the early Vedas(900 BCE AND 500 BCE) it is mentioned that there were many
mystical practices of ‘tapasya’ it was mainly breath control
and connecting the mind with the God - ‘PARAM BRAHMA’.Popular
yoga writer George feverstine writes that yoga was fundamental to the
vedic rituals,specially the chanting of the sacred hyms.It is mentioned
in the earliest veda "The Rig veda" , the yoga was also mentioned
in the Upanishads which were wrote around 900 BC ,in the textual records
of the ‘MAHABHARATA’(5th C.BCE),BHAGVAT GITA(200 BCE) and
the SUTRAS OF THE PATANJALI(200 -300 BCE).
In the history Patanjali was the first to analyse the yoga in a systematic
way.The book ‘THE YOGA SUTRAS OF THE PATANJALI’ helped us
today a lot.Most of the basic principals of this book are also used today
to follow the yoga and teach yoga to different people.
According to the archeologists George Possehl-several seals and the information
was discovered in the field of the yoga.At different sites the seals were
found like at HARAPPAN CIVILISATION ,INDUS VALLEY CIVILISATION(C3300-1700
BC) in these sites the different seals depict the figures of the yogis
in the yoga posture and also in the meditation postures.
Going through the ancient Indian history we can find that yoga was the
part of the Indian culture and rituals from the ancient times.