“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.”
Jason Crandell
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Yoga: The word has gained a significant amount of importance in the last few years. Yoga is said to have originated from the sanskrit word “Yug” which means  ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’.  Yoga focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. The union of mind,body,man and nature is termed as Yoga in true sense.

Yog is ancient Indian heritage. It’s as old as the time. No body knows exactly how old is it. Facts tells that ‘Hiranyagarbh’ is the one through which Yog came into existence. Later studies proves that this Hiranyagarbh is no one but the Brahma.Yoga, being widely considered as an ‘immortal cultural outcome’ of Indus Saraswati Valley civilization – dating back to 2700 B.C., has proved itself catering to both material and spiritual upliftment of humanity.Basic humane values are the very identity of Yoga Sadhana.The practice of Yoga is believed to have started with the very dawn of civilization. The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were born. In the yogic lore, Shiva is seen as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and the first Guru or Adi Guru.

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Historical evidences of the existence of Yoga were seen in the pre-Vedic period (2700 B.C.), and thereafter till Patanjali’s period. The main sources, from which we get the information about Yoga practices and the related literature during this period, are available in Vedas (4), Upanishads(108), Smritis, teachings of Buddhism, Jainism, Panini, Epics (2), Puranas (18) . Definition of yoga is found in Geeta’s verse  6/23.

However, speaking practically , yoga is a science that deals with the health of the body and harmony of mind. Its ultimate objectives are ‘self-identification’ and ‘self-perfection’.Yoga is a way of communicating with the inner self, counteracting helplessness & weakness, increasing self-esteem and enhancing internal locus of control. what causes the good or bad results in his or her life, either in general or in a specific area such as health or academics. Locus of control was formulated within the framework of Rotter’s “social learning theory of personality”.

Yoga plays a greater role in the management of physical – mental health. The science of Yoga, is a psychology of a philosophical nature. The very introduction of the system of Yoga by Patanjali is by way of an instruction that the mind has to be controlled – Yogas chitta-vritti-nirodhah. These establishments of one’s own self in one’s own true nature, in universal character, is the aim of Yoga.

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The major reason behind yoga  playing an important role in physical and mental therapy is due to the fact that the practice works on holistic principles and unification and harmony of the mind, body and spirit.  Yoga has succeeded as an alternate type of therapy for diseases like arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive disorders and other chronic health problems where modern science has sometimes failed. Medical scientists report that yoga therapy is also successful because it helps create a sense of balance in the endocrine and nervous systems, which directly impact all the other organs and systems of the body.

Even for those who are otherwise healthy, yoga practice has come all the way from the  forests of the Rishis and become an integral method of obtaining relief from stress in the modern age of competition, cell phones and long work hours.

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.”–Amit Ray

This International Yoga Day let’s pledge to use yoga to calm our minds and not just stand on our heads.

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