History/Origin of Yoga
The history or origin of yoga is a very interesting and inspiring read or journey, howevever we wish to experience it. The origin actually goes back to the beginning of civilization. The vedas or the vedic period was the first phase where yoga was documented and practiced. Such vedic is Yoga’s lineage that it derieves its name from sanskrit word ’ Yuj’ which means to unite oneself with the universe in many pure and spiritual ways. The Vedic period is considered to be the most blissful simply because it is believed that people practised yoga naturally under the guidance of yogis ansd rishis. The pre-classical, classical, post classical eras each witnessed the evolution of yoga in era centric unique way. If it was upanishads, vedas, teachings of Buddhsim, Jainism, epics and puranas in the vedic period and pre-classical; In classical period it was Bhagwadgita, commentary of Ved Vyasa as Yoga Sutras that made Mahavira’s 5 Great Vows and Buddha’s 8 fold path more relevant and significant. It was during this period when Yoga Sadhna became the passage to attain Nirvana. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras have reflections of 8 fold path. The prominence and the height Yoga attained in the classical period guided it through post classical period. All came to life in the modern period when practitioners sounded more real. Names like Ramakrishna and Viveknanda made Yoga the spiritual discipline everyone seeks today. This was the period when Vedanta, Bhakti yoga, Nathayoga or Hatha-yoga flourished.
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. As per Yogic scriptures, Yoga is the umblical chord which unites an individual in sync with his/her inherent consciousness with the Universal consciousness. Yoga is the catalyst that creates perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature. The aim of Yoga is Self-realization, to overcome all kinds of sufferings leading to ‘the state of liberation’ (Moksha) or ‘freedom’ (Kaivalya). Living with freedom in all walks of life, health and harmony shall be the main objectives of Yoga practice.”Yoga” also refers to an inner science comprising of a variety of methods through which human beings can realize this union and achieve mastery over their destiny.
Benefits of Yoga
In today’s world the singular word benefit or its plural avtaar, benefits has become the most sought after fruit in whatever one does, indulges or experiences. Benefits of Yoga are as spontaneous as karma. It is very simple. It is what you do comes back to you as benefit. If you practice Yoga as diligently and sincerely it is supposed to be, you can be free from all modern day curses like anxiety, stress and all types of diseases. How? Hold your breath. When you wake up to your inner consciousness how can a disease remain inside you. Just open your eyes as a seeker, as a practitioner you will see many examples who have successfully overcome challenges of diabetes, cancer, angina problems, back problems, psychological problems, clinical depression, sexual impotence, complicated diseases like multiple scleroisis, sciatica issues, amenorrhea, dysmehnoria and menorrhagia. It is all true.