Origins + meaning of yoga
At least 4,000 years ago (possibly much longer), the early yogis in Northern India drew on their deep experiences and formulated practices for man to achieve and maintain a state of balanced existence. Although the Sanskrit word yoga is commonly interpreted as ‘union’, it’s primary meaning has been that of practices for the cultivation of the highest awareness at all levels of the human being. There are many ways to practice yoga including meditation, study, self enquiry, chanting and hatha yoga.
Evolution of yoga
The evolution of yoga can be marked by four periods in time: The Vedic Period, The Pre-Classical Period, the Classical Period and the Post-Classical Period.