Which Beatle infused his love for Eastern spirituality into many of his songs and influenced mass openings of yoga studios everywhere?
Here’s a roundup of 11 fun yoga facts that we’d bet 108 sun salutes not every yogi knows.
1. Psychologist Carl Jung studied Kundalini Yoga
He was the first to study Eastern thought and the inner experience and relate it to Western psychology.
2. Yoga improves orgasms and sex
All of the bandha work and pelvic floor awareness improves your sex life. Try it!
3. The Indian Postal Service released a special stamp for yoga
June 21, 2015 was the inception of International Yoga Day and to commemorate this day, the Indian Postal Service released a stamp showcasing the outline of a seated yogi with the Anjali Mudra overhead.
4. Thank the Beatles for a yoga studio on every corner
As popularity grew in the 1970’s, a certain Beatle named George Harrison infused his love for yoga and Eastern spirituality into many of his songs – with his fan base taking note.
5. Yogis wrote the first book . . . ever.
The Rig Veda is the first of the Vedas and contains thousands of hymns and Sanskrit mantras. It is believed to be the oldest known text in the world, dating back to 1500 B.C. or earlier.
6. Everyone has a dominant nostril
Now we all know that we have a dominant hand, but did you know you have a dominant nostril, too? As you practice breathing through yoga, you will become aware of how much easier it is to breathe through one nostril. Now, don’t get stuck on the idea of why it is the left or right side – it changes every 20 minutes.
7. There are yoga instructors older than 80
If you look at the Guinness World Book of Records, you might be surprised to see 85-year-old Bette Calman as the oldest yoga instructor in the world. Her health and age are inspiring! It really is fascinating that yoga can benefit the body in so many different ways.
8. Corpse pose is actually known for being quite challenging
Savasana as an incredibly relaxing pose, which is exactly why so many find it difficult to release into this pose at the end of class. This pose allows you to return to your natural state as a human being and not a human doing. During Savasana your body takes in the effects and imprints the practices from your yoga class.
9. Asana practice is a relatively new development
Most asanas we now practice are less than 100 years old. Some yoga postures like Reverse Warrior and Flip the Dog only came about in the past ten years!
10. Yoga makes you younger
Yoga protects and keeps your spine flexible and young and has a myriad of positive effects on the physical body. It increases blood circulation, boosts immunity, drops blood pressure, prevents disease and maintains your nervous system. The benefits are vast and keeping your body youthful inside and out is a big one.
11. You can design your entire day in one class
Stay present on the mat and it will strengthen your awareness to stay present at home and in the office. Heart opening poses give you access to more love and kindness. Your yoga practice can be intentionally designed to attract your best day ever. Choose yoga poses for what you want more of…self-love, confidence, flexibility, strength… Once class is over, take your intentions out into the world and live your day!