Brief History of Yoga
The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', signifying 'to join' or 'to burden' or 'to join together'. The act of Yoga is accepted to have begun with the specific sunrise of human advancement. The art of yoga has its cause a huge number of years prior, sometime before the principal religions or conviction frameworks were conceived. In the yogic legend, Shiva is viewed as the primary yogi or Adiyogi, and the main Guru or Adi Guru. A few thousand years back, on the banks of the lake Kantisarovar in the Himalayas, Adiyogi emptied his significant learning into the incredible Saptarishis or "seven sages". The sages conveyed this intense yogic science to various parts of the world, including Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa and South America. Strikingly, present-day researchers have noted and wondered about the nearby parallels found between old societies over the globe. In any case, it was in India that the yogic framework discovered its fullest articulation. Agastya, the Saptarishi who traversed the Indian subcontinent, made this culture around a centre yogic lifestyle.
The Number of seals and fossil stays of Indus Saraswati valley human progress with Yogic thought processes and figures performing Yoga Sadhana recommend the nearness of Yoga in antiquated India. The phallic images, seals of symbols of mother Goddess are suggestive of Tantra Yoga. Nearness of Yoga is accessible in people customs, Indus valley human progress, Vedic and Upanishadic legacy, Buddhist and Jain conventions, Darshanas, legends of Mahabharat and Ramayana, mystical conventions of Shaivas, Vaishnavas, and Tantric customs. What's more, there was a primordial or unadulterated Yoga which has been shown in supernatural conventions of South Asia. This was the time when Yoga was being honed under the immediate direction of Guru and its spritual esteem was given extraordinary significance. It was a piece of Upasana and yoga sadhana was inbuilt in their ceremonies. Sun was given the most noteworthy significance amid the vedic period. The act of 'Surya namaskara' may have been concocted later because of this impact. Pranayama was a piece of everyday custom and to offer the oblation. Despite the fact that Yoga was being honed in the pre-Vedic period, the incomparable Sage Maharshi Patanjali systematized and classified the then existing practices of Yoga, its significance and its related information through his Yoga Sutras. After Patanjali, numerous Sages and Yoga Masters contributed enormously for the conservation and improvement of the field through their very much archived practices and writing.
Chronicled confirmations of the presence of Yoga were found in the pre-Vedic period (2700 B.C.), and from that point till Patanjali's period. The principle sources, from which we get the data about Yoga hones and the related writing amid this period, are accessible in Vedas (4), Upanishads(108), Smritis, lessons of Buddhism, Jainism, Panini, Epics (2), Puranas (18) and so on.