Yoga has been present in this world since pre-vedic times and has been transferred orally in its previous stages. The earliest form of yoga and its practice is traced back to 5000 years back though some researchers also think that it is 10,000 years old. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’. In simpler terms, it means uniting one’s self consciousness with that of the god almighty by achieving perfect balance between mind and body. It also means uniting with nature to achieve a blissful existence in this world.
The aim of yoga is self-realization and freedom from all kinds of worldly things to unite one’s consciousness with that of the almighty. Daily practice of yoga also leads to spiritual upliftment of a person.
Brief History of Yoga in the World
Yoga is said to have introduced to the world in India by lord Shiva, also known as the ‘Adi Yogi’ or the first yogi. He taught yoga to his 7 disciples, known as ‘Saptarishis’ or 7 sages on the banks of Kantisarovar lake near Himalayas. Later, these 7 sages spread the science of yoga to different parts of the world. But the real essence of yoga in the modern day was introduced by Agastya, one of the saptrishies. Sun was considered as an important deity for being the source of energy and light. The daily practice of Surya Namaskar or sun salutation was developed in the later half of vedic period.
Though yoga was being practiced since pre-Vedic times, renowned sage Maharishi Patanjali systematized and codified the current practice of yoga, importance of various poses and their knowledge through his Yoga Sutras. Later many other sages and masters contributed to the development of yoga. The result is in front of us all to see as today we have atleast a dozen styles of yoga.
Yoga at AYM Yoga School, Rishikesh
The same yoga and its various styles are taught at AYM Yoga School which provides best yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. The school is suitably located 2 km away from divine river Ganga, also known as the river of Gods. The school is located on a hill-top amidst Himalayas and provides a serene, calm and spiritual environment. The school provides the following courses: