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“Yoga” … such a divine word.
One of the most precious and spiritual discoveries in the history of mankind, yoga has a longstanding history. In ancient Sanskrit, Yoga originates from the word YUJ, which means "to join". It is the union of the parts within ourselves. It is also a union between individuals and the universe, with other people, and with inner and outer auras.
Yoga means "re-inventing thyself"- connecting the mind and body, discovering true potential, reaching new heights, maximizing inner ability, pushing boundaries, and reaching the inner soul.
The great Patanjali is recognized as the "father" of yoga, not because he invented yoga, but because he prepared an invaluable yoga ledger, the Yoga Sutras, written around 2500 years ago. It outlines the art and science of yoga in a more detailed and organized way.
Unfortunately, the history and significance of yoga are also riddled with a lot of misleading facts.
The true and eternal meaning of yoga has been misinterpreted, particularly in the western world. However, there are some skilled and devoted yogis who are restoring the true value and the art of ancient yoga. Many people have misinterpreted yoga as just another exercise program and it has also been introduced as a misleading religion, aimed at attracting followers.
There are so many confusions around the clear concept of yoga that it is now mandatory to rejuvenate and restore and clarify its meaning and purpose.
Yoga doesn’t only focus on spiritual guidance. It also has a plethora of health benefits. Yoga teaches us a new way to live life. It improves our living conditions, keeps us on a healthy schedule, refrains us from harmful activities, and even negative foods and thoughts.
It is widely recognized that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Many grand thoughts and innovations happen when the human mind is calm and stress-free. Yoga helps you to focus on the present moment, where life exists. At the end of the day, it is a way to calm down and keep blood pressure at a normal rate, resulting in an instant stress release mechanism.
Yoga is a science that is as practical, theoretical, and methodical as any other science. It has a target of helping human beings to become aware of their inner aura and nature. The goal is to experience your deepest potential.
Yoga is not a religious ritual but a methodical and systematic science of self-study. Religions define where we should keep our faith, while a practical science, such as yoga or meditation, is based on the experience of teachers and yogis who have previously used these techniques to bring out the true potential of self. Yoga does not contradict with religion and may be practiced by everyone - regardless of religion, race, gender, or age.
Throughout history, the different techniques of yoga have been practiced both in the East and West. Therefore, it is a general misbelief to consider yoga as only an "Eastern import." In fact, yoga, with its vigorous procedures for creating a sense of inner peace, harmony, and clarity of mind, is very much relevant to every part of the modern world. Considering the increasing conflict, competitive mentality, and rapid pace of modern life, and the resulting stress it causes, it can be said that yoga has become an important way of existence.
Yoga is a powerful tool for exploring new possibilities, taking creative steps and enjoying the happiness of each present moment.