Origin and History of Yoga

Yoga and the Indian Consciousness

Yoga: Treasure for all of humanity The splendour that is India, homeland of the ancient spiritual tradition of the Hindus, leaves the foreign mind grappling with this inexplicable reality. What should one make of the Hindu Pantheon with its millions of gods and goddesses? What do these myriad...

Origin and History of Yoga Part 1

We trace the birth of Yoga from its nascent beginnings in the Indus Valley right up to the Vedic times, where it developed as an alternative to ritualism. Origin of Yoga Until recently western scholars and Indologists believed that Yoga developed only as late as 500 B.C. What every child in India...

Origin and History of Yoga Part 2

From its early beginnings in mysticism to a complete science, Yoga is now a world wide movement. Since the Hindu mind did not concern itself with the past, the only historical records that we have are those of Persian, Chinese and Greek scholars. Most of what we know of the history of Yoga...

Yoga and Hinduism

We try to understand the historical relationship between Yoga and Hinduism. Who is Hindu? Historically the ancient Persians referred to the people inhabiting the land on the other side of the river Indus as Hindus. The word Hindu was not a label for their religious beliefs; rather, it was a...

Yoga and Religion

We try to understand why Yoga is not a religon. Comparison of Religions Religion is a western concept and therefore the word has been defined by western culture and beliefs dominated by the religions of the book Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 1. One may have only one faith or religion. Thus...

How does one become a Hindu? Can I convert?

In the Hindu tradition, you are a Hindu if you accept the authorities of the Vedas. Your beliefs and practices make you Hindu. Rituals, ceremonies and official acceptance by any religious authority or institution are neither required nor possible. However, it is important to note that the...

Why is Jain Yoga so inaccessible?

Practitioners of Jainism amount to less than 2 million in India. There are a number of reasons why Yoga practices of the Jain Tradition are so inaccessible. The strict adherence to Ahimsa (non-violence) makes Jain Yoga difficult to practice. Over millennia the Jain Tradition has maintained this...

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