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YOGA And Its colossal popularity
Yoga began on the Indian subcontinent and made its way to the United States, where it gained popularity throughout the previous century. What was the source of its colossal popularity? Continue reading to learn more.
Based on old seals discovered in the ancient cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa, there is evidence that yoga was practiced thousands of years ago. There were features of a godlike figure engaging in yogic poses, which was supposed to represent Lord Shiva, the first yogi. Over the course of the Vedic period, yoga evolved into a more spiritual manifestation than the physical activity we are familiar with today. Yoga evolved throughout the Upanishad period.
Patanjali Yoga Sutra
Around the second century of the Classical era, the sage Patanjali wrote the 'Patanjali Yoga Sutra,' which is today known as the 'Patanjali Yoga Sutra.' These aphorisms refer to the Ashtanga yoga notion of eight limbs, which is today considered the basis of yoga. These include yama (social rules), niyama (personal regulations), asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing methods), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (meditation) (ecstasy). At this point, the postures began to play a larger role in the yogic practices.