An Ancient Indian philosophy of connecting Mind, Body and Soul.
Origin of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-vedic Indian traditions .The Sanskrit word yoga is derived from the root “yuj”-to attach or join or harness. Vyasa states that yoga means Samadhi (concentrate).
According to the Bhagwad Gita -Yoga is said to be Equaminity that is Quitening of the fluctuations of mind. Yoga, in Indian traditions is more than just physical exercises, it has a meditative and spiritual core .
It was developed as a way to achieve harmony between heart, mind and soul, on the path todevine enlightenment. It helps attain a sense of composure and acceptance with yourself, with your life and with those around peace.
MODERN REVIVAL –
Although practiced since ancient times, yoga came to attention of western audience in the 19th century. Swami Vivekananda actively advocated and disseminated these aspects of yoga. Modern yoga is a physical activity consisting largely of asanas, sometimes accompanied by the breathing exercises of pranayams and ending with periods of relaxation or meditation. Yoga is more than just poses .Breathing techniques /meditation techniques /chanting and self -less service, all constitute part of the yoga .
- Physical- helps lesson the chronic pain and reduces blood pressure and insomnia. It also improves flexibility, muscle strength and tone while maintaining a balanced metabolism.
- Mental- very effective in developing coping skills and helps create mental clarity and calmness while sharpening concentration.
Yoga has been enlisted by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage”
June 21 has been marked as International Yoga Day and it celebrated allover the world with great fervor..