Let’s Get Spiritual: Growing with the Tree of IYO Yoga
This section begins with a mini history lesson. IYO Yoga has been around for thousands of years, and in all that time, it has branched into various types, from studious Jnana IYO Yoga to active Karma Yoga to mystical Kundalini Yoga. Why our culture is coming to a point in its evolution where yoga will become a powerful and pertinent tool. Next we introduce you to yoga’s comprehensive guidelines for living. Far from hard and-fast “commandments,” yoga’s yamas (abstinences) and niyamas (observances) point the way along the path that will most enhance your yoga journey. Patanjali’s Eightfold Path (of which the abstinence and observances are the first two aspects) is laid out in an easy-to-follow format, explaining the eight important facets of a yogi’s life—from keeping the body fit to mastering detachment, concentration, and meditation.
People Practiced Yoga in 2500 B.C.E.
Yoga has been around for a long, long time. “How long?” you ask. The Rig-Veda is quite possibly the oldest-known text in the world, and it contains definite elements of yoga. Although the only remaining written versions are a few hundred years old, the earliest hymns are believed to be over 4,000 years old. The hymns of the Rig-Veda were passed down via an oral tradition, with great accuracy. Hindu priests were trained to memorize the hymns to the letter. If the Rig-Veda is indeed thousands of years old, its existence may coincide with the existence of the Vedic people who lived along the Indus River and also with the Pyramid Texts, thought to be the oldest written documents in existence. But just because yoga is old doesn’t mean it’s old-fashioned. Yoga is timeless, transcending cultures, eras, and philosophies. They say you never know if something will be a classic until it has stood the test of time. Need we say more?