The evolution of yoga: Latest changes in a centuries old practice

Just over 50 years ago, the text now commonly referred to as the ‘bible of yoga’ – B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga – went into print and quickly spread the power of yoga throughout the world.

In it, only 200 poses were described (and no, the Elephant Trunk pose wasn’t among them!).

Just think of how many asanas there are today, and how much yoga – while staying true to its principles – has also evolved as a practice.

And look at the rise of athleisure – with the humble spandex legging from the 60s now up front and centre in yoga stores all over the world.

But recent changes in yoga aren’t all about moves and material – let’s take a look at the changes among the surfaces we practise on.

Ancient yoga in India was practiced on grass, hard earth without any cover, or on an animal skin rug.

Enter the 1990s and the first purpose-made yoga mat was manufactured and sold by Hugger Mugger Yoga Products. It was created by the father of an English yoga teacher who was teaching in Germany and using carpet underlay cut down into small sizes to stop her and her students from slipping.

And while the yoga mat did decrease slips, it also took away the sensory stimulation provided by the uneven ground that was so central to the ancient Indian practise.

The new textured Naboso Training Mat is the next natural evolution in yoga.

Backed by the power of barefoot science, the textured surface brings yoga back to its natural roots.

Numerous research studies have now demonstrated that the material used in current yoga mats actually de-activates and blocks the proprioceptors in the feet and hands.

This translates to decreased stability and neuro-feedback during yoga exercises. By bringing back textured surfaces to yoga, Naboso helps people achieve a higher level of stimulation and better results – both for body and mind.

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