Is Yoga mentioned in Vedas? If yes, which one?

  • Sonali

    July 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Today, the Yoga industry is a trillion-dollar juggernaut. But it does date back to the ancient Indian period and many Vedas have mentioned it in writing. However, the essence of mentioning it as a form of health practice may not be found. For instance, many Vedas have described the practice of Yoga as a spiritual discipline that aims on bringing back the harmony between our mind and body.

  • Shilpi

    July 20, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Yoga was first mentioned in the sacred writings of Rig Veda. The word as we know it today is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’

  • Veena

    July 25, 2022 at 10:10 am

    It is important to know which type of yoga is being talked about here. There are hundreds of Yoga being practiced around the world. The modern forms could not have been mentioned in the old Vedas of Indian religion. Some of the other forms include Karma Yoga, Abhayasa Yoga, Visvapurna Darsana Yoga, Kshetra-Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga, and so on. Mentioning the name of the type of yoga could yield a better answer I think.

  • Divya Rajkumar

    October 17, 2022 at 9:37 am

    The Vedas are a collection of ancient Indian texts that span various topics, from ritual worship to ethical guidelines. While Yoga is not mentioned by name in the Vedas, several passages refer to its core principles. Still, several hymns contain phrases that can be interpreted as referencing Yoga. For example, the Rig Veda, the earliest of the Vedas, contains a hymn known as the “Nasadiya Sukta.” This hymn, which dates back to 1500 BCE, describes the creation of the universe and the uniting of opposites. In doing so, it lays out many vital concepts that would later define Yoga, including balance and the interconnection of all things. In particular, the Taittiriya Upanishad contains several verses describing the techniques of Yoga, including pranayama and asana. In a hymn to the sun god Savitr, the poet praises him for his ability to “loosen the bands of Mortality.” This can be seen as a reference to how Yoga can help free practitioners from the cycle of reincarnation. Other hymns make reference to “opening the door of heaven” and “ascending to the highest world,” both of which can be interpreted as references to the spiritual benefits of Yoga. It is also worth noting that the Yoga Sutras, one of the most important texts on Yoga, contains several quotes from the Vedas. As such, while Yoga is not mentioned directly in the Vedas, these ancient texts provide insight into its core teachings.