Tracing the Origins of Yoga

  • Tracing the Origins of Yoga

    Posted by Physeek Team on February 3, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    While it is difficult to pinpoint the origins of yoga, historians believe it originated in the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in India. Yoga dates back to 5,000 years ago as its first usage can be attributed to the Rig Veda, India’s most ancient sacred text.

    Refinement and development

    As time passed by, Brahmins and Rishis gradually refined yoga. Yoga was immortalized in the Upanishads which consisted of over 200 scriptures detailing the practices and beliefs of Brahmins and Rishis. Yoga was moulded into the sacrificial act of letting go of one’s ego through enlightenment and wisdom.

    Further development

    Yoga has so many elements that in the beginning, it was jumbled up and confusing. Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha were pioneers who founded the basis of Yoga Sadhana. The former focused on freedom through meditation, while the latter formulated specific postures and methods. Did you know that Lord Krishna explained the concepts of dharma and karma in the Bhagavad Gita? Even the Mahabharata talks about the separation of self from matter.

    However, it is Maharishi Patanjali who is known as the ‘father of yoga’ as he systemized the practice and established the beliefs and elements. Veda Vyasa was another primary contributor, emphasising the importance of the mind. Yoga grew in popularity as Tulsidasa and Puranadasa also added to the science of yoga.

    Swami Vivekananda then introduced yoga to western societies, focusing more on the body and physical well-being.

    Many are aware of yoga’s long-drawn history, but few know its true origins. Now you know!

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