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The History Of Yoga

Ancient The History of Yoga

Although yoga has only recently become more popular in the west, the practice of yoga has been used in the east for thousands of years.

When examining historical sites where there are ruins with figures in artwork and on walls, the history of yoga can be seen since there are often figures that are in positions that are distinctly yoga poses that are still used today.

Other picture histories show many different yoga activities that confirm the history of yoga in this, very ancient, civilization.

Any ardent follower who wishes to learn the history of yoga needs to travel as much as 5000 years backward.

It all started in India. People followed it as a religious ritual.

It was customary in India to ascribe spirituality to anything valuable. This is a technique of preserving the valuable.

Yoga, Ayurveda, and knowledge of all different types are ascribed to gods and spirituality.

Even today, several people testify the divine origins of yoga.

They testify Gods have shared the knowledge with a bunch of yogis for the benefit of humans.

Myths and history blend so nicely that it is extremely difficult to differentiate the two.

The history of yoga begins in the times of ancient Indian asceticism, which was found in the Indus Valley civilization which existed from 3300 to 1700 BC.

The artifacts have human-like figures assuming meditation poses. You can assume yoga existed during that period – that is more than 5000 years before today.

The sculptures depicted on temple walls, and the idols of Gods mostly have yoga poses – most important the padmasana (the lotus pose).

The Next Civilizations

There are some other practices of yoga mentioned in the Vedas, which are found in 800 to 100 BC and are still used in different meditations.

The history of yoga continues into recent times as the practice of the different forms of yoga has been refined and reconfigured throughout the ages.

Many years have passed in the history of yoga. There is a Hatha yoga style that is found to be one that is generally slow-moving and gentle compared to other styles and is a good starting style for users to practice when it starts.

There is also the Vinyasa style of yoga in the history of yoga.

This type of yoga provides a combination of the yoga poses and the breathing techniques that are practiced in this form of yoga.

This style is a little more vigorous than the Hatha style, and some combined poses follow one after another in a series.

A common series is called Surya Namaskar, which is often used in a yoga class to warm up or warm the body.

Another style of yoga in the history of yoga is called the Iyengar style, which emphasizes not just the poses, but also the alignment of the body in the poses to make sure that the person is doing them correctly.

It is found in the Kundalini style that the body uses the method of rapid breathing in conjunction with the poses of the body to release energy, thus making it healthier.

Finally, there is the style of yoga that is called Bikram yoga, which is practiced in very hot conditions and is very vigorous.

The room should be about 95 to 100 degrees so that the participants sweat a lot to expel the toxins.

Yoga – Meaning of the Word

The history of yoga

Yoga means ‘union’. It means union of the self with the center of the universe or the union with the creator.

In a practical sense, yoga means the careful union of mind, body, and spirit.
It is about balancing and harmonizing the body and mind.

Practitioners achieve this aim through asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (control of breathing & thereby the vital life force), meditation, etc.

There are some big variations in yoga practices. In all of them, you can see this effect of the synergy of body, mind, and spirituality.

How Yoga Originated

It is a tough question to answer. The earliest of directions on yoga practice comes from Patanjali.

There are contrasting opinions that Patanjali is a single person or a group of persons. In any case, Patanjali describes the techniques of Yoga – asanas, meditation poses, etc.

Patanjali taught Raja Yoga, a form of Yoga aimed at mind and spirituality.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga originated quite recently in the 15th century in India. It focuses mainly on physical and mental aspects.

It also aims at energizing prana (vital life force or vital life energy).

Raja yoga mainly has meditation poses, which the yogi assumes for a very little or a long time.

In Hatha Yoga, the yogis practice various asanas. This is the common form of yoga in practice today.

It is possible that the early proponents of yoga understood the benefits of yoga poses.

They ascribed some divinity to yoga so that people would practice it reverently. Some yogis like Patanjali documented the practices several centuries ago.

The yogis of the ancient past also have developed certain variations, leading to the development of new branches of yoga.


The statues of religious figures (Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist), remnants of Indus Valley civilization, the textual references to yoga in religious texts like Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, etc tell you yoga has been in practice for quite some time.

The Tantras, Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita, etc are some other texts that have extensive references to yoga. All these texts are several centuries old.

The seals discovered from Indus Valley Civilization and Harappan civilization sites have yogic postures.

This is the strongest evidence that the history of yoga dates back to 3000 BC.

The symbols and signs have both Gods and humans assuming yoga meditation poses like the padmasana and mulabhandasana.

The poses depicted in such seals can also be other closely related postures.

The point is people in India practice yoga rituals several centuries ago.

Exploring the history of yoga, you will make a journey into a different world.
It is a world where people thought about mental control, physical control, and spirituality in a deeper sense.

They also have followed a systematic approach to physical exercise, which kept them healthy

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This post was last modified on July 30, 2020