Indian texts have frequently referred to Yoga in general and Yoga Asanas in particular in several contexts. Several special Indian texts have been written and compiled with the sole purpose of educating practitioners about the practice of Yoga Asanas. Yoga Asanas were first recorded in the Atharva Veda(1500 BCE), which uses the term asana in a specifically Yogic context. There are various other references in the Brahmanas and Upanishads which indicate that asanas must have already been in existence prior to their being noted in these textual references.

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Indian texts have made frequent references to Yoga Asanas, and have refined them over the ages to their current state of sophistry