Yoga is more then just becoming stronger and more flexible. In many religions the word Yoga means spiritual discipline. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and has evolved and changed overtime. Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual practice or disciplines which help permit the state of peace. Yoga’s history is uncertain, but is thought that Yoga originated from ancient India. The earliest signs of Yoga appear in Stone Age Shamanism. Evidence of Yoga posture were found on stone seals that date all the way back to 3000 BC. According to White, the first use of the word "Yoga" is in the Rig-Veda, where it is shown as a yoke, but also a war chariot. Researchers food that the first actual term of Yoga first occurs in the Katha Upanishad and later in the Shvetasvatara Upanishad. The first systematize account of Yoga happening was from the earlier Vedic uses of the term, which is found in the Hindu religion, Kathaka Upanisad, a scripture dating from about the third century BC. Kathaka Upanisad describes the hierarchy of mind-body constituents which include the senses, mind, and intellect. These facts created the foundational categories of Sāmkhya philosophy, whose metaphysical system grounds the Yoga of the YS, Bhg, and other texts and schools. The earliest reference to meditation is made in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the earliest Upanishad (c. 900 BC). All these old Yoga types and modern Yoga are very similar because they both try to improve the human condition. Before Yoga was focused on ones self it the focus was on the community. There are many different time periods of Yoga history, but to narrow it down there is the veridic period, preclassical era, classical Yoga, and post classical.
The Veridic period is the first time in history that Yoga is being practiced. The existence of the Vedas marks this period 1500-1000 BCE. Vedas is the sacred scripture of Brahmanism which is the basis of modern-day Hinduism. It is a collection of
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