What Is Yoga
As texted in Rig Veda, Yoga is procreated in ancient India and known as a cluster of Mental, Physical & Spiritual Practices. It is also referred as one of the major orthodox schools of Hinduism which is not merely a physical exercise but also having the spiritual and meditative core. Yoga is closely affined to Hindu Samkhya philosophy and having its own metaphysics and epistemology. Yoga day-by-day is becoming an important aspect of our daily life as the most crucial way to control our mind, body, and soul and to attain the eventual aim of one’s life. By the Yogic practices, it’s easy to remove negative energy from our life and fill our life with positive & enthusiastic vibes. Yoga is considered to be an effective interference in many of the fatal diseases like cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. Yoga helps in improving the Physical, Mental and spiritual behavior of an individual.
Yoga is believed to be originated thousands of years ago with the dawn of civilization. Lord Shiva was the first Yogi or also known as Adiyogi. Lord Shiva is renowned as the First Yogic guru and it is said that Yoga practices originated from Lord Shiva. Many sculptures can be seen performing Lord Shiva the yogic practices. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is considered to be in the state of meditation. Meditation forms an important place in the Yogic activities.
The practice of one of the very know form of yoga, Surya Namaskara was practiced in the Vedic period and thus giving very much importance to the sun. Practices of yoga, its knowledge, and its meaning were classified and codified by the great sage of Pre-Vedic period, Maharishi Patanjali through his yoga sutra. Patanjali & much great sage of Vedic & Pre-Vedic region works for the development & preservation of Yoga and its knowledge.
One of the greatest epic of India, Bhagawadgita elaborate the concepts of Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga &Gyan Yoga which acts as a supreme benchmark of human dexterity and a sure shot way to bring peace to life. This period focuses on the aspects of the mind by performing Yoga sadhana. Through Yoga sadhana mind & body both can be controlled.
Yoga and Himalayan mountains are having a close connection between them. The Himalayas plays a crucial role in promotion and practices of Yoga. Lord Shiva the first yogi or Adiyogi was believed to perform meditation and other yogic activities in the lap of scenic and peaceful mountains of Himalaya. Many other Yoga gurus preferred these magnificent mountains range to perform yogic activities. Rishikesh, which lies in the lap of these scenic mountain place creates an ample place for Yoga and its practices. It is also referred as “World’s Yoga Capital”. Peaceful bank of holy Ganga River surrounded by the beautiful and peaceful mountains of Himalayan vindicate its name as Yoga capital. Many great scholars and yoga guru visit Rishikesh for Sadhna & Meditation in Ashrams of Rishikesh.
In our SatyaSanatam dharma, yoga is started to know the truth of life and to face the difficulties we usually encounter in our life. Meditation gives our mind the sense of relief so that we can encounter various harmful disease. This is the main reason that people who are not in contact with yoga had to consult doctors frequently for various problems. A healthy mind is an ample way to healthy body and corresponding success. In the Sanatan dharma main aim of yoga is considered to worship God and to maintain the health given by God to us. Our action & karma can be controlled in a bonzer way with the help of yoga. The basic working of yoga depends on the level of mind, emotion, body, and energy of an individual. Following these factors, yoga is classified in four major parts i.e. Bhakti yoga (utilizes emotions), Karma yoga (Utilizes body), Gyana yoga (utilizes mind) and Kriya yoga (utilizes energy). Different forms of yoga are Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Laya Yoga and Hatha Yoga.