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Yoga: 2000+ years. Yoga Mats: ~40 years.

If we allow ourselves to question everything, all the time, we’d be a hot mess. It would be hard to make any decisions or to allow ourselves to trust. So we make assumptions throughout our day, and many of those give us peace of mind. That unresearched chemicals in our shampoo are safe. That the other cars around us understand how to go through a roundabout. That our teacher or boss knows best. Assumptions are unavoidable–you’re bound to make them every now and then.

There’s also something powerful to be found in our ability and never-ending opportunity to question our assumptions. Not everything all at once. Simply re-examining things as we go, bit by bit.

We make assumptions throughout and about our yoga practice, too. We remind students to leave behind their cell phones and take only mat, towel and water into the studio, as if those three tools are the essentials we can’t be without, but it wasn’t always that way.

Colin Hall gives us a bit of a yoga history lesson over at Yoga International on how now ubiquitous yoga mat came to be. Yoga has a long history. The focus on hatha yoga, the physical postures/asanas, is fairly recent within that history (late 1800s) and the use of a mat is even newer (1960s).  Check out the article to learn more.

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One thought on “Yoga: 2000+ years. Yoga Mats: ~40 years.

  1. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the shout-out! I just came across your blog and I wanted to say how much I agree about questioning assumptions slowly rather than allowing ourselves to be awash in self-doubt and paralyzed by our own critiques of self and society. Keep up the great work!

    Colin

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