If there’s one thing that hails from ancient India other than the Ayurveda, it’s ‘Yoga’. Yes, the very one that is nowadays practiced in almost every single house all over the world had been here for decades. The origin of Yoga is believed to date back to Pre-Vedic Indian traditions. The Rigveda claims mention of Yoga in its pages. There are texts in ‘Bhagavad Gita’, ‘Yogsutras’ and also ‘Mahabharata’. We are also aware of the fact that it was the ‘Indian’ society which led to the worldwide recognition of Yoga. On December 2016, Yoga was declared as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. But what is it? Why is it trending so much?
WHAT IS YOGA?
The term ‘Yoga’ has been derived from the Sanskrit root yuj (to evoke) which is translated as ‘Union of the individual soul to the universal soul’ or in Exact words ‘Atma ka Paramatma se Milan’. Yoga comprises of a group of Physical, Mental and Spiritual practices which helps attain the Ultimate Peace.
WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT TOO?
Yoga is said to be working upon certain principles like controlling the body and the mind; systems of philosophy; increasing consciousness of oneself; attaining a goal etc. Regular Yoga practice by various methods like the Asanas, chanting of mantras, quietening the breath, meditating, can help you procure improved health, mental clarity, emotional well-being, self-awareness, and consciousness, joy and of course with all this comes positivity, inner peace, and liberation. Talking about the health benefits other than these, it reduces depression, high blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety, and improves cardiac function, muscle strength, circulation etc.
WHAT GOT YOGA POPULAR IN INDIAN SOCIETY?
Being originated from India, Yoga holds a special place in the heart of the Indian Society, especially since the society appreciates everything that makes them feel closer to nature and their roots. Without a doubt, Ram Deva and Swami Vivekananda have played a crucial role in the growth of Yogic Culture in the world. Talking about the Indian Society, just like I mentioned above, all you have to do is prove to us that it is natural, deeply connected to our roots and beneficial to us, our interest will automatically be build towards it.In the modern India, somehow Yoga is also seen as a way to exercise and is being included in the daily work out routines but is also a commonly practiced faith with its religious culture. Various Yoga schools have emerged like Art of Living Foundation in Bengaluru, Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, Himalayan Yoga Academy etc, making it rightfully available for people, a lot of whom are taking it seriously and achieving targets and goals in the same. Yoga in itself has become a culture in India.