Yoga and it's History

TechNews Writer
Mon Oct 03, 2022

The term "Yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "Yuj," which means "to join" or "to link" or "to yoke" or "to unite". Yoga is a tradition that has its roots in ancient India and focuses on physical, mental, and spiritual practice. By bringing the individual ego and global awareness together, the practice strives to achieve unity of the body mind, and spirit. This type of unity has the effect of neutralizing ego-driven ideas and behaviors, resulting in a sense of spiritual awakening. 

One who feels this oneness of being is considered to be in yoga and is referred to as a yogi, having gained a condition of liberation known as mukti, nirvana, or moksha. Nobody knows who invented yoga or when it first originated in India. Yoga was not invented by a single individual, but there are major personalities throughout history who inspired the techniques and disciplines of yoga that we see today. Some historians believe yoga is up to 10,000 years old, but because it was initially passed down orally, its exact origins are unknown.

The Rig Veda has the first recorded use of the word "yoga," which is translated as "yoke" or "yogically controlled." As said that, the Rig Veda makes no mention of yoga activities, while the subject is discussed further in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, which was written some 700 years later around 700 BCE(Before the Common Era). In addition to pratyahara, or the withdrawal of the senses, this holy scripture also makes reference to the yogic breathing method of pranayama. The Bhagavad Gita, a 500 BCE scripture, is another ancient work that is essential to yoga. This book, which is titled "The Song of God" in Sanskrit, discusses the ideas of Brahman (the Absolute Reality) and dharma (one's karmic obligation), which are significant aspects of yoga.

In yoga, a number of significant factors are taken into consideration. Ashtanga Yoga, one of the most popular types of Yoga, has eight fundamental components. These include Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. These eight components work together to create a state of total wellbeing and are each of equal importance. Yoga is now performed by millions of people worldwide in a variety of styles and variants. At Replenish, we emphasize a yoga practice that combines modern life with ancient knowledge. Yoga changes a person's body, cognition, emotion, and energy levels. As a result, there are now four main traditional categories of yoga: karma yoga, where we use the body, bhakti yoga, where we use the emotions, gyana yoga, where we use the mind and intellect, and kriya yoga, where we use the energy.

In the modern day, several prestigious yoga institutions, colleges, universities, yoga departments within universities, naturopathy colleges, private trusts, and organizations offer yoga education. In hospitals, pharmacies, medical institutions, and therapeutic settings, numerous yoga clinics, therapy and training centers, preventive health care units of yoga, research centers for yoga, etc., have been formed.



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