Yoga : Remedy for Your Mental Peace and Wellness

Yoga : Origin and History

Yoga : Remedy for Mental Peace and Wellness

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Lord Shiva in Yoga Mudra

Yoga is essentially a spiritual practice based on a very subtle science that focuses on creating balance between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, which means ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect balance between mind and body, Man & Nature.

Yoga is said to have originated with the very dawn of civilization. yoga has its roots thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were established. Shiva is the first yogi or Adiyogi, and the first Guru, or Adi Guru, in yogic lore. Tentatively, the period between 500 BC – 800 A. The Classical period is considered as the most fertile and prominent period in the history of Yoga. In this period, Vyasa commentaries on Yoga Sutras and Bhagawadgita are commentaries of Vyasa on Yoga Sutras and Bhagawadgita. This period can be mainly dedicated to two great religious teachers of India: Mahavir and Buddha.

Clearing Misconceptions about YOGA

Yoga is restricted to Hatha Yoga and Asanas (postures) for many people. Nevertheless, only three Sutras are dedicated to asanas out of the Yoga Sutras.

hatha yoga is, in essence, a preparatory technique to ensure that the body can produce higher levels of energy. the body, then the breath, the body, the mind, and the inner self are all involved in the process. Yoga is also commonly understood as a diet or exercise regimen for health and fitness.

Yoga has physical and mental health benefits as natural outcomes, but the purpose of yoga is more broad. “Yoga is about aligning oneself with the world. It is the art of aligning individual geometry with the cosmic in order to achieve the highest degree of perception and harmony.

B.K.S. Iyengar, the well known Yoga Teacher

YOGA in Modern Era: 🧘

Posters of Pranayam

Yogic Yoga Sadhanas (Practices) for Health and Wellbeing:The most commonly used Yoga Sadhanas (Practices) are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana (Meditation), Samadhi /Samyama, Bandhas & Mudras, Shat-karmas, Yukta-ahara, Yukta karma, Mantra japa, etc.
these are considered to be pre-requisitions for the Yoga Sadhanas (Practices).

Asanas, capable of bringing about stability of body and mind ‘ kuryat-tad-asanam-sthairyam…’ , consists in adopting various body (psycho-physical) patterns, giving ability to maintain a body position (a stable awareness of one’s structural existence) for a considerable length and period of time as well.

PranayamPranayama involves in increasing awareness of one’s breathing and willful regulation of respiration as the functional or vital basis of one’s existence. it helps in increasing one’s awareness of one’s mind and establishing control over the mind. in the initial stages,

this is accomplished by increasing awareness of the ‘flow of in-breath and out-breath’ (svasa-prasvasa) through nostrils, mouth, and other body openings, its internal and external pathways, and destinations in the early stages.

Later, this phenomenan is modified by controlled, controlled, and monitored inhalation (svasa), resulting in the awareness of the body space/s being filled (puraka), the body space/s remaning in a filled state (kumbhaka), and it’s being emptied (rechaka) during regulated, controlled, and monitored exhalation (prasvasa).

Dharana refers to a broad based field of attetion (inside the body and mind), which is commonly referred to as concentration. Dhyana (Meditation) is contemplation (concentrated attention within the body and mind) and Samadhi (integration).

True Fundamentals of YOGA :

Yoga focuses on the level of one’s body, mind, emotions, and body. Hence, there are four main categories of Yoga: karma yoga, where we use the body; bhakti yoga, where we use the emotions; gyana yoga, where we use the mind and intelect; and kriya yoga, where we use the energy. Almost every form of Yoga we practice would fall under one or two of these categories.

Each individual is a unique combination of these four factors. “All the ancient commentaries on Yoga have emphasized that it is essential to work under the direction of a Guru,” the reason being that only a Guru can combine the appropriate combination of the four fundamental paths, as is required for each individual seeker, and then by the Seers (Rishis/Munis/Acharyas) in Ashramas (compared to monastries).

Yoga Education, on the other hand, focuses on taking care of the individual, the ‘Being. it is assumed that a good, balanced, integrated, truthful, honest, thorough, and transparent individual will be more beneficial to oneself, family, society, country, nature, and humanity as a whole. Yoga education is referred to as ‘Being oriented’. in a variety of living traditions and texts has been described in detail about working with the ‘being oriented’ aspect, and the technique used to contribute to this vital field is called ‘Yoga.

Yoga Education is being offered by many eminent Yoga Institutions, Yoga Colleges, Yoga Universites, Yoga Departments in the Universities, Naturopathy colleges, and Private trusts & societies in the present day. Many Yoga Clinics, Yoga Therapy and Training Centers, Yoga Preventive Health Care Units, Yoga Research Centers, etc. have been established in Hospitals, Dispensaries, Medical Institiutions, and Therapetical setups.

India, the land of Yoga, reflect a love for ecological harmony, tolerance for other viewpoints, and a compassionate appreciation for all creations.
its commitment to a holistic health, both individual and social, makes it a beneficial practice for people of all faiths, races, and nationalities due to its emphasis on a holistic lifestyle.

Millions and millions of people around the world have benefitted from the ancient practice of Yoga, which has been preserved and promoted by the great eminent Yoga Masters from ancient time to today.

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