6 Things About Yoga Origin/History

6 Things About Yoga Origin/History

Yoga has been here with us for quite some time now. But do you know about its past, where it came from, some of the key milestones in its development, and what the future holds? Well, I believe this piece of information is vital if there be any chance of appreciating the sport fully.

That is why, I Dr. Bal Krishna, have decided to research and find out the major highlights in the history of this activity. Even though there are virtually limitless things to know about this activity, I have narrowed down to 6 particularly outstanding milestones.

1. Unknown origins

Nobody knows when and at what point the sporting activity started. Some many myths and legends attempt to explain the origin of this activity. Of these, there is one that particularly stands out.

As per that narrative, Shiva was the first yogi.

He supposedly reached the ‘enlightenment’ at a place popularly called Mount Kailash. The narrative adds that Shiva had seven disciples, who were popularly called rishis. Shiva together with his rishis jointly became the founders of the spiritual traditions of the world.

2. The emergence of the ‘Bible’ of Yoga
As with any other sporting activity, yoga too abides by certain rules and conditions. All these traditions are encapsulated in a book popularly called, the bible. There is a little bit of uncertainty as pertains when exactly this bible originated. Most estimates place the origin from 5,000-10,000 years ago.

Complementing this bible is the Hindu sacred writing of the Bhagavad Gita. This one was supposedly drafted sometime between 400-200 BC. It is the scripture of yogic philosophy in the sense that it contains the ideals of the sporting activity explained in writing.

3. Evolution into modernity

Technology has truly advanced in recent times. Many sporting activities have evolved to keep pace with these technological advancements. These developments have largely taken the forms of the adoption of studios, rather than open spaces as the places to practice the sport.

Many studios have also adopted online platforms as the avenues to reach out to potential clients. It is not uncommon for gyms to make use of projectors, computers, and large screens and mediums of instilling the ideals of the sport to the attendees.

4. Asana and pranayama have been known since medieval times to be dangerous

Asana is the steady and comfortable posture that is entered into when meditating. Pranayama, on the other hand, is the control of breath that accompanies the asana posture. These two form the core of the sporting activity of yoga. It is never really possible to succeed without invoking them.

Though these activities are greatly beneficial to the human body, ancients thought that they were dangerous. They subsequently developed some cold feet insofar as undertaking them was concerned. It is not until recently that they have been hailed as being truly awesome.

5. Body thinness has been the ultimate goal of yogis since time immemorial
Many people, especially women, who opt for yoga have often wanted to shed off excess weight. They have consistently looked to yoga as some kind of weight loss program. While the issue of weight loss emerged only recently, this is not new among yogis.

There is credible evidence to believe that medieval yogis too were concerned with their body weights as the modern yogis are. In particular, they have narrowed to the preparatory techniques that have steered the body to slim down and shed off unwanted fat.

6. Vinyāsa has evolved over the years
Vinyāsa refers to the smooth transitions that occur in between any two consecutive styles of asana. However, this is only recent. For quite a long time, this word was used to refer to the installation of mantras on the body only. The evidence to this is derived from the tantric texts.

Going by this modern usage, Vinyāsa is hence a re-assignment of the meaning. Nonetheless, Vinyāsa is still as effective as it originally was intended to be. Simply put: there is no significant difference between this activity notwithstanding its own evolved meaning.

Closing Remarks
I have done the much I can to acquaint you with the basics of the history of yoga as a sporting activity. I now believe you are better placed to appreciate this sporting activity better than you would ordinarily.

With this in mind, why don’t you go ahead and enroll in a course as soon as possible? Reading the explanations alone will not yield the awesome ends you may be desperately yearning for.

You may count on me for any future pieces of training.

Dr. Bal Krishna

Dr. Bal Krishna holds Ph.D in Yoga and Naturopathy and is associated with Yoga and Naturopathy for twenty years. He is also the Founder and Senior Yoga Teacher of nepalyogainstitute.com. He is devoted and inspired Yoga Guru, who has been teaching yoga and sharing the knowledge for a very long time. He has been writing for various print media and is deeply interested in Sanskrit Shloks.

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