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Origin of Yoga

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Origin of Yoga

‘Yoga’ -the very word radiates peace and tranquility. This feeling probably stems from the etymology of the word.

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj' which essentially means to join or unite. The union referred to is that of the individual self uniting with Cosmic Consciousness or the Universal Spirit. Yoga is a means to achieving this goal.

Born in India, almost 26,000 years ago, Yoga is believed to have evolved during the period of the ‘Sat Yuga’, also called the Golden age. This period became known as a time of everlasting peace and abundant blessings, filled with seekers of the Eternal Truth. That is why, probably, even today we associate yoga with sages and hermits.

It was not until the discovery of the Indus- valley civilization, the largest civilization, that knowledge about the origin of Yoga surfaced. Excavations give evidence of yoga’s existence during this period; yogi -like figures engraved on soapstone seals have been unearthed. In fact, it was the Aryans, migrating from the north- west, who were instrumental in discovering yoga.

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It's interesting how westerners are quick to patent everything, things that are not even invented by them..But when it comes to eternal and beautiful practices like yoga, they say things like "we humans label everything and blah blah". Well, let me enlighten you, yoga originated in India, as a part of the Hindu religion. It is one of the paths to enlightenment as it makes one's mind firm in it's place devoid of ego and emotions. Like a flame which does not flicker in the wind. Described as "stith pragya" in our vedic textbooks and bhagwat geeta. Shiva, or the adi guru created the first set of yoga asanas as a means of reaching one's spiritual peak and hence bliss. This has been illustrated in our most ancient vedic textbooks and rishis have written about these methods for eg in the yoga sutras by patanjali. Bhagwad geeta also talks about the various yogas a devotee must pursue to achieve oneness with the creator and harmony with oneself. Now it is propagated as a form of exercise, since most westerners will be unable to understand this alien philosophy of hinduism. Hence it has become reduced to a form of physical fitness leading to a better quality of life and blissful mental state. But these are the by products, the end result has is different. That of achieveing a state of oneness and calming the mind to prepare to do sadhana [which many people pursue through meditation, though many more ways exist to do sadhana and it is not restricted to meditation]. So, no you don't have to change your religion to pursue yoga, hinduism does not promote conversion nor demands it.
Holisticliving_RS  Thursday, October 30, 2014
I must response to all of you! Yoga is a creation from a people that now are called the untouchables because of their dark skin. In the world we don't see much of the indigenous population. It is not nonsense sir that everything had a beginning. And yes it is a language today just like Kemet is called Egypt today and Africa named after a Roman ruler now; when Romans conquered a people and their land they changed the name of the land and made the people do the same. When you say Afro-Centric i here a vibe as distant. Like this case, the masters always go to an elder but in Yoga and Meditation if you research long enough you will find their isolated Black People off in a hill or mountain some where away from the torn away modern ways.
Keysha  Friday, March 08, 2013
26000 years ago seems a little ridiculous; to christis1st - you show your intelligence by your spelllingg. you are either in 3rd grade, or a christian
jakthoreau  Wednesday, February 15, 2012
yoga is domanic. GOD is the only true savior
chistis1st  Friday, September 30, 2011
We humans always want to label something and claim an orgin to it or call it our own.Instead of staying with the true nature of what it is.The movements of yoga was here since the first baby.If you look at any baby,you can see yoga in their movements.Like so-call ti-chi,it is movements that comes naturally to the one that is doing it.
walihayden  Monday, January 03, 2011
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