Saturday, April 13, 2019

'Ve hav vays of making you relax': How SS recommended yoga to death camp guards as a good way to de-stress

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A German historian has discovered how the SS in Nazi Germany recommended its members - including death camp guards - practice yoga to enrich their 'mind, bodies and spirits.'

The first ever book probing the Third Reich's fascination with the ancient discipline - intended to attain 'perfect spiritual insight and tranquility' - was published this week, entitled Yoga In National Socialism by historian and yoga expert Mathias Tietke.

It shows how S.S. overlord Heinrich Himmler was fascinated with the discipline and perverted it and its ancient roots into a philosophy to justify the Holocaust.

'Whoever thinks about yoga,' said the author, 'thinks of  people sitting in the lotus position, greeting the sun in order to reduce the stress of everyday life.

'It is associated with mental equilibrium, the search for wisdom and inner peace and is not considered to be about force or persecution. Nevertheless, there is also this side to the history of yoga.'  (more...)


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