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). The theory of yoga (along with various physical postures or asanas) that has gained worldwide attention can be traced back to the Indus Valley civilization (c. I have also researched the history of yoga, although in a lifetime I doubt it would have touched the surface. With yoga, it transmits the sense of union: the union or union of the individual self with the higher self.
The main components of yoga are breathing and postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility). The Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Lord), which is part of the Mahabharata, contains extensive teachings on yoga. That's why I understand why there is a discussion about who owns Yoga, because it is spoken from religious minds. The student government's reasoning was that its yoga classes were examples of “cultural appropriation.
It seems to me that you are that teacher who has really practiced yoga just to practice Asan, you have to go further in that internal search, to go further you will have to trace history. According to Tattvarthasutra, a Jain text from the second to the fifth century, yoga is the sum of all the activities of the mind, speech and body. Centuries after the fundamental text of Patanjali, around 800 to 1700 AD, yoga was still developing. But what is the origin of yoga? Where does it come from? And why was it created? What is the true story of yoga? I wonder what Timothy Burgin thinks about the decision of the student government at the University of Ottawa to ban the teaching of yoga by a young instructor who has been offering free lessons to the disabled and other students for the past 8 years or so.
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