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Major Changes required[edit]

There are basically three levels of respectable hierarchies of Yoga
MAJOR Yoga founded out by ancient Indian seers, whose credit doesn’t goes to a single person or group. Eg. Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga
MEDIUM Yoga founded by alive (or recently expired) gurus and the practices are very much well established throughout the world. Eg. Art of Living, Siddha Yoga
MINOR Yoga founded by single persons and used as a marketing phenomenon. Eg. Bikram Yoga, Dream Yoga, Sivananda Yoga. We cannot possible keep Agni yoga (invented by a couple) besides Siddha Yoga (introduced by a spiritual leader). A proper representation of the facts shall be reflected. So people are requested to split off the Other Yogas category into something more accurate.

I just watched the trailer of Enlighten Up. In that documentary, one Yoga teacher of America mentioned that the number of variants of Yoga in US, as there are different flavors of Baskin Robbins Icecream. This holds true, since I have been seeing a lot of different and minor yoga styles in Wikipedia and the web. Since all cannot be accomodated in the template, the minor yoga list has been removed. Bhuto (Talk | Contribs) 06:33, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
Agree. This template is somewhat skewed: It lists some of the major overarching themes of yoga at the start of each of its sections, and then digresses quite a bit. As for styles, there are certain styles that are nationally recognized in the U.S. by Yoga Alliance, an organization that certifies yoga teachers, and also by Yoga Journal, a publication/organization that provides insurance to teachers. The authority of these organizations is sufficient to warrant which styles are listed on the template and which are not. Morganfitzp (talk) 19:33, 21 November 2011 (UTC)
To date, these yoga schools/styles include: Amrit, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Forrest, Hatha, Hot Yoga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power Yoga, Satya, Viniyoga and Vinyasa. Morganfitzp (talk) 23:12, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

Discussion regarding Name of Template[edit]

"Topics in Yoga" to "Yoga" as templates generally named "X" and not "Topics in/related to X".--Redtigerxyz (talk) 14:38, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

I don't find the change very useful. Topics was more informative and provided a direct link to a category page, containing a directory of related references. The Yoga article is not that useful as a gateway to miscellaneous related subjects (as the Category is). I suggest the title should be changed back or otherwise improved. NazarK (talk) 18:50, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
On a second thought, it can actually be named "Yoga", but refer to the category, rather than the Yoga article. I'm changing it that way. Hope you like it. NazarK (talk) 19:00, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
The title YOGA is much more appropriate. Thank you Redtigerxyz & NazarK bhuto 08:41, 29 January 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Debnathsandeep (talkcontribs)

Added modern styles and schools that appear on Wikipedia and are recognized by Yoga Alliance[edit]

This template can have a lot more in it to facilitate access and understanding of both classical and modern yoga. I've added this section containing some styles and schools of yoga that are well-known throughout the world, and yes, there are many more. They may not have been around as long as Patanjali's Sutras, but they are part of yoga as we know it and part of yoga on Wikipedia.

Some questions arise given the overlap of certain terms currently on the template: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a contemporary school established in the 20th century in Mysore, though its name makes reference to Patanjali's "Ashtanga" (eight limbs), it is different. Kundalini,likewise, as a concept is quite old, yet Kundalini Yoga as practiced today, is also something that dates back less than 100 years. They all exist in the world and on Wikipedia, and all belong on this template. Let's work together as a community of Wikipedians (and yogis) to make this template a useful resource to all who seek knowledge on this subject. Morganfitzp (talk) 20:52, 17 July 2012 (UTC)


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