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Yoga Scriptures or Yoga Sastras

Rig veda is the oldest spiritual scripture that is available today. Nada Bindhu Upanishad of Rig veda, gives details of Yoga practised at that time. Hence the age of yoga can no be determined, because the oldest of the records available tell about the prevalence of yoga practised in those days.

Of the 108 Upanishads available today, 20 Upanishads speaks of yoga. These 20 Upanishads are called Yoga Upanishads. They are

Adavaya Taraka UpanishadAmirtha Nada UpanishadAmirtha Bindhu UpanishadKsurika UpanishadTejo Bindhu UpanishadTri Sikhi Brahmana UpanishadDharsana UpanishadDhyana Bindhu UpanishadNada Bindhu UpanishadPasupatha Brahmana UpanishadBrahma Vidya UpanishadMandala Brahmana UpanishadMaha Vakya UpanishadYoga Kundali UpanishadYoga Sudamani UpanishadYoga Tattva UpanishadYoga Sikha UpanishadVaraka UpanishadSandilya UpanishadHamsa Upanishad The following yoga scriptures belongs to post vedic period. Bhagavat GitaYoga Sutra of PatanjaliThirumanthiram by ThirumoolarHatha Yoga PradeepikaGh…

Why classical study of yoga is required?

Every part of the world knows about yoga. Though it is of Indian Origin, it is practiced world-wide. Hundreds and hundreds of yoga institutes today are teaching yoga. Thousands and Thousands are practicing  or aspiring to practice yoga today.
Yoga has been institutionalised. Every yoga institute teaches yoga in a special way, as if it has been invented by them. They keep the techniques as their private property. Does they have the private property rights over the techniques by just simply modifying the techniques taught by traditional yoga scriptures or yogic guru parampara? 
Yoga has been commercialised today. In India, until the influence of western culture, yoga was not institutionalised or commercialised. Earlier no yoga guru was teaching yoga for making money. Of course, they accepted some money as Guru Dakshinai. Money was not their motive.  
But a modern day Guru, makes huge money by institutionalising the yoga. The techniques taught by him are those techniques taught by our Y…