Yoga is an ancient practice which was originated in India. Right from the Vedic period to the phase of modern India, the significance of it is widely known and spread to all over the world. According to the Vedas, Lord Shiva or the first yogi made this term possible and turned it into a great experience. It was from him that the seven disciples whom we call Saptarishis have gained knowledge and went to different places in the country to teach. One among them came to South India – Agasthya Muni. But it is said that the father of yoga was Great maharshi Pathanjali who has summarized one type of yoga i.e Ashtanga Yoga in his work ‘Yoga Darshan’. The debate about the origin of yoga in India still continues but irrespective of who got it, it has a huge impact on everyone.
Yoga can be practiced for both physical health and spiritual health. Now, yoga is considered to be just for health purposes but previously, it was a stepping stone to reach the “ultimate state”, the supreme of oneself or in other words, Moksha, to break the karmic cycles and unite with the creation. One who wants to choose the spiritual path takes this seriously and prepares themselves through series of actions to reach there. One who simply wants to be healthy but nothing else also opts yoga for its numerous benefits.
There are many types of Yoga known. Few of them are
- Ashtanga yoga – teaches discipline over the mind
- Hatha yoga – discipline of body and life
- Bhakti yoga- discipline of emotions
- Karma yoga – discipline of actions
- Kriya yoga – discipline of energy
- Jnana yoga – discipline of intellect
- Ashtanga yoga teaches discipline over the mind. It has the following eight different steps to attain it.
2. Hatha yoga involves a set of asanas in which we use the body postures to be in certain way to attain the correctness of the breath.
3. Bhakti yoga is the way which involves devotion to reach the ultimate.
4. Karma yoga is trying to get perfectness or righteousness in your action by not getting yourself entangled with any of the results.
5. Kriya yoga is using the inner energy present in the body to move within and reach ultimate.
6. Jnana yoga is using the knowledge to realize and reach ultimate.
The need of yoga is not only a practice to be followed by body to be fit, but is a science with a vision to enhance one’s life in every way possible.
Everyone today is so stressed out with their work and issues in life that they are either facing health problems or mental illness. Yoga gets the discipline in your life, helps to get control over your mind and body.
Yoga and meditation are interrelated. Sometimes people see them differently but meditation is only possible when you breathe the right way, be aware of your senses and mind and yoga sets a path for meditation.
Few of the famous and helpful Yoga-asanas are
- Suryanamaskar involves 12 postures which improves flexibility and provides work out for the whole body.
3. Ardha siddhasana: sitting in an erect position with crossed legs and palms on thighs and face slightly turned upwards to attain focus between eyebrows to attain concentration which is preferable for meditation.
4. Anulom and vilom pranayama: also known as sukhakriya improves and stabilizes the breath.
5. Dhanurasana which helps to increase energy in our body as well as treats PCOD problems in women.
The advantages of Yoga as per to improve health are
- Reduction of weight.
- Cures joint problems and increases flexibility of the body.
- Controls Diabetes and hypertension.
- Keeps the mind alert, aware and conscious.
- Improves digestive and respiratory system.
There can be side effects of yoga too if they are not practiced under supervision.
- Gastric troubles
- Discomfort in stomach and throat
- Body pains
If any of the above problems appear, it is advised to immediately stop doing whatever you are practicing and consult a doctor and your yoga trainer.
Practicing yoga from a book will be a terrible mistake as one needs to know the aasanas as well as how and when to breath while doing them. Yoga is to be learnt not to be read.
Few tips while practicing yoga are
- Do it with an empty stomach
- Do not drink water in between aasanas.
- Wear loose clothes.
- Always learn from the trainer.
Yoga can transform one’s life amazingly; it improves your health, stabilizes your emotions and lets you realize your true self. Yoga increases the quality of your life by improving individuals physically , emotionally and spiritually. Yoga cannot be understood but can be experienced alone as it is an art of living.
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