In honor of Yoga Journal's 40th anniversary, we asked veteran teachers to take us back to 1975 and the props yogis were working with then. Here, a brief history of yoga gear.
When the first issue of Yoga Journal was published in 1975, the yoga room was a very different place. In the late '60s and early '70s, there were no props, just bodies. The practice was less about asana and more about meditation, community, and spirituality. Over the past four decades, yoga has evolved exponentially, and the equipment, apparel, and culture surrounding the tradition have kept pace. We asked a handful of longtime YJ contributors and events presenters for their thoughts on the metamorphosis of yoga gear and its impact on the practice as a whole. Time travel with us.