Yoga is derived from
a Sanskrit word “yuj” which has
several meanings like, "to control",
"to yoke", "to unite".
General meanings include "combining"
or "uniting", and related ideas
such as "union" and "conjunction".
Yoga with its root in
India (Hinduism) has spread and proliferated
into other traditions also. In this over whelming
atmosphere where people are wandering in search
of peace, yoga has provided myriad healing
solutions. From well being of general people
to self-realization and attainment of peace
to natural therapy of specific illness, yoga
covers broader aspect. Yoga helps every individual
to realize self and integrate various elements
of well-being. You attain eternality, get
liberated of worldly affairs, perfection is
reached in an eternal relationship, bhakti
and blissful union with Supreme is the ultimate
goal of yoga.
According to Patanjali's
(A Contributor to Yoga) Eight Limbs of yoga
(1) Yama (abstentions):
lying, theft, violence, sex and possessions
(3) Asana: meaning "seat", and in
Patanjali's Sutras it refers to several sitting
positions (Postures) used for meditation.
(2) Niyama (The five "observances"):
purity, study, contentment, austerities, and
surrender to god
(4) Pranayama (Life Force Control): Control
of breath, life force, or soul
(5) Pratyahara (Abstraction): Reversal of
(6) Dharana (Concentration): Keeping a keen
attention on a single object
(7) Dhyana (Meditation): Intense though regarding
to true nature of reality
(8) Samadhi (Liberation): Super-conscious
state of enlightenment
In Hinduism, with its
several views and sects, Self-Realization
and God-Realization are sometimes used interchangeably,
with the belief that the true nature of self
(truth, consciousness, and bliss), revealed
through the practice of yoga, has the same
nature as the universal self.
Benefits of Yoga:
Physical: It makes your
body toned, flexible and stronger. It also
helps over come asthma, improves respiration
by solving respiratory problems like Bronchitis,
Emphysema. You can maintain a balanced metabolism
and proper cardio and circulatory health.
Pain management becomes easier as yoga helps
to relieve you from back pain. You can look
and feel younger than your age (anti-ageing)
mood change, energy and vitality are major
benefits of yoga.
Mental: It helps in relaxation and handling
stressful situations more easily. Yoga also
teaches you how to calm your mind so that
you can focus your energy to concentrate on
Spiritual: It creates
self-awareness – i.e. awareness of body,
feelings, surrounding and needs of others.
It harnesses interdependence between mind,
body, and spirit and also promotes the concept
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