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I think that the permutations of yoga by the west is a problem, in that the focus is commercial, attracting as many students as possible. Most practitioners like any other endeavor are not hard core consistent and studious. This is what morphs the practice- the groupon cross fitters who are flocking to studios. Experienced traditional teachers leave, yoga mill teachers replace them and there you have it- Mc Yoga

Kumari de Silva

Up until I read this article it had not occurred to me that anyone would think that "yoga" in it's original Hindi had the same meaning it does in English. This helped me understand my American students better


It saddens me to see how commercial Yoga has become, with studios marketing everything from clothing to books on anything but yoga. I would agree with Dr. Yogendra that what we've done for Yoga in America is not a positive beautiful thing. It's typical commercialism. I love the small studios where improving our bodies and our lives naturally using Yoga has always been the true focus, rather than wearing all the newest "Yoga" apparel.

Dennis Landmesser

A great concise and informative article bringing the facts to the table. Much appreciated.

kat leider

Which insurance companies pay for yoga ?


great article!

Mark LaPorta

Smart yogis and yoginis know which details to ignore.

Arif Kadwani

I wanted to find out if my recent Yoga trainers in Mumbai were mentioned somewhere, and came across this wonderful article. Now I know that Swami Kuvalyananda of Kaivalyadham in Mumbai and Lonavala was one of the pioneers of Yoga training and teching as we know it today in the US.

I have fond memories of my two months of Yoga training in Janaury and February 2010 at Kaivalyadham in Mumbai. My knee pain has virtually disappeared, and my mind and body both are in tune with Nature.

Carolyn P.

This was a wonderfully written article with many new ideas to contemplate. Thank you!

Mary Downs

This is by far the most eloquent article I have read on Yoga in America.
I have been a practicing Yogini since 1974 and taught at different
times. Watching the Yoga classroom evolve has been a wonder to behold.
This article sums it up beautifully, thank you for writing it and sharing it with us readers. Mary

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