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Kiana Ng Yoga
Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years with it’s first mention being in the Vedas (a collection of India’s most religious and ancient texts).
This date has been determined due to an ancient civilization called the Indus civilization being found and having contained engravings similar to that of yogi-like figures, which has been studied to have existed around 5,000 years ago. There are other links to this civilization and yoga which revolved around its society and culture.
Beliefs and practices about yoga were later documented in the Upanishads (another large collection of scriptures), which contain one of the most well known texts known as the Bhagavad Gita which was written around 500 BCE. Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga were created around this time as well. Continuing on, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were written where Raja Yoga was largely influenced. A few centuries later, Tantra Yoga was formed which led to Hatha Yoga (what is most common in the west now).
The ancient language used in yoga is called Sanskrit. Yoga is commonly defined as “to yoke/join something” and Hatha means “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), which can be translated to mean that Hatha is a union of a pair of opposites. Hatha Yoga is one of the first threads of yoga, making it the one system of yoga that is recommended to be experienced before engaging in the other forms of yoga.