To honor International Yoga Day, we’re going to dive into its rich history and unveil how this sacred practice came to be the worldwide phenomenon that it is today. Although researchers aren’t totally certain when Yoga was born, we know that the first written documents (more like inscriptions on palm leaves), date back to about 5,000 years ago in Northern India. These texts were part of a greater book called the Rig Veda, which contained songs, mantras, and rituals practiced by the Brahmans (priests). Over the centuries, Yoga developed from a collection of ideas that could be practiced to achieve enlightenment into physical actions that could be practiced to achieve enlightenment.
Today, Yoga has reached a mainstream presence. It is such an integral part of our culture that pants are made just for the practice, and yoga terms, like karma and Namaste, are used on the regular. All different types of people practice all different types of Yoga. Some focus more on the breath, while others focus more on the mechanics of movement. Luckily, there is truly something for everyone. Let’s celebrate this day with a throwback to our favorite Yoga posts from our blog.