What is Yoga? December 02, 2015 10:45
Yoga means 'union' between the mind, body and spirit. It involves the practice of physical postures and poses, referred to as asanas in Sanskrit. The ultimate aim of practicing Yoga is to create a balance between the body and the mind and to attain self-enlightenment. In order to accomplish it, Yoga makes use of different movements, breathing exercises, relaxation technique and meditation.
The oldest text about Yoga (1st centuary B.C.) is Patanjali Yoga Sutras. This brief and ancient text has been the guiding light, directly or indirectly, of millions of yoga practitioners. Krishnamacharya, Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar all acknowledge their debt to Patanjali. He is the root guru of the gurus themselves.
Yoga is the perfect way to ensure overall health and physical fitness. Through meditation, asanas and pranayama, breathing exercises, you can banish all your stress and lead a healthy life. In fact, it is one of the best remedies known to humankind.
The oldest physical discipline in existence known to humankind, Yoga brings stability to the body and the wavering mind.
Studies in the field of medicine suggest that Yoga is the only form of physical activity that provides complete exercise to the body, because it massages all the internal organs and glands. This in turn reduces the risk of many diseases.
Yoga can create a positive permanent difference to the lifestyle of anybody practicing it on a regular basis. The positive effects of Yoga on the health and mind are visible over time. Another specialty about Yoga is its wide choice of asanas. It is a medication without the actual use of medicines. Moreover, no visible side effects are associated with the practice of Yoga on a regular basis. All you need to learn is the most appropriate exercises meant for the structure of your body.