History of Yoga - what you have to know about Yoga

The beginning

From four to eight thousand years ago, the history of yoga can be well divided into four epochs, namely, pre-classical, classical, post-classical and modern. Much has been said about this primordial religious practice in India. The circulation of the real origin actually has many uncertainties caused mainly by the verbal transmission of secret teachings and sacred stories. There were also initial writings annotated on palm fronds, but they were immediately damaged.

Preclassic Period

Preclassic Period would relay that the beginning of this ancient spiritual routine was developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization. The first use of the term was mentioned in the Rig Veda, the oldest holy book in Hinduism. The history of yoga would then declare that the Vedic priests were responsible for refining this primordial religious practice, as well as for documenting the beliefs of the Upanishads. The Bhagavad-Gita was identified as the most untable among all Yogic scriptures.

The classical period

The classical period would relay that the pioneering systematic presentation of this ancient spiritual routine was the Patanjali Sutras. The book was finished around the 2nd century where it described the ways of the raja classification. The history of yoga would then say that the author himself divided the method of this original religious practice into eight limbs, currently referred to as ashtanga, which focus on yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi giving They further that there were gurus of this ancient spiritual routine who developed techniques aimed at revitalizing the body and prolonging life. These unidentified sages did not accept the teachings of the Vedic priests and adopted belief in themselves for enlightenment. The history of yoga would then say that there were radical methods of purifying the mind in order to get rid of the tensions in the outside world. The novel aspect of this original religious practice then led to the hatha classification.


Modern period

Modern period these masters would pass this ancient spiritual routine began to travel to the western part of the world to gain followers. In 1920, th The Hatha classification was heavily promoted in India along with the achievements of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, a teacher known to be more than a hundred years old. The history of yoga then went on to say that postures were demonstrated across the country and not long a school was devoted exclusively to the original religious practice