The origin of yoga can be traced back thousands of years ago in ancient India. The exact origins of yoga are difficult to pinpoint as it evolved over a long period through the contributions of various ancient cultures and civilizations in the Indian subcontinent.
The earliest known mention of yoga can be found in the ancient texts called the Vedas, considered the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. The Vedas were composed between 1500 and 500 BCE, containing hymns, rituals, and philosophical discussions. The Rigveda, one of the four Vedas, includes references to yoga, although it is described more as a mental discipline than a physical exercise.