A Brief Lesson in Yoga History


Yoga is an activity rich in history, passed down through generations and evolved over thousands of years.  A yoga practice goes beyond the mastering of poses and postures. Traditional practices are based on collective experiences of the masters that have been carried down the timeline by teachings from experienced yoga gurus to students through wisdom and demonstration.  


The exact history of yoga is uncertain, however stone carvings depicting figures in yoga positions have been found on eastern world archaeology sites dating back five thousand years or more.   Evidence of yoga has also been found in Rig-Veda.  Rig-Veda is a compilation of prayers and hymnals that promoting greater being and divine harmony.  Rig-Veda is also known to be the oldest existing written text.  


Yoga originally focused on applying and understanding the world.  It was not until the sixth century B.C. that Buddhist teachings implemented the focus of yoga be changed to self-enlightenment.  Yoga was then introduced to the western world in the early 19th century. Here,  it was studied as philosophy and catalysed a health and vegetarian movement in the 1930’s.


In the early 1960’s, yoga began to modernize.  Modern yoga is based on five basic principles, relaxation, exercise, breathing, diet and mediation.  These principles were created by Swami Sivananda, a Hindu yoga instructor and early believer in natural medicinal treatment.


Today, yoga students practice the same method of discipline that was taught thousands of years ago and continue to treat the body with great care and respect. Yogis are united with a heightened sense of self-understanding.  


The word “yoga” means “to join or yoke together” while gently increasing breath control to improve the function of the body and prepare the mind for meditation. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to evolve in the world, gain greater personal freedom, quiet the mind for healing against everyday stress and live a long, healthful and prosperous life.  The breathing techniques that are taught throughout yoga’s many different schools are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body.  Regular daily practice of yoga brings a strong body and clear, quiet mind together into harmony.


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Corona's yoga journey began in her early 20's when she introduced herself to yoga for nothing more than curiosity and has been hooked ever since.

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