There is no doubt that yoga has been re-invented to fit the needs of those it serves – yoga today is far different from the yoga taught traditionally by gurus in India.
In fact the yoga we practice is actually quite new.
The Vinyasa format was developed in the 20th century – the yoga mat was invented in the 1990s and yoga pants only became popular in the last 10 years.
With the evolution of yoga we have seen two distinct reactions from the South Asian population.
On one side we see some people such as those who are part of the Hindu American Foundation – upset over the cultural appropriation of yoga and blame teachers of new-age yoga for straying far from the cultural and traditional principles of the practice.
HAF even ran a “Take Back Yoga” campaign a few years ago.