Benefits of Yoga in our life
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’. The practice of Yoga is believed to have started with the very dawn of civilization and dates back to over 5000 years in India. Though Yoga was being practiced in the pre-Vedic period, the great Sage MaharshiPatanjali systematized and codified the then existing practices of Yoga along with its meaning and related knowledge. After Patanjali, many Sages and Yoga Masters contributed greatly for the preservation and development of the field through their well-documented practices and literature.
As per Yogic scriptures the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universe, indicating a perfect harmony between the man &nature. Thus the aim of Yoga is self-realization and to overcome all kinds of sufferings which will lead to ‘the state of liberation’ (Moksha). Now in the contemporary times, everybody has conviction about yoga practices towards the preservation, maintenance and promotion of health. Yoga is also commonly understood as a therapy or exercise system for health and fitness. While physical and mental health are natural consequences of yoga, the goal of yoga is more far-reaching. Yoga is about harmonizing oneself with the universe. It does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community; it has always been approached as a technology for inner wellbeing. Anyone who practices yoga with involvement can reap its benefits. There are many kinds of Yoga Sadhanas (Practices) like Asanas, Pranayama, Dhyana (Meditation), Bandhas& Mudras, etc. bring about stability of body and mind, increase the flexibility and power to concentrate withPranayama consisting of developing awareness of one’s breathing.
Its orientation to a comprehensive health, both individual and social, making it a worthy practice for people.Now-a-days, millions of people across the globe have benefitted by the practice of Yoga which has been preserved and promoted by the great eminent Yoga Masters from ancient time to this date.The practice of Yoga is blossoming, and growing more vibrant every day. India has taken it to an International level since 2015 (following its inception in the UN General Assembly in 2014) by marking 21st June as International Yoga Day.