I love myself a good flowchart, and was thrilled to come across this one! Titled “An Overly Brief and Incomplete Yoga History”, I found it on a lovely yoga blog called Yoga Dork, and they got it from Alison Hinks Yoga. What fun!
If you’re not already familiar with these names and philosophies it’s going to be a little confusing. Here’s an equally brief and incomplete glossary of terms:
The Bhagavad Ghita: A spiritual text describing several different aspects of yoga, revolutionary for its time (as well as the current time) as it made yoga available to everyone.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: One of the first texts describing the practice of yoga – this predates the physical practice of yoga and the only reference to an asana (yoga pose) is that you should find a “sturdy, comfortable seat” in order to meditate.
Krishnamacharya: An influential yoga teacher who is often credited as the grandfather of yoga in the west as his students brought the practice to England and North America, spawning many sub-practices including power yoga, restorative yoga, anusara, and more.