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The Roots of Yoga

The very word yoga means ‘union’. An art of attaining physical, mental and emotional balance that evolved in India, yoga has many scientifically proven benefits that promotes holistic development.

Since its inception in 2015, this day has garnered a lot of attention. It has helped spread the message of yoga to a greater audience and inspired more people to pick it up as a habit.

Yoga has been around for quite a long time. The exact origins of this lifestyle is still heavily shrouded in mystery, with many interesting stories centered on the same.

This is mainly because the earliest exchanges of this knowledge was done orally, and the more advanced practices in particular were instructed only to a select few. Also back in those times, the writings were done on palm leaves that were easily damaged, destroyed or lost.

The word yoga appears first in the Rig Veda, possibly derived from the Sanskrit term ‘yuj’ which means to attach or harness.

The development of yoga can be traced back to 5,000 years in the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, where the rishis (mystic seers) documented their practices.

However, different accounts contradicted each other. It was Patanjali, often revered as the father of modern yoga, who gave a systematic compilation around the second century.

Few centuries after Patanjali, yoga masters developed a practice for rejuvenating the physical body, embracing it as the path to enlightenment. This was Tantra Yoga, a deeper exploration of which led to the most common form of Yoga practiced today — Hatha Yoga.

Later on, yoga masters such as Swami Vivekananda traveled west and took the knowledge of these practices to the people there, expanding its reach. Thanks to them, today the decision to make a commitment to learn yoga is an easy choice.

A journey one can take for oneself. And you know that we love journeys here at Roots.

On this yoga day, make sure you take that first step, and if you feel it’s right for you, keep walking. Make a habit of it and you’ll observe how it seamlessly blends in to your life.

Experience the beauty of starting slow.

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