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History of Yoga

Explore yoga history with this collection of insightful articles from Sadhguru spanning from Adiyogi and the origin of yoga over 15,000 years ago to present day. Gain a deeper understanding of yoga and learn about various masters, gurus, sages and saints throughout the ages.

Adiyogi – The First Yogi

In this story, Sadhguru takes us back to the very origins of the yogic science, and tells us about the first yogi and the first yoga “program”.

The Shiva Purana – Science Through Stories

Sadhguru explains how the Shiva Purana includes many aspects of fundamental science in its text, as well as a powerful tool to transcend limitations.

Velliangiri – A Mountain of a Temple

Sadhguru speaks about the Velliangiri Mountains, the Kailash of the South and of the reverberance that these peaks have absorbed from the innumerable sages and seers including the Adiyogi himself, who walked these hills.

On Fire: Sadhguru on Sadhguru Sri Brahma and the Seventh Hill

Sadhguru answers a question on the energy at Seventh Hill, where Sadhguru Sri Brahma left his body through all seven chakras.

Sadhguru on the Significance of Buddha Pournami

Sadhguru: In the yogic culture, Buddha Purnima is a very significant day in any spiritual aspirant’s life because this is the third purnima after the earth shifts to the northern run of the sun. Today, in commemoration of Gautama the Buddha, we have named it after him. Buddha Purnima, is seen as Buddha’s day of [...]

The Wayward Disciple: The Story of Ribhu and Nidhaga

Sadhguru tells us the story of Ribhu Maharishi and his disciple Nidhaga, and how each master has his own devices to take someone forward.

Stories of Gurdjieff, the Rascal Saint

Sadhguru: George Gurdjieff, who lived in Russia in the early part of the twentieth century, was a wonderful master. But Gurdjieff was known as a rascal saint because his methods were very drastic and he did crazy things with people. He played unbearable tricks on people! He had a powerful presence in England and when [...]

Sadhguru on Patanjali, Sushruta and Panini

Over thousands of years, India has produced a multitude of realized beings, sages and seers. Sadhguru describes a few examples from this culture of realization. Sadhguru: A lot of people think that a spiritual process is a dumbed-down version of life. Society has made this conclusion simply because we have unfortunately seen a few bad [...]

The Presence of Shiva – On the Trail of the First Yogi

After exploring who Shiva is in the first part of the series “Getting to Know Shiva,” in this part, Sadhguru looks at four significant places where Shiva has spent time, and elaborates on the power and energy of these spaces. Click Image to Enlarge Embed this infographic Sadhguru: In the yogic culture, Shiva is not [...]

Were Other Cultures Aware of Shiva?

Are other cultures aware of Shiva? Sadhguru explains how, in some way, the mystical sciences have been present in every culture. Q: Why do other cultures not speak about Shiva? Sadhguru: There was no enlightened being who did not talk about Shiva, in the sense of a boundless dimension, or something beyond physical nature. The [...]

The Story of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s Enlightenment

Sadhguru: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa lived as a very intense devotee for most of his life. He was a devotee of Kali. For him, Kali was not a deity, Kali was a living reality. She danced in front of him, she ate from his own hands, she came when he called, and she left him dripping with [...]

Bharat: The Spiritual Capital of the World

The International Day of Yoga just went by on June 21. Across the planet, millions of people practiced yoga, making it one of India’s most cherished gifts to the world. But long before the UN declared the Yoga Day, the land of Bharat was seen as a source of the spiritual sciences. For many millennia, [...]

What Was Krishna’s Sadhana?

The Story of Vemana

Sadhguru: There was a fabulous saint in Andhra Pradesh named Vemana. There is no home in Andhra Pradesh who would not have at least a little book about him. Though his name was something else, they called him Vemana. When he was a young boy, he was known to be an utter fool. He lived [...]