World is celebrating International Yoga day on June 21. UN has accepted that June 21 will be celebrated as International Yoga day every year. It is today being celebrated in as many as 190 countries. Millions of people from east and west are running after yoga, but why? Do you know what yoga is? Where it was started? Why it is so popular these days? What are its benefits?
What is Yoga?
The term “Yoga” is taken from Sanskrit literature “Yoke”, meaning union. Yoga is a tool to create union between the body and mind. It is an ancient Indian way of life to enhance personal growth and well-being. Yoga was invented 5000 years ago in India. In ancient India, sages and monks used to go into deep silence in a particular posture for years with the goal of creating an illness-free strong body. The original intention is to bring body and mind together in achieving inner peace. It is actually a series of exercises that can be practiced by almost all of us starting from senior citizens, disabled to young children to stay healthy and tension-free.
Why do Yoga?
The process of yoga consists of all forms of human life namely physical, psychological and spiritual. Yoga can be regarded as the perfect example of holistic health due to the combination of body and mind, both are co-related. One cannot stay healthy and fit without the other. By repairing the body, we can repair the mind. If you feel pain in any part of your body, you would find it difficult to relax and happy. Yoga is composed of series of physical postures and a philosophy that brings peace and happiness. Yoga is not all about acrobatic postures. The sole purpose of yoga is the realization of one’s inner-self. The physical aspect of Yoga utilizes poses and focused breathing, concentration and discipline. The result will be the greater union of body, mind and spirit. The foundation of traditional yoga is the careful alignment of your body as you sit in different postures during yoga. These postures bring enormous amount of awareness to your body, brain and nerve system so that it amounts to tremendous physical and mental growth.
Science of Yoga
- It is the control of mental processes.
- It is the disconnection of connection with suffering.
- It is calm, composure or balance.
- It is the unification of the web of dualities.
- It is the union of Individual self with the Universal Self.
Benefits Of Yoga
Yoga promotes flexibility and strength along with cardiovascular health. It gives mental clarity and emotional balance. If it is performed properly, in combination with proper related breathing techniques, Yoga will stimulate the circulatory system, the digestive process as well as the nervous and endocrine system. One hour of yoga session can make you feel energized and relaxed. Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body thoroughly including those – such as the prostate – that hardly get externally stimulated. This stimulation and massage of the organs in wholesome manner keeps us away from disease and disorder.