How old the yogic philosophy is, is not quite clear. However, in the Indian Vedas, a collection of texts from India that has survived to us today, there is evidence that people in India were meditating and doing pranayama exercises more than 3,500 years ago. Other scholars claim that yoga is much older still. So when yoga originated is not entirely clear. Clear, however, is the meaning of "yoga" in the ancient Indian language: unity, unification and harmony. Already the ascetics use the yoga practice in all its forms for physical and mental purification.
But how did yoga come from India to us in the western world? In the 18th and 19th centuries, more and more intellectuals became aware of the sacred scriptures and the world of yoga - and through the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most important yoga scriptures. Humboldt was so enthusiastic that he even began to learn Sanskrit; other intellectuals tried to translate the scriptures. In addition, Western intellectuals entered into exchange with Indian spirituals and new forms of yoga emerged, which thus came to us in the Western world. In the 1950s, more and more Indian yoga teachers came to the Western world to impart their knowledge. In the 70s, yoga then gained through the Beatles once again an upswing, because they were looking for enlightenment in India and even lived there for some time in the ashram. The philosophy became increasingly known - and the trend is still rising today.