History of Yoga

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The art of yoga has been around since man himself. Yoga has been taught and practiced regularly in many countries, including The United States. It was brought to America from India by Swami Vivekananda in 1893. Vivekananda was born and raised in India by his master, Sri Ramakrishna. Vivekananda and Ramakrishna both believed that all religions are just an eternal phase of one basic religion. In 1920 another Indian made it his goal to spread the word of yoga. His name was Paramahansa Yogananda, and he was told by his mater, Babaji, to spread the message of yoga. They were both somewhat successful, but they were not even close to where it is at today. Yoga died down for a bit when the U.S. put a quota on Indians in 1924. In 1947 a woman came back from India, learning from Sri Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya is now known as the grandfather of American yoga. Richard Hittleman came back from India in 1950, he spread the teachings of yoga to more Americans than anyone ever did before. He changed how it was done and why it was done. He changed the meaning of yoga which immediately made it more popular in The United States. Yoga then moved across the nation in the mid-50s from students of Yogananda spreading the teachings and practice of yoga. There are several different types of yoga; the one most well-known in America is Hatha Yoga. Each form of yoga is diverse, but each path leads to the same unification with the body. The history of yoga is able to be divided into four periods of time. There is Pre-Classical Yoga, Classical Yoga, Post-Classical Yoga, and the Modern Period. Pre-Classical yoga was developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization about 5,000 years ago. It started as a religion used by Brahmans. Yoga was a staple of ideas, beliefs, and techniques during the Pre-Classical era. During the Classical Yoga time period Patanjali came on the

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