• Ashutosh Saxena


Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Yoga and its goals or what you achieve from Yoga
Yoga & goals

Yoga as we know it today as “modern-day yoga” a posture-based physical fitness, stress-reliever, and relaxation exercise, however, it is much more than that in Indian traditions; it has a meditative and spiritual core that is more often combined or related to the religious side of Hinduism. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six Āstika schools of Hindu philosophical traditions.

The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', meaning 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'. The first-ever sign of the word yoga comes from the Rig-Veda written by Vyasa who described the meaning of the word yoga as samādhi (concentration).

Often called the Father of yoga “Sage Patanjali introduced yoga as a practice to the world as written in his legendary Yoga sutra compiling 195 sutras on yoga together. The yoga as we see it today is being adapted, updated & introduced by many other yoga teachers over the time but the core of it all remains the same as that of yoga sutra, In the western world, yoga gained prominence in the late 19th century after being first introduced by Swami Vivekananda addressing to first world parliament of religions in Chicago.

Swami Vivekanand quote on Yoga
Swami Vivekanand

However starting from religious practice to modern-day exercise it has evolved tremendously, Yoga cannot be described in a word but is a combination of self-realization and feeling of strong spiritual sense, mental ability, physical fitness, and positivity.

Studies show that yoga can help:

benefits of yoga

Ø Reduce back pain

Ø Improve balance

Ø improves your flexibility

Ø Makes you feel happier

Ø Perfects your posture

Ø Protects your spine

Ø Uses sounds to soothe your sinuses

Ø Boosts your immune system

Ø Relaxes your system

Ø Gives you peace of mind

Ø Helps you focus

Ø Increases your blood flow

Ø Drops your blood pressure

Ø Lowers blood sugar

Ø Improves your breathing capabilities

Ø Maintains your nervous system

Ø Releases tension & stress

Ø Helps you sleep deeper

Ø Increases your self-esteem

Ø Founds a healthy lifestyle

As you can see yoga just not only provide you mental and physical stability but also defines your lifestyle and fills your life with positive energy.

Click here to read about 20 most important & easy to do yoga asanas.

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