17 Facts About Yoga


Yoga is first mentioned in the Rigveda, and is referred to in a number of the Upanishads.

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Yoga continued to develop as a systematic study and practice during the fifth and sixth centuries BCE in ancient India's ascetic and Sramana movements.

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Yoga is viewed as a process of interiorization, or ascent of consciousness.

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Yoga is discussed in the foundational sutras of Hindu philosophy.

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Yoga and samkhya have some differences; yoga accepted the concept of a personal god, and Samkhya was a rational, non-theistic system of Hindu philosophy.

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Larson says that the Yoga Sutras pursue an altered state of awareness from Abhidharma Buddhism's nirodhasamadhi; unlike Buddhism's "no self or soul", however, yoga believes that each individual has a self.

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Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are considered the first compilation of yoga philosophy.

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Taimni translates it as "Yoga is the inhibition of the modifications of the mind".

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Swami Vivekananda translates the sutra as "Yoga is restraining the mind-stuff from taking various forms (Vrittis).

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Yoga Yajnavalkya is a classical treatise on yoga, attributed to the Vedic sage Yajnavalkya, in the form of a dialogue between Yajnavalkya and the renowned philosopher Gargi Vachaknavi.

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Yoga has developed into a worldwide, multi-billion-dollar business involving classes, teacher certification, clothing, books, videos, equipment, and holidays.

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Yoga is practised with a variety of methods by all Indian religions.

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Yoga philosophy came to be regarded as a distinct orthodox school of Hinduism in the second half of the first millennium CE.

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Yoga in Advaita is a "meditative exercise of withdrawal from the particular and identification with the universal, leading to contemplation of oneself as the most universal, namely, Consciousness".

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Yoga Vasistha is an influential Advaita text which uses short stories and anecdotes to illustrate its ideas.

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Al-Biruni's version of the Yoga Sutras reached Persia and the Arabian Peninsula by about 1050.

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Yoga was, however, not accepted by mainstream Sunni and Shia Islam.

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