Yoga is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual practices
Two general theories exist on the origins of yoga. The linear model holds that yoga has Vedic origins, as reflected in the Vedic textual corpus, and influenced Buddhism; according to author Edward Fitzpatrick Crangle, this model is mainly supported by Hindu scholars. According to the synthesis model, yoga is a synthesis of indigenous, non-Vedic and Vedic elements; this model is favoured in Western scholarship.
Yoga is first mentioned in the Rigveda, and is referred to in a number of the Upanishads.The first known appearance of the word “yoga” with the same meaning as the modern term is in the Katha Upanishad,which was probably composed between the fifth and third centuries BCE. Yoga continued to develop as a systematic study and practice during the fifth and sixth centuries BCE in ancient India’s ascetic and Śramaṇa movements.
DR. E. P SHAJI VASUDEVA GURUKKAL
Dr. Shaji Vasudeva Gurukals (son of E.P Vasudeva gurkal), A traditional healer who has specialised himself in Marma massage treatment and also certified as Ayurveda Doctor at Madras University in B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery)