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Fun Facts About The Origin Of Yoga

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

The origins of Yoga and the Sutras (stories) were written before 300 A.D. by the Yoga sage Patenjali. There has been some thought that they may have been written as much as five thousand years ago. The origin of Yoga as we know it can be attributed to Swami Satchidananda’s translation of the Yoga sutras as he describes a pose as a steady position yet comfortable. The original intention of the poses was to enable one to sit for meditation for long periods of time. There were some stone artifacts showing Yoga poses found, in the Indus Valley by archeologists , that date back to at least 5,000 years.

Although the Yoga poses were meant to be serious practice for long periods of meditation, they can have their fun moments. Looking at Bikram Yoga, the poses are done, generally with a partner or in a group class in a room heated to one hundred and five degrees. All of the instructions warn of the passing of air and that it can be offensive to the people in the class. There was an addendum that states not to worry as the heat in the room will cause it to dissipate. Students practicing Bikram Yoga routines say that the Corpse pose is their most difficult. The Corpse pose is used as a rest after a few poses. They claim it is easier to do the poses than it is to try to rest the mind and the body at the same time.

Things You Didn’t Know About the Origins of Yoga

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

yogaYoga has long been considered an amazing and effective form of meditation and exercise for centuries. It has been proven to tone the body, calm and focus the mind, and flush out the toxins through sweat. However, most yoga practitioners have no idea about the origins of yoga.

The origin of yoga is actually quite interesting, and full of great trivia. For example, the term, “yoga” originates from the term yuj which is Sanskrit for “union of the atma (soul) with the Paramatma (the universal consciousness).  This means that the whole exercise of yoga is meant to connect your individual self to the universe around you, and seeks to create a bond between the two.

While there are so many different types and styles of practicing yoga these days, all of these types generally fall into one of four classifications:

  • Jhana yoga, which focuses on attaining a higher knowledge and discernment of you and your universe;
  • Karma yoga, which focuses on the selfless dedication of one’s self to work;
  • Bhakti yoga, which focuses on sharing and spreading love and spiritual love with your fellow man;
  • Raja yoga, which is the practice of meditation and physical healing through a system of movements and chants. The Raja yoga is actually the type of yoga that most people know and practice.

Whatever the method or type of yoga one practices, they all still remain faithful to the reason of the origins of yoga: as a way of creating a connection between one’s self and to a higher power, and to be able to create a connection, one must be focused, balanced and in tune with one’s self.

Origins of Yoga

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

In an effort to provide a little more educational information, I am going to try and post newsy like articles on Saturdays and Sundays when I am not practicing yoga.  So that I can learn a thing or two about it. 

The Origins of Yoga can be traced to India more than 5000 years ago. The Rig Veda which is the religious text of the Hindus is the first to mention Yoga. All the practices and beliefs were then documented in the 200 odd scriptures known as the Upanishad. Yoga is an ancient art which lays emphasis on both the physical and spiritual well being of the individual who practices it. Yoga is a way of life, a lifestyle and a culture that has gained a lot of popularity all over the world.

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which basically means to unite or join. The union that the word refers to means, the individual becoming one with the universal spirit. If practiced on a regular basis it has the potential to not just cure your physical ailments but also lets you achieve spiritual contentment.

There are various types of Yoga:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Bhakthi Yoga
  • Karma Yoga
  • Jnana Yoga
  • Raja Yoga
  • Tantra Yoga
  • Purna Yoga

These different types of Yoga focus on breathing, postures and spirituality. Irrespective of age or gender anyone can practice it and it will help you gain mastery over your body and mind. There are beginner yoga poses and advanced yoga poses depending on the physical limitations and level of experience. As you gain confidence in doing the various postures, you can slowly increase the intensity and do more challenging poses.

The various physical and mental ailments that can be cured or controlled by practicing yoga are common cold, constipation, asthma, arthritis, diabetics, eye and skin problems, back pain, headaches, obesity, anger, anxiety, stress and depression to name just a few (which might explain why I haven’t been sick this winter!).

Regular practice increases your strength, vitality, energy, grace, poise, flexibility and level of endurance leading to a spring in your step and a glow on your face.

Welcome to!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Welcome to!  Yoga2010 is my journey through yoga in 2010.  I am a 30-year old female who lives in the midwest.  I have recently been deemed in remission from Graves Disease and have decided to claim my body again.

I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2002 and it was a long journey to recovery.  I ended up having insatiable cravings that made me gain too much weight.  In spite of my efforts to have great will power and self-control, the cravings took over and I gained a lot of weight. 

So, on November 7, 2009 when I was deemed in remission from Graves’ Disease, I started thinking about what I wanted to do to get the weight off.  I decided I would return to Yoga.

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

I started doing Yoga in 2004 when a guy that I was dating broke up with me, and I needed something to clear my mind.  Interestingly enough, my cravings weren’t as bad then.  So I wasn’t as fat as I am now.  I will post a photo of me some day soon, so stay tuned to see my fatass.

Oh, I meant to mention that I go to a Hot Yoga studio where they do the 26 Bikram Yoga poses.  This pose (that I’m doing in the photo) is the Standing Bow Pulling Pose or “Dandayamana-Dhanurasana”.  I suppose in this photo I am in between a beginner yoga pose and an advanced yoga position.  I haven’t completely achieved the complete position, but by the end of 2010, I hope to do so.  Okay, really, if I cannot achieve it by 6 months into this year, what in the hell am I doing?
So, the reason I think I will be able to get to the maximum in that position is that my goal is to go do yoga 5 times a week.  I expect you guys to hold me to that!!  I want to go to a studio 5 times a week, but I can already tell you that I am not sure if that will always happen, so I am just going with 5x a week.
Today is January 1, but I am not starting until Monday, January 4, 2010.  Not to worry, I didn’t have too much to drink last night, but I don’t want to go to the studio today because they are only having one class that is at 10am and is free!!
If there is one thing I hate about yoga studio classes, it is a full class!  UGH!  Claustrophobia!  So I decided to wait until the week.  Also, I have that mindset that you work during the week and rest on the weekends, so I only want to do yoga Monday through Friday.  My hope is that I will want to do yoga on the weekends too…but for now, it is just on the week days.
Oh, which reminds me.  I have 3 websites, this is my fourth.  Actually, all my websites are blogs, or all my blogs are websites, however you want to say it.  I work to be proper and say the right things on my other websites since they are more professional, however, this one is for me…and my journey through yoga in 2010, so I will have typos, cuss words and other fallacies.
The thing is, folks, when it comes down to it, I am a really good person.  HOWEVER, I do criticize, I do cuss and by golly, I am way too blunt sometimes.  For those reasons, you might really enjoy reading this blog.  If that’s the case, please don’t hesitate to sign up for e-mail updates (upper right hand corner).  Also, I love comments!  Leave them below for me, please!  Please do join me on my journey to become a hot yoga girl in 2010!