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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 To Know About The Origin of Bikram Yoga

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The origin of Yoga Bikram style was extracted from traditional Yoga routines. It was developed by Bikram Choudhury and became popular in the early 1970s. Bikram Yoga consists of twenty six poses and two breathing exercises and takes ninety minutes to complete.

Bikram Yoga poses work to better health and wellness and the reason for the heated room is to generate deeper stretching, preventing injury, along with tension and stress relief. Bikram Yoga postures purport to stimulate and restore health to muscles, joints and organs of the body.

Bikram Choudhury is a Hatha Yoga Master who founded Bikram Yoga some thirty years ago. He studied Yoga when he was four years old in Calcutta, where he was born. When he was thirteen years old he won the National India Yoga Contest and remained undefeated for three years. He went on to become a marathon runner and a champion weight lifter. It was during a weight lifting accident when he was twenty years old when he sustained a knee injury. The doctors told him he would never walk again. He went back to India and with six months of Yoga therapy, he was totally recovered and that is how Bikram Yoga originated; through his own healing regimen.

Choudhury was able to prove the healing benefits of his Bikram Yoga system, and the findings were posted in 1972, at the International Medical Conference in Kyoto, Japan.

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.