Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. The term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samadhau (to concentrate). The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali defines yoga as “the stilling of the changing states of the mind. Yoga has also been popularly defined as “union with the divine” in other contexts and traditions. Various traditions of yoga are found in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In Hinduism, yoga is one of the six astika schools (accepts authority of Vedas) of Hindu philosophy. Yoga is also an important part of Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
THE ORIGIN OF YOGA
Yoga has started in India thousands of years ago and the word yoga has its roots in the Sanskrit language and means to merge join or unite. The purpose of yoga’s healing exercises is to unite the mind and body in order to improve your health and happiness. Yoga exercises can benefit the whole body or just for a specific body part if you need to improve it. By adding yoga to your daily life yow will see a lot of changes in your body and also with the way you are thinking.
Yoga is a form of exercise based on the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling the breath and holding the body in steady poses, or asanas, yoga creates harmony. According to yoga imbalances in the body are the cause of all the illness, and yoga exercises will help you to create a balance between your body, mind and your inner self and get them in balance to avoid sickness.
Surya Namaskara also known in English as Sun Salutation(“salute to the sun”) is a common sequence of asanas.
Its origins lie in India where they worship Surya, the Hindu solar deity. This sequence of movements and asanas can be practised on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana which incorporates asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation. It is often the beginning vinyasa within a longer yoga series. Surya Namaskara may also refer to other styles of “Salutations to the Sun”
The Powar of Meditation
Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices (much like the term sports) that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion,love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.