The concept of yoga, or “union,” was developed in India more than 2,500 years ago. At its most fundamental roots, yoga refers to the union of eight aspects of a human existence (or consciousness): (1) observance, (2) posture, (3) control of life force, (4) concentration, (5) abstinence, (6) refocusing of one’s senses inward, (7) meditation, and (8) super consciousness or reintegration. Patanjali, who has been most commonly considered as the originator of this concept, developed the idea as an attempt to unify the two opposites of human existence. At one end was the physical being, as embodied by what is visible, which determines the existence of a human within the physical or natural world. At the other end was the spiritual world created by humans, ...

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