The Beatles and Yoga: A Brief History

The Beatles and Yoga A Brief History

There’s no doubt that the Beatles have had a profound impact on music, culture, style, and more. But did you know that the Fab Four also had an interest in yoga? Let’s take a look at how the Beatles and yoga came to be intertwined.

The Origins of the Beatles’ Interest in Yoga

The Beatles’ introduction to yoga is largely attributed to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Maharishi was an Indian guru who taught a form of meditation called Transcendental Meditation (TM). The Maharishi’s teachings were especially popular among celebrities and artists, including the Beatles. In fact, in 1968, all four members of the band attended a 10-day TM retreat with him in Rishikesh, India – an event that became known as “the summer of love”. While there, they all learned about meditation and practiced various types of yoga postures. They even wrote many of their iconic songs during this time period!

Yoga Influences on Music

It isn’t just the lyrics or themes of their music that are influenced by yoga; there are musical elements too! For example, many believe that John Lennon’s song “Julia” from The Beatles’ White Album was inspired by his practice of Kundalini yoga – specifically its focus on deep breathing exercises. Additionally, George Harrison’s song “Within You Without You,” from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band includes aspects such as drones and sitar playing – both common instruments used in Indian classical music which has been heavily influenced by traditional yogic practices like mantra chanting.

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It is clear that the Beatles were interested in exploring different aspects of Eastern philosophy – including yoga. Although they may not have been avid practitioners throughout their careers (or after), it is evident that their practice during their time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi certainly impacted them musically and spiritually. If you’re looking for some Beatle-inspired inspiration for your own practice, check out some of their iconic songs to get motivated! Whether you are already a fan or new to their music, take a listen today and get ready to rock your way through your next session!

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