Yoga: Its Origin, History and Development
The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. As per Yogic scriptures the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature.
Yoga works on the level of one’s body, mind, emotion and energy. This has given rise to four broad classifications of Yoga: karma yoga, where we utilize the body; bhakti yoga, where we utilize the emotions; gyana yoga, where we utilize the mind and intelect; and kriya yoga, where we utilize the energy.
Yoga is an ancient system of physical and mental practices that originated during the Indus Valley civilization in South Asia. The fundamental purpose of yoga is to foster harmony in the body, mind, and environment.
Adho Mukha Shvanasana
Yog-asanas helps to improve flexibility, strength, balance and coordination, they are effective in weight management, injury prevention, improving vitality & metabolism. They optimizes body functions like respiration, heart rate, lowers blood pressure, regulates blood glucose levels, improves musculoskeletal ailments, and helps in reducing chronic back pain or joint pain, among other key physical benefits.
Practicing yoga positively affects the mood, behavior and overall mental health. For students, athletes or working professionals, daily Yoga practice brings increased concentration, relaxation and peace of mind, helps to relieve symptoms of anxiety and, stress.
Yoga is the gateway to spiritual and emotional health. Regular Yoga practice such as mindful breathing techniques, focused concentration, meditation and self-reflection techniques helps people in achieving mindfulness, develops self-awareness, and increases mental energy and positive feelings.