History of Vedi Yoga
The ancient texts of Vedas are the oldest scriptures in the world. The Sanskrit word Veda means "knowledge" and rig means "praise". Thus the Rig Vedas are a collection of hymns that are in praise of a higher power. Other three Vedas are Yajur Veda (knowledge of sacrifice), Sama Veda (Knowledge of chants), and Atharvana Veda (knowledge of Atharvana).
Vedic Yoga can also be called Archaic Yoga, as people believed in a ritualistic way of life. Rituals, sacrifices, and ceremonies existed because they were considered a means of connection to the spirit world. People turned to rishis or Vedic yogis for illumination. Vedic masters were blessed with a vision of the supreme reality and their hymns speak of their marvelous intuitions.
VEDIC YOGA is derived from ATHARVANA VEDA.
VEDA means knowledge. Vedic knowledge comes from a transcendental realm, directly originating from God. The Vedic Yoga deal with comparisons of mundane necessities as against spiritual realization. The core perception borne in the Vedic, incline towards a spiritual realization above & beyond all departments of knowledge.
The Vedic Yoga speak of a regulated knowledge involves a gradual elevation of the living entity to the spiritual platform, through social & spiritual positions. Reason born from the basic knowledge about material responsibilities & progress to the highest understanding of the prospects of the soul in eternity & life in accordance with that knowledge, in essence is the teaching of the Vedic.
We can only begin to trace the origins of the Vedic Yoga & Vedic culture as we know it today from the aural traditions. The Vedic concepts were originally orally rendered by great seers. Yoga arose at the beginning of human civilization when man first realised his spiritual potential & began to evolve techniques to develop it.
In ancient times, yoga techniques were kept secret & were never written down or exposed to public view. In some cases they clothed their writings in symbolism so that only those prepared & ready for a teaching would be able to understand it. They were passed on from teacher or Guru to disciple by word of mouth. In this way there was a clear understanding of their meaning & aim. Through personal experience, realised yogis & sages were able to guide sincere aspirants along the correct path, removing any confusion, misunderstanding & exercise intellectual contemplation.
The first books to refer to Yoga were the ancient TANTRAS and later the VEDAS which were written about the time the Indus valley culture was flourishing. Although they do not give specific practices, they allude to Yoga symbolically. In fact the verses of the Vedas were heard by the rishis, seers in state of deep yogic meditation or SAMADHI, & are regarded as revealed scriptures. It is however in the Upanishads that Yoga begin to take a more definable shape. These scriptures collectively form Vedanta, the culmination of the Vedas, & are said to contain the essence of the Vedas.