Yoga - The Unparalled Form Of A Health Routine
India and Indians are always basking in the glory of their numerous contributions to human race in various fields like math, technology, medicine and a lot more. In the recent past the one that has got the global spotlight was Yoga. What was confined within the boundaries of a fitness routine broke the barriers and revived to be recognized as a practice of physical, mental and spiritual well being. No second thoughts about the fact that this unparalleled art form took some centuries to get its due recognition. But it would be an understatement to say that the fame has skyrocketed and there is no turning back.

A Brief History & Development of Yoga
It’s a well established fact that Yoga has its origins from the Indian sub-continent. Its history can be traced back to 5000 years ago. The word “Yoga” was first mentioned in the sacred scripts called the “Rig Veda”. According to Hindu rituals it is believed to have originated in the banks of Kantisarovar lake in the Himalayas. Since Yoga being closely associated with divinity, the mentions of it can also be seen in various religious scripts like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Even though the exact date of origins cannot be pinned down, the historical evidences show that it existed before pre-vedic period (2700 BC). The period between 500 BC and 800 AD was considered to be the classical period of yoga because of its prominence. It can be attributed to two of the exceptional religious figures of India - Mahavir and Buddha. The period between 800 AD and 1700 AD were recognized as the post classical period, thanks to the impeccable contributions of Shankrachariya, Ramunajachariya and Madhavachariya. From 1700 AD to 1900 AD is considered to be the modern period where numerous yogis made major contributions by taking this art form to various parts of the world.

Busting the Myths
The most common misconception about yoga is that it all about the postures. But the fact is that the postures are also a part of the entire process. It is a culmination of the mind, body and the inner self. The second myth is that yoga is a physical routine that impacts the physical and mental well being. But it isn’t just a physical routine; the bigger picture is harmonizing oneself with the universe. Another myth perhaps a myth that needed to be busted is that associating yoga to a particular religion. The ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve physical and mental well being. The above mentioned myths are just the tip of the ice berg. There are various other myths in circulation.

Yoga – The Benefits That Matter

Even though yoga isn’t just about contributing to an individual’s health, the impact that it has on a person’s health overshadows every other aspect. It is a well known fact that most of the people practice yoga to lead a healthier life.
• It increases strength and muscle
• Enhances flexibility, coordination, and posture
• Increases the functioning of various body parts.
• Reduces muscle injury and joint pain
• Aids in weight loss
The above mentioned health benefits are very much associated with the physical aspect of the human body. It’s a proven fact that people who practice yoga are less likely to develop various body conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure and a lot other common ailments.
The impact on mental health
• Increase in concentration
• Controls mood swings
• Reduction of stress levels
• Aids in mental relaxation

December 30, 2021

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