FOR over three thousand years, people have attached divergent meanings and functions to yoga. Its history has been characterized by moments of continuity, but also by divergence and change. This applies as much to precolonial yoga systems as to modern ones. All of this evidences yoga’s malleability (literally, the capacity to be bent into new shapes without breaking) in the hands of human beings.
Jain, Andrea R.
"The Malleability of Yoga: A Response to Christian and Hindu Opponents of the Popularization of Yoga,"
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 25, Article 4.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1510