The Origins and History of Yoga

876 Words Feb 19th, 2018 3 Pages
The Vedas, holy writings that are the foundation for Hinduism, possess ancient yoga teachings known as Vedic Yoga. Individuals became reliant on Vedic yoga to live their life in divine harmony.
The period of Pre-classical Yoga coincides with the development of the Upanishads. The Upanishads fortified the writings of the Vedas, therefore strengthening the practice of yoga. The history of yoga has been widely associated with not only Hinduism but Buddhism as well. Siddharta Gautama, the enlightened one, founder of Buddhism understood the benefits that yoga provided for meditation. The goal of Buddhism is to find inner peace, which yoga assisted in. In other regions, the ruins of the immense cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa, depictions have been found engraved on soapstone seals that strongly resemble figures of yoga poses. Bhavagad-Gita, is the earliest known yoga scripture dated back to around 500 B.C. The Gita is dedicated entirely to yoga, its main aim is that -- "to be alive means to be active and in order to avoid difficulties in our lives and in others, our actions have to benign and have to exceed our egos." Its connection to the Upanishads is paralleled to the relationship between the Vedas and Upanishads, strengthening each other's meaning. The classical period marks the establishment of the Yoga Sutra. Written by Patanjali, around the second century, with the purpose to clarify and standardize…