The acharyas (teachers) and gurus of India have traditionally worn the ‘yajnopavita’ or sacred thread. Dating back 5,000 years, to the time of the Vedas, it represents ‘Guru Parampara’, the ‘lineage of the Guru Order’. It is generally made of hand-spun cotton. When worn in the ‘stavya’ position, it runs across the chest and rests on the left shoulder.

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It is traditionally made of three threads knotted together, symbolizing a variety of ancient triads. One triad is that of the trimurtis or three great Hindu deities of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. Another is the three conditions of sat, chit and ananda or being consciousness and bliss. Another represents the creation, the preservation and the destruction of the universe. Then there are the three qualities of sattva, rajas and tamas; the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep and the like; and the observation by the wearer of the triple control over mind, speech and body, or of thought, word and deed.

The reason that Guru-Sishya Parampara, or the lineage of teacher and student, has been preserved over the ages is because one generation has always been able to inspire the following one to preserve this lineage dating back to Creation itself. Yoga can also only continue if this sacred thread is preserved. There is the constant inspiration of Spirit as the Guru somehow inspires the Student with the vision of the Sacred.

<Source:  The Sacred Thread Of Yoga Festival> The Festival has been postponed to 2012.