iyengar) on Video

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the BKS Iyengar video

Three very old videos have surfaced on YouTube.com, the main site for video sharing on the internet. Apparently, they were shot in 1938, and MCPetruk, who uploaded them, told me via email that he obtained them as part of the footage from an Iyengar Institute VHS.

Thank you to Dipita for the tip and to MCPetruk for sharing.

Links to the 3 films (one of the actual films is at the end of this post):

  • Krishnamacharya in inversions, nauli and various advanced pranayama techniques (4:32)
  • BKS Iyengar part 1 (3:11)
  • BKS Iyengar part 2 (3:26)
  • After hearing and reading so much about him,

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    Krishnamacharya at 50

    it is amazing to see Krishnamacharya on film. And what a film it is. In these short 4 minutes, you get a glimpse of a total mastery of the body, the postures and the breathing. The stories about Krishnamacharya stopping his heart become much more believable. His legendary strictness is apparent, too.

    I tried to remind myself as I was watching that Krishnamacharya was 50 years old when the film was shot. He does not look a day over 30.

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    Iyengar in Upward Dog
    in the middle of a vinyasa (!)

    Iyengar is also very impressive doing what seems to be a modified version of the Advanced A Series of Ashtanga. He is actually doing vinyasas! He must have been around 20 years old during that time, before he decided that vinyasas were “too much jumping”.

    Krishnamacharya practicing yoga in 1938

Yoga Trends on Google

Every now and then, Google will come out with a service which inspires wonder. Last time they did that for me was with Google Earth.

Now they’ve done it again with Trends: a way to compare the world’s interest in different search terms. You can enter up to five topics and see how often they’ve been searched for on Google over time, and which geographic regions have searched for them most often.

So what does that have to do with Ashtanga Yoga?

How about looking at which yoga style is most searched for? Here’s a chart comparing Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Vinyasa and the relative newcomer, Anusara:

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yoga syles the online world is interested in

Google Trends show that Bikram is most popular, and Ashtanga and Iyengar are neck to neck. Anusara only starts to register in 2005. From the regional information, the top 3 countries who search for Ashtanga are Ireland, Singapore and Sweden. At least now you know where to set up your new studio. I wonder where India is though.

How about yoga compared to other types of activities? Here’s the chart of yoga compared to pilates, meditation and stretching:

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yoga more popular than pilates

Yoga clearly comes out on top. But you can also see the seasonality in the interest, as both yoga and pilates peak at the beginning of the year. The January Effect with its New Year resolutions, as it is known in yoga studios around the world, is reflected here.

And India appears as the first country for yoga searches (at last!).

Here’s one more. Draw your own conclusions.

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Brad is seasonal too

[For an interesting development about this post, see Asteya Redux: A Grumpy Post -Ed.]