The mystical yoga teachings of the Upanishads
The first philosophical roots of yoga are in the texts of the classical Upanishads, which are about 2,500 years old. This tradition of mystical yoga teachings continued in the later Upanishads about 500 years ago.
The oldest of the Upanishad texts originated from the 6th century B.C. – including the Chandogya Upanishads. This extract from chapter VIII.6 is perhaps the first mention of the Nadis. more »
The Katha-Upanishad originates from the 5th century B.C:- in this extract from chapter II. iii The discussion is about the nadis, the energy channels of the heart. more »
The Yoga Shikha Upanishad probably originated from the 13th century. This extract from the first chapter perhaps present the earliest known tantric view of Hatha yoga and Raja yoga. This Upanishad is also the oldest text in which the two terms are defined. more »