When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace
Today, many people are taking up yoga routines for physical exercise, and the maximum of the people don’t about know the history of yoga. They believe there is nothing wrong with performing this form of exercise into their daily regiment to develop a more healthy body.
Yoga is actually a spiritual discipline based on an extremely exact science, which concentrates on bringing harmony between soul and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. The word ‘Yoga’ is originated from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, indicating ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. (1)
History and origin of yoga:
The origins of yoga have been reflected date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most possible developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in early India’s ascetic and sramaṇa movements.
It was born in India, almost 26,000 years ago, Yoga is believed to have developed during the period of the ‘Sat Yuga’, also called the Golden age. This period became known as a time of everlasting peace and plentiful blessings, loaded with seekers of the Eternal Truth. That is why, apparently, even today we unite yoga with sages and hermits. It was not until the invention of the Indus- valley civilization, the largest civilization, that knowledge about the origin of Yoga surfaced. (2)
Yoga originated as an ancient tradition that arose in India circa 3000 B.C. Stone-carved figures of yoga poses can be found in the Indus Valley representing the original poses and practices. Yoga was promoted as a way to achieve consistency between the mind and spirit on the path to divine enlightenment.
Along the way, it was found that yoga has a possible benefit of curing many diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure and easing physical injuries and chronic pains. Yoga has led off in the West as an answer to treating ailments. (3)
And as yoga has grown increasingly popular outside of India and in so many widely differing cultures, so has the practice cleaved into many different schools of teachings and avenues.
Types of asanas and their importance:
Yoga plays an important role in human life. Yoga asanas boost in bringing the mind, body, and soul into a thoughtful state which in turn contribute overall harmony and happiness to a person. Yoga relieves a number of health-related problems.
Nowadays, living in the hustle and bustle of a city, it is a necessity for a person to understand the significance of yoga in human life. So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of practicing yoga asanas. Know about some important asanas and also the delightful knowledge that these yoga asanas offer.
Bridge – Bandha Sarvangasana:
The Bridge yoga pose is a prominent front hip joints opener, it also strengthens your spine, opens the chest, and enhances your spinal flexibility in extension to stimulating your thyroid. This pose yields many benefits to your body, such as the alleviation from stress, anxiety, restlessness and it can support with depression.
Downward Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana:
The Downward Dog yoga pose stretches and decompresses the spine, lengthens the hamstrings, extends your arms, flushes your brain with pure oxygen and soothes your mind.
Child Pose – Balasana:
The Child Pose is a resting pose helpful to relieve neck, back, and hip strain. While in the position you should have slow or controlled breath; elongated arms; resting hips and your forehead should be meeting the mat. You can continually return to this pose as it is one of the most therapeutic and calming poses. (4)
Easy Pose – Sukhasana:
The Easy Pose may look like an easy pose but it has several benefits for the body. For example, it is a hip opener, it is soothing, and it eases the menstrual pain for women in addition to lowering the level of anxiety. while taking the posture make sure your spine is straightened.
Warrior 1 – Virabhadrasana I:
The Warrior I is a great pose for those of you who have had a restless day at work and just want to relax your body and mind. While in this pose you are extending your legs, you are opening your chest and shoulders, movements which we normally don’t do throughout our day, but they are essential for a good posture and calm mind.
The results out of this posture are tremendous, it stimulates the muscles of your knees and feet, it expands your shoulders and spine, and it develops your focus.
Warrior 2 – Virabhadrasana II:
The Warrior II yoga pose also stimulates your legs and arms, opens your chest and shoulders, and it contracts your abdominal organs. Your breath needs to be monitored, your focus should be on the extension of your arms which will help you to enhance your patience. Keep your self hoisted rather than collapsing with your hips, don’t let gravitation to pull you down. Stay strong. (5)
Triangle – Trikonasana:
The Triangle is one of those postures that serves to your body many benefits. For example, it increases the flexibility of your spine; it helps with the arrangement of your shoulders; it reduces back pain and stiffness in the neck area, but don’t forget you need to follow each posture on the left and right site, balancing your postures is very necessary. With the practice of this posture you will see many improvements, but mainly for your posture.
Four-Limbed Staff – Chaturanga:
The Four-Limbed Staff yoga pose extends your arms, wrists, and abdomen. It is also a good preparation pose for more challenging arm balancing poses.
Chair – Utkatasana:
The Chair yoga position pitches your leg muscles, strengthens your hip flexors, ankles, calves, and back. It expands the chest and shoulders. It overcomes symptoms of flat feet and it stimulates your heart, diaphragm, and abdominal organs.
Tree – Vrksasana:
The Tree yoga pose may seem like another simple posture but it is not a resting asana. Your back should be adjusted property (extended), your hips should be at one level, and as your stability depends on the distribution of your weight on your standing leg assure you do while maintaining and developing your balance. (6)
Boat – Navasana:
The Boat yoga requires for one to be constant (as a boat) which means, straight back, chin staring forward, while knees and arms are locked. This is not a simple posture. Through it, you develop strong abdominal and core straight.
Crow – Bakasana:
The Crow yoga pose encourages the wrists, forearms, and abdomen while also extending the hamstring. Balance is essential for this pose.
Arm Balance – Pincha Mayurasana:
The Arm Balancing yoga poses are superior poses. This particular one helps you with the blood flow completely your body; it quiets your mind and it strengthens your arms. If you yet cannot do it in the proper way, you can always utilize the wall for support and the benefits are the same.
Corpse – Savasana:
The corpse yoga pose is one of the most powerful postures. It is meant to strengthen your mind and body after a workout which also empowering you to shift your consciousness to your inner-self. The benefits are reducing your blood pressure, tranquilizing you and giving your body the chance to absorb all of the benefits you worked out for.
King Dancer – Natarajasana:
The King Dancer yoga pose stimulates your legs, promotes balance and core strength while also develops your shoulders and improves your focus. It is one of the most elegant asanas. (7)
Yoga isn’t simply about pretzel shapes and handstands, it’s about understanding and nourishing the light that lives within. But yoga isn’t a fast fix; it flows into your bones, your heart, and your soul over time. With regular practice, you just might notice that yoga gives you a completely new outlook. Happy World International Yoga Day 2019 to all!
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