Sometimes we want to get out of our head and just practice our yoga. Other times we want to study and learn what is behind it.
“Where did yoga come from? Why was this pose invented? How has practice changed over time? How might I do it better?”
WHO definition of Health
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
What is Yoga
Yoga is a mind-body practice with origins in ancient Indian philopsophy
Yoga or Yuj in sanskrit language means “Union”
Combines physical exercises, breathing exercises, and mental exercises
Is used to be a way of life
“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras”
The first evidence we have of yoga was found in the Indus River Valley in northwestern India and date back several thousands of years BCE.
The system of Raja yoga had been practised for many years, but it wasn’t until Patanjali recorded his yoga sutras (disputed 400 BCE-300 CE), that the practice was canonized
Hundreds of years later, asana emerged as its own path called Hatha Yoga. Roughly one hundred years ago, yoga reach the America. In the last forth to fifty years, yoga has spread across major cities as a form of healthy lifestyle. Practising yoga is a chosen lifestyle. In the last twenty years, yoga has begun to explode into a practice done by millions of people of every race, religion, and gender – in every country, every sport, every business, and every type of educational institution. It is only about twenty years ago that the internet was even created and only a little more than ten years ago that social media was invented – and then dominated.
It’s not really possible to do justice to more than five thousand years of yoga history. But as we step into being trailblazer of the future, we can gather valuable tools by observing our past. As you embark on your jouney to find the true north, take a moment to salute the south.