I chose “the commercialization of hindu practices (yoga)” for my topic. For my question I decided to investigate, “How did the Hindu practice of yoga get commercialized and what are the different types of yoga that were invented during the commercialization?”. I chose this question because after looking at a few sources I found that it was the most commonly answered question.
Yoga has been commercialized by people from out of the country seeing it done in India and being interested in it. A good example of how yoga was spread in this way is a 98 year old woman named Täo. She was raised in India and traveled with her uncle wherever he went in Asia, and because of this she got accustomed with yoga. And next, Täo traveled to Britain and America where she ended up teaching yoga classes everywhere she went. Another good example of how yoga was spread is the internet. For example, during the time when goat yoga had been thought up of, a news story was posted on the internet about the classes and before anyone knew it there where hundreds of people signing up for goat yoga classes.
The purpose of yoga has changed a little throughout commercialization, but people still do some traditional types of yoga. Certain yoga classes help you to find inner peace, which can be seen as the western way of achieving moksha. Traditional yoga performed today is also all about focusing on your breathing. Then there are instants where the purpose of yoga is still to find inner peace, but they use that purpose of yoga to relax when they’re in a very tense mood. For example when Täo’s husband died, she started focusing on yoga more in order to help herself achieve inner peace and clear her mind of the sad thoughts. Another example of therapy is when Ms. Morse started goat yoga after she got divorced because she wanted the yoga to help clear her mindset.