While you may have heard of yoga, or even tried some yoga stretching poses, you likely still know only a little about this physical and spiritual exercise. The history of yoga meditation is rich and long, and it’s something that you may want to research before you go to your next class. For example, the American Yoga Association states that while no one knows exactly when yoga began, it is believed to predate written history.
The AYA explains that there have been stone carvings in archeological sites in the Indus Valley that date back 5,000 years or even more. RandomHistory.com explains that yoga was likely born in India, and then was adopted by Hinduism as well as Buddhism and Jainism. While there are many different branches of yoga, there is usually a common theme – which is to focus on your consciousness.
One thing is certain – yoga has been widely embraced by Westerners, and it is now quite common to find people practicing yoga not only studios, but in parks and other public outdoor spaces. Now that you know a little more about this practice, you should consider trying it out yourself if you haven’t already.