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Origin of Yoga

The word ‘yoga’ came from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means “to join” or “to yoke”. Union of soul with supreme soul. Many students practice yoga but most of them really don’t know what is yoga?. Here I have tried to give some brief information to understand what is yoga? Please read below:

Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous – Confucius 

The yogic teachings found in the Rig-veda and the other three ancient hymnodies are known as Vedic Yoga. The Sanskrit word veda means “Knowledge”, while the Sanskrit word Rig means “Praise”. Thus the sacred Rig-veda is the collection of hymns that are in praise of a higher power. The other three vedic hymnodies are the Yajur-veda ( knowledge of sacrifice) , Sama-veda (knowledge of chants) and Atharvana-veda ( knowledge of fire priest)

This category covers an extensive period of approximately 2,000 years until the second century. Pre-classical yoga in various forms and guises. The earliest manifestations were still closely associated with the vedic sacrificial culture as developed in the Brahmanas (are sanskrit texts explaining the vedic hymns and the rituals behind them) and Aranyakas ( are ritual texts specific to those who choose to live in seclusion in a forest hermitage)
This label applies to the eight fold yoga also known as Ashtanga-yoga or(called Raja-yoga) taught by Pathanjali in his yoga-sutra. This sanskrit text consisted of 196 sutras or aphorisms, which have been commented on over and over again through the centuries. The great saint Pathanjali believed that each individual is a composite of matter (prakriti) and spirit(Purusha). He understood the process of yoga to bring about their separation. There by restoring the spirit in its absolute purity.
This is again a very comprehensive category, which refers to all those many types and schools of yoga like Tantra Yoga ,that have sprung up in the period after Patanjali’s yoga sutra and that are independent of this decisive work. In contrast to classical yoga, post classical yoga affirms the ultimate unity of everything. This is the core teaching of Vedanta, the Philosophical System based on the teachings of the Upanishads. Also , In this period body is started to use as a weapon or tool. so, hatha yoga is developed and popularized using different hatha yoga techniques to mastery over body.

this label applies to modern yoga mainly popularized by Krishnamacharya and by his disciples B.K.S.Iyengar, etc. He has big contribution to spread yoga by travelling from Kanyakumari to Kashmira  and to introduce yoga to the western world until Indra devy open a Yoga Studio in Hollywood. Later yoga started to recognize in very country and occupied in the western world and so many yoga system and styles came to light . A few of them listed as below

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga
  • B.K.S.Iyengar Alighnment yoga or probes yoga
  • Bikram yoga or hot yoga.

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