No man comes to God the Father, except through me”. Timothy has been serving as the Executive Director of YogaBasics.com since 2000. I am interested to know more about it,, can you refer to me any article or sources. We can see evidence of Yoga developing as a complete system of practice in early Buddhist and Hindu texts. These religions cater to a fraction of Hinduism. I appreciate your patience for some other feedbacks with disrspectful utterances. But certainly they come from the same Source. While many people associate yoga with Hinduism, yogic tradition has been influenced by Buddhism, ritual sacrifice, gymnastics, and many other practices. If anyone wants to see the clearest evidence on the matter then I’d suggest reading “The Roots of Yoga” by Jim Mallinson and Mark Singleton. Ie the teacher, Guru, or master whatever you may wish to call them, is a living embodiment of what he professes and teaches. I see you mentioned you grew around yoga. Choose this day whom you will serve. (1), And you’ll find more than 20 million yogis in the United States alone. While it’s easy to visualize the spread of yoga as something that started in India and fanned outwards, Western practices also had a profound effect on many of the spiritual leaders and pioneers of yoga in the 1920s.

Here’s another one: “The Vedas were a collection of texts containing songs, mantras and rituals to be used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests.” I suppose I should be happy that the word “Vedic” is mentioned because that’s what we Hindus are – Vedic. I think the system gains from being stripped from fundamentalism and any one religion, as people learn to drop their pre-conceived beliefs. I get where you’re coming from with this, it’s the same Feuerstein-based history that most of us were taught in teacher training before modern scholars started to prove (in the past few years) that there was a big mix of romantic re-imagination and straight-up religious misdirection going on. On its own, it is a great practice for everyone; It is peaceful, makes them feel good and works. I think Yoga can be a great practice to develop my inner self, my mind and my body. This is right.
One does not need to worship or believe in a specific god to do yoga. What is important though, which I believe you do well Timothy, is stick with the factual history and research, which I don’t think many others have. Of course, there is also Hatha Yoga, which has become the most widely known form of yoga practice in the West today. The prehistoric origins of yoga that you hint at are found in archaeological evidence of various meditation postures and allusions to prana. I have been researching about yoga since six year but this blog open my eyes iam belons to hindu but to practice yoga not need to be from any schhol its pure science yoga is truth rule of nature evry one accept it not to debate about it, Great information! I appreciate your comments on the age of this article, I’m simply posting here so anyone interested in the topic (you must be to have read this far) can have a good reference based on actual scientific research by scholar-practitioners and make their own minds up. “people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Yoga is a practice of meditation to help connect one’s self to their own beliefs, thoughts and spirit.

What I am really tired to see how commercial yoga has become in India. We seem to need to be challenged and tested in order to understand our own capacities. Because of the Yoga Sutras’ focus on the mind, yogis of the past hadn’t paid as much attention to the physical body as they were focused on meditation and contemplation. I do however, question that the Sutras were compiled in the 2nd century though?

From being frowned upon to being hailed as one of the best natural therapies out there, yoga practice has come a long way. So is the holy Bhagavad Gita. Your stating that “Hindu was a term to describe the varied spiritual beliefs and practices of the people of the Indus-Saraswati region” is incorrect. They want approval from west. West is increasingly becoming more hindu on its own but they are afraid of coming out. Even now in parts of India (eg Himachal), every town and village has its own god.

The bottom line of any deep study of Yoga history is that Yoga clearly belongs to no specific culture as it has been adopted and adapted by so many different cultures and traditions over the centuries. I have read the comments and understand that this may need a bit of updating. if any words of mine offend anybody, please accept my apology, namaste. Until recently, Western scholars believed that yoga originated around 500 BC, the period when Buddhism came into existence. He was fascinated by spirituality from a young age, spending his free time in meditation and studying the lives of wandering monks. Hatha yoga was given to us by lord shiva.please read the story of sage matsyendranath Matsyendrasana is dedicated to it. Vedas,Upanishads,Bhagavad-Gîtâ these are all hindu religious text and all of them ask us to do yoga.