History Of Yoga in India

Yoga is a primarily spiritual practice that focuses on subtle science, which seeks to achieve the harmony of one’s body and mind. The term Yoga was first mentioned in one of the oldest of sacred texts in that of the Rig Veda and is derived from the Sanskrit root “Yuj” which means join or unify. As per the Yogic texts that it is believed that the practise of Yoga will lead a person to a union of consciousness with universal Consciousness. This eventually results in an amazing harmony between human body and mind and between man and nature.

Humble Beginnings

Yoga is a practice that originated in India. Yoga was first introduced during the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation in Northern India over 5,000 years back. It first came into the Rig Veda, a collection of texts which included mantras, rituals and songs, which were mostly utilised by Brahmans who were Vedic priests. Yoga was gradually developed by Brahmans who later recorded their beliefs and practices in the Upanishads which contain more than 200 texts.

Yoga in Vedas means a yoke. In the early writings, Yoga was mostly used for depicting a warrior who died and ascending to the sky as he rode behind his chariot, he offered sacrifices to gods and the higher power of being.In Vedic period, Vedic priests were generally disciplined and avoided any kind of indulgence. They offered sacrifices that were referred to as yajna. They also practiced postures which most scholars believe are the ancestor of the type of Yoga postures we practice in the present day.

The Spread of Yoga

In the 3rd century BCE The term “yoga” became common in other religions, such as Jain, Hindu, and Buddhist writings. It was in Mahayana Buddhism, the practice of yoga to aid in contemplative and spiritual use was called Yogachara comprised of eight major steps of meditation referred to as “insight”.

 

At the time of its 5th century origin, yoga was intended to be a means of meditation and for religious purposes but not as an exercise routine. Around the same time the idea became more popular among Jains, Buddhists, and Hindus. The first yoga versions were designed for spiritual practice and were based on a variety of core values.First, the first value looked at the individual’s perception and mental state, while analyzing the root of the suffering, and then using meditation to address the issue. The second value was focused on increasing consciousness and the third value was employed to achieve transcendence. This fourth value is a mystery since it employed Yoga to get into other bodies and then act in a supernatural manner.

Yoga was later embraced due to its importance in the Indian Nationalist Movement as a means to build an identity and pride in the country. It is surprising that yoga was a popular practice Yoga was extensively propagated by influential families, institutions and other activities until India gained its independence in 1947.

Despite the many different practices and customs that are prevalent in India, Yoga follows no religious or social caste. It is based on instilling the virtues of patience, compassion, and tolerance in oneself. Yoga is not just a way to calm the mind, but it can also help reduce the stress and stress that accompany the speed-of-life in this time. It is a way to attain self-actualization as well as self-realization on an individual basis.

Yoga has been a success in the public’s eyes. The principles continue to spread throughout the West and improve thousands of lives. 21st June was designated to be the International Yoga Day by the United Nations. This is a huge step in the direction of expanding Yoga. This ancient tradition is recognized and given the importance it deserves in its quest to inspire billions with the power of emotions like peace, love, as well as universal harmony.

In the present, Yoga is practiced worldwide by millions of people across many varieties and forms. At Swakaya we are focused on the ancient wisdom and contemporary living approaches to Yoga. Join us to celebrate the ancient practices of Yoga using a contemporary approach