1. Yoga was first mentioned in Rig Veda
But the exact history of Yoga is obscure due to its oral transmission. Modern scientists belive it to be as old as 10,000 years!
2- 300 Million people across the world practise Yoga
It is estimated that up to 300 million people practice yoga across the globe, Yet more than half of global yoga enthusiasts are Indians. ( Source)
3- Sage Patanjali was the first one to document Yoga in 400 CE
The first written records of Yoga asanas are found in ancient Indian texts – Patanjali Yoga Sutras which is a collection of 196 aphorisms, almsot 5000 years old.
4- Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline that aims to connect body, mind and soul.
If you thought touching your toes is Yoga, you are wrong. Tantrum Yoga, too is the exact opposite of what ancient Yoga is all about.
5- India owns the patent for 1300 Yoga moves to prevent exploitation from patent pirates
India has made available a list of 1,300 newly registered yoga poses, compiled to prevent the ancient moves from being exploited by patent pirates, the Times of India said. Hindu gurus and some 200 scientists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) compiled the list from 16 ancient texts, including the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, to prevent yoga teachers in the United States and Europe from patenting established poses as their own. (Source)
6- In India, Yoga is still taught free of charge in public parks
Yoga has become a lucrative business in Europe and the United States since it was popularized by celebrities in the 1960s and 70s. In India, however, the centuries-old tradition is still taught free of charge in public parks.
7- US is the world’s largest yoga industry worth over $27 billion
In the United States alone, the patent authorities have issued more than 130 yoga-related patents, 150 copyrights and 2,300 trademarks related to the ancient practice.( Source)
8- There exists over two lakh traditional medicines and yoga postures in ancient Indian texts.
To combat bio-piracy, India has documented over two lakh formulations of its traditional medicines and yoga postures into the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), comprising 34 million pages of information translated into five languages, including English. (Source)
9- Pranayam, one of the asanas of Yoga can alone cure 140 diseases
After extensive research of the beneficial effects of Pranayama Yoga
during last several years, on millions of people in India, Swami Ramdevji
has declared on Indian & International TV channels that it has been proved
now that Yoga Pranayama (Breathing Technique Yoga) cures all diseases
completely without medicines or surgery. (Source)
10- Doga is a Yoga done with your dog
Started in New York in 2002, it is a type of yoga by which people establish harmony with their dogs. The pets are either used as props for their owners, or they can do light stretching exercises themselves. ( Source)