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Origin of Yoga [s1:s3 ]

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Among the Upanishads there are twenty Upanishads which deal with the theory and practice of Yogic techniques with emphasis on methodology and meditation, discussing different aspects of Yoga ranging from postures, breath ing exercises, dhyana (meditaion) and nada (sound)

hathavidya traditional school of yoga

 The Vedic Samhitas have described the word Yoga in the context of yoking the horse to the chariot, derived from the root word ‘yuj’, mean ing to unite. Verses 1.3.3–11 of Katha Upanishad deal with the allegoric expression of human body as a chariot. The body is equated to a chariot where the horses are the senses, the mind is the reins, and the driver or charioteer is the intellect. The passenger of the chariot is the Self (Atman). Through this analogy, it is explained that the Atman is separate from the physical body, just as the passenger of a chariot is separate from the chariot. The verses conclude by describing control of the chariot and contemplation on the Self as ways by which the intellect acquires Self Knowl edge.

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