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    Posted: 20 Jul 2018 at 11:32

 It is believed that Yoga thrived in the Indus Valley civilization, one of the cradles of civilization in north-west of Indian subcontinent.
 
 But possibly its first practices dates back to early Neolithic age and it is guessed that these practices had some affinities with prehistoric rituals as Shamanism, some sort of witchcraft for healing. So the origin and development of Yoga is still unclear. Even Hindus cannot claim that Yoga belongs to their religion because its origin and its development predates Hinduism. Instead Hinduism possibly adopted some of the ideas and practices from the ancient Yoga.  Also the fact that there are many cults, diversifications and discernments in Yoga implies that nobody has enough recognition of ancient or real Yoga as well as its entire history.

 Indus Valley civilization and its major cities such as Harappa and especially Mohenjo-daro has not been actually discovered until about 1920 when the ruins of the cities and some artifacts were unearthed by archaeologist. so the history of the cities, where Yoga thrived, is also unclear.

 But the mystery of Yoga is not just for its origin and formation. The historians tell us the  civilization  where Yoga thrived culminated at about late third millennium BC and suddenly demised at about early second millennium BC, for some doubted and even controversial reasons.

 Findings from the Indus Valley civilization especially Mohejo-daro bears some implications about the living of their people. Urban facilities such as developed water distribution networks and sewerage systems tells us that sanitation and purification was an important part of their living, as it is also one the main instructions in Yoga.  Those findings suggest more implications about the living and culture of the people lived in those cities that possibly unveil more facts about ancient Yoga that may seem weird for the spirituality of Yoga and even our nowadays norms and moralities.
 But these implications remain vague and uncertain, until more findings, if ever achieved, unveil more mysteries of that wonderful civilization and ancient or real Yoga and possibly its unknown wonderful philosophy .

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Wonder what the word "yoga" meant in 400 BCE?
Humans with the same brain capacity as modern man have been around for about 130,000 years we know at least that humans have always had sex. Sexual intercourse is a natural opportunity for altered states. The word has a myriad of uses maybe the term "yoga" described an ordinary experience for early man that is now rare and has to be deliberately sought out over a lifetime. 

Non Indo-European speaking- Uralic language speaking people- have in the Sami tradition of the shaman a similar ideology to the Vedic teachings such as the idea of the world being veiled and the universe being ruled by natural laws that underpin creation stories.
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I get a sense that part of what yoga was/is is a form of worship, it seems like for many people what was originally a way to (spiritually) get closer to the Deity, is a (physical) exercise regimen.

I am not sure about yoga 'watered down'?  I am just not sure.  Or maybe it doesn't matter if you are tourist on the mountain of enlightenment as long as one gets to the top.  Are there housewives who accidentally achieve enlightenment while trying to firm up their buttocks??  Why not?  I am a firm believer in the accidental and the coincidental.

Yoga is a very attractive idea, maybe someday, in getting my act together, maybe, but I doubt it.  For those who can do, even the 'watered down' kind, I wish them fortune.
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Quote "Are there housewives who accidentally achieve enlightenment while trying to firm up their buttocks??  Why not? "
Yes average people can achieve a refined body yoga practice, the physical part is quite mechanistic.
Sometimes instructors of yoga fail to warn people that slipping into deeper practice unintentionally can be disturbing. Physical changes must be met with appropriate diet, meditation and release of the energy created during some Hatha exercises such Breath of Fire. It's a powerful use of a body an ancient esoteric teaching just out there on the menu like Diet Sprite. 
So yes sometimes unaware and unprepared a person will have disturbing and painful results. Involuntary "kriyas" -myoclonic seizure - non epileptic a contraction or retraction of muscles. 



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