A Popular Way to Exercise

    Yoga has increasingly grown in popularity over the past decade. Even though it’s typically viewed as an exercise and relaxation technique, yoga began over 5,000 years ago as a type of religious movement. One of the appeals of yoga is the relatively low expense of the activity, generally only requiring a mat. Yoga has certainly undergone an interesting transformation from religious movement to something that is associated with yoga pants and people that shop at health food stores. Here’s a quick look at that transformation.

    1. Pre-Classical: This is where it began. The oldest records of yoga are actually found in religious texts. There is no question that yoga was viewed as a spiritual journey. The aforementioned 5,000 years might be as much as 10,000 years according to some historians.
    2. Classical: Without getting too in-depth, the classical period was a unification of the many different types of yoga. It was also the beginning of a more systematic form of yoga.
    3. Post-Classical: This was a rejection of the ancient Vedas. Post-Classical was more focused on finding enlightenment through the physical body.
    4. Modern: Yoga began to be popularized in many areas of the world. Yoga teachers are certified in a specific style of yoga. Really expensive tight pants also came into fashion.


    Source: http://www.yogabasics.com/learn/history-of-yoga/

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