Ancient Yoga Scriptures



Ancient Scriptures dealing with Yoga are many. Exact dates and years of many are unknown, but most of them are thousands of years old.

1. Advayatarakopanishad
2. Agama Rahasyam
3. Amanaska Yoga
4. Amaraugha-prabodha
5. Amarogha- Sasana
6. Amrtabindupanisad
7. Ananda-samuccaya
8. Ananta-vakya
9. Anyoga-dvara-churni
10. Anyoga-dvara-sutrāni
11. Anyoga-dvara-tikā
12. Binduyoga
13. Brahadyogiyajnavalkya-smrti
14. Brahmavidyopanisad
15. Brhadyoga-sopana
16. Brihadyoga Sopana
17. Brihadyogiyajnavalkyasmriti
18. Carpatasatakam
19. Charanadas krit Astanga-yoga
20. Darsanopanisad
21. Dattatreya-yoga-sastra
22. Dhyanabindupanisad
23. Dhyana-shataka (Haribhadra-vritti sahit)
24. Dhyanastava (Bhaskaranandi)
25. Dhyan-dipika
26. Gheranda Samhita
27. Gitā (Shrimad Bhagavad Gita)
28. Goraksa Sataka (a.k.a. Jnana-Sataka, Janana-Prakasa-Sataka)
29. Goraksa- Vijaya
30. Goraksa-bhujanga
31. Goraksa-kalpa
32. Goraksa-paddhati
33. Goraksa-satakam
34. Goraksa-Sataka-Tika
35. Goraksa-Sataka-Tipana
36. Goraksa-siddhanta-samgraha
37. Goraksa-vacana -Samgraha
38. Hamsopanisad
39. Hatha- Samketa-Candrika
40. Hatha- Tattva-Kaumudi
41. Hathapradipika (VI chapters)
42. Hatha Yog Pradipika Svatmarama
43. Hathapradipika Svatmarama (10 Chapters) with Yoga-prakasika
44. Hatha-Pradipika-Tippana
45. Hatharatnvali of Srinivasa yogi
46. Hatha-sanketa-candrika of sunderadeva
47. Hatha-tattva-kaumudi of Sundaradeva
48. Hathayogah (asana-laksanani ca)
49. Hatha-Yoga-Viveka
50. Hema-candra Yoga-sastra
51. Isvarakrisna’s Sankhyakarika
52. Jnana-Amrita
53. Jnana-Amrita-Tippana
54. Jnana-Yoga-Khanda Jyotsna
55. Joga-manjari
56. Joga-pradipika
57. Jyotsana-tika on hathayoga-pradipika
58. Kapala-Kurantaka-hathabhyasa-paddhati
59. Kaula- Jnana-Nirnaya
60. Kirana-tika
61. Ksurikopanisad
62. Kumara-sambhava of Kalidasa
63. Kumbhaka Paddhati
64. Mahesa-sambodha (siva-samhita)
65. Manasollasa of Suresvaracarya
66. Mandala-brahmanopanisat
67. Maniprabha—Commentary of Ramananda-yeti
68. Matsyendra-samhita (Part I)
69. Nadabindupanisad- The Yogopanisads
70. Nagojibhatta-vrtti
71. Nandi-sutram (Durgapada Vyakhya evam Vritti)
72. Narada-samhita
73. Nava-Sakti-Sataka
74. Pasupatabrahmopanisad (purvakhanda and uttarakhanda)
75. Patanjala-rahasyam
76. Patanjala-yoga-pradipa
77. Patanjala-yoga-sutra
78. Patanjala-yoga-sutram (Bhavaprakasha Commentary)
79. Patanjala-yoga-sutram (Haribhadra-yogavimska-tika)
80. Pavanavijaya-svarodaya
81. Rajamarttanda
82. Saiva-upanisads
83. Sanatkumar-samhita
84. Sandilyopanisat- The yogopanisads
85. Sannyasopanisad
86. Satkarma-samgrahah
87. Siddha-siddhanta-paddhati
88. Siddha-siddhanta-paddhati of goraksanatha
89. Siva Samhita
90. Siva-gita
91. Sivasutra
92. Sivasvarodaya
93. Siva-yoga-dipika
94. Siva-yoga-sara-samgraha (ms.)
95. Smarta-yoga
96. Sutrartha-bodhini
97. Tantra-sāra
98. Tatva-vaisardi
99. Tejobindupanisad
100. Gheranda Samhita : A Treatise on Hatha Yoga
101. Trisikhi-brahmanopanisad
102. Vamakesvara-tantra
103. Varahopanisad
104. Varttikam of Vijnana Bhiksu,
105. Vasistha-samhita (yoga-kanda)
106. Vyasa-bhasya – sanga-yoga-darsanam
107. Yoga Karika
108. Yoga Marga Prakasika
109. Yoga Rasayana
110. Yoga Taravali
111. Yoga Visaya (V.V.)
112. Yoga Yajnavalkya
113. Yogabija
114. Yoga-bindu
115. Yoga-cintamani
116. Yoga-cudamanyupanisad
117. Yoga-dipika of Visvambhara
118. Yogadrishtisamucchaya
119. Yoga-drishti-samucchaya & Yogabindu (Svopajna-vritti)
120. Yoga-karnika
121. Yoga-kundalyupanisad
122. Yoga-makaranda
123. Yoga-marga-pradipa
124. Yoga-marttanda
125. Yogananda-rasayanam(ms.)
126. Yoga-pradipah
127. Yoga-pradipika
128. Yoga-rahasya
129. Yoga-rasayana
130. Yoga-ratnakara (ms.)
131. Yoga-ratnamala
132. Yoga-ratna-pradipika
133. Yogarnava
134. Yoga-sandhya
135. Yoga-sara-samgraha
136. Yoga-Sastra
137. Yoga-sastra-prakriya
138. Yoga-sastra-samuccaya
139. Yoga-sataka
140. Yoga-siddhanta-candrika
141. Yoga-sikhopanisad
142. Yoga-sudhakara
143. Yoga-sutra-tattvavaisharadi
144. Yoga-tantram
145. Yoga-tattvopanisad
146. Yoga-vani
147. Yoga-vartika
148. Yoga-vimsika
149. Yogavimsika tatha patanjala-yog-darsana-vrtti
150. Yoga-visaya
151. Yogi-yajnavalkya
152. Yogopanisads
153. Yuktabhavadeva of Bhavadevamisra

  Yoga Upanishads

There are 19 Upanishads deals, describes vividly about Yoga :

1. Shwethaswadhara Upanishad
This Upanishad is taught by a sage called Swethaswadhara. Emphasis is given in teaching Sankhya yoga and the philosophy of illusion(Maya)

2. Hamsoupanishad
This talks about meditation on Hamsa mantra and is being taught by sage Gauthama to sage Sanathkumara. The method of meditating on the Hamsa mantra is fully described.

3. Amrutha bindu Upanishad
It gives the knowledge of athma in the tasty form of nectar and gives it as briefly as a dot. It tells us about what is Brahmam and other concepts of hard core Hindu Philosophy.

4. Amrutha nadopanishad
This describes the way and detailed method to chant the holy letter "OM', which is called here as the nectar like letter.

5. Kshurikoupanishad
Kshrika means knife. It is so called because it cuts ignorance using the knife of wisdom. This is a Upanishad which in detail tells about Yoga and its practice.

6. Thejo Bindupanishad
This Upanishad is the teaching of Lord Paramashiva to his son Subrahmanya .Talks in detail about Yogic practices, defines Chinmathra Swaroopa ,Athmanubhava , Jeevan Muktha etc

7. Nada Bindu Upanishad
Tells in detail about the meditation on Omkara (pranava). The method of meditation and some problems which may occur are pointed out.

8. Dhyana Bindu Upanishad
The meditation on Pranava and Ajabha Gayathri is dealt in detail along with the method involved.

9. Brahma Vidhyoupanishad
Teaches methods of attaining Brahma through meditation .Emphasizes role of Guru. Tells that Sruthi is more important than pramana.

10. Yoga kudalinyupanishad
Tells about Kundalani and yogic practice.

11. Yoga Tattvopanishad
This is the teaching of Lord Vishnu to Lord Brahma.. It details out the yogic practice. It also tells about the stages in yoga, defines them and tells how to recognize them.

12. Trisiki Brahmanopanishad
This is the teaching of Lord Surya to a Brahmin called Trishiki Brahmana. He clears his doubts about the definition of the body, soul, Karana and yogic practice.

13. Yoga Choodamani Upanishad
Tells about Yogic practice involving Ajaba Gayatri. Tells about the seats of yoga , tells how to wake up the Kundalani and reach her up to Brahma Randra.

14. Mandala Brahmanoupanishad
This is the teaching of Sun God to his disciple Yagna Valkya. This deals with the principle of the soul through yogic practice. Definitions of various terms used in Yoga is also given. Tells in detail about Yogic practice and tells us about what is Sambhavi Mudhra.

15. Sandilyopanishad
This is taught by sage Atharvana to sage Sandilya.. It deals with Ashtanga yoga and Brahma Vidhya.

16. Yogashikopanishad
This is the teaching of Lord Maheswara to Lord Brahma. It deals with subjects like Mukthi, Shakthi, Nadha , Chaithanya and Yoga.

17. Sri Jabaladarsanopanishad
This is the teaching of Lord Dathathreya to his disciple sage Sankriti. And tells how the yoga should be done in detail.

18. Mahavakyopanishad
Confirms that the knowledge "That this Sun is Brahma" would be realized by chanting of Ajapa Gayathri. Tells what is the merger of mind with Brahma.

19. Varahopanishad
Tells about the Brahma Vidya of the body of Varaha. Lord Vishnu as Varaha tells how he should be meditated upon and worshipped. Also deals in detail about the stages of yoga.

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