When we hear the word YOGA, we immediately imagine bone twirling postures.But Yoga is more than just poses.Derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means “to unite or integrate”; yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques,postures, and meditation.
For the past two years, The international Day of Yoga is being celebrated on the 21st of June around the world and not just India.Below is a photo of the yoga session in the capital city of Delhi.
Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/; Sanskrit, Listen) is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga .
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda,[note 1]but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇamovements.[note 2] The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga practices is unclear, varyingly credited to HinduUpanishads and Buddhist Pāli Canon, probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.
Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world.Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.
Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies have been mixed and inconclusive, with cancer studies suggesting none to unclear effectiveness, and others suggesting yoga may reduce risk factors and aid in a patient’s psychological healing process.
A Yogi in the garden in the 17th century India
Being a yogi myself I can assure that this is a science that has miracles.Everyone can become a yogi irrespective of your age and weight.Many gyms around the Kingdom are offering yoga classes and there are many teachers who are giving private yoga classes at their studios.It’s an exercise that one should try at least once in their lifetime.
Simple clothing is required should be both comfortable and of breathable material.A cotton T-shirt; sleeves or sleeveless and tight stretch pants to act as a second-skin to our body.Layering can be done by wearing a sweat jacket as the rooms can get really cold during the sessions unless yoga is being done outside.Many sports shops are selling amazing yoga outfits.It can also be ordered online, below are some websites you can check out.
Many sports shops these days are selling amazing yoga outfits.It can also be ordered online, below are some websites you can check out.
A word of caution although there are many yoga clips online that can be followed, I believe if you are a beginner do yoga under a trained Yoga expert.
Happy Yoga Day everyone!
more info on yoga www.yogajournal.com
images retrieved from google.com on Tuesday, June 21’2016