In order to truly appreciate the practice of yoga, we should learn about where it came from. The history of yoga is both intriguing and a bit mysterious. Yoga has been popularized in the West  in recent years, but it was not always this way.

The exact origins of Yoga remain a mystery, but there are some ideas of how it came to be. We know that it came from India about 5,000 years ago, maybe more.  Originally, Western Scholars believed Yoga was invented around the time of 500 B.C. However, in the 1920’s archaeologists discovered the Indus civilization , alive from 3000 to 1900 b.c. This civilization was quite advanced for its time. Historians were given the idea that Yoga may have come from the Indus by an ancient text called the Rig Veda. This contained ideas consistent to what we consider the core values behind the practice of yoga.

The Rig Veda is the oldest known writing in the Indo-European language. It is written in Sanskrit, the language that most texts about yoga are written in. Archaeologists first believed that it was written by Aryans  who invaded the Indus culture. However, once discovering that this ancient text dated back further than they’d originally thought, they realized these Aryans had been a part of the Indus culture all along.

The Rig Veda contains teachings about the most ancient form of yoga, Vedic Yoga. It focuses on the spiritual side of yoga, and the teachings of Hinduism. Since then, yoga has undergone many changes and been presented in many different forms. However, it would never have come to be if it weren’t for the Indus civilization and the Rig Veda.