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The Diary of Yogi

  Jean-Baptiste Tavernier,    Indians performing yoga asana under a Banyan tree   , 7 November 2012, Public Domain

Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Indians performing yoga asana under a Banyan tree, 7 November 2012, Public Domain

Yoga. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear that word? A Lululemon clad woman equipped with a yoga mat, performing postures that you didn’t even know your body was capable of doing? Well, this post is a little something to show that yoga was far from this. Yoga originated in India, and was a very important tradition to be followed by every individual in the society. Yoga has been transformed from a tradition strictly followed by Hindus, which developed their mind, spiritual energy and character to a posture-based hobby in the modern world.

The definition of yoga has dramatically changed over time. Yoga first appeared in the holy scriptures, namely the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. It then developed subsequently to different forms such as Tantra yoga and Hatha yoga which then morphed over time to the modern adaptations of yoga due to emphasis on health benefits rather than for religious purposes. This creative Instagram post shows the transition of Yoga over the years from the Indus-Valley Civilization to the modern world, abundant with activities such as hot yoga and power yoga.

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Image credits

Post 1: Unknown, Shiva Pashupati, 2010, Wikimedia Commons

Post 2: Unknown, Arjuna and His Charioteer Krishna Confront Karna, 2012, Wikimedia Commons

Post 3: Suprithamanjunath11, Patanjali, the author of the Yogasutras (28 June 2016). CC-BY-SA-4.0

Post 4: Jubair1985, A Hindu monk is walking during sunrise in a mango garden Dinajpur, Bangladesh. (29 October 2012). CC-BY-SA-4.0

Alexas_Fotos, Yoga Buddha Relaxation Sun Birds Tree (30 March 2015). CC0 Public Domain

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Nick Youngson, Expand, (August 2016). CC BY-SA 3.0

Post 6: DonkeyHotey, Yin Yang Moon Sun - Illustration, (16 May 2011). CC BY 2.0

Post 7: HeedingtheMuses, Asana, (12 April 2009). CC BY-SA 2.0

Post 8: Swami Janakananda Saraswati, Swami Janakananda at the National Yoga Conference in Aix-Le-Bains, 1995, (15 June 1995). CC BY 3.0

Post 9: Unknown, Woman With White Sunvisor Running, (n.d.). CC0

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