Yoga was developed as a part of the tantric civilization which existed in India more than ten thousand years ago. Archeological excavations have found evidence of ruins which constituted once the place of people who lived in the pre-vedic age, who already performed asana and meditation and lived a Yogic lifestyle.
SHIVA, the embodiment of supreme consciousness, is said to be the founder of Yoga and Parvati his first disciple. Parvati, the mother of the universe, represents the kundalini shakti, the cosmic force prevailing in all beings. The techniques of Yoga have their source in Tantra (which is a science of expanding the consciousness, which has nothing to do with sex as mostly presented in the west!) and these two cannot be separated, just as consciousness Shiva cannot be separated from Parvati, energy.
At the beginning, Yogic techniques were not written down  - they were passed by Guru to disciple personally. The first books where Yoga is mentioned were the ancient Tantras and later the Vedas, then the Upanishads, which contain the essence of Vedas, expanded deeper about it. Based on all this ancient unwritten history, later Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras (in Sanskrit) explaining it as an eight fold path: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi.
Yoga in the original sense is a science of consciousness, showing how to develop a higher awareness and a highly ethical lifestyle of excellence. Yoga, which means union, aims at uniting the individual human being with the universal consciousness. 
THE SCIENCE OF YOGA APPLIES ITSELF TO ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE.
The term YOGA Yoga is firstly seen in Vedic texts and has nothing to do with a Yoga-class as presenting only asana (yoga pose.) Yoga is not merely a lifestyle or a philosphy, but a profound meditative inquiry which culmination is samadhi, the ultimate stage of Yoga practice.
What is being shown in the west as Yoga has most times little relation with its true full meaning. Yoga Sutras give a very brief reference to Yoga asana (pose) only in 3 of the 196 statements about Yoga - and this also was originally conceived as a way of maintaining the body awake and subtle to be able to practice meditation and all the aspects of Yoga. Nowadays the way that the west is showing Yoga is almost 99% commercial, unfortunately a commercial 'market' that has been created around it  - almost like an appropriation of the term Yoga for the material interest. So one has to be careful to choose a true source.
Some people argue that this is the modern Yoga, the mental Yoga - but this is just a shallow justification. Roots are always one and Yoga should not be used for the purpose of focusing on the body, since its true final goal is to realize that one is not the body, which is exactly opposite. To call the actual yoga 'mental' as some do, is not a correct expression since the nature of Yoga is opposite to that - it is to dissolve the mind.
Therefore, when we use the term Yoga, there is a big responsibility to first understand what it is (otherwise, there are plenty of other names available, like aerobics, gymnastics, fitness, pilates, stretching, body-fitness, etc. - so there is no scarcity of terms to express the stimulation to exercise and develop a fit body.)
Who wants to be in the path of Yoga, has chosen a path of meditation and consciousness which ultimately culminates in liberation.
YOGA IS THE SCIENCE OF RIGHT LIVING AND AS SUCH IS INTENDED TO BE INCORPORATED IN DAILY LIFE, APPLYING IT ON ALL LEVELS: PHYSICAL, VITAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, PSYCHIC, SPIRITUAL.
Yoga Manish himself is a certified asana-yoga facilitator, but mainly has focused his teachings on meditation techniques, pranayam and Yoga Nidra, Naad Yoga. He offers his teachings in his retreats with the great influence and inspiration acquired from different Masters with whom he was learning from in India since he was a young boy.

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"A lot of my music can be great music for the practice of Asana, Meditation and Pranayam, it will merge with the practice without interfering with the concentration, enhancing the depth of the techniques. Some practitioners prefer total silence which is also great - i always say that my music will lead to silence - so one option is to use it for a certain practice and then switch it off and feel the silence. Nothing compares to silence, in the end."
Below you can find some links to Spotify playlists which are great for accompanying the practice. Manish has also produced a whole album dedicated only for the Pranayam practice, which is called Prana. If you prefer instrumental music for your practice, the series Healing Ragas provide the perfect atmosphere for creating a meditative space. Otherwise there is an extensive collection of Mantra music and a treasure found in his new CD Ananda Nada which combines meditative Santoor and other Indian instruments, with subtle, soft vocals and mantras in the background.
"Music that is able to generate silence even in the middle of action, is the right music."
Yoga is far from simply being physical exercise. It is an aid to establishing a new perception of what is real, what is necessary, and how to become established in a way of life which embraces both inner and outer realities. (Swami Satyananda Saraswati)

please don't make a circus out of "yoga"

In the west as i see, 95% think that yoga means 'exercise' together with all the varieties of 'invented yoga' selling everywhere, losing and degrading the pure essence-transmission of yoga.  Maybe the below photos are not always the case... and everyone is free to share or teach what they like... but one has to be aware not to commercialize the term Yoga randomly, and for this, first of all one has to understand what it means (there are other names, like acrobacy, body-show, gymnastics, etc. that can be used.) It is not a good idea to try to benefit from the 'label' Yoga due to its popularity, with activities or promotions that have no relationship with Yoga as such.

Unfortunately most 'Yoga' magazines and videos showcase beautiful people gifted with the most flexible, flawless bodies performing elegant poses against the most beautiful backdrops. While this presentation appeals to some people on a few levels, playing with sex-appeal and physical perfection against a background, it does not communicate the right message about Yoga.

Yogis lived simple lives, typically in the mountains, and they did not care much about how they looked. They didn't focus on outward appearance, they worked on refining the subtler aspects of human behavior. They were not trying to sell anything nor to buy anything. They practiced and taught Yoga and they lived their lives according to the teachings of the yogic philosophy. To do this, they needed very little. Important to contemplate - maybe not to go to live out to the mountains - but to connect with the true source.

tradition is not the worship of ashes but the preservation of fire.

Unfortunately it is a reality that most 'Yoga' magazines, media-posts and videos showcase beautiful people gifted with the most flexible, flawless bodies performing elegant poses against the most beautiful backdrops. While this presentation appeals to some people on a few levels, playing with sex-appeal and physical perfection against a background, it does not communicate the right message about Yoga.

Yogis lived simple lives, typically in the mountains, and they did not care much about how they looked. They didn't focus on outward appearance, they worked on refining the subtler aspects of human behavior. They were not trying to sell anything nor to buy anything. They practiced and taught Yoga and they lived their lives according to the teachings of the yogic philosophy. To do this, they needed very little. Important to contemplate - maybe not to go to live out to the mountains - but to connect with the true source.

True ! One is luring for commercial benefits and other is real - choice is to be made by the observer or seeker - Shiv Mathur

Jaggi vasudev said anything that goes to America is given a different twist ... like yoga. Now they have beer yoga too.🤪 - Latha

Truth, Manish Vyas! There's a reason why you put that version of 'yoga' in single quotation marks: it's not what it pretends to be. - R. Russel

Such a true and important statement 🙏🏻 yoga is an inside job. - S. Klees

Could not agree more Manishbhai! 🙏🏻 it is a sacred practice and not what has been westernized. - S. Joshi

Problem is that West focuses on the PHYSICAL part of yoga too much, while that is only a stepping stone. The destination is way beyond it. That is why most of the people in the west thinks ASANA is YOGA. - Kedar

Bhagavad Gita – Chapter-II Verse -48

“Yoga-sthah kuru karmani sangam tyaktva Dhananjaya!
Siddhy-asiddhyoh samo bhutva samatvam yoga ucyate!!” 

“Hey, Dhananjaya (Arjun)! Perform your duties devoid of any attachment to success or failure. This supreme form of balanced action with equanimity is known as Yoga!” 

In Bhagavad Gita, a yogi is otherwise called as stitapragnyan (one with a stable mind). Stitapragnyan is defined in Bhagavad Gita as one who see all things equally, like happiness or sorrow. Further, he will not be doing things with attachment.

There is nothing wrong with fitness and health; they are simply not final objectives of Yoga.

If we practice yoga merely for health reasons, we may be able to improve or maintain our health, fitness, and flexibility. Asanas and breathing indeed work wonders. But if we practice yoga as mind training or as a spiritual discipline, we can definitely grow toward the freedom that traditional yoga holds up as the highest goal of human existence.

POSTURE AND BREATHING ARE PART OF YOGA, FOR THE BODY MUST BE HEALTHY AND WELL UNDER CONTROL, BUT TOO MUCH CONCENTRATION ON THE BODY DEFEATS ITS OWN PURPOSE. Sri N. Maharaj

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.

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