YOGA Since The Dawn Of Civilization?

Dr Ishwar V. Basavaraddi

The origin of Yoga dates back to thousands of years, long before the systems of first religion and beliefs emerged.

Widely considered as an ”immortal cultural outcome” of the Indus Valley Civilization- dating back to 2700 BC- Yoga has proven itself to be beneficial for both material and spiritual development of humanity. A number of archaeological evidence recovered from Indus Valley Civilization (seals and fossils) depict Yogic motifs, figures performing Yog Sadhana. The evidence, hence, suggests the presence of Yoga in ancient India. The historical figurine of mother Goddess is believed to be depicting TANTRA Yoga.

Image Source: The Ministry Of External Affairs, Yoga: Its Origin, History And Development

Yoga in Indie Culture And Tradition

There is ample documentation about Yoga in folk traditions, Vedic, Upanishad, Buddhist and Jain scriptures, Darshanas, including the epics of Mahabharata, Bhagavadgita and Ramayana. In fact, multiple theistic traditions of Shaivites, Vaishnavas and Tantric traditions divulge deep into Yogic practices. Though Yoga was being practised in the pre-Vedic period, the great sage Maharishi Patanjali systematised and codified the then existing Yogic practices into a classical yoga text called “Yoga Sutras.”

The Spread Of Yoga Across The Globe

After Patanjali, many sages and Yoga masters contributed greatly to the preservation and development of the field through well-documented practices and literature. Yoga has spread all over the world by the teachings of eminent Yoga masters from ancient times to the present date.

The seers and sages carried this powerful Yogic science to different parts of the world such as Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa and South America. Interestingly, modern scholars have noted and marvelled at the close parallels found between ancient cultures across the globe. However, it was in India that the Yogic system found its fullest expression. Agastya, the Saptarishi, who travelled across the Indian subcontinent, crafted this culture around a core Yogic way of life.

Today, everybody has knowledge about Yoga practices being helpful towards prevention of diseases, and promotion of health. Millions of people across the globe have benefitted by the practice of Yoga and the practice of Yoga is blossoming and growing more vibrant with each passing day.


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