History of Yoga

Philosophically, yoga produces a union of body, mind, and energy (or soul or spirit) to bring about a state of equanimity (calmness). The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. A per the Hindu Mythology, Master of Yoga in the Entire Universe is “Lord Vishnu” as example – His Majesty – By “Yoga Nidra” – he is controlling all the major and minor movements of the whole universe in the past 38,93,133 Years.

Lord Shree Krishna was performing his “Vishwaroop” on the day of Mrugashirsh Shukla Ekadashi (5,153 year before, 3114 BCE) when he saying to Arjuna “YOGAH KARMASU KAUSHALAM” which means Through the practice of Yoga, we can change our Karma, our Action and Behaviour and can change in time and space, and also, we can streamline our skills & efficiency and makes ourselves perfect and to conduct appropriate behaviour.

Classical Yoga - 500 BC

In 500 BC great Sage Patanjali wrote very systematic processes of yoga, He wrote Yoga Sutras to explain the process and systematic analysis of practical methods for awakening and expanding the higher faculties of mind, intellect, quality of consciousness. His path of Ashtanga yoga included Yamas and Niyamas, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyan and Samadhi.

Post Classical Yoga - 800 AD

A revolutionary Yoga Master Shree Shankaracharya, who lived in 800 AD, revitalized the yoga culture. Shree Shankaracharya, united numerous yoga traditions, organized the conceptual transformations and gave science of yoga in a broader way. Shree Shankaracharya, also wrote commentaries on Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Vedant philosophy, which are wonderful insights in to science of yoga.

(Hatha Yoga) 600 AD - 1500 AD

Hatha yoga was founded by Sage Matsyendranath and Gorakhnath and Hatha Yoga was developed during 600 to 1500 AD. Hatha Yoga focuses on strengthening and purification of body – mind. Harmony of body and mind is the main objective and is achieved by practice of asanas, cleansing, pranayama, mudras, bandhas..

Mordern Yoga in 1890'S

The first of the masters was Swami Vivekananda who wowed the audience at a lecture on yoga in Chicago on 27 September 1893. He was a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa from Kolkata, India. Swami Vivekananda was a sannyasi (monk) and he presented the true picture of science of yoga and convinced intellectuals in the west about importance of yoga for humanity. His lectures on Bhagavad Gita, Karma Yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga are real inspirations which resulted Crores of Yoga followers across the World today.