What is Yoga?
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads and Buddhist Pāli Canon, probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.
Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.
Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies have been mixed and inconclusive, with cancer studies suggesting none to unclear effectiveness, and others suggesting yoga may reduce risk factors and aid in a patient’s psychological healing process.
Yoga is a way of life.
Benefits f Yoga
Let’s look at the amazing benefits of Yoga:
- It helps to bring harmony to your life
- It makes you stress free
- It helps to improves your heart rate
- It helps you relax
- It helps you become more happier
- It helps you to sleep well
- It improves your flexibility
- It helps you in your reaction (the way you react to situations and scenarios)
- It helps in improving your metabolism
- It helps in improving your posture
- It helps in increasing your blood flow
- It prevents joint problems
- It helps in keeping your muscle strong
- It stretches and protects your spine
- It helps in improving your memory
- It helps in strengthening your bones
- It helps is normalizing your blood pressure
- It helps in reducing weight and normalizing your weight
- It helps you calm your nervous system
- It helps in increasing concentration
- It helps in improving your overall health as it removes toxins from your body
- Everyday yoga practice will give you an increased awareness of your own body. You are often called upon to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment. Over a period of time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body. This can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.
Have you heard about Swami Vivekananda? He was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.
Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …,” in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.
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Jaggi Vasudev, commonly known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic and author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organisation which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, United States, Great Britain, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal and Australia. The Foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in the Foundation being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
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