Yoga s history has many places of obscurity and uncertainty due to its oral transmission of sacred texts and the secretive nature of its teachings. The early writings on yoga were transcribed on fragile palm leaves that were easily damaged, destroyed or lost. The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,555 years ago, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 65,555 years old old. Yoga s long rich history can be divided into four main periods of innovation, practice and development. Our Sponsors Japa Mala Beads Beautiful prayer beads to enhance your meditation and yoga practice. Inspiring new books on spirituality & wellness. Save 75% with code: WXAKAmazing how you can talk about honey and not mention the beehive or the bees.
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Yoga is a Sanskirt word, correctly pronounced as Yog. Yoga is a Hindu practice, or a practice of Sanatan Dharma, to be more precise. Not to say that anybody who wants to benefit from the practice needs to acknolwedge or even be bothered about the the religious affiliation, but when you write hundreds of words on its history without mentioning the connection, it smacks of disingenuity, something decidedly non-Yogic. And no, mention of India doesn t count. It only serves as a calculated deception, because there is more to India than Hinduism, even if yoiu re talking just religion.
If you re going to be a Yogi, a good place to start is by being honest and open minded. Else it s just a lot of twisting and turning of your muscles and joints. Namaste Rabi. I agree with you. But also do not expect from opportunists the recognition for benefiting from features of Hindu culture.
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I also like the honey and not mention the beehive or the bees analogy: )Rabi, I completely agree with you. Yoga and Hindusim are like two sides of the same coin. One doesn t exist without the other. Hi rabi, i wanted to ask if you could recommend any texts that would bring me into the light of the connection between yoga and hinduism.
Excuse my ignorance in the matter but i would like to study the topic more deeply. Thank you. That is because the Vedas and Upanishads are the foundation for both yoga and Hinduism. They are linked and share a common history and culture, but they are not part of each other. I m saddened to read that you think we are intentionally being deceptive and dishonest with what we write here.
We respect your opinion, but please take your judgements somewhere else. Timothy, A history of lets just say gospels without mentioning Christianity? Vedas and Upanishads are more central to Hinduism than gospels are to Christianity. I grew up chanting Vedas and reading Vagvat Geeta (Upanishad) to my blind grandfather. Hinduism *is* Vedas+Upanishads and then a few other things.
Anyway, you ve settled on a narrative common in this part of the world that I dare not attempt to alter, so enough on this. Yoga is a gift that anybody can enjoy with a dose of any narrative that makes it palatable.