- Nov 29, 2007
- Basic Beliefs
This is new to me. It seems has Been a part of the yoga world for while. Nazis were using yoga as part of the supper race thing.
Do you have any links or anything you base this on? We like to blame all kinds of things on "the Nazis". Himmler was very active in creating a Nazi myth. The castle Wewelsburg was a centre for this. But much of what went on there was of little consequence outside Himmlers own head and the people he'd employed to create these myths. Which means uppermost echelons of the SS.
But it was all a bizarre mishmash of whatever sounded or looked cool. Their use of Norse runes has little to do with how these runes were used by the Vikings. It's just a big confusing soup.
Nazis were big on health and gymnastics. It makes perfect sense that they thought yoga could be useful. Do I think they understood, even the most basic concepts of real yoga? No, I do not.
I dislike Nazi mythmaking for the same reason I dislike LARPers. Just because something you do looks superficially similar (to the uninitiated) doesn't mean you are nailing it.