Or, If there were to be a Goddess of Yoga, who could she be?
Another name for Shiva is Adi Yogi, the eternal or first Yogi. Another name for Shiva is Mahadeva, the greatest god. Shiva is the God of gods. Shiva is also the God of Yoga.
Rishi Patanjali is the Sage of Yoga.
Swami Vivekananda is the modern Guru of Yoga. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the Guru of B.K.S. Iyengar, taught at the Vivekananda College in Chennai. Krishnamacharya died 87 years after the passing away of Vivekananda.
Yoga is one of the six schools of the Astika (believer) schools of philosophy. Even Sankhya, considered to be the most rational school, is an Astika one.
(Image above: ’64 Yoginis Homunculus’)
Pondering upon this pantheon of Yoga one sees the inevitable movement of an inquiry: Who is the Goddess of Yoga? More Yoga practitioners and any one on social media may participate with this work. Over the next couple of weeks, this question will be examined with the help of primary research like transliterating portions of the original ancient Sanskrit texts and sample-review of modern scientific studies. Passing micro-reviews will be made of some specific Roman, Greek, and, Mayan traditions. Ultimately, a conclusion will be arrived at in the form of a conjecture. An output will be a non-scholarly article written for easy reading by all. This will be released in public domain under Creative Commons.
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