Yoga is the highest level of spiritual practice, which includes not only physical postures or breathing exercises but more than that.
It is the basic and main path of spiritual enlightenment.All spiritual gurus and founders of different religions also followed the path of yoga.
Not a single individual can be claimed as the founder of.
It is a very ancient VIDYA (knowledge).
- In Mahabharata when Lord Krishna preached GITA to Arjuna then he mentioned that he gave this knowledge of Yoga to Lord Sun in the very beginning of this Universe.
- In his autobiography of Yogi Paramhansa Yogananda has written that Jesus Christ also visited India to learn and practice Kriya Yoga and Swami Ji also mentioned about Mahavatar Babaji to be the founder of Kriya yoga.
- But before that sage Patanjali has already written YOGA SUTRAS, which is the classical text of Yoga till now.
- In the yogic tradition, it is believed that it was Adi Yogi Shiva (who is not mystical Shiva of Hindus ) who gave us Yoga.
So it can be believed that Yoga was first founded by the supreme self (who later incarnated as Lord Krishna ) and after that Adi Yogi Shiva gave it to his disciples and then it reached to sage Patanjali.
In the contemporary world, Swami Sivananda and Krishnamacharya made it available for all human.
HARI OM TATSAT.