Origins of Yoga

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” Marcus Tullius Cícero

“There is no physical yoga and spiritual yoga. If it is exclusively physical, it won’t be yoga. Yoga is dealing with the entirety; it is a union.” Prashant Iyengar, son of B.K.S Iyengar.  We still don’t know much about the Origins of Yoga, we do know that it originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Until fairly recently, it was thought to have originated around 500 B.C., which is the time of Gautama the Buddha, the illustrious founder of Buddhism.

In the early 1920s, Archeologists discovered the Indus civilization a culture that we now know extended over an area roughly 300,000 square miles ( France is 247,000). The largest civilization in early antiquity. Whilst excavating in Mohenjo Daro and Harappa, Archeologists found engraved soapstone seals that strongly resembled yoga postures.

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