Yoga practice often talked as spiritual discipline based on better and effective stability among mind and body. It has proven to be life changing for people practicing it as it is based on art and science of “Healthy Living”.
It has had the longest buzz when we talk about physical fitness.
But what made this form of calming art has the longest buzz since forever in terms of fitness is because its easily accessable to everyone be it skinny or obess, young or old, rich or poor . It is for everyone.
It has been highly successful in hooking people for over 1000 years for now because of it accessibility and promotes equality. The best part about is you do not need to necessarily have prior background to be a practitioner which is you need not to be yogi or yogini to start with the practice.
Table of Contents
- 1 MEANING :
- 2 EVOLUTION:
- 3 BENEFITS AND IMPORTANCE OF YOGA:
- 4 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :
- 5 CONCLUSION:
It is system of exercises for the body that involves breath control and mind relaxation to attain self satiety and harmony. Yoga is the discipline which is said to involve physical, mental and spiritual practices which originated in Ancient India and aims to collision of one ‘s truself to universal to refrain from mundane sufferings.
It is often commonly restricted for the benefit of mental and physical health which is the fundamental gift received after practicing it. But it has far reaching goal that is harmonising and unity of oneself with the spirit of universe.
It is the alignment of individual energy with the cosmic , to achieve the highest level of satiety, profoundness and for harmony. Therefore, it is something that connects your mind and soul.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAqQqmaI9vY
It is connection of one self to the infinity and was practiced by gods themselves. With all these practicing can have various health benefits which might not be available in any other sorts of workout.
The art is said to be practiced and believed to have existence at the time of civilization . It is also believed that it came in existence before 1000 of years ago .It is also said that yoga evolved even before the religion system or belief system existed, in the yogic lore
It is also believed that Lord Shiva was the first Yogi also called as ADI YOGI was the first teacher namely Adi Guru. He was the originator and first one to plant a seed in human mind.
It was first practiced on the bank of Kantisarovar in the Himalayas , thousands of years ago wherein Adiyogi poured his learnings and knowledge into the legendary saptarishis or seven sages.
From where it was later carried on to different parts of the world which included Asia, Middle East Asia , North America and few parts of Southern America.
WHO LED TO THE DISCOVERY FIRST ?
As we all have read above about the traces and existence of yoga before 1000 yrs ago and it has been practiced in the Pre- Vedic Period, the great sage Maharshi Patanjali organised and regulated the practices , its meaning its profoundness in his yogic sutras.
After the systematisation by Maharshi was later spread by many sages and Masters who greatly worked for preservation and development of the field through their knowledge.
Rishikesh is known as birthplace of it’s evolution and garnered international eyes after Beatles as he halted there to stay at one of the ashrams in the 60’s. Since then it has become one of the biggest reasons to visit ” Places of Sagas” and is also known as the ” YOGA CAPITAL OF THE WORLD”.
BENEFITS AND IMPORTANCE OF YOGA:
1)DEVELOPS FITNESS REGIME :
Practicing regularly can help you develop work out regime for yourself and you can spare one hour for your well being because fitness is irreplaceable part and is indispensable. Slowly this hobby will soon become your part of lifestyle and a good habit.
2)PROMOTES MUSCULAR STRENGTH AND HEALTHY JOINTS :
Yoga is a low impact form of workout which does not require extensive movement which makes it easily for everyone to practice it. Due to our lifestyle sitting for long working hours becomes common issues due to which back pain and neck pain becomes common
so it becomes all the more important to maintain good muscular health and healthy joints which is done by practicing it.
3) COMBATS LIFESTYLE DISORDERS :
As we all are living in a fast moving world where we are running in our lives and are unable to get sometime for ourselves.
Lifestyle Disorders is caused by poor eating habits, stress and physical inactivity which is becoming more and more common these days like heart diseases, obesity, anxiety and much more and also refines lungs which deteriorates because of pollution ,through stress reduction it also builds immunity.
4) CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH BENEFITS:
Practitioners have consequently targeting noncommunicable diseases such as arthritis, diabetes , heart diseases ,hypertension ,asthma, PCOS and brain diseases and reducing them.
It does wonder for women suffering from irregular periods and problem related to mensuration.
5) ENCOURAGE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH:
Practicing the art has focused on mental and spiritual fitness by meditation and restorative asanas help in mental clarity by calming mind and soul and reliving chronic stress pattern and sharpens our concentration.
Low form of practices has shown to reduce stress hormone and releases happy hormone which benefits by alleviating stress and anxiety.
6) HELPS IN PROVIDING BETTER SLEEP:
As we all know that yoga practices focuses on three aspects of body by stretching and relaxing body which result in mental and physical exertion causing deeper sleep less disturbance and better and efficient sleep pattern.
7) ASSIST IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT:
It can help obese people lose weight by developing proper eating habits which is eating balanced diet on proper time and interval. All this factors help in melting fat cells and burning them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :
Q1) WHAT IS THE PROOF OF EXISTENCE IN INDIA?
It was first mentioned in holy sacred text named Rigveda and was found in Ancient India and the proof of it was written in various Vedas , Upanishads, Smritis and in beliefs of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Although it was found in pre vedic era but was carry forward by Sage Patanjali who worked forward for its development and growth and yoga found its profound eminence in India.
Q2) WHO WAS KNOWN AS THE FATHER OF YOGA?
A2) Great Sage MAHARSHI PATANJALI
Q3)WHICH DAY IS CELEBRATED AS INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY IN INDIA?
A3)It was first celebrated on 21 June 2015 and was inaugurated by Honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to establish theme of peace and harmony .
Q4) WHAT CHANT IS BEING MOST CHANTED AFTER PRACTICE?
A4) Most commonly chanted peaceful words repeated after practice is ” OM SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI “. These words helps in relaxing and calling peace. According to the Buddhist and Hindu tradition the word shanti represented for three times express peace for three parts which are mind, speech and body.
Wherein the word om is syllable which is use to represent unspeakable line of Infinite.
Q5) WHAT ALL PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN HOT YOGA?
A5) People with heart diseases and other diseases even pregnant women should consult their doctors before practicing it.
Q6) WHAT ARE THE RISK INVOLVED WHILE PRACTICING?
A6) Although yoga is very simple and does not involve any major injuries like other high impact physical activities but still there can be knee and leg sprain or muscle pull in case of carelessness.
It is a proud fact that this art of fitness has been evolved by INDIA so much that Now the motive and importance of practicing it is being understood and celebrated all across the globe and a specific day has been assigned to celebrate it which is 21 JUNE of every year, International-Yoga-Day is celebrated.
for beginner, asanas recommended are to begin with few breathing sessions then a little bit of warmup which includes few sit ups and stretching. The asanas adho mukho savasana, chair twist , plank, bhujang asana, mountain pose, cat and cow, child pose, warrior poses , shalabh asanas and the one which your trainer advises.
Its health benefits are the reason people are so engrossed with yoga which are lower your blood pressure and heart rate, helps you calm, works on your mental health in field of anxiety, stress and depression , improves your coordination and concentration by stimulating your brain functioning in better direction.
Majorly it plays a dynamic role in helping you overcome lifestyle disorders which has become need of the hour. This fitness practice has the ability to change your life because of its calming and positive effect it has on a person life.
Pregnant Ladies, people with high blood pressure and arthritis should contact their doctor before practicing.
It can bring a healthy and effective lifestyle and help you lead a healthy and happening life.