Yoga,Yogis and History

19 Nov

What is yoga?

Yoga is commonly defined as a system or tradition that is used to balance the body, mind and spirit. It is an ancient science that has evolved but keeps the overall objective of finding wealth, health,and  happiness. If you are new to yoga, I need to assure that yoga is not boring, not particularly difficult. But requires effort-and-dedication.

What does it mean?

A definition of the original yoga indicates that the word Yoga means “union” of our physical and mental health, with our spiritual selves. However, it has been defined in sacred texts as “focus attention on one point,” meaning that its primary definition can be related to meditation practice. A third interpretation is the relationship with the word yoke, which may be related to the concept and practice of spiritual discipline.

Brief History

No one can confirm the date or year in which Yoga was invented. Actually Yoga was not created in a single day. It was a continuous process of development. Thousands of Yogis worked on this discipline. But it is now evident that Yoga existed even 5000 years ago. It is a tradition that originated in the Indus Valley and it is said, was revealed by the deity to sadhus (ascetics). In the year 2500 BC yoga mentioned in the Vedas, the sacred scriptures, and especially in the Upanishads, the last part of the Vedas which is based on yogic knowledge and hence the Vedanta: the body philosophy of yoga. The Bhagavad Gita, dating from around the sixth century BC and is part of the epic Mahabharata is a recognized text in the literature of this science. In the third century BC, Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras, also recognized as critical texts on contemporary interpretation of yoga. As has been evolving knowledge, there are currently a large number of schools, and current interpretations of yoga.

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