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The dawn of yoga can be traced back to 15,000 years ago when neither was the religion nor was any religious belief system born. It was Lord Shiva who was seen as the first yogi, Guru of Yoga. On the lake of Kantisarovar in the Himalayas he attained to his full enlightenment through his intense dance moves and shared his profound knowledge among Saptarishi, the seven rishis in Ancient India.

The tales say that much before these seven rishis garnered the attention of Lord Shiva these seven people were ignored by Lord Shiva when they insisted on teaching his art. It was after 84 years of Sadhana when summer solstice was shifted to winter solstice finally received his responsiveness and this is how the knowledge of uniting mind and soul was transferred to the human race, the seven enlightened beings or Saptarishi as they are admired in Indian culture.

It is said that Lord Shiva put the seven different aspects of Yoga in seven rishis which gave birth to seven different forms of Yoga and are also practised in the present time. The knowledge of Yoga it is believed that was finally transmitted to different directions of the universe by these yogis.

According to other folks, it is believed that during 200 BC or 300 BC there was a yogi called Nandhi Natha, guru of Rishi Patanjali, who initiated 8 disciples (Sanatkumar, Sanakar, Sanadanar, Sananthanar, Shivayogamuni, Patanjali, Vyaghrapada, and Tirumular) to various parts of world and was the originator of yoga. Thus, there remains a dilemma as to who is the real yogi.

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Author- Neha Wadhwa

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