• Sun Salute King, Thrive Global, August 13, 2019

    Posted in Articles, Blog, Inspiration by Eric Shaw

    A darling of the international body-building set, Iyer’s teaching of Sun Salute and articles on other topics showed up in the era’s “muscle cult” magazines–and his own chiseled form was acclaimed the most lovely in India.

    In his day, Iyer’s worldly fame seemed likely to endure, and the more orthodox Krishnamacharya seemed headed to history’s ash-heap, but K’s deep study, practice, and teaching has proved lastingly influential, and we now know of Iyer only from a few books and blogposts–like this one.

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  • America’s First Yoga: The Fad of 1898, August 2019, Thrive Global

    Posted in Articles, Blog, Inspiration by Eric Shaw

    Sometimes it takes the kiss of a Judas to spread divinity.

    Lousy Leon Landsberg did this for asana–and for us.

    If he hadn’t surrendered to his lesser desires to write this overly-critical Herald piece, we might never know the historical moment when asana first hit America’s shores.

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  • Who Delivered Yoga to Your Door? Namaskars Magazine, June 2019

    Posted in Articles, Inspiration by Eric Shaw

    Lineages of Modern Yoga Part I By Eric Shaw If yoga history is just a set of teaching lineages, that family line begins with Swami Vivekananda’s teaching outside India in 1893.    From the seeds planted in his first speech in Chicago, on September 11th of that year, we can apply a generational model to […]

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  • Women in the Yoga Industry:  The First Flash, THRIVEGLOBAL.COM, MAY 2018

    Posted in Articles, Inspiration by Eric Shaw

    I work in the “yoga industry”—and—unlike most industries, except nursing, housecleaning or elementary-school teaching (among some others)—this field’s been female-dominated for decades. Of course, yoga originated in India thousands of years ago, and men managed the whole shebang there. It wasn’t until 1893 that yoga came west and fell almost wholly into women’s hands. ————————————————– […]

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