Yoga is a way of life. It is mainly concerned with maintaining a state of equanimity at all costs. All yoga schools of thought emphasize the significance of the mind remaining calm, because as the saying goes, only when the water is still can you see through it.
Yoga Darshan or Yoga Philosophy also happens to be a valid discipline of Indian metaphysics (Brahma Vidya).
It is the result of human wisdom and insight on makeup, psychology, ethics and spirituality collected together and skillful over thousands of years for the well being of humanity.
The basic idea of yoga is to unite the atma or individual soul with the paramatma or the Universal Soul.
According to Yoga philosophy, by cleansing one
s brain and controlling ones thought processes one can return to that primeval state, when the individual self was nothing but a part of the Divine Self.
This is the sense encapsulated in the term samadhi. The aim of the yogi is to be able to perceive the world in its true light and to accept that accuracy in its entirety.
Yoga is a way of life, an art of righteous living or an integrated system for the benefit of the body, mind and inner spirit. This art originated, was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago.
The references to yoga are available in 'Upanishads' and 'Puranas' composed by Indian Aryans in the later Vedic and post- Vedic period.
The main credit for systematizing yoga goes to Patanjali who wrote 'Yoga Sutra', two thousand Years ago. He described the principles of the full eight fold yogic discipline.
He composed the treatise in brief code words acknowledged as 'Sutras'. 'Yoga Sutra' is the most important basic text on Yoga. It is from first to last this basic treatise that the essential message of yoga spread throughout the world.
Benefits of Yoga
The benefits of Yoga are numerous. In terms of energy Yoga is like a universe in itself. Some of the important Yoga benefits include anti-ageing, equilibrium and flexibility of body, increase in knowledge and wealth, improvement in mental health and development of personal and social values.
This is not the end of story; Yoga also helps in improving strength, sexual life and reducing weight. Yoga makes you feel good.
Yoga is relaxing. It's energizing. It's strengthening. Increasing Flexibility – yoga has position that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised.
Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons – likewise, the well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body.
Excellent toning of the muscles – Muscles that have become flaccid, weak or slothy are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess flab and flaccidity.
Asanas, Postures & Exercises
Surya Namaskar - Surya Namaskar means greeting or bowing the sun. Usually all sessions of Yoga asanas begin with the 'Surya Namaskar' or sun salutation. It nourishes and energizes the upper part of the body.
Paschimothan Asana (The Forward Bend) - Paschimothan Asana also known as touching toes posture, means stretching the back. It brings flexibility and corrects disorders of the spine.
Bhujanga Asana (The Cobra) - 'Bhujanga' means serpent or snake. This asana is named after the king of the snakes, Cobra. It provides a youthful appearance and for women, makes child birth easy.
Shava Asana (Relaxation Posture) - 'Shava Asana' means posture of a dead body. Also known as 'Yoga Nidra' which means yogic method of sleep. It is an asana which claims to give a satisfactory relaxation of both the corpse and the mind.
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- Guest 8 years agoYoga is one of the best means to have some good measures taken as this is indeed a very good thing to have some good benefits in the long run. It helps to relax the mind and provides the lustre to the body that helps you keep going for a longer period.