This went up on the Facebook on Friday, I believe, and in case you haven’t seen it, we’ll pass it on:
Featured, obviously, is Chuck Miller. But there’s a fairly solid representation of Los Angeles-area Ashtangis, teachers or not. Those commenting on it have fixed it as occurring some time in 1997 at the Main Street Yoga Works in Santa Monica.
Is it fair to say that that is about when Ashtanga’s popularity — such as it is — began to climb? In my pretty wacked out mind, I think that Guruji’s trip to the U.S. in 2001 is a major turning point on the popularity boom. There’s a quieter ’70s and ’80s, certainly. At some point in the early ’90s it starting growing? (Along with yoga in general; I wonder how these two lines — I’ve got a graph in my head, along the lines of a tracking of a president or political party’s popularity — look in comparison.)
Anyone have a better sense of the “popularity curve”?
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