Origins of Yoga

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.

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