Yoga is a form of exercise which has multiple health benefits. It was established as a practice around 3300 BC and has deep roots with India. The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’. It means ‘to join’. Thus it is a potent practice to join the body, the mind and the soul.
Yoga is age old practice which is done to bring about strength and flexibility in the body. It is also good for circulatory and respiratory system of the body and has remarkable effect in increasing concentration levels of individuals practising Yoga. It is also good for emotional stability and brining clarity in thoughts.
It is practised through ‘aasanas’ which should be done with care.They have to be synchronised with correct breathing. Yoga itself can cure many ailments that plague the present day world and that is why it is making a comeback in a big way an getting popular even with youngsters.
Regular practice of Yoga can make one really strong and also develop immunity against many diseases and allergies. Yoga is often done together with ‘Pranayams’. This word is again formed by combining ‘Prana’ which means breath and ‘yama’ which means exercise. Pranayams
control the breathing pattern of an individual with the objective of bringing positive energises. It helps a person breathe in the correct fashion and gain positive energy.
Yoga has been practiced in India by great scholars and philosophers. Many religions have found merit in Yoga and is deeply prevalent in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. India has taught Yoga to the world. Particularly Swami Vivekanand took Yoga to the Western world. It is not uncommon for Westerners to India to learn the ancient art. Indians have mastered the art and shown to the world what Yoga can do. In a survey, regular yoga practitioners in the United States of America reported musculo–skeletal as well as mental health improvements.
Yoga is one exercise that can take care of multiple problems like it can alleviate health problems and reduce stress. It is also practiced as a complete exercise program and as a physical therapy routine.
Yoga also has healing powers. It is known to be helpful in long term problems that are ingrained in an individual. There is no particular age to start doing Yoga nor is there an age to stop doing it. It can be done by anyone with great health benefits. However, care should be taken in doing Yoga by by those people who already have specific health problems. Yoga is to be done with right posture at all times or there will be little or no benefit.
The ultimate objective of Yoga is moksha by complete union of body, mind and the soul.That is why the Hindu monks and Indians in general are regarded very highly in matters of Yoga and other forms of healing. Although the practice of Yoga is thousands of years old, it still has immense usage and significance in the present world.