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Yoga History

Yoga History

The act of Yoga is accepted to have begun with the very day break of human progress. The investigation of yoga has its beginning a huge number of years back, well before the primary religions or conviction frameworks were conceived. In the yogic legend, Shiva is viewed as the primary yogi or Adiyogi, and the principal Guru or Adi Guru.

A few Thousand years back, on the banks of the lake Kantisarovar in the Himalayas, Adiyogi emptied his significant learning into the unbelievable Saptarishis or "seven sages". The sages conveyed this capable yogic science to various parts of the world, including Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa and South America. Curiously, present day researchers have noted and wondered about the nearby parallels found between antiquated societies over the globe. In any case, it was in India that the yogic framework discovered its fullest articulation. Agastya, the Saptarishi who traversed the Indian subcontinent, made this culture around a center yogic lifestyle.

The Number of seals and fossil stays of Indus Saraswati valley human progress with Yogic thought processes and figures performing Yoga Sadhana recommend the nearness of Yoga in old India. The phallic images, seals of icons of mother Goddess are suggestive of Tantra Yoga. Nearness of Yoga is accessible in people conventions, Indus valley human progress, Vedic and Upanishadic legacy, Buddhist and Jain customs, Darshanas, legends of Mahabharat and Ramayana, mystical customs of Shaivas, Vaishnavas, and Tantric customs. What's more, there was a primordial or unadulterated Yoga which has been showed in supernatural customs of South Asia. 

 This was the time when Yoga was being honed under the immediate direction of Guru and its spritual esteem was given unique significance. It was a piece of Upasana and yoga sadhana was inbuilt in their ceremonies. Sun was given most elevated significance amid the vedic period. The act of 'Surya namaskara' may have been imagined later because of this impact. Pranayama was a piece of every day custom and to offer the oblation. In spite of the fact that Yoga was being rehearsed in the pre-Vedic period, the immense Sage Maharshi Patanjali systematized and arranged the then existing practices of Yoga, its significance and its related learning through his Yoga Sutras. After Patanjali, numerous Sages and Yoga Masters contributed extraordinarily for the conservation and advancement of the field through their very much archived practices and writing.

Verifiable confirmations of the presence of Yoga were found in the pre-Vedic period (2700 B.C.), and from there on till Patanjali's period. The primary sources, from which we get the data about Yoga hones and the related writing amid this period, are accessible in Vedas (4), Upanishads(108), Smritis, lessons of Buddhism, Jainism, Panini, Epics (2), Puranas (18) and so on.

Likely, the period between 500 BC - 800 A.D. is considered as the Classical time frame which is additionally considered as the most ripe and unmistakable period in the history and improvement of Yoga. Amid this period, analyses of Vyasa on Yoga Sutras and Bhagawadgita and so on came into existence.This period can be predominantly devoted to two extraordinary religious educators of India – Mahavir and Buddha. The idea of Five awesome pledges – Pancha mahavrata-by Mahavir and Ashta Magga or eightfold way by Buddha - can be very much considered as early nature of Yoga sadhana. We locate its more express clarification in Bhagawadgita which has intricately displayed the idea of Gyan yoga, Bhakti yoga and Karma Yoga. These three sorts of yoga are as yet the most astounding case of human knowledge and even to day individuals discover peace by following the strategies as appeared in Gita. Patanjali's yoga sutra other than containing different parts of yoga, is mostly related to eight overlay way of Yoga. The imperative discourse on Yoga sutra by Vyasa was additionally composed. Amid this very period the part of brain was given significance and it was unmistakably brought out through Yoga sadhana, Mind and body both can be conveyed under control to encounter equanimity.The period between 800 A.D. - 1700 A.D. has been perceived as the Post Classical period wherein the lessons of extraordinary Acharyatrayas-Adi Shankracharya, Ramanujacharya, Madhavacharya-were noticeable amid this period. The lessons of Suradasa, Tulasidasa, Purandardasa, Mirabai were the considerable patrons amid this period. The Natha Yogis of Hathayoga Tradition like Matsyendaranatha, Gorkshanatha, Cauranginatha, Swatmaram Suri, Gheranda, Shrinivasa Bhatt are a portion of the immense identities who advanced the Hatha Yoga works on amid this period.

The period between 1700 - 1900 A.D. is considered as Modern period in which the colossal Yogacharyas-Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Paramhansa Yogananda, Vivekananda and so forth have contributed for the improvement of Raja Yoga.This was the period when Vedanta, Bhakti yoga, Nathayoga or Hatha-yoga prospered. The Shadanga-yoga of Gorakshashatakam, Chaturanga-yoga of Hathayogapradipika, Saptanga-yoga of Gheranda Samhita, were the fundamental tenents of Hatha-yoga.Presently in the contemporary circumstances, everyone has feeling about yoga hones towards the protection, support and advancement of wellbeing. Yoga has spread everywhere throughout the world by the lessons of incredible identities like Swami Shivananda, Shri T.Krishnamacharya, Swami Kuvalayananda, Shri Yogendara, Swami Rama, Sri Aurobindo, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Acharya Rajanish, Pattabhijois, BKS. Iyengar, Swami Satyananda Sarasvati and so forth.