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Yoga in the Vedic Period

After the Indus Valley Civilization, the Indo-Aryan Civilisation and Vedic Period arises in India. The People from this civilization is called The Aryan, or noble one. They passed down the oldest scriptures known to humanity, the Rig Veda.

The Rig Veda is probably composed between c. 1500 to 1000 BCE. Long before it was written, it was around as an oral tradition.

The discourse about yoga is NOT yet found in The Rig Veda.

The word yoga (yuj) in this text refers to conjoining a chariot to horses, mainly for battle purposes. No spiritual, philosophical, or practical association is attached to it.

The Keśin

They are depicted with long dreadlock hair and wearing yellow cloth. The Keśins are wanderers who said to ride the winds and drink some liquor with Rudra. Their characteristics resemble modern-day’s sadhus of India. This Keśin is maybe a depiction of ascetic tradition from that era

Even though the Rig Veda is not yet describing yoga, it is believed that the Vedic Mantras were heard by the Rishis during their “meditation,” which is why the Vedas are considered non-human origins but divine revelation. So this could also mean that yoga as some kind of meditative practice was present at that time.

Werner, Karel (Sep 1977). “Yoga and the Ṛg Veda: An Interpretation of the Keśin Hymn (RV 10, 136)”. Religious Studies. 13 (3): 289–302. doi:10.1017/s0034412500010076
David Frawley, Vedic Yoga: The Path of the Rishi, Lotus Press (2014)

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