Preclassic Yoga The beginnings of yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in northern India more than 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. The Vedas were a collection of texts containing songs, mantras and rituals to be used by Brahmins, the Vedic priests. Brahmins and Rishis (mystical seers) slowly refined and developed yoga, who documented their practices and beliefs in the Upanishads, a huge work containing more than 200 scriptures. The best known of the yogic scriptures is the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, composed around 500 BC, E.
The Upanishads took the idea of ritual sacrifice from the Vedas and internalized it, teaching the sacrifice of the ego through self-knowledge, action (karma yoga) and wisdom (jnana yoga). According to legend, Shiva was the first yogi. And many thousands of years ago, Shiva attained enlightenment in a place called Mount Kailash. The student government's reasoning was that its yoga classes were examples of “cultural appropriation.
Patanjali is often considered the father of yoga and his Yoga-Sûtras continue to strongly influence most styles of modern yoga. The problem is that there are a lot of fake yogis who don't care about yoga but want to sell it to Westerners. Yoga is not a religion, so many Christians find that their yoga practice deepens and enriches their faith and connection with God. Many centuries after The Yoga Sutras, there was a group of yogis living in the woods who developed different ways of quieting the mind and realizing the divine.
He regularly writes for the national press, has written more than 150 guides on types of yoga and yoga postures, has discovered nearly 250 proven health benefits of yoga through his thorough ranking of 300 clinical studies, and has compiled more than 500 personal testimonials on the benefits of yoga in real life. The key works of the time include the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, the Yoga-Yājñavalkya, the Yogācārabhūmi-Sāstra and the Visuddhimagga. There is no separation of cultures nor is there talk of who is more deserving of practicing yoga or who did yoga first. Since then, many more Western and Indian teachers have become pioneers, popularizing hatha yoga and gaining millions of followers.
Centuries after the fundamental text of Patanjali, around 800 to 1700 AD, yoga was still developing. Dear all, first, thank you Timothy for bringing his yoga practice and teaching online and for sharing what you know in public. The importation of yoga to the West still continued in a trickle until Indra Devi opened her yoga studio in Hollywood in 1947.