We are living in 21st century, a time that has evolved from generation. And promises to continue so until the doomsday. Transcending from stone age we have come to relish and cherish everything we have. Our inventions of significance, primarily done to escalate the leisurely life, have proved quite fruitful. But, as every case has another side to it, this escalation too has got one. We have become slaves of the inventions we did. And problems so grotesque that it seems a herculean task on how to overcome. Yoga, a term quite helpful in these situations is the matter of our discussion today.
Brief and origin
Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Prominent religions in India, viz. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism have a mention and the positive it offers. Historical evidences of the existence were seen in the pre-Vedic period (2700 BC), and thereafter till Patanjali’s period. The main sources from which we get the information about it’s practices and the related literature during this period, are available in Vedas (4), Upanishads(108), Smritis. Furthermore in the teachings of Buddhism, Jainism, Panini, Epics (2), Puranas (18) etc. The great Yogacharyas- Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Paramhansa Yogananda, Vivekananda have contributed for the development of Raja-yoga. This was the period when Vedanta, Bhakti-yoga, Natha-yoga or Hatha-yoga flourished.
Recent awareness and need
People have now come to know about this practice and are very much into this. Researchers have studied extensively about Yoga. Doctors recommended this to promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve some medical conditions. This is considered to be a low-impact activity that can provide the same benefits as “any well-designed exercise program. As a result, it increases general health and stamina, reduces stress, and improves those conditions brought about by sedentary lifestyles. Nowadays, we promote it as Physical Therapy routine, and as regimen to strengthen and balance all parts of the body.
East and West both regard highly of Yoga currently. So much so that UNESCO listed it as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage”.
21st June is nearing. The day celebrated as ‘The International Yoga Day’. And we wanted to ensure that you are well aware about this term. Subscribe to our newsletter and in effect be updated with all the latest happenings.
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