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History of Yoga - Culture Exchange Blog
Yoga is a mystifying tradition from India. It involves physical poses (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), philosophy and forms of meditation, which are not only used to reach transcendent states of awareness, but to take care of one's body and health as well. It holds a special place in the heart and culture of India and is a manifestation of Indian history and beliefs. Unfortunately, the development of yoga began over 5,000 years ago (possibly longer) and much of it's early history was lost due to oral transmission and the poor writing mechanisms available at the time. Despite it's early history being shrouded in mystery, there is still much we can learn about this ancient practice. The history of yoga is often sectioned into four periods, pre-classical, classical, post-classical, and modern.