Power of Yoga

History of Yoga

The earliest archeological evidence of Yoga's existence is found in stone engravings that date back to around 3000 B.C.

Both yoga and Shamanism have similar characteristics in their attempts to improve health and promote healing through spiritual mediation.

The oldest known yoga teachings are found in the Vedas, the sacred scripture of Brahmanism that is the basis of modern-day Hinduism. The Vedas are said to be the oldest sacred texts still used today.

Most anthropologists agree that an oral tradition existed long before a literary tradition which gradually set in from about the 2nd century BCE. Yoga was used as a tool to live in harmony, mind, body and spirit. Yoga shares some characteristics with Hinduism and Buddhism. During the sixth century B.C., Buddha started teaching the importance of meditation and the practice of physical postures.

At the age of 35, Siddharta Gautama, the first Buddhist to study yoga, achieved enlightenment, described as an intellectual understanding, an intuitive knowing and a total transformation of the heart and mind.

Patanjali: Wrote The Yoga Sutra around the second century in an attempt to define and standardize classical Yoga. It comprises 195 sutras or "threads" as well as an "Eightfold-Path".

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