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Yoga is a group of physical, psychological and spiritual practices or disciplines from ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism. Hindu, Buddhist and Jana yoga schools have a variety of practices and goals. Hatha Yoga and R? JA yoga is the most famous type of yoga.

The origin of yoga is believed to date back to the Vedic culture of India. It's mentioned in Rigveda, but it's most likely to develop around the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. in ancient India, where the ascetics and? In the madrasm movement. The earliest textbooks describing yoga practice are not clear, and the evaluation of the Upanishads is different. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra can be traced back to the first half of the 1st century A.D., but it was not until the 20th century that it attracted attention in the West. Hada Yoga Sutra originated from Tantrism and the 11th century.

Following Swami Vivekananda's success in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Indian yoga masters later introduced yoga to the West. In the 1980s, yoga as a physical exercise method became very popular in the whole western world. However, traditional yoga in India is more than just exercise. It has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called yoga. It has its own epistemology and metaphysics, which is closely related to three thousand Hindu philosophies.

Many studies have attempted to determine the effectiveness of yoga as an adjunctive intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma and heart disease. The results of these studies are mixed. On December 1, 2016, yoga was listed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.