Energy of Yoga

The Shiva Pashupati

The Shiva Pashupati, seal with the seated Shiva figure termed Pashupati.
The Shiva Pashupati, seal with the seated Shiva figure termed Pashupati.

History of Yoga

According to Indus archeologist Gregory Possehl, Several steatite seals discovered at Indus Valley Civilization sites depict figures in a yoga or meditation like posture, dating back to 3300–1700 BC. Possehl points out sixteen specific "yogi glyptics" in the corpus of Mature Harappan artifacts. These artifacts disply a level of discipline and concentration or the yoga pose.

One of the earliest images of yoga is known as the “Pashupati seal.” This seal was discovered during excavation of the Mohenjodaro archaeological site in the IndusValley and has drawn attention as a possible representation of a "yogi" figure. Observers have described the figure as sitting in a traditional cross-legged yoga pose with its hands resting on its knees.

The desire for personal greatness in ancient times of health, freedom, longer life and understanding self worth gave birth to yoga as physical, mental and spiritual energy exercise. This spread throughout the world. Early writings on yoga were inscribed on palm leaves and stone. Yoga also finds its place in the scriptures of the Vedas and Upanishads. The ancient yogis performed the India's ancient Vedic religion, mainly emphasized on rituals. Later yogis want a direct spiritual experience and not symbolic ritual. 

This development became yoga. Yoga is the relationship between body and mind. This method combines all the movements with various breathing and meditation techniques that ensure peace of mind and physical health. The word "yoga" means "union"; the conscious integration of body, mind and spirit with the awareness of the One. Stretching without involving the mind is ... stretching. Actively connecting with the body through thought and conscious breathing, while remaining aware of spirit, comes closer to the idea of what yoga advances.

Teachers of yoga started travelling to the west, to attract the followers during the period 1800 and 1900.

Currently, it is estimated that there are about 30 million people in America, and 1 million people in the United Kingdom practicing hatha yoga.

(Hatha Yoga, is a system of Yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. This is a stage of physical purification that the body practices for higher meditation. The Asanas and Pranayama in Raja Yoga were what the Hindu Yogis used to physically train their body for long periods of meditation. This practice is called shatkarma.)

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Do You Believe In the Energy of Yoga? 18 comments

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Fabulous Hub! I love the "I'm in a yoga position and i can't get out" picture!!!


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coneybridget 6 years ago

When i can get the position i love to take a yoga class........but until that i will be at the gym or walking instead, but great topic.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hatha yoga, very nice information Sandy, thumbs up, Maita


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I've dabbled with yoga a little. Thanks for the info!


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Lyria 6 years ago

Yoga is a much harder workout than it seems. I love the granny graphic!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Love the cartoon - it sounds like something that would happen to me!


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Yup, that would be me, in the yoga position and couldn't get out. Fantastic hub, I enjoyed it completely. Thanks for the share and thumbs up.


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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

Yoga is a great exercise for body and mind. Nice hub.


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kea 6 years ago

Nice Hub! Yoga is awesome!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

This is a GREAT Hub! I LOVE YOGA and this Hub rocks! Peace:)


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Dr irum 6 years ago

wow Great hub ,i love yoga and i believe on meditation.its great to share with us with nice pics and vides.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I enjoyed the Yoga hub. Yoga is such a great energy supplier and I enjoy it as part of my fitness and health regime. Sometimes I do feel like a pretzel though.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thanks for the comments. I'm still afraid that I won't be able to get up.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

I took semester long Yoga course many, many years ago. Now I wish I remembered it!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

mulberry1, funny how we forget so fast. :)


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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Welcome to HubPages Sandyspider ! A friend of mine was trying to build a yoga class at the club , she begged me to join to boost attendance . I was skeptical at first but it was amazing ! Great Hub lots of information given :)


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EnergyAdvisor 6 years ago from The nearest planet to Venus

I really enjoyed reading this. I'm a practitioner of Tensegrity. Not very popular but it has similar techniques as yoga. I mentioned it in some of hubs. Anyway, I know of all the benefits that it gives. thanks for sharing this great knowledge.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Glad this has helped,FirstStepsFitness and EnergyAdvisor.

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