Tag Archives: enlighten up

How old is yoga? 50 or 5,000?

Waylon Lewis of Elephant Journal muses:

How Old is Yoga?

by Waylon Lewis, elephantjournal.com on Nov 18, 2009

Disclaimer: I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m sure. So are you. If I’ve got something wrong, comment and I’ll make corrections to this elusive, enigmatic and ill-understood question as we go (that’s the wonder of the web—it’s a two-way street) ~ed.

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We American yoga students casually, commonly claim that history shows yoga to be at least 5,000 years old. Why? Because we’ve heard it from some yuppie hippie American dilettante, or read it in online somewhere, or in a marketing brochure.

Fact is, JC and the Buddha came about 2,500 years ago…that’s a loooong time ago. And you’re telling me yoga is twice that? Maybe so…but I don’t get it, yet.

The ancient Hindu Rig Veda is approximately 4000 years old, give or take 500 years…and it doesn’t mention “yoga.” Then, of course, there’s the seminal, philosophical classics Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, both of which mention yoga, which clock in in from the first millennium BCE right up to the modern period.



New York Post: Fuck Yoga?


By REED TUCKER at the New York Post

Last updated: 11:04 am
May 26, 2009
Posted: 1:21 am
May 26, 2009

OM my god! Is there a yoga backlash brewing?

It’s hard to say exactly when some started to turn on America’s favorite legging-wearing pastime — it may have been about the time last year a studio in the East Village introduced a version for dogs — but yoga is reveling in less nirvana these days.  read more

Yoga: Is it exercise religion? (and what Kate had for breakfast)

A five-minute NPR interview with Kate Churchill and Nick Rosen of Enlighten Up.

From NPR:
Film Asks If Nirvana Through Yoga Is Possible

All Things Considered, April 4, 2009 · A new film, “Enlighten Up,” takes a look at whether yoga really is the spiritual experience it’s cracked up to be. Host Robert Smith talks to filmmaker Kate Churchill and subject Nick Rosen about the documentary.   listen here

First day at AYRI

posted be ebean

Back when it was still AYRI, Nick Rosen, the main character of the film Enlighten Up! experiences his first day of practice.

Enlighten Up!

posted by eb

I’m sure we’ve all seen the trailer, but soon we can see the real thing!

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