Fun Facts About The Origin Of Yoga

The origins of Yoga and the Sutras (stories) were written before 300 A.D. by the Yoga sage Patenjali. There has been some thought that they may have been written as much as five thousand years ago. The origin of Yoga as we know it can be attributed to Swami Satchidananda’s translation of the Yoga sutras as he describes a pose as a steady position yet comfortable. The original intention of the poses was to enable one to sit for meditation for long periods of time. There were some stone artifacts showing Yoga poses found, in the Indus Valley by archeologists , that date back to at least 5,000 years.

Although the Yoga poses were meant to be serious practice for long periods of meditation, they can have their fun moments. Looking at Bikram Yoga, the poses are done, generally with a partner or in a group class in a room heated to one hundred and five degrees. All of the instructions warn of the passing of air and that it can be offensive to the people in the class. There was an addendum that states not to worry as the heat in the room will cause it to dissipate. Students practicing Bikram Yoga routines say that the Corpse pose is their most difficult. The Corpse pose is used as a rest after a few poses. They claim it is easier to do the poses than it is to try to rest the mind and the body at the same time.

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