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No One knows exactly how old yoga is. It originated as long as 10,000 to 5000 years ago. It had been passed down orally and has gone through evolution that was much. The reference to Yoga was discovered when excavations were made from the Indus valley - an powerful and influential civilization in the first period. This complex civilization developed around the Indus river and the Sarasvati river in India and'd sewer systems as ancient BC.

While many religions continue It goes to all of us To wish to make yoga their creation. It has many facets which is seen in the Hindu and Buddhist religion, but the basic principals are worldwide and based on"the eight limbs of yoga", which can be found in all religions. of Yoga is described as four periods:

Vedic Period, Pre-Classical Period, Classical Period, Post Classical Period and the Modern Period
History of Yoga

Yoga Is reported to be as old as civilization itself but this practice's oral transmission, has left gaps in its foundation. Earliest archeological evidence concerning yoga's existence is found in Mohenjodaro seals excavated from the Indus valley, constituting a figure seated in a yoga pose. The rock seals put Yoga's presence around 3000 B.C.

The Vedic Period

The following Reference to yoga is found in the Rig Veda, the earliest sacred text in the world. Even the Vedas, dating back to 1500 and 1200 BC, are a collection of hymns, mantras and brahmanical rituals which praised a larger being. Meditation is known to without any mention of a procedure or a practice to attain this subject. The Atharva Veda too mentions yoga using a reference to restraining the breath.

Pre-Classical Period

The Introduction of the Upanishads, Between 800 to 500 BC, marks the period called Pre-Classical Yoga. The word Upanishad implies that the only way a student could learn the truths in the texts was sitting close to a guru and intends to sit near.

The Maitrayaniya Upanishad summarized a six-fold path to liberation. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra was later to mirror these avenues with a couple of additions and elucidation.

Two yoga disciplines Gained prominence at this time: karma yoga (course of ritual or action ) and jnana yoga (path of study or knowledge of the scriptures). Both paths led to enlightenment or liberation. The Bhagavad-Gita, written around 500 BC afterwards included the bhakti yoga (the path of loyalty ) for this path.

It was at the time of the Upanishads the idea of Ritual sacrifice became the notion of sacrifice of the ego through wisdom, action and self-knowledge and was internalized. This remains an important part of yoga's philosophy today. Now, as with the Vedas, the Upanishads comprised no matter what we'd term as yoga asana practice. The first and probably most important demonstration of yoga arrived in the period.

Classical Period

Written some Time in the century created a landmark specifying what is currently known as the first period. This set of 195 sutras (aphorisms) is regarded as the first systematic demonstration of yoga, and Patanjali is revered as the father of yoga.

Patanjali described the path of yoga (ashtanga yoga), which explained a practical treatise on living and laid a path for attaining harmony of the mind, body and soul. Strict adherence to that would lead you to enlightenment. The sutras serve as a principle for living in the world, but yoga sees the need to master the eight limbs in succession.

Post-Classical Period
It Was that the belief of the human body as a temple had been rekindled and a practice to rejuvenate the human body and also to prolong life was designed by yogis. It was no more necessary to escape reality; rather the focus was alive in the moment and about the path. The exploration of the bodily halves and the spiritual and the necessity to harmonize body, the mind and spirit led to cleanse the body and brain, and also to Hatha yoga in the century.
Modern Period

Yoga in its current avatar owes a lot To heard gurus who researched and created schools of yoga, or traveled west to spread the benefits of yoga. In 1893 Swami Vivekanada addressed the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago and spoke about Raja yoga. Swami Sivanada introduced the five fundamentals of yoga and wrote several books on philosophy and yoga. J.Krishnamurti, the Indian philosopher, influenced thousands with his teachings and writings on Jnana yoga.

Modern daytime yoga's epicenter , as practiced in the west, started in 1931 with Krishnamacharya.

T The Hatha yoga college was started by krishnamacharya in the 1920s. Three of Krishnamacharya's most famous pupils were-Pattabhi Jois, who developed the school of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Indra Devi who introduced yoga to Hollywood, also B.K.S. Iyengar, who created Iyengar yoga known for its attention to body alignment and because of its use of props.

Since Then, a lot more yoga gurus are becoming pioneers, popularizing yoga in keeping with the times and locating new styles.

Yoga in America has been A yogi knows, although more concentrated on the Asana side of the practice There is far more to the encounter. I always advise students Styles and you will find one that gives the most to you enrichment.

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